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Newborns

How do I get assistance and help about being a parent of a newborn?

The Early Head Start Program has lots of information.

How do I learn about Head Start?

Find answers to frequently asked questions at the Head Start website.

How do I learn about the earned income tax credit (EITC)?

Find out more at IRS.gov.

Safety (Return to Top)

How do I learn about child safety?

The Healthy Kids U.S. website has more information.

How do I find out about the stages of my child's early development?

The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation has resources for that.

How do I find what I can do around the house to keep my child safe?

The Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center has information.

How do I find a list of recalled items?

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has a list of Infant/Child Product Recalls (not including toys).

How do I find things I can do in my home to help prevent asthma attacks?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has an info sheet.

How do I find guidelines for proper installation of my child's car seat?

The Healthy Children program has information on car seat safety.

How do I find out which toys are safe for children?

You can find an information sheet at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

How do I find precautions I should take to protect my child(ren) from sun overexposure?

The National Program for Playground Safety tips.

How do I find out how to deal with children that bite other children?

A fact sheet from the California Childcare Health Program has information.

Medical (Return to Top)

How do I find out if Florida provides health insurance for children?

At the Healthy Kids site.

How do I find out if my children qualify for free or low-cost insurance?

Find out at the Florida Department of Children and Families.

How do I find out if my children qualify for Social Security or disability benefits?

The information can be found at the Social Security Online website.

How do I find programs that help pay dental costs?

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research can help.

How do I find a healthcare provider?

Find locations close to you with Florida Health Finder.

How do I file a complaint against my child's doctor?

The Florida Health Department Consumer Services Unit.

How do I find out if my doctor is licensed?

The Florida Department of Health License Verification website.

How do I find out if my doctor has been sued?

The Florida Department of Health Practitioner Profile Information.

How do I find out who I contact to file a complaint against a healthcare facility?

The Florida Department of Health Consumer Services Unit.

How do I find out who to contact for transporting my special needs child?

Contact Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged.

How do I find information about assistive devices?

The Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology website.

How do I find information about what immunizations my child needs?

The Department of Health and Human Services has a fact sheet for fact sheet for children of all ages.

How do I find out more about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation.

How do I find out more information about symptoms and treatment of my childs Down Syndrome?

The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation has information.

How do I find out more about the flu and ways to prevent it?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has information on its website.

How do I learn more about immunizations for my infant? I am a new mother.

The Department of Health and Human Services has a fact sheet for children of all ages.

Crisis (Return to Top)

How do I report child abuse, neglect, and missing or exploited children?

Childhelp has a hotline (1-800-4-A-CHILD) and more information located on their website.

How do I find out more about child abuse and how to prevent it?

The Prevent Child Abuse site.

How do I find out who to call if I'm afraid my child is at risk of running away from home?

Call 1-800-786-2929 or visit the National Runaway Switchboard site.

How do I get victim of abuse help and support?

Call 1-800-799-7233 or visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline site.

Food (Return to Top)

Where can I find a hot or prepared meal for myself or my family near me?

You can find information about soup kitchens and other places that serve meals in Florida at our meals page. Restrictions may apply.

How do I get food from a food bank or pantry? Are there any near me?

You can find pantries in Florida at our pantries page. Restrictions may apply.

Where do I get information about the Summer Food Program for my child(ren)?

The Summer Break Spot site.

Education (Return to Top)

How do I find out more about Voluntary Prekindergarten?

Visit the State of Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation site.

How do I get a list of Florida public school districts and schools?

A list can be found on the Florida Department of Education.

How do I find more information about scholarships and federal aid for students?

Federal Student Aid's FAFSA4caster has all the needed information.

How do I get help on preparing my child for college and how to apply?

The going2college website has information.

Child Care (Return to Top)

How do I find and choose quality child care providers?

The Child Care Aware website has information.

How do I become a licensed child care provider?

The Florida Department of Children and Families website.

Legal (Return to Top)

How do I get legal assistance?

The Florida State Courts Self-Help page.

How do I find legal forms?

The Florida State Courts Self-Help page.

How do I need get a copy of my birth/death/marriage/divorce record or certificate?

The Florida Department of Health website.

How do I find out if there are sex offenders in my area?

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sexual Offenders and Predators webpage.

How do I get a U.S. passport?

Find the form you need at Travel.State.Gov.

Recreation (Return to Top)

How do I find safe and educational web sites for my children to use?

The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation has activities on their website.

How do I find educational activities and resources for my child(ren)?

Go to the Online Sunshine website for Kids; fun facts and things for kids to do.

How do I find out how my teen can get their driver's license?

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website.

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*All questions and answers above are a representative sample. While it is not possible to include all potential child-related questions, we will continue to add more questions, answers, and topics as our E-Government policies evolve.


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