The National Parent Information Network (NPIN) 

What Is NPIN?

The National Parent Information Network (NPIN) finds and shares high-quality materials related to parenting and parent involvement in education. The focus is on creating an attractive, widely available resource collection that incorporates graphics and other parent-friendly features of the Internet. NPIN:

  • provides an attractive, single point of access on the World Wide Web to high-quality information on parenting and parent involvement in their children’s education;
  • continually adds new information to its already broad collection for parents and those who work with parents; and
  • provides workshops for parents and parenting professionals in the skills needed to use NPIN and other World Wide Web resources.

For parents . . . NPIN offers easy access to high-quality information on raising healthy children and on becoming informed partners in their children's education.

For organizations . . . NPIN provides research-based information that can be incorporated with local resources on parenting and on how parents can be actively involved in their children's learning—at home, at school, and in their communities.

What Does NPIN Do?

Since 1993, NPIN has been developing one of the largest collections of high-quality, noncommercial information on the Internet on parenting, child development, and family life. The U.S. Department of Education, through the National Library of Education, supports the National Parent Information Network through the ERIC program.

NPIN provides the following services:

PARENT NEWS — An award-winning Internet source of news for parents on child rearing and education, Parent News is updated every 2 months and includes feature articles; listings and descriptions of parenting-related organizations, newsletters, books, and Internet sites; and community parent-support programming ideas.

PARENTS AskERIC — A question-and-answer service for parents and those who work with parents on issues related to child development, care, and education. Questions can be forwarded to NPIN through electronic mail and U.S. mail, or by calling our toll-free number.

PARENTING-L — An informal Internet discussion list for parents and parenting professionals that focuses on current parenting concerns.

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND PARENTING PROFESSIONALS — A large and growing collection of articles, essays, and other materials on family life, child development, and parenting from birth through early adolescence.

NPIN Illinois — An information service and World Wide Web site that connects parents and families to services and resources around the state. Visit the information link for Illinois families at: Editor's note: This url has changed:

How Can You Participate?

  • Visit NPIN's Web site at:
  • Use PARENTS AskERIC by emailing parenting questions to, mailing questions to the address given below, or by calling our toll-free number—800-583-4135.
  • Work with NPIN to share your high-quality parenting materials. The list of organizations contributing information to NPIN continues to expand. It includes the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships; the National Association for the Education of Young Children; the National Urban League; National Fathers’ Network; and many other organizations.
  • Provide feedback, and suggest new materials to be acquired and topics or issues that you or the families you work with would like to see included on the National Parent Information Network.
  • Contact NPIN to discuss a workshop for your local family center, library, Head Start program, school, or parenting organization.

For more information, contact:

National Parent Information Network
ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Children’s Research Center
51 Gerty Drive
Champaign, IL 61820-7469
phone: 217-333-1386
World Wide Web:
Electronic Mail:
Toll-Free Number: 800-583-4135


Editor's note: As of December 31, 2003, the National Parent Information Network has been discontinued. The information in the following section of this publication may not be current.

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