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1. American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, while it is designed primarily for Psychiatrists and other similar professionals, has a wealth of information that will find useful. Make sure to check out the Facts for Families section, which contains lots of short articles and pages of facts related to topics such as children of alcoholics, children and television watching, childhood attention problems, childhood abuse, and lots more. Although these pages are all accessible for free, there is a membership (costs lots of money) for professionals. Don't be fooled, you can use the site without being a member. This site should help a lot with writing papers and finding general information about childhood issues.

2. Parent Soup
Although this is not an academic site, Parent Soup is loaded with information, facts, question and answer areas, chat rooms, advice on parenting and development at all ages, and so much more I can't provide even a fraction of it all. Make sure that you go to the Experts area and the Education Central area. Here you will find Q & A with actual "experts" who have given their time to help people (mostly parents) learn about children and adolescents, and everything you could possibly want to know about children/adolescent educational issues. These are the two places you are most likely to find information relevant to your Psychology classes.

3. Zero To Three
The Zero To Three website is a "national, nonprofit organization...dedicated solely to advancing the healthy development of babies and young children. Zero To Three believes that by combining the talents of professionals from the fields of medicine, mental health, research science and child development, together these disciplines can focus on the diverse needs of the "whole baby" - in the context of the family and community. This unique way of thinking helped create the new multidisciplinary field of "infant and family professionals." Now that you know what they say about themselves, let me just say that the site does indeed have a lot of information. In fact, there is so much that you should go the Site Map before exploring - this will really help you decide where to find the information of interest. I also encourage you to go to the Parent Information section which has articles about a variety of developmental topics like attachment, therapy, learning, and lots more.

5. I am Your Child
In this site you will find expert advice to lots of developmental issues, facts about events, pitfalls, and issues involved in different stages of development, Q & A for parenting that has some useful information, and a nice Q & A section on brain development during the early stages of life. The site also has a very good list of external links that can help you locate some additional websites related to development.

6. Harvard Center for Children's Health

The Harvard Center for Children's Health was created in 1995 to translate what we "know" about children's health into what we "do" to improve children's health and well-being. The site does not offer specific theoretical information, but it contains many articles in the center's newsletter, "Research to Reality" that you will find quite worthwhile. There are over 100 faculty at the graduate schools of Harvard University are conducting research to improve our understanding of what places children at risk for poor health and development; and what programs and services are effective in preventing these risks. With all of that brain power behind this site, how bad can it be?

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