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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Parent Information

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) uses this page to collect topics related to a wide range of parenting and childcare issues. These resources are user-friendly and organized by child age range, making it easier to find the materials of interest. The website is recommended for its collection of important information for parents and expectant mothers.

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Review Date: 11/7/2018

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Ease of Use

The landing page helpfully organizes information around childhood age/stage. That way parents can find the materials best suited to their interests ("Pregnancy," "Infants & Toddlers," "Teens," etc.). Further exploration of these featured tiles takes readers to different parts of the CDC website that are appropriately labeled.

Visual Design

This CDC subsection serves as a clearinghouse for materials located throughout the sprawling CDC website. It's landing page offers inviting images and a pleasant color scheme. However, the visual appeal varies depending on which part of the CDC website this landing page links to. Some are decent, but others have little visual appeal at all.

Quality

The CDC's collection of information for parents provides users with a wide range of detailed, relevant content. However, the site is far from comprehensive. The way the site is organized makes it impossible to know where the gaps are in its collection. And inconsistent referencing makes it so that readers should be slightly wary of some of the content.

Credibility

Although the CDC employs many qualified medical professionals, credibility would be improved if authors were identified and had credentials clearly stated. Users should pay close attention to dates of last review, since many topics have not been reviewed in over two years. Some are even archived and listed as no longer being updated. Overall, most of the site content can be trusted to augment parenting skills, but users may want to verify certain recommendations from other sources.

Pros

  1. Access to a wide range of detailed information and helpful resources useful to parents and expectant mothers
  2. Links to related information and numerous resources about parenting and childcare, pediatrics, pregnancy, family services, and more
  3. Reliable information from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions and other government sources

Cons

  1. Although many important issues are covered, the content is not inclusive
  2. Many links may need to be explored to find relevant information or resources

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Videos, child care and family services, personal stories

Languages: English

Contact: ADPolicy@cdc.gov

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