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Resources for Parents


General Information on Child Health and Development Topics

An excellent, all-around resource on child health and development topics from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Now available in Spanish as well!

Be sure to check out Online Symptom Checker; Ask the Pediatrician; Free app for iPhones and iPads; E-magazine for parents


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Find a Pediatrician

Click here to find board-certified pediatricians in your area. Search by zip code, city, last name or specialty.

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Determine Eligibility for Health Insurance and Other Assistance Programs in MN

Visit Bridge to Benefits and click on the online screening tool find out if you may be eligible for Minnesota Health Care Programs, SNAP (food support), Child Care Assistance, cash assistance, emergency assistance, family planning, and breast and cervical cancer coverage.

You may also visit MNsure to compare plans and determine eligibility.

Find Quality Child Care

Parent Aware helps you find child care and early education providers in your area focused on high quality early learning and kindergarten readiness. Our one- to four-star ratings system – a free service – measures best practices identified by research that help children succeed in kindergarten and beyond

Health Related Videos for Somali Parents

Developed by Mayo Clinic with funds from AAP



Vomiting and Diarrhea

Developed by CentraCare Clinic with funds from AAP and HRSA

Newborn checks

Developmental Screening

Feeding and safe sleeping

Safety in the home


Television & children

Temperatures & thermometers

Resources for Children with Disabilities

Family Voices of Minnesota helps families with children who have special health care needs and disabilities navigate systems of care.

PACER Center is a parent center for families of children and young adults with any disability. PACER provides individual assistance, workshops, publications, and other resources to help families make decisions about education and other services for their child or young adult with disabilities

Shriners Hospital offers complimentary screenings and second opinions for children with a condition of the bones, muscles or joints who would benefit from the specialized care of a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon.

Resources on Mental Health

Txt4Life provides suicide-prevention counseling to teens via text messaging.


NAMI Minnesota: Parent fact sheets    
NAMI Minnesota: support groups statewide

Info on Immunizations

Immunization Action Coalition, St. Paul, Minnesota

Moms Who Vax Blog

Helping Children Cope with with Hospitalizations or Medical Procedures

Contact child life specialists at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Amplatz, Gillette Children's Specialty Health Care and Essentia Health.


Early Brain Development

Pathways is a nonprofit providing early detection and early intervention for children’s sensory, motor, and communication development.

Help Me Grow provides information and referral resources for parents concerned about their young child's development.

Learn about the link between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and health

Local Summer Camps for Overweight/Obese Children

Camp Healthy U
Loretto, MN
Cost: $450
Scholarships Available

Camp 5210
Willow River, MN Date:
Cost: Sliding fee ($25-$630) Scholarships Available

Camp Wabi
Location: Eau Claire, WI
Cost: $400
Scholarships Available

Breastfeeding Resources

ECHO: "Breastfeeding Your Baby" video available in 6 languages


Positive Parenting and Discipline Strategies

The Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MNAAP) stands by the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) policy statement on effective discipline, which strongly discourages the use of corporal punishment, including spanking, hitting or whipping, as a way to manage unwanted behavior in children.

Resources for parents 

Disciplining Your Child

The Disobedient Child

Where We Stand: Spanking

Positive Discipline: A Guide for Parents

Resources on Specific Conditions

Juvenile arthritis

Newborn Screening

Information from the Minnesota Department of Health about the program and why it's so important.

Oral Health

Parent videos (multiple languages) about fluoride varnish through the Minnesota Oral Health Coalition.

Access to dental care for low-income households through Give Kids a Smile.