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As a parent, you often have more responsibilities than you can manage by yourself—including holding down a job, caring for aging or ill family members, and trying to juggle your children’s different schedules. This can take a toll on you as well as on your family.

It’s often difficult or impossible to plan in advance for what’s needed to care for all the members of your family. But if your child is missing school in order to help care for another family member—or because your caring for that person prevents you from helping your child get to school—it can negatively impact your child’s long-term success.

Follow the links below to find information on caregiving assistance and suggestions to help you balance all of your responsibilities.

  • AARP Caregiving Resource Center

    It’s important for parents who care for older or ill family members to have time to take care of themselves, too. This website will help you to assess your needs and develop a plan to take a healthy break from your caregiving duties.

  • Department of Health and Human Services: Eldercare Locator

    The Eldercare Locator is a useful, nationwide service available to anyone who is caring for an aging loved one. This website provides information about the wide variety of healthcare and support services that are available to both senior citizens and their caregivers.

  • ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center

    This site can help you find both planned and emergency relief services whether you’re caring for a child with special needs or an aging family member.

  • Center for Parent Information and Resources

    Parents of children with disabilities can use this site to find local resources to aid in caregiving and provide information about school services, transportation, therapy and more.

  • Child Care Aware

    Looking for safe, affordable and good quality daycare for your young children? Wondering if your child is eligible to enroll in a free preschool program? Child Care Aware will help you find programs in your area to meet your—and your child’s—needs.

Stay Connected to Your School Community

Do you want to get involved at your child’s school, but your daytime schedule makes it difficult for you to participate in school-day activities? Instead, look for opportunities to get involved through afterschool programs. Some school districts even offer language classes and parenting workshops where parents can participate alongside their children. For more information, contact your local school district.

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