Parenting Tips

  • New Parents Initiative
    Tools aimed at supporting early parenting practices and helping parents transition into parenthood.
  • One Tough Job
    A Children’s Trust program that provides parents with reliable information and resources about parenting.

General

  • Mass 2-1-1
    Phone Number: 211
    Mass 2-1-1 is an easy to remember telephone number that connects callers to information about social services available in their community including child care and support groups.
  • MCPAP for Moms
    Helpful parenting and family support resources for parents and families in Massachusetts.
  • Jewish Family and Children's Services
    Therapeutic support through Early Connections Program, support groups, and resources for people of all faiths and races in Greater Boston, North Shore, and Central Massachusetts.
  • How Might Post-Partum Depression Impact Latina Mothers?
    Learn more about why Latina Mothers are underdiagnosed and treated for PPD and how to recognize signs and symptoms of PPD.
  • Parenting Resource Directory
    Information on Family Centers, Housing, Medical and Food assistance, and social activities for families living in Western Massachusetts.
  • Children's Trust
    Massachusetts initiatives that help parents find the support, answers, and resources they need to build the bright future they see for their families and their children.

Nutrition

Healthcare/Health Insurance for Low-Income Families

  • MassHealth/Medicaid
    Phone Number: 1-800-841-2900; TTY: 1-888-665-9997
    MassHealth pays for health care for eligible low and medium-income people living in Massachusetts.
  • MassHealth CommonHealth
    Phone Number: 1-800-841-2900, 1-888-665-9993; TTY: 1-888-665-9997
    Health insurance for working disabled adults and children under 18.
  • Department of Transitional Assistance
    Phone Number: 1-800-445-6604; New Applicants: 1-800-249-2007
    Food stamps, Transitional Aid for Needy families (TANF), job assistance and other assistances.
  • Planned Parenthood
    Phone Number: 1-800-230-PLAN
    Provides affordable sexual health care including STD/STI testing, birth control, routine exams, family planning, gynecological services and more.

Early Education

  • Head Start
    Phone Number: 1-866-763-6481, 617-565-1128
    Information on Head Start programs including Early Head Start and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start that offer center-based family child care, and home visiting options for children.
  • Find Early Education and Care Programs
    Phone Number: 617.988.6600
    Information on early childhood programs in Massachusetts.

Lactation Support

Massachusetts Moms with a Military Affiliation

Mother’s Physical Health

Resources for Fathers

  • Children's Trust Fatherhood Initiative
    Initiatives to advance activities and trainings that support fathers, their families, and the professionals who work with them.
  • National Fatherhood Initiative
    National Fatherhood Initiative equips you and your staff with knowledge, skills and resources to effectively engage fathers in their children's lives.

Young Families

LGBT

  • Fenway Health
    Resources, information, health care, and educational services to LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, transgender, queer and/or questioning) families.

Perinatal Loss Resources

Many women experience a natural stage of grief after a pregnancy or infant loss, while some may develop depression or anxiety. Women experiencing both grief and depression or anxiety would benefit from organizations that support grieving mothers and families.

  • MCPAP for Moms
    Resources and support for families who experienced miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss.

Learn More


This information is provided by the Pregnancy, Infancy and Early Childhood Division within the Department of Public Health.