Family Resources

One of our main aims at the Family Study Center is to develop and offer materials and resources that families will find of direct use, and to help connect families with other useful sites for parents.

Here you will find several pieces of information, including a helpful resource guide listing services to Pinellas families with infants and toddlers showing early adjustment difficulties and developmental delays. You’ll also find family-friendly publications designed to help families work together for their children.

For a terrific website devoted exclusively to the needs of expectant Pinellas parents and parents of young children birth to age 3, visit the website of the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health, Pinellas/Pasco chapter.

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RESOURCES

  • Pinellas County Services
    A variety of excellent free or low cost infant mental health services in Pinellas County for infants and toddlers under the age of three who are experiencing developmental delays or disabilities, difficulties with emotional or behavioral self-regulation, and other signs of early adjustment difficulties. Contact information can be found within the accompanying flyer. Most agencies provide support not just for children but for their parents as well.
  • Coparenting Pamphlet
    Several years ago, Dr. McHale and Dr. Baker co-authored a short but informative pamphlet on coparenting that includes tips for families. This pamphlet was created in collaboration with the University of Florida IFAS Extension.
  • Charting the Bumpy Road of Coparenthood Book
    Dr. James McHale’s book on coparenting, “Charting the Bumpy Road of Coparenthood”, is available through Zero to Three Press. The book is written for both parents and professionals, and summarizes findings from a large, federally-funded project that studied families as they navigated the transition to new parenthood.  “Charting the Bumpy Road of Coparenthood” outlines how parents’ thoughts, expectations, and relationships prior to the baby’s birth affect how they coordinate together with one another as they begin to coparent their infants and young children. Parents of young children will see much of themselves in the interview excerpts and advice offered by parents, for parents.
  • Healthy Start Resource Manual 
    For Great Community Resources for Families with Young Children in Pinellas
    Pinellas Healthy Start Resource Manual in English
    Pinellas Healthy Start Manual de Recursos en Español

LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • Healthy Start of Pinellas County: The Pinellas County Health Department brings support and care to pregnant women, infants, and their families. The Healthy Start programs support our community and provide education and special programs to make sure each child receives a Healthy start in our community.
  • The Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County: A local organization promoting school readiness services and enhancing the emotional, social, cognitive, and physical development of all children.
  • The Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida: A private, nonprofit corporation whose mission is to identify, fund, support and evaluate innovative prevention and early intervention programs that improve the health, education and life outcomes of Florida’s at-risk children and families.
  • Juvenile Welfare Board: The Juvenile Welfare Board supports the healthy development of all children and their families in Pinellas County through advocacy, research, planning, training, communications, coordination of resources and funding.
  • The Children’s Home.  The Children’s Home is a child- and family-centered organization that helps to care for struggling families and children who have suffered abuse, neglect or abandonment and are seeking the comfort of a loving family.