Community Resources

The following organizations and websites provide information and services that families living in or moving to Ithaca and Tompkins County might find useful. Below is a list of links that provide information on:

Ithaca and Tompkins County

City of Ithaca Welcome to the City of Ithaca, a great place to live, learn, work, play, create and dream! This website has information on government services, utilities, schools, child care, transportation, and area state parks for new and long time residents.

Finger Lakes Region Learn about what makes the Finger Lakes region unique as well as information on events in the area.

The Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce The mission of The Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce is to advocate for the free enterprise system and sound economic development, foster success for its for-profit and not-for-profit members, and promote a high quality of life for all Tompkins County residents. provides information about Ithaca and Tompkins County for families visiting or moving to the area.

Local Events and Activities for Families

Ithaca Child is a free local paper for parents that publishes six times a year. It provides information on resources for parents in the community, events, and articles pertinent to parents. provides a comprehensive listing of arts and cultural events in Tompkins County.

Ithaca Family Fun is a local information hub for parents and caregivers looking for family friendly activities. This site hosts information about fun places and ongoing events in the Ithaca area with links and contact information whenever possible.

Child Development and Education

Child Development Council(CDC) The mission of the Child Development Council is to promote the healthy development of children and families at home, in child care, and in the community. The CDC advocates for the continuous improvement of healthy child development and offers resources and support services for parents, child care providers, and the community. In promoting the healthy development of children and families, the various program activities of the agency are aimed at enhancing the quality of care that children receive and the environments in which they grow up, whether in home, child care, school or neighborhood settings.

Child Development Institute‘s primary goal is to provide information to parents based on current research that is both comprehensive and practical. The purpose is to enable parents to help each child to develop to his or her full potential. The website has several articles about child development, psychology, education, health, and parenting.

Children with Special Care Needs(CSCN) Part of the Tompkins County Health Department, the CSCN offers the following programs, Child Find, the Early Intervention Program, the Children with Special Health Care Needs Program and the Physically Handicapped Children’s Program designed to aid children with developmental delays or disabilities.

Creative Curriculum balances teacher‐planned and child‐initiated learning, emphasizing responsiveness to children’s strengths, interests, needs, and learning styles. Nationally known for being forward‐thinking, comprehensive, and rigorously researched, it helps teachers plan and implement content‐rich, developmentally appropriate programs that support active learning and promote children’s progress in all developmental areas. IC3 teachers use the Creative Curriculum in our infant, toddler, and pre-k programs.

Cornell University B.A.B.Y. Lab The Behavioral Analysis of Beginning Years (B.A.B.Y.) Laboratory at Cornell University studies the development of communication, cognition, and language of young children. Parents interested in having their children participate in B.A.B.Y. Lab research can sign up on the website.

Potty Genius is a whole website dedicated to potty training with a variety of guides, tips, and downloadable resources.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children(NAEYC) The NAEYC Academy sets and monitors standards for high-quality early childhood education programs and accredits programs that meet these standards. NAEYC develops resources for parents and early childhood education professionals to support families in their early childhood education and parenting needs. Resources and articles on topics of early childhood education and development are available on their website.

Family Support Services

2-1-1 Tompkins/ Information and Referral operates at the hub of the Tompkins County services network to promote effective service delivery and efficient allocation of community resources. 2-1-1 connects people in need with services designed to address that need by providing a central telephone information service, chat line, and maintaining a data base of community information. Callers are referred to service providers according to their situation.

The Advocacy Center (formerly the Task Force For Battered Women/ Child Sexual Abuse Project) has provided support, advocacy and education for survivors of domestic violence since 1977, survivors of child sexual abuse since 1982 and survivors of adult sexual assault since 2003. The goal of the Advocacy Center is to help reduce the trauma that results from domestic violence, sexual assault and child sexual abuse.

Community Dispute Resolution Center(CDRC) offers mediation services and conflict education to help resolve conflict constructively.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is a key outreach system of Cornell University with a strong public mission and an extensive local presence that is responsive to needs in New York communities. The Cornell Cooperative Extension educational system enables people to improve their lives and communities through partnerships that put experience and research knowledge to work.

Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca supports, promotes and strengthens the well-being of individuals and families by providing high-quality, accessible mental health care and related social services, with a particular sensitivity toward the needs of children.

The Mental Health Association in Tompkins County is committed to developing and supporting the active involvement of ordinary people (including providers, family members and recipients of mental health services) in all aspects of mental health. These include the definition of needs, the promotion of community, and the provision of services. The Mental Health Association also supports the human and civil rights of people who use mental health services, and will educate the community on all perspectives concerning mental health and mental health disabilities.