Online Resources for Family Support Professionals

Online Resources for Family Support Professionals

We know that the work of family support professionals never stops and, in fact, grows even more important during a crisis. We hope the resources outlined below help navigate the coming days and weeks.

General Resources:

Ounce of Prevention Achieve OnDemand Webinars and Self-Paced Courses
Staff can access the Ounce of Prevention’s Achieve OnDemand online learning opportunities, including webinars and self-paced courses.  

Center on the Developing Child Website
This website includes innovative, research-based information and materials that are presented in a relevant, accessible manner. Here are some of the topics they highlight:

The Center on the Developing Child also has many of their materials and resources translated into multiple languages, which you can find here.

You can also find resources on supporting families during the COVID-19 pandemic here.

The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University has recently created a new podcast series called The Brain Architecture. The series focuses on the specific, practical questions that often arise for parents and caregivers during the critically important period of early childhood.  Please find more information here

The Center on the Developing Child recently published an infographic on How Racism Can Affect Child Development

Zero to Three Website
This website includes extensive, research-based resources, materials, and videos that are relevant for both parents and home visiting staff. Many of their resources are also available in Spanish. While some materials are restricted to Zero to Three members, there are several resources that are publicly available.

One Tough Job Website
This website includes timely and relevant information for parents, including resources they can access based on their child’s age. The website is also available in Spanish and can be a helpful tool for home visitors when thinking about information to share with families.

Resource Toolkit for Home Visiting and Other Early Childhood Professionals
This website provides current research and resources to support for staff who work with infants, toddlers, young children and their families and caregivers. You will also find links to several resources, articles, webinars, and websites

Children’s Trust Fund Alliance
This website provides staff with access to the Bringing the Protective Factors to Life Online Training. The training consists of the following modules:

  • Introduction & Overview
  • Concrete Supports
  • Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
  • Parental Resilience Social Connections

The Children’s Behavioral Health (CBH) Knowledge Center
The Children’s Behavioral Health (CBH) Knowledge Center is located at the Department of Mental Health and this website provides information about webinars and resources related to children’s behavioral health.

Injoy Health Education Webinars
The webinars cover a wide variety of topics for childbirth educators and coordinators. This interactive experience will provide you with insight and information to help improve and enrich your interactions with new parents. 

New England Public Health Training CenterThe New England Public Health Training Center provides training and professional development opportunities for a range of public health professionals.

Promise Venture Studio
This website provides interactive events showcasing promising innovations in parent support programs.

Early Childhood Connector
The Early Childhood Connector is an online community that provides people working in the early childhood field to connect with one another, share information, and support best practices.

Virtual Training and Meeting Tips
The Children’s Trust has created a resource on conducting trainings and meetings virtually using Zoom.

Mindfulness Resources

  • Headspace: Headspace offers a free series for beginners wanting to learn more about mindfulness and meditation as well as some short YouTube videos that can be found here. To access your free trial, search “Headspace” in the app store.
  • UCLA Mindful: This app was developed by the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center and provides guided activities to support your mindfulness practice. The app is available in both English and Spanish. To access this app, search “UCLA Mindful” in the app store.
  • Calm: There are some additional resources from the that can be of use to staff and families. This includes background sounds, guided meditations, and simple yoga stretches. To access this app, search “Calm” in the app store. Kids Included Together (KIT): Breathe and Relax: Self-Care Strategies: View this previously recorded webinar to learn techniques to calm and recenter yourself.

Timely Resources (updated 8/24/2021):

Using Mindfulness with Children of All Abilities to Keep Connections Strong Webinar
Brookes Publishing and Early Child Investigations Webinars has posted a recorded webinar exploring how parents and professionals can support all children’s development in a mindful way.  The webinar can be accessed here.

MassAIMH Early Education and Care Reopening Guidance
The Massachusetts Association of Infant Mental Health (MassAIMH) has put together a list of resources for parents, children, and providers to support families as early education and care centers begin to reopen.  There are resources for families available in both English and Spanish.

Reopening Resources for Early Education and Care Providers
The state Office of the Child Advocate and UMass Medical have partnered to put together a website with a series of tip sheets, videos, and other resources for early childhood educators. These include ideas and recommendations based on the best available research as well as input from local early education and mental health experts.  Tip sheets are available in the following languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole and Simplified Chinese. Videos are available in English.

MassAIMH Racial Justice and Equity Resources 
The Massachusetts Association of Infant Mental Health (MassAIMH) has put together a list of Racial Justice and Equity Resources that family support professionals may find helpful in supporting families and children.  This includes the resource that MassAIMH/MSPCC created entitled, How Do I Talk to Young Children about Racial Injustice.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture—Talking About Race
This online portal helps families, individuals, and communities talk about racism and commit to being antiracist.

EmbraceRace Recorded Conversation
EmbraceRace has posted several recorded conversations and webinars that can be found here.

Black Mothers Matter: Child Care Is Social Justice Webinar
This recorded webinar was held by Neighborhood Villages and March Like a Mother for Black Lives and features Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Dr. Renee Boynton-Jordan, Dr. Michelle Sanchez, Latoya Gayle, and Sarah Iddrissu. The webinar recording can also be found here

How to Deliver Relationship-Based Services Virtually
This resource from the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health provides a comprehensive overview of things to keep in mind when providing relationship-based services virtually. This resource is available here.

MLPB COVID-19 Resources
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, MLPB has launched a new Digital Digest that curates and translates key developments at the intersection of COVID-19, meeting people's health-related social needs (HRSN), and a fast-changing law and public policy environment.

Zero to Three: Coronavirus Resources
This website includes relevant, timely, and accessible information for both professionals and families. The website can be accessed here.

One Tough Job COVID-19 Resources
This website is updated regularly and includes information for families and professionals. The website can be accessed here.

Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Child trauma experts at Child Trends and the Child Trauma Training Center at the University of Massachusetts have put together resources on supporting children’s emotional well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. These resources are available here. This website also includes information on Utilizing Telehealth During COVID-19.

Be Strong Families: Staying Strong and Positive for Ourselves and Our Children During COVID-19
Be Strong Families provides resources for family support staff to support families to building the protective factors in their lives. They have also created a COVID-19 Support page that includes resources based on each of the protective factors. They are also hosting a series of webinars in both English and Spanish on supporting families during this time.

Advancing the language of HOPE during COVID-19
Dr. Bob Sege started a blog series about Love in the Time of Coronavirus based on the Health Outcomes of Positive Experiences (HOPE) initiative.

The Neurosequential Network Community Meetings on COVID-19
Dr. Bruce Perry has been hosting a series of virtual community meetings, discussing a range of topics related to COVID-19, including stress, resilience, and trauma. The recordings of the virtual meetings can be found here.

Prevent Child Abuse Vermont: Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma Prevention & Infant Safe Sleep Webinars
Participants will learn what Abusive Head Trauma is and how it occurs, Identify high-risk situations and strategies for prevention. Infant safe sleep practices & guidelines will also be discussed. Professional development credit is available. Registration information can be found here.

Futures without Violence Resource List for COVID-19
The website provides resources and information for staff working with families who may be experiencing increased isolation and danger caused by social distancing measures during the Coronavirus pandemic.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Resource Guide
The COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide provides extensive information for families and professionals related to accessing mental health services and support during this time.

Massachusetts Nonprofit Network: Coronavirus and Massachusetts Nonprofits
This website provides a range of resources and information for Massachusetts nonprofits that have been impacts by COVID-19.  

Center of Excellence for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation COVID-19 Resources
This website provides resources to support family support workers to respond to the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Zero to Three: Addressing Abuse and Neglect during COVID-19 Webinar Series For Early Childhood Professionals
Please find Zero to Three’s webinar series on Addressing Abuse and Neglect during COVID-19 here.

Brazelton Touchpoint Center
Mindful Self-Compassion Webinar Series: The Brazelton Touchpoints Center, the Center for Child and Family Well-being at the University of Washington, and the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion have partnered to offer a webinar series that introduce families and family support workers to mindful self-compassion.
Ongoing Training: Brazelton Touchpoints Center offers a range of professional development opportunities for those working with young children and their families. Please see their calendar of learning opportunities here.
Supporting Father Involvement and Co-parenting Webinar Series: Brazelton Institute is offering a series of webinars on Father and Co-Parent engagement. Please find more information here.

Early Childhood Investigations Webinars
Early Childhood Investigations offers free webinars on a range of topics for early childhood educators.