Healthy Children is a website sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics that provides information on children’s stages of development and many health topics.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program
WIC is a nutrition program that provides healthy food, nutrition and health education, and other services free of charge to eligible Massachusetts families. Almost all Head Start families are eligible for WIC services. To find out more about WIC or to apply, call 1-800-WIC-1007 or contact a WIC program in your community.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/SNAP
SNAP is a government assistance program to help eligible families buy food. The amount of SNAP food stamps you may receive depends on your household size, income, and expenses. They can be used to buy almost any food item in any supermarket where you usually shop for food. Some people must work to qualify for SNAP food stamps, while others are exempt from the work requirement.
A MA Fact Sheet for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children contains state-specific data and information for grandparents and other relative caregivers.
Early Intervention (EI) is a program to help infants and toddlers who have developmental delays or are at risk for such delays. To find an Early Intervention program, go to Early Intervention Programs by City or call 1-800-905-TIES
Mass 2-1-1 connects callers with free information and referrals for food, shelter, rent assistance, utility bill assistance, after-school programs, child care, counseling, senior services, disaster relief and more! The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Calls are confidential and are available in multiple languages and TTY. If you are unable to reach 2-1-1 due to your telephone or cell phone carrier, a toll-free number is available: 1-877-211-MASS (6277).
MASSCAP (Massachusetts Association for Community Action)
MASSCAP is the association of the 24 Community Action Agencies (CAAs) in Massachusetts. CAAs provide fuel assistance and weatherization programs, housing assistance, housing search and homeless prevention programs, free tax preparation and other asset development programs to assist low-income people. See the MASSCAP website to find a local agency.
The Parental Stress Line offers free anonymous phone support, 24/7 at 1-800-632-8188.
Jane Doe, Inc. – Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence is an organization committed to ending domestic violence and sexual assault. For information on safety planning, to download a map of domestic violence and sexual assault services throughout Massachusetts, or to contact SafeLink, a 24 hour statewide domestic violence hotline, click here. For more information about SafeLink that is answered by trained advocates 24 hours a day in English, Spanish and Portuguese as well as TTY (1-877-521-2601) and provides translation in more than 140 languages click here.
The Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PAL) operates a statewide, confidential, toll-free Parent Resource Network Line (1-866-815-8122) that provides information, referrals, and support to parents of children with mental health needs.
Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy The Cerebral Palsy Guide is a national organization that provides free educational information, financial options, and emotional support for parents and children affected by cerebral palsy.
Addictionresource.com raises awareness on the dangers of addiction and helps local communities stay drug-free.
The American Society of Addiction Medicine promotes drug abuse prevention and treatment.
The Tuck Sleep Foundation: A Community for Advancing Better Sleep provides a Parent’s Guide to Healthy sleep, including healthy sleep for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.