07 Mar Families with New Children
Having a new baby or child at home is wonderful, but it can also be exhausting and overwhelming. Here are some sources of help, education, and support.
Learn More About Parenting and Babies
Learn about developmental milestones for your child. There’s an app you can download as well as various checklists
At the CDC Information for parents/caregivers of children 0-3 you’ll find links to a wide variety of topics of interest.
There are links to local services and topics at the Hendricks County Health Partnership.
Services at PGTPL
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. Register to do the program online or stop by the Children’s Room if you prefer to do the paper version. Participants get small prizes and add stickers to the colorful animals from the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin.
The library has board books for the youngest kids, and programs for ages 0-5 as well as older children. Staff will be happy to help you find “new baby” books for older siblings.
Have Fun Together
Fun Things To Do With Kids from Visit Hendricks County
Things to Do With Kids in Danville and West Hendricks County from Indy With Kids.
Child Care and Education
Child Care Finder This State of Indiana page has information about finding care and becoming a licensed child care provider as well as information about preschools. It includes dozens of child care and preschool providers throughout Hendricks County, with several search filters. It includes inspection reports, quality ratings, and programming details for most child care and preschool facilities.
Information and guides to finding childcare as well as a family resource page with information on topics such as bedtime and sleep, building routines, and language development
HRH Programs for New Moms
Groups for moms and their babies presented by Hendricks Regional Health. They meet twice a month so moms can meet other moms, and discuss a topic together on anything related to parenting and babies. Preregister at the link.
A small group for breastfeeding babies younger than 4 weeks and their mothers that are breastfeeding. This group is led by a Board Certified Lactation Consultant RN and focuses on the basics of a good latch, milk transfer, and troubleshooting breastfeeding issues in the first few weeks. Preregister at the link.
A wide range of support programs and resources to give parents and children everything they need to live successfully. Firefly Children and Family Alliance is a nonprofit helping to create stronger communities.
First Steps Act Early is a program to help with early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities so children and families can get the services and support they need.
DCS Child Support page: For questions, information, and help with issues with child support.
Support for foster parents and families through the Child Welfare Information Gateway.
Looking for something else? Reach out to PGTPL staff and we’ll be happy to help you connect with resources for you and your family.