• North Carolina School Social Workers Association

    Mission of NCSSWA:

    "Empower School Social Workers and promote the profession of School Social Work to enhance the social and emotional growth and academic outcomes of all students.'

  • North Carolina School Counselor Association

    The North Carolina School Counselor Association (NCSCA) promotes professionalism and ethical practices in school counseling while providing resources, knowledge and networking opportunities to promote student success in school, home and the community. The mission of NCSCA is to promote excellence in the profession of school counseling and through/in practice, the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students.

  • Parent Toolkit

    This toolkit will help you navigate your child's journey from pre-kinderarten through high school. It is designed to help you track and support progress at each stage.

  • Child Abuse & Neglect

    This is a national resource for professionals seeking information on prevention, identification, and treatment of child abuse, neglect, and related child welfare issues.

  • Guidance for Effective Discipline

    It's the ultimate do-as-I-say-and-not-as-I-do parenting moment: your preschooler throws a fit because there are blueberries in her pancake—and she didn't want blueberries in her pancake!—and, in an effort to control her tantrum, you counter with your own: "Stop yelling now!"

    You have just entered into a disciplinary arms race in which there are no winners—only hurt feelings, sore throats and soaring blood pressure. But parenting doesn't have to be a battle. Proponents of positive discipline teach that kids can—and will—behave without threats, bribes, yelling and physicality. Here are seven tips that will set you on the path to better behavior—and a stronger, more peaceful connection with your child.

  • The Parents Guide to Teaching Mindfulness to Children with Anxiety

    You’re familiar with what happens when a baby faces food for the first time. The food often ends up on the baby’s face! That’s because babies have an innate curiosity about everything in the world around them. When they run across something they’ve never seen before, they touch it, they smell it, they taste it – and they even rub it on their face.

    You could say the baby’s action is akin to mindfulness, or paying acute attention to the world by focusing on our sensory perceptions. Mindfulness is a way of viewing and being in the world that can enhance your life, and especially the life of your anxious child.

  • Parenting & Cyberspace

    Are these two on your radar?

    Acquiring a mobile phone is practically a rite of passage for many millennium middle schoolers. Parents like the convenience of tracking their kids and kids love the unfettered access to friends –– and therein lies the rub. How do we stay ahead of our kids' social media use, encourage healthy interaction and guide them to make choices that protect their reputations?

    "Right off the bat from our children's perspective, many parents have a credibility issue on this topic because social networking does not come as naturally for parents as it does for our kids," says Dr. Joni Johnson, Pediatric Partners for Attention and Learning. "A parent's approach to discussing social media with their children needs to be both practical and dictatorial."

    Currently flying under the fingertips of network savvy adolescents are two popular social media apps, Snapchat and Kik, which are available for free download on phones with Internet access.

  • Common Sense Media

    Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.

    Media and technology are at the very center of all our lives today -- especially our children’s. Kids today spend over 50 hours of screen time every week. The media content they consume and create has a profound impact on their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Learning how to use media and technology wisely is an essential skill for life and learning in the 21st century. But parents, teachers, and policymakers struggle to keep up with the rapidly changing digital world in which our children live and learn. Now more than ever, they need a trusted guide to help them navigate a world where change is the only constant.

  • Safety Contracts

    Online Safety Cards for kids technology gifts:

    Are you buying your child a new piece of technology? Here some downloadable cards to include with their gift.

    All you have to do is click on the download button, print it out, and write your house rules in the spaces provided.

    These online safety cards aren’t just for the kids. For each set of rules, you’ll have to make a set of promises, too! After all, online safety is a partnership – and it works better when you’re in it together.

  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    We Can All Prevent Suicide

    Understanding the issues concerning suicide and mental health is an important way to take part in suicide prevention, help others in crisis, and change the conversation around suicide.

  • CFNC

    This website is loaded with information and resources to make smart decisions as you plan for college and a career. Compare over 100 North Carolina colleges and link easily to their websites. Simplify the college application process by applying online and find the best way to pay for college with scholarships, grants, loans, and savings programs.

  • ACT

    Our programs are designed to boost lifelong learning and potential for success in schools and workplaces around the world. We're passionate about making a difference in all we do. Whether it's guiding students along their learning paths, enabling companies to develop their workforce, fostering parent, teacher, and counselor understanding of student progress, guiding job seekers toward career success, or informing policymakers about education and workforce issues.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous

    Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.

  • National Institute on Drug Abuse

    Our mission is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health.

    This involves:

    • Strategically supporting and conducting basic and clinical research on drug use (including nicotine), its consequences, and the underlying neurobiological, behavioral, and social mechanisms involved.

    • Ensuring the effective translation, implementation, and dissemination of scientific research findings to improve the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders and enhance public awareness of addiction as a brain disorder.