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Pediatric Health Guide for Parents - Online pediatric health guide for parents. The guide helps parents understand social and emotional development, learn to recognize physical development milestones, and get resources and answers for each stage of your child's growth.

Pediatric Health Guide for Parents - For parents, especially first time parents, having a child can be overwhelming and nerve wracking. Knowing what to expect can be a mystery and figuring out what information is trustworthy can be daunting. This guide breaks down development by age and provides trusted resources from legitimate sources.

County School Board Offices within the Five County Service Area

Hancock County Schools

Brooke County Schools

Ohio County Schools

Marshall County Schools

Wetzel County Schools

National Head Start Association

NHSA National Head Start Association is a private not-for-profit membership organization representing 1 million children, 275,000 staff and nearly 1,600 Head Start programs across America. It is governed by a 49-member Board of Directors composed of a director, staff, parent and friend representative from each of the 12 federal regions and the immediate past Chairman of the Board. NHSA provides a national forum for the continued enhancement of Head Start services for poor children ages birth to 5 and their families. It is the only national organization dedicated exclusively to the concerns of the Head Start community.

West Virginia Department of Education

WVDOE West Virginia Department of Education (WV Board of Education) is established in the West Virginia Constitution. The Board is vested with general supervision of the state’s elementary and secondary schools. The board meets monthly to determine the educational policies of the elementary and secondary schools and to establish the rules that carry into effect state law regarding education. The State Board of Education also has general control, supervision and management of the business and educational affairs of the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind.

Administration for Children and Families

Administration for Children and Families within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for federal programs that promote the economic and social well being of families, children, individuals and communities. ACF programs aim to achieve the following: families and individuals empowered to increase their own economic independence and productivity; strong, healthy supportive communities that have a positive impact on the quality of life and the development of children; partnerships with individuals, front-line service providers, communities, American Indian tribes, Native communities, states, and Congress that enable solutions which transcend traditional agency boundaries; services planned, reformed, and integrated to improve needed access; and a strong commitment to working with people with developmental disabilities, refugees, and migrants to address their needs, strengths and abilities.

Bureau for Children and Families -Early Care and Education

Bureau for Children and Families - Early Care and Education. The mission of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Children and Families is to provide an accessible, integrated, comprehensive quality service system for West Virginia’s children, families and adults to help them achieve maximum potential and improve their quality of life. A division of the Bureau for Children and Families is Early Care and Education which serves as the link to programs across West Virginia as they offer safe, nurturing environments for young children who utilize licensed child care and preschool services. This division also oversees the distribution of grants awarded to early parenting programs throughout West Virginia. Another duty of this division is to partner with the West Virginia Department of Education to provide 4 year olds access to preschool in accordance with laws established by the West Virginia Legislature in 2002.

The Office of Head Start

The Office of Head Start is a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families which oversees the operations of the Head Start program on a federal level.

Early Childhood Knowledge and Learning Center

The Early Childhood Knowledge and Learning Center provides Head Start programs timely information and learning opportunities relevant to the Head Start and Early Head Start community, and to serve as a comprehensive resource for anyone involved in early childhood education.

Head Start programs and parents visiting the ECLKC will find the latest information on OHS priorities, policies, and programs. The ECLKC also offers tips and promising practices on many early childcare topics including child development, education, and health. 

National Association for the Education of Young Children

NAEYC National Association for the Education of Young Children is the nation’s largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through third grade. Founded in 1926, its membership reaches over 60,000 members and 52 Affiliates. NAEYC Affiliate Groups work to improve professional practice and working conditions in early childhood education and to build public support for high quality early childhood programs.

Region III Head Start Office - Philadelphia, PA

Regional Office The Department of Health and Human Services, The Administration for Children and families, Region III—Philadelphia serves five states, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. The office is responsible for a wide range of federal programs that promote the economic and social well being of children and families. They work closely with state and local government as well as with community-based organizations to help families achieve economic independence, to assure the safety of children and to help promote the independence of people with developmental disabilities.

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

WVDHHR West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources promotes and provides appropriate health and human services for the people of West Virginia, in order to improve their quality of life. 

The College Database

The College Database has created a no-cost resource dedicated to higher education in West Virginia. The goal of the page is to help students and their families research and identify campus, online and hybrid learning opportunities in West Virginia that fit their needs.

The West Virginia colleges page includes a complete look at the state's community colleges, public universities, private colleges, technical schools and distance learning options. College hopefuls can then find potential schools using our proprietary search tool, which allows quick and accurate searching by institution type, setting, size, city and cost. Students can also see the best colleges in West Virginia for...

  • Current and future service members
  • Student-teacher ratio
  • Women in technology
  • Return on investment

All data used on the page and in our search tool comes from government databases such as the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System (IPEDS). You can check out our West Virginia colleges guide and the search tool here.

Parent Resources

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