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Additional parenting materials and content recommended by our UMB experts

Developmental Assets Framework

A row of children holding one another's hands

The Developmental Assets Framework, created by Search Institute, identifies 40 positive supports and strengths that young people need to succeed. Half of the assets focus on the relationships and opportunities they need in their families, schools, and communities (external assets). The remaining assets focus on the social-emotional strengths, values, and commitments that are nurtured within young people (internal assets).

Goodtime Family Care

Smiling parents with their two young children

The following resources are provided by Goodtime Family Care, a Maryland-based primary care office whose mission is to bring quality medical care to the community. 

What's Going Around?
Read about the diseases and disorders that are common in the current season.

Medical Library for Parents
A library of medical information for parents, covering such topics as nutrition, immunizations, emergencies, and much more.


Screenshots of the iKinnect app running on a smartphone

iKinnect is a shared mobile app for teens and their parents. It helps parents organize and communicate their expectations for the teen, and supports teens in meeting those expectations throughout the day. Using iKinnect, parents can: locate their teen, receive updates throughout the day about whether their teen is doing what they need to be doing, and automatically reward their teen for positive behaviors. For teens, iKinnect is a way to stay on track - to remember the daily game plan, and to show that they are following the game plan.

iKinnect is built on evidence-based interventions for youth with conduct problems and their parents. While intended as a self-help tool for parents and teens, it can be used in conjunction with therapy or other services.

National Center for School Mental Health

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The mission of the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) is to strengthen policies and programs in school mental health to improve learning and promote success for America's youth.

The SHAPE System
SHAPE has the tools teams need to improve school mental health programming and sustainability in schools, districts, and states/territories.

Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health
Each year, the Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health brings together leaders, practitioners, researchers, and other stakeholders in the school mental health field to share the latest research and best practices.

NCSMH Listserv & Newsletters
The NCSMH listserv newsletters are distributed every other month and include information on upcoming conferences, events, and webinars, grants and research opportunities, news reports and resources, policy updates, and issues in the popular media related to school mental health.

NCSMH Webinars
Register to attend upcoming webinars or view recordings of past webinars.

Become a School Mental Health Champion
Together, we can improve learning and promote success for America’s youth by strengthening programs, policies, and practices in school mental health.

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The Mind Inside

Everywhere we went for two years, schools were talking about the importance of mental health – from the need to the access of services, to the growing urgency of the issue,” Sally Nellson, director and executive producer shares. ​We listened and started to explore.”

The Mind Inside, an I Love Public Schools docuseries, explores the landscape of mental health issues in Nebraska schools. 

Parent CRAFT

Screenshots of the video series on multiple devices superimposed on a moody teen

Parent CRAFT is an online video course that teaches parents the skills they need to meet the risks of substance abuse. This course is free for residents of Maryland. For parents who know their child is abusing and want help getting their child to accept treatment.

Parenting Your Delinquent, Defiant, or Out-of-Control Teen

The cover of the bookParenting Your Delinquent, Defiant, or Out-of-Control Teen: How to Help Your Teen Stay in School and Out of Trouble Using an Innovative Multisystemic Approach is a 2014 book written by Patrick M. Duffy, Jr. PsyD, a licensed clinical psychologist. Teens who are out of control may participate in a number of troubling behaviors, including drinking, taking drugs, skipping school, or even fighting. If you’ve tried to discipline your teen to no avail, you may feel emotionally exhausted. But you also know that the consequences of not taking action now could greatly affect their future.

U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief

The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) works in partnership with 50 countries around the world to reduce HIV incidence and treat those who are impacted by this disease.

Some examples of US Government global efforts targeted to mothers, adolescents, and children (including PEPFAR's efforts) can be found at:

United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund

Madoue, a 36 years old mother is cuddling her 5 months old son Abdel

The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) works in over 190 countries and territories to save children's lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfil their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.

Unstuck and On Target Videos for Parents

Designed just for parents and caregivers, these videos present strategies and tools to help children be successful, avoid meltdowns and negativity, and develop a shared language and ways of interacting with children to achieve calmer, more productive days. Focused on executive functioning (EF)—our ability to get and do what we want and need—these videos help parents understand EF, identify their child’s strengths and challenges, and assist children in building their skills in being flexible, independent problems solvers. También disponible en español.

Read more on how these videos were created by The Institute for Innovation and Implementation at UMB's School of Social Work.

WHO Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health

The World Health Organization's Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016–2030) is a bold roadmap for ending all preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths, including stillbirths, by 2030, and improving their overall health and well-being. It aims to keep women, children and adolescents at the heart of the sustainable development agenda, unlocking their vast potential for transformative change. It was developed to translate the SDG agenda into concrete guidance on how to accelerate progress in women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health through a multisectoral approach.