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WEB RESOURCES

Web sites and directories are an excellent way to locate evaluated information on the Internet. A directory contains active links to information and resources. A good directory will:

  1. Be maintained by professionals in that area
  2. Post the site's policy and procedures for link choices and updates
  3. Annotate the links

This listing is intended for education and information gathering purposes. Here are some sites we know of.  The list is not intended to be comprehensive. Sites are chosen on the basis of accuracy, depth of information, currency and over all usefulness.

CHILDREN

After School Alliance (www.afterschoolalliance.org/

The Afterschool Alliance is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for more afterschool investments to ensure that all children have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs.

GreatSchools (www.greatschools.org/)

Millions of parents rely on GreatSchools for useful, relevant, and reliable information on over 200,000 public, public charter and private preK-12 schools.

  • The GreatSchools Rating, which helps parents compare schools based on test scores and other available data.
  • Over one million community reviews and star ratings — where parents, teachers, and students share perspectives about their schools.
  • Official School Profiles that enable principals and school leaders to provide the latest information about their schools.
  • Information, activities, and tools that help parents inspire and nurture their kids' learning — including a personalized education guide.

Head Start (www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ohs)

The Office of Head Start (OHS) promotes the school readiness of young children from low-income families through local programs. Head Start and Early Head Start programs support the mental, social, and emotional development of children from birth to age 5.

Parent’s Choice (www.parents-choice.org/allawards.cfm)

Choice Foundation, established in 1978 as a 501c3, is the nation’s oldest nonprofit guide to quality children’s media and toys.

ParentingChoice.com(http://parentingchoice.com)- 

ParentingChoice.com was founded in 2005 and certified as a court-approved & court accepted parenting class. Our focus is in providing a teaching environment to impart skills within the context of co-parenting. It can be argued that all parents can benefit from gaining specific advice & strategies on how to handle problems that arise while parenting apart from the co-parent.

Public School Review (www.publicschoolreview.com)

A comprehensive look at the U.S. public school system, including history, governing bodies, funding, and services. Compare private, public and charter schools. Learn more about Magnet school programs and get tips on choosing the right school for your child.

Sitter City (www.sittercity.com/)  

Sitter City is committed to helping parents find more than child care. We help families find the best sitters and nannies who will challenge, nurture, and enrich kids when mom and dad can’t be there.

CAREERS & EMPLOYMENT

CareerBuilder (www.careerbuilder.com

This site is one of the biggest job boards, and its robust search function allows you to filter by several criteria, including location, degree required and pay range. CareerBuilder partners with news media around the country and collects job listings from them. It also provides career advice and resources for candidates.

 

Career One Stop (www.careeronestop.org/)

This government web site is a source for employment information and inspiration, a place to manage your career with tools to help job seekers, students, businesses and career professionals. It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Dallas Business Journal (www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/)

A hub for breaking business news and events with a mission to be the dominant and most trusted source of business news in North Texas. DBJ provide value to our constituents by helping them grow their business, make money, and grow their careers through a comprehensive set of vehicles, which include print, digital, and events.

Dallas Morning News (www.dallasnews.com)

The area’s leading newspaper and local media website. Readers in North Texas look to the nine-time Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper in D-FW to keep informed with the largest newsroom in the metroplex.

Indeed (www.indeed.com

This robust site is a huge aggregator of postings from across the Web, this site consolidates listings from many job boards in one place. It also compiles information from various company career pages and allows you to search locally or globally.

Jobs.com (www.jobs.com)

This large site offers weekly job alerts, job search advice, a resume builder and, of course, job postings. It also allows you to upload your resume for hiring managers and recruiters to search.

LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com)

This networking site enables you to find jobs through your extended network. Additionally, you can join groups, participate in conversations and follow companies you find interesting and relevant to your job search.

Monster (www.monster.com

This massive job site is aptly named because it includes one of the largest number of job listings of any website. It also allows you to upload your resume and offers networking boards, as well as a search alert service so you can get targeted posts delivered via email. Also on this resource you can get access to the playground for gambling and online casino.

Simply Hired (www.simplyhired.com)

This search engine offers an email alerts service and lets you save your job searches. Candidates can sort their searches to focus on companies that hire veterans, have a high rate of diversity and abide by eco-friendly practices, among other criteria.

USA Jobs(www.usajobs.gov/)

This search site is particularly useful for those looking for state government jobs. It collects postings from state work agencies, as well as other company websites.

 

PERSONAL FINANCE

Banking Sense (www.bankingsense.com)

Banking Sense presents valuable financial news, tips, and advice without using highly technical jargon or phrasing that’s difficult to understand. The site covers such topics as credit cards, insurance, small-business finance, personal finance, taxes, and more. Part of what makes Banking Sense so useful is its community aspect. Readers are encouraged to interact and comment with the content, so they can learn from one another.

Bankrate.com (www.bankrate.com)

Bankrate supplies information on bank rates, mortgages, and credit cards, but it’s also a source of personal finance advice in such areas as financial planning, retirement, and investments.

CashMoneyLife.com (www.cashmoneylife.com)

Cash Money Life is a reliable source of advice on personal finance and small business. Set up in a typical blog format without all the bells and whistles that make other sites so confusing, readers can come here to get clear information. One of the most popular sections is the “Free Money” page, which provides information about referral bonuses, free trials, and the like.

Consumer Credit Counseling (www.cccs.net)

CCCS does foreclosure counselling and debt counselling.  There is a great national directory that covers each state on the HUD.gov website. 

Crown Financial Ministries (www.crown.org)

Crown Financial Ministries is a global outreach that provides events and coaches, and even a resource store where you can complete an online form to receive the name and phone number of a volunteer Crown Money  Coach in your area

MyMoney (www.mymoney.gov)

A government-operated website that offers its own unique spin on personal finance. It has information about earning, borrowing, saving, investing, spending, and protecting your money. Other popular pages include financial tools and money quizzes.

Wise Bread (www.wisebread.com)

Wise Bread is a popular personal finance community that includes bloggers and experts. The most popular areas of the site are the “Personal Finance” and “Frugal Living” sections. It also offers a “Life Hacks” area that covers everything from technology tips to managing an organization.

 

FOOD

Feeding America (www.feedingamerica.org)

The Feeding America is a network of almost 200 food banks leading the fight against hunger at the community level.

Texas 211 (www.211texas.org)

2-1-1 Texas, a program of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, is committed to helping Texas citizens connect with the services they need. Whether by phone or internet, our goal is to present accurate, well-organized and easy-to-find information from state and local health and human services programs.  No matter where you live in Texas, you can dial 2-1-1, or (877) 541-7905, and find information about resources in your local. Whether you need help finding food or housing, child care, crisis counseling or substance abuse treatment, one number is all you need to know.

Texas Women, Infant & Children Program (WIC) (www.dshs.state.tx.us/wichd/)

The Department of State Health Services runs the Texas WIC program and provides funds to agencies across the state that run local WIC offices. All kinds of agencies offer WIC services such as local health departments, county and city agencies, migrant health centers, community action agencies, and hospitals. There are over 300 full-time, permanent WIC offices and more than 200 other part-time satellite sites.Find your closest WIC clinic.

GOVERNMENT

Benefits (www.benefits.gov)

Benefits.gov was launched in an effort to provide citizens with easy, online access to government benefit and assistance programs. The site's core function is the eligibility prescreening questionnaire or "Benefit Finder." Answers to the questionnaire are used to evaluate a visitor's situation and compare it with the eligibility criteria for more than 1,000 Federally-funded benefit and assistance programs. Each program description provides citizens with the next steps to apply for any benefit program of interest.

Social Security (www.ssa.gov)

This web site provides all the insights needed for social security services including retirement, disability and a variety of other services.

Texas (www.texas.gov)

Quite simply, we help make Texas a great place to live and work by offering easy access to government information and more than 1,000 convenient, secure online services. Take a tourof our new one-page website!

USA (www.usa.gov)

We create and organize timely, needed government information and services and make them accessible to the public anytime, anywhere, via their channel of choice.

HEALTH

Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) (https://chipmedicaid.org)

Part of the Insure Kids Now effort, there is a directory of programs by state on this site.  88% of low income children are eligible for Medicaid or CHIP but have not enrolled. 

Domestic Violence (www.thehotline.org)

The Hotline is the only 24/7 center in the nation that has access to service providers and shelters across the U.S. Today, The Hotline continues to grow and explore new avenues of service. 1-800-799-7233

Everyday Health (www.everydayhealth.com)

Is a leading provider of digital health and wellness solutions for consumers. They are committed to providing expert guidance and daily tools people need to make the best health choices, actively manage their conditions and live healthier lives every day.

KidsHealth by Nemour's (http://kidshealth.org/parent/kh_misc/nemours.html

If you're looking for information you can trust about kids and teens that's free of "doctor speak," this is the site for you. KidsHealth is the most-visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years.  One of the things that make KidsHealth special is that it's really four sites in one: with sections for parents, for kids, for teens, and for educators.

Poison Control(www.poisoncontrol.org)

By dialing 1-800-222-1222, the citizens of Texas have access to a network of nurses, pharmacists, paramedics, and physicians who have extensive education, training, and expertise in the field of toxicology. If necessary, the staff may refer callers to the nearest hospital and assist in the person's initial treatment and follow-up care.

Suicide Prevention(www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org)

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255. Since its inception, the Lifeline has engaged in a variety of initiatives to improve crisis services and advance suicide prevention.

SHELTER

Homeless Shelter Directory (www.homelessshelterdirectory.org)

The Homeless Shelter Directory was started as a list of homeless shelters. We now provide listings for the following:

  • Homeless Shelters
  • Homeless Service Organizations
  • Monetary Assistance
  • Transitional Housing
  • Free Clinics (Dental and Medical)
  • Low Cost and Free Treatment Centers
  • Outreach Centers
  • Day Shelters
  • Relief Organizations that can help the needy
  • Women's Shelters and Battered Women's Services
  • Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens, Food Banks

HUD (http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD)

HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination, and transform the way HUD does business.

The Humane Society (www.humanesociety.org)

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization. We and our affiliates provide hands-on care and services to more than 100,000 animals each year, and we professionalize the field through education and training for local organizations.

The Salvation Army (www.salvationarmyusa.org/)

The Salvation Armyis aChristian denominational churchand an internationalcharitable organization.  It is present in 127 countries, runningcharity shops, operatingsheltersfor thehomeless, and providingdisaster reliefand humanitarian aid.

The United Way (www.unitedway.org/)

United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. You will find your local support by entering your zip code.

YWCA(http://www.ymca.net/)

The Y is a leading nonprofit organization for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. It is a powerful association of men, women and children committed to bringing about lasting personal and social change. With a focus on nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the nation’s health and well-being and providing opportunities to give back and support neighbors, the Y enables youth, adults, families and communities to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.

In the U.S., the Y is comprised of YMCA of the USA, a national resource office, and more than 2,700 YMCAs and works in 10,000 communities across the country.