The National Parenting Center was founded in July of 1989 with the intention of providing the most comprehensive and responsible parenting advice to parents everywhere. The advice provided is furnished by some of the world’s most respected authorities in the field of child rearing and development.
The National Parenting Center has been authorized to dispense this valuable information, which has been provided by these experts, to as many parents as possible through whatever means possible. To that end, The National Parenting Center created and maintains interactive systems allowing parents to access the expert panel. Additionally, parents may obtain the advice of the experts through written transcripts, letters, brochures, newsletters, the Internet, etc.
The National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval program, created in 1990 as an adjunct to TNPC’s support services, identifies the finest products and services being marketed to the parent/child audience. From educational and entertainment products and equipment to travel destinations, the consumer oriented testing process solicits evaluations from parents and their children. This award signifies to other parents that their peers have acknowledged a product’s quality and desirability based on a wide variety of determining factors.
It is the sole intention of The National Parenting Center to advise, support and guide parents with sound, responsible advice.
A look at the website’s homepage offers links to various topics relevant to childhood needs, from product recalls to calculating college savings. For example:
• The Product Recall link connects directly to the Toy Hazard list from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Recalled toys are listed by most recent first and the reason for recall. Many reference choking hazards and lead paint contamination.
• The College calculator links to the NOLO Law for All site where links can be found for a plethora of financial matters relating to finance, investment, and retirement topics in addition to calculating college costs.
• The A.L.A Best Books links to the American Library Association homepage where parents can access discussions, divisions (such as children’s books), publications and more.
• The Seal of Approval Reports program is an independent testing procedure conducted to judge a variety of products introduced and marketed to the parent/child consumer market.
The testing involves a multi-step process conducted over an eight week period. Staffed by volunteers, the testing facility of The National Parenting Center gives parents, children, and educators the opportunity to examine a variety of submitted products. The testers are encouraged to play with, build, read about, and judge by the reactions of the children, each product’s quality.
• The Parent Talk Newsletter offers tips and advice about great books, how to encourage reading for kids and more.
The next time you want advice or information about a toy, book or other parenting issue or topic, check out TNPC and you may find the answers you want right there.
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