Parent Resources

Are you wondering whether you qualify for family leave at your workplace?  Needing ideas about how to re-enter the workforce after staying home with your kids?  Looking to connect with others about work and family issues?  Check out our resources and links and join the conversation!

Our Book List

There are so many important books about work and family these days, we want to share our favorites with you in case you’re wondering where to dive in.  We encourage you to pick one of these for your book club if you’re in one.  They tend to foster great discussion!  And if you’ve got a favorite that you think we should include on our list, let us know — just email  Happy reading!


National Partnership for Women and Children: Advancing a Family Friendly America: How Family Friendly is Your State? Features a map of states and what family-friendly policies the currently have or are working on.

Raising the Global Floor. Use their interactive maps to see how the U.S. stacks up compared to other nations on policies like sick leave, maternity leave, and more.

Family-Work Balance Resources and Readings

When Work Works. Features plenty of employee resources. One of our favorites is a guide on workplace flexibility.

Sloan Work and Family Research Network. More information about work family issues than even we know what to do with. We recommend starting with a few of their fact sheets.

Family Values at Work. A national network of state and local coalitions that are promoting family friendly workplace policies.

A Guide for Stressed Working Parents.

The Parent’s Guide to Family-Friendly Work by Lori K. Long. This book is full of tips for finding the balance “between employment and enjoyment”.

Resources for Parents

Know Your Rights: Oregon Mothers at Work. An overview of the six laws that govern your rights in the Oregon workplace.

Kaiser’s Work Family and Health Network. Conducts research on this topic and has a list of resources for families.

U.S. Administration for Children and Families. A one-stop shop for information on programs like family assistance, child care, Head Start, and other programs.

Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries: Fact Sheets. More for employers but employees might find these helpful as well.

FlexJobs. Find vetted telecommuting jobs and other great flexible jobs such as part-time jobs and freelance work.


Know Your Rights: Mothers at Work

Nursing Mothers Council of Oregon. Support and education on breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding Coalition of Oregon. Resources for moms and families on breastfeeding.

Child Care

U.S. Government Child Care Information.

Administration for Children and Families: Child Care Resources. Numerous links on finding, choosing, and paying for quality child care.

Child Care Aware.  Information for parents to find and learn about high quality child care.

Oregon’s Employment Department- Child Care Division. Oregon specific child care resources. The parent page may be especially useful.

Employment Related Day Care. Information on the state program that helps low income families pay for childcare.

Family & Medical Leave Act / Oregon Family Leave Act

Know Your Rights: Mothers at Work

The Department of Labor: Family Medical Leave Act. Provides an overview of FMLA and their compliance page, though primarily for employers, could also be helpful.

Oregon Family Leave Act. OFLA is Oregon’s version of FMLA. You can also read an employee focused discussion of OFLA.

Health Information on a variety of health issues, including information on health insurance. Tambien tienen informacion en espanol.

The American Academy of Pediatrics: Healthy Children. Information on a variety of topics from ages and stages to immunizations to nutrition.

The Maternal and Child Health Library. A good site to visit for in-depth resources about health issues.Their resource briefs provide links to a variety of resources for care, services, support or information on specific health topics.

Bright Futures: Mental Health Tools for Families. Their downloadable tools cover issues related to infancy, early childhood, middle childhood and adolescence.

Caregiving: Older Adults

The National Family Caregivers Association: Family Caregiving Resources. A comprehensive list of resources and organizations that help with caregiving.

Children of Aging Parents (CAPS). A national organization for caregivers offering information on support groups and a caregiver guide.

The Family Caregiver Support Program. Provides resources and support for caregivers. If you’re in Multnomah County call (503) 988-3646 for more information.

Family Caregiver Alliance. Provides information and advice for caregivers, including information on work/caregiver balance.