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Children Resources


Annie E. Casey Foundation – KidsCount data on children from all over America and more.

Alliance for Childhood  – Box 444, College Park, MD 2074. Tel/ Fax: (301) 513-1777; Email: [email protected] (also see website for addresses in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, and United Kingdom) This partnership of individuals and organizations’ fundamental beliefs and concerns:

  • Childhood is a critical life stage that must be protected and not hurried;
  • Each child deserves respect as an individual in developing unique capacities;
  • Children today are under tremendous stress, producing various disorders, and this stress must be alleviated.

Child Care Action Campaign – 330 7th Ave., 17th Floor, New York, N 10001. Tel: (212) 239-0138; National non-profit committed to stengthening families, improving early education and advancing the well-being of children.

Child Trends – A nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to improving the lives of children by conducting research and providing science-based information to improve the decisions, programs, and policies that affect children and their families.

Communities in Schools  – 277 S. Washington St, Suite 210, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: (703) 519-8999/ 1-800-CIS-4KIDS
Fax (703) 519-7213; Email: [email protected]; Mission: To connect needed community resources with schools to help young people learn, stay in school, and prepare for life. This international network believes that every child needs and deserves:

  • A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult,
  • A safe place to learn and grow,
  • A healthy start and a healthy future,
  • A marketable skill to use upon graduation,
  • A chance to give back to peers and community.

Children First, Inc. – Based in Texas, this is a helpful model children’s counseling program.

Children’s Defense Fund – 25 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20001. Tel: (202) 628-8787; e-mail: [email protected]

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children – 2101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 550, Arlington, VA 22201-3052 –  counseling children; dealing with issues such as divorce and abuse; programming, including teaching, games, worship, devotional and activities. It also includes chapters on camping and holiday club ministry.


Arnold, J.C. (2000). Endangered: Your child in a hostile world. Plough Publishing Co. – What can parents and other caretakers do to rescue their children from murder in the first grade, toddlers on ritalin, teen suicide and a generally toxic media world? Parents and educators will find this book simple and profound, practical and immediately helpful. Most of all, it will renew your confidence.

Barkeley, R.A. (1997). Defiant children: A clinician’s manual for assessment and parent training. NY: The Guilford Press.

Bukacho, D. (1998). Child development: A thematic approach. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.

Coles, R. Children in crisis series.

Coles, R. (1986). The moral life of children. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. – With his usual, insightful style, this child psychiatrist and lecturer, combines theory with anecdotes and drawings to determine how children form their moral views of life.

Coles, R. (1990). The spiritual life of children. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Rahima Baldwin Dancy (3rd ed. 2012). You Are Your Child’s First Teacher: Encouraging Your Child’s Natural Development from Birth to Age Six. Ten Speed Press. 336pp. – Research is continually pointing to the need of early childhood education—beginning in the home and then in pre-school and kindergarten child care. This practical book, for parents and teachers, builds on the work of Rudolf Steiner, founder of the Waldorf schools.

Elkind, D. (1988, 1981). The hurried child: Growing up too fast too soon. (Rev. ed.). Reading, MA: Addison Wesley. – One of several books to warn about the extinction of childhood in the early 1980s, this noted professor and specialist in child psychology examines the pressures that have destroyed the innocency of childhood and hurried them toward pseudo-maturity. The revised edition gives special attention to movies, television, rock n’ roll, as well as general cultural trends and offers helpful insights, advice, and encouragement to parents and teachers.

Alison Gopnik (2010). The Philosophical Baby: What Children’s Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life. Picador. 304 pp. – “In a lively and accessible tour of the groundbreaking new psychological, neuroscientific, and philosophical developments, Gopnik offers new insight into how babies see the world, and in turn promotes a deeper appreciation for the role of parents in shaping the lives of their children. Cutting-edge scientific and psychological research that has revealed that babies learn more, create more, care more, and experience more than we could ever have imagined. And there is good reason to believe that babies are actually smarter, more thoughtful, and more conscious than adults.”

Alison Gopnik, Andrew N. Meltzoff, & Patricia K. Kuhl (2000). The Scientist in the Crib: What Early Learning Tells Us About the Mind. William Morrow. 304 pp. – From the new field of cognitive science, these authors discuss important discoveries about how much babies and young children know and learn, and how much parents naturally teach them. It argues that evolution designed us both to teach and learn, and that the drive to learn is our most important instinct.

Handler, Stacey. (2000) The Body Burden: Living in the Shadow of Barbie. Blue Note Publications, 256pp.

Jones, T. (2000). Nurturing a child’s soul. Word Books. – In a stressful culture, hurried children are often pushed to the edges of crowded schedules. Understanding the pressures that parents are under, this author provides profound and practical advice with stories and suggestions that encourage and renew hope.

Keniston, K. & the Carnegie Council on Children. (1977). All our children: The american family under pressure. New York & London: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich. – An early discussion of parental pressures arising from both parents working, having fewer children, the rising divorce rate and single parent homes. Also considered are the competing influences of television, day-care centers, schools and peer groups. This report asks for a clearer national policy.

Teresa M. McDevitt and Jeanne Ellis Ormrod (5th ed. 2012). Childhood Development and Education. Pearson. 768pp. – More than most standard texts, this not only provides principles and facts about children, but helps readers observe what children into the adolescent years are saying and creating. It brings awareness of cultural contexts and the bioecological nature of development.

Piaget, J. (1965). The moral judgment of the child. New York: The Free Press. – A classic study answering the question: “How does a child distinguish between right and wrong?” Its finding suggest analysis of childhood games and “rules of the game.” The moral pressure of the group is found to be important. The analysis continues with examination of lying, cheating, adult authority, punishment, and responsibility. The changing moral attitudes of children as they grow is noted leading to Piaget’s conclusion: “In a sense, child morality throws light on adult morality. If we want to form men and women, nothing will fit us so well for the task as to study the laws that govern their formation.”

Siefert, C. (1997). Child and adolescent development. Boston: Houghton & Mifflin.

Weismann, Kristin Noelle. (1999) Barbie: The Icon, the Image, the Ideal, An Analytical Interpretation of the Barbie Doll in Popular Culture. Universal Publishers, 128pp.

Dean Borgman
© 2018 CYS

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