The National Head Start Association

The Children's Policy Council of Jefferson County web site contains a wealth of information about local resources, events and opportunities to get involved helping children in our area

Links about Health
Links about Child Development
Links about caring for children with Disabilities
Links about Childcare
Links for Fathers
Links to Parenting resources
Links to Mental Health and counseling resources
Links about preparing for Childbirth
Links about Breastfeeding
Links about Adult Education
Links to Children's Servcies
Links to organizations that provide Financial and Food assistance
Links to Local Hospitals
Links to Employment services
Legal advice
Area Shelters
Subtance Abuse treatment centers
Transportation services


About Health:

Information about all topics relating to children's health and development:

Kids Health:

Emergency Preparedness tools for families:

Alabama Medicaid Agency:

Need prescription medication and have no insurance coverage? Go here to print a free discount card, good for up to 30% off for many prescriptions.

For information about a specific medication: recalls, interactions, side effects, go to

For eligibility requirements and information about WIC go to WIC on Line or call 205-933-9110

For Vision, Dental and Hypertension screenings and clinics as well as low cost prescription glasses visit Cahaba Valley Health Care at

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About Child Development:

Born Learning

Bright Futures

Baby Sign Language

Iowa State University Developmental Handouts

Watch a YouTube video showing why what we do at Early Head Start makes a difference for kids.




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About caring for children with Disabilities:

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Autism Speaks

Autism Spectrum Disorder web site fact sheets, tips written for early childhood providers, and links to many other sites

Autism Society of America

LD Online

Connecting the Disability Community to Information and Opportunities

National Down Syndrome Society

National Association for Down Syndrome

Parent Advocates Down Syndrome

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About Child Care:

National Network for Child Care


Child Care Resources 205-252-1991


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For Fathers:


For a listing of parenting classes designed especially for fathers go to the Birmingham Fatherhood Initiative or call Ron Burt at 205-481-8043



Parenting Resources:


You can find parenting classes at The Exchange Club Family Skills Center 205-801-5151


Alabama Cooperative Extension free hand outs for parents

Ask Dr. Sears has hand outs for parents on a variety of health and parenting topics

Elizabeth Pantley, author of The No Cry Sleep Solution has a variety of handouts on her web site here.

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Mental Health Resources and counseling:


The Crisis Center 205-323-7777


The Oasis Counseling Center for Women and Children 205-933-0338

Gateway 205-916-0658

Impact Family Counseling 205-916-0123

Creative Wellness: Healing through Counseling and Creative Arts CreativeWellness 205-933-5422

The Amelia Center 205-251-3430

Eastside Mental Health 205-836-7283

Wetern Health Center HealthCenterClinics.aspx 205-788-7770

Consumer Credit 205-251-1572

CHIPS Center: Children's Hospital Intervention and Prevention Services offers child counseling services and Play Therapy for children as well as adult services aimed at preventing and adressing issues related to child abuse and neglect. All servcies are free. 205-558-2751


NAMI Birmingham: Birmingham's Voice on Mental Illness

NAMI Patient Prescription Drug Assistance Programs


What is infant mental health? click here to learn more

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About Preparing for Childbirth:

Mother's Advocate

Lamaze International for New and Expecting Parents




About Breastfeeding

Information about common breastfeeding issues:
Dr. Becky Saenz' Tips from the Trenches


Dr. Jack Newmans web site: Newman Breastfeeding Clinic and Institute

Want to know if you can take your medication while breastfeeding? Check here: LactMed



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Adult Education


Adult Learning Center 205-583-4746
Lawson State College http://www.LS.CC.AL.US 205-925-2515
Bessemer Tech 205-428-6391
Birmingham Urban League BirminghamUrbanLeague 205-326-0162


Links to Children's Servcies


The Exchange Club Family Skills Center 205-879-4847
Gateway 205-510-2600
The Salvation Army 205-328-2420
The Salvation Army Youth Services 205-595-8343
Childcare Resources 205-252-1991
JCCEO 205-327-7500
Child Find Rehabilitation Servcies in Birmingham 1-800-543-3098
Jefferson County Department of Human Resources
JeffCo DHR (DHR) 205-324-2135 or 205-918-5100
St. Clair County Department of Human Resources
St. Clair DHR 205-812-2100
Walker County Department of Human Resources
Walker County DHR (DHR)205-387-5400





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Links to organizations that provide Financial and Food assistance

American Red Cross Jefferson County 205-458-8287
St. Clair County 205-884-1221
Walker County 205-387-1478
JCCEO 205-327-7538
The Salvation Army 205-328-5656
Southside Ministries 205-930-0309
The United Way Food Bank 205-252-7243
The Catholic Center of Concern 205-786-4388
Collat Jewish Family Services 205-879-3438 *
Greater Birmingham Ministries 205-326-6821
St. Clair Community Services 205-338-7407
Walker county Community Action Agency Community Action Agecy 205-221-4010
Food Stamps Jefferson County 205-599-6000
St. Clair County 205-812-2100
Walker County 205-387-5400




Links to Local Hospitals


UAB Hospital 205-934-4011
Princeton Hospital Princeton 205-783-3000
St. Vincent's Hospital St. Vincent's 205-939-7000
Cooper Green Mercy Hospital Cooper Green Mercy Hospital 205-930-3600
Bessemer Caraway Hospital 205-481-7000
Children's Hospital Children's 205-939-9100
St. Clair St. Vincent's Hospital (formerly St. Clair County Regional Hospital) StVHS 205-338-3301
Walker County Regional Medical Center Walker Baptist 205-387-4000





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Links to Employment services

AL Emplooyment Office 205-254-1300
St. Clair Countly Employment Office 205-338-3117


Legal Aid 205-251-3516

Area Shelters

Pathways 205-324-5220
Interfaith 205-591-4302
YWCA housing 205-322-9922
The Salvation Army 205-328-5656
Birmingham Hospitality Network, shelter for families BHN 205-918-0246






Subtance Abuse Treatment Centers
or search at for options in Alabama


Aletheia House 205-324-6502
Mother's Hope 205-279-3999
Olivia's House 205-833-5708
Pearson Hall 205-923-6552
Fellowship House 205-933-2430


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Kid One Transport Kid One 205-978-1000
Yellow Cab 205-252-1131



The Crisis Center 205-323-7777
Birmingham Police emergency number 911
non-emergency 205-329-9311


* This agency requries a referral- your family partner can often provide a referral.





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UAB Early Head Start Program . 933 19th Street South . Birmingham, AL 35294