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MARK BENFIELD, M.D. Over 25 years experience in caring for children & young adults with kidney disease.





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are evidence-based techniques that can be applied in these situations without using "cry it out”? Let me help you teach your child healthy sleep habits so that they fall asleep, and stay asleep, on their own!”

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For 40 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Alabama (RMHCA) has been keeping families like the Leveretts together when they need it most. Six-year-old Christian has an aggressive form of cancer and to get the best care possible, he and his parents have to travel three hours from their home in Mobile to Birmingham.

“It’s been a relief staying here. If your child is sick and you’re far from home, the best place to be is the Ronald McDonald House. - Vanessa Leverett

Thanks to RMHCA and its supporters, families like the Leveretts don’t have to face these challenges alone! Families have a free, welcoming place to stay one block from the hospital with a private room, volunteer-provided meals and activities and many comforts of home.

Come see our mission in action! NEW DATE. NEW LOCATION. SAME GREAT MISSION. Our Red Shoe Run is moving to the Ronald McDonald House on March 16, 2019! Register at redshoerun-bham.org

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When you volunteer or donate, you make an immediate, positive impact for guest families facing tough medical situations. There are opportunities to help all year long! Learn more at RMHCA.org

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This is our 7th edition of The Guide, Birmingham Parent’s Resource Directory for Birmingham-area families for 2019. We hope it is helpful to the reader as a “parent handbook” to have all year long. And we’ve sprinkled in a few great stories here, as well. You can pick up THE GUIDE most of the year at regular Birmingham Parent distribution locations, as it is overprinted and put out all year as a companion to our other 11 great issues throughout the year. You can also access it at www.birminghamparent.com all year long. If you enjoy this issue, please thank the cover sponsors and advertisers in this issue who make it possible. As a free publication, we rely on great sponsors and advertisers to bring this information to you, along with Birmingham Parent, all year long. And if you have suggestions or ideas for the 2020 Guide, please let us know at info@birminghamparent.com. We love suggestions! In the same vein, watch for our SUMMER FUN GUIDE in June 2019, as it will be somewhat similar to this issue, and chock full of summer fun activities and places to go around Birmingham and a short drive beyond. If you have a business or service and are interested in being in the Summer Fun issue, please contact us to ensure great placement. Don’t miss our upcoming events! Birmingham Parent’s annual Camp Expo is Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at McWane Science Center from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. You don’t have to pay admission to come, just come in the events entrance, but it’s a fun time and we’ll be giving away a BUNCH of McWane Science Center tickets for that day. See page 47 for details. This year we are offering TWO Special Needs Expos! The first on is Saturday, March 16, 2019, at the EXCEPTIONAL FOUNDATION in Homewood from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (A typo in the December 2018 issue gave an incorrect location.) The second one is Saturday, March 30, 2019, at the Jaycee Community Building in Huntsville from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. See page 47 for details. And of course, our Happy Healthy Kids Fair which launches the back-to-school season is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, August 24, 2019 at the Riverchase Galleria. Sponsorships and vendor booths for all these events are available online at www.birminghamparent.com, by contacting your marketing representative, e-mailing us at info@birminghamparent.com or calling 205-624-2405. Thanks for reading and have a terrific 2019! Keep Birmingham Parent nearby for great stories, calendar of events and so much more. And be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!


Carol Muse Evans, Publisher/Editor carol@birminghamparent.com www.birminghamparent.com www.twitter.com/bhamparent www.facebook.com/BirminghamParent www.instagram.com/birminghamparentmagazine www.pinterest.com/birminghamparentmagazine/

ABOUT THE EDITORS: Carol Muse Evans is the publisher/editor/owner of Birmingham Parent magazine, a publication she and her husband David began in 2004. The Birmingham, Alabama-based parenting publication attracts more than 60,000 readers monthly in a four-county area and receives 10,000 hits per month on its website. The magazine has a 20,000+ print circulation, plus several thousand in readership of the digital edition online. It is the only independently audited free publication in our area. Evans is an award-winning writer and editor who has also has written for several other publications as a freelance writer since the late 80s. She is a graduate of Auburn University in journalism and is a graduate of Scottsboro High School. She is married with two grown children and lives in Alabaster. She is a member of the National Federation of Press Women, Alabama Media Professionals and Southeastern Advertisers and Publishers Association (SAPA). Evans also serves on the board of directors of Childcare Resources. Lori Chandler Pruitt is associate editor of Birmingham Parent, where she is responsible for the calendar and editorial editing. She also is a freelancer for Business Alabama magazine and has written/edited for several other publications. This award-winning writer and editor is a graduate of the University of Alabama in news/editorial and Hueytown High School. She is married with two children. 4 | birminghamparent | THE GUIDE 2019

PUBLISHERS David & Carol Evans EDITOR Carol Muse Evans ASSOCIATE EDITOR Lori Chandler Pruitt CALENDAR Lori Chandler Pruitt CONTRIBUTORS Paige Townley, Emily Reed, Becky Beall, Denise Yearian, Children’s of Alabama


art & production ART DIRECTOR Hilary Moreno DISTRIBUTION T&P Deliveries LEGAL COUNSEL Balch & Bingham LLP

BIRMINGHAM PARENT IS A PUBLICATION OF EVANS PUBLISHING, LLC. Publishers: Carol Muse Evans, David K. Evans Sr. Birmingham Parent (EIN200694149) is published monthly by Evans Publishing LLC. www.birminghamparent.com or editor@birminghamparent.com. Birmingham Parent is © 2019 by Evans Publishing LLC. Family Connections Media ©2019/2020 by Evans Publishing LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is prohibited. Editorial submissions are welcome. For back issues, please send a self-addressed 10” x 13” envelope with $4 for postage and handling.

Bringing quality and value to homes since 1983! DSLD Land Management has built an excellent reputation in landscape construction as a prominent design/build company that services central Alabama. Over the past 35 years, DSLD has been recognized and featured in publications such as Southern Living Magazine and Builder’s Architect Magazine. DSLD welcomes projects of any scope and size, and stands ready to serve our clients with one of Alabama’s most credentialed professional staffs for a combined 350+ years of landscape design/build experience!


I have used DSLD numerous times and I am always 110% satisfied with the attention to detail and the final product of their work. The DSLD team is always courteous, professional and respectful. If you’re like me and don’t have a vision for your lawn, call DSLD and let them handle it—you will not be disappointed. —Jason C.

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Local Emergency Authorities


Meet our Cover Sponsors


Area Hospitals


Health Departments


Area Libraries


Driver’s License Offices/License Plates


Area Attractions


Area Public School Systems


An Overview of Area Municipalities


Our 2019 Resource Guide


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Editor’s Note


Chatting with Child’sPlay: Finding the Facts, Avoiding the Fads


It’s Tax Time: Tips for Families with Dependent Children


Protecting Your Family During Cold and Flu Season


9 Quick Tips to Prepare for Camp


5 Benefits to Attending Summer Residential Camp


Alabama the Beautiful Offers Great Attractions

How Working Parents Deal with Sick Child Daycare




Local emergency authorities in any area


American Association of Poison Control Centers www.aapcc.org 800-222-1222 Alabama Emergency Management Agency disaster, bad weather, etc. www.ema.alabama.gov 205-280-2312 Parenting Assistance Line – PAL stressed out parents, child abuse, etc. www.pal.ua.edu 866-962-3030

SERVING THE COUNTIES OF CENTRAL ALABAMA Crisis / Suicide Line 24 hours /7 days www.crisiscenterbham.org 205-323-7777 or 800-273-8255 UTalk for Teens Call or text about anything 3-10 pm during the school year 10 am-10 pm in the summer www.crisiscenterbham.org/ crisis-intervention-prevention/ utalk.htm/ 205-328-5465

UTalk for Kids Ages 6-12. Call about anything: friends, school, family, feelings, etc. Any day from 3-10pm www.crisiscenterbham.org/ crisis-intervention-prevention/ utalk.htm/ 205-328-5465 Senior Talk Line Free, confidential telephone reassurance service for senior citizens, caregivers, retirees,widowed persons, grandparents and others. www.crisiscenterbham.org/ crisis-intervention-prevention/ senior-talk-line/ 205-328-8255

Rape Response Available 24/7 www.crisiscenterbham.org/ sexual-assault-services/ rape-response/ 205-323-7273 Highway Emergencies Using Cellular Phones *HP (*47) The program is operational in most areas of the state, and other providers are expected to participate in the future. If your cellular phone company is not a part of this valuable service, please ask the company to call 334-242-4384, DPS Headquarters, Montgomery.

Veteran’s Crisis Line Free, confidential support. Services for deaf and hard of hearing individuals offered. Available 24/7 800-273-8255 (then press 1) or text 838255 Recovery Resource Center The program provides information about drug and alcohol abuse, as well as details on how to obtain help for yourself or a loved one. A list of various treatment options and available resources are also provided to callers. Available 8:30am-5pm https://recoveryresourcejeffco.com/ 205-458-3377

Call for a FREE 15 minute consultation!

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Learn more today!

“Many parents struggle with kids who cannot sleep through the night and have trouble self-soothing themselves back to sleep. Did you know that there are evidence-based techniques that can be applied in these situations without using "cry it out”? Let me help you teach your child healthy sleep habits so that they fall asleep, and stay asleep, on their own!”



Huggs & Kisses Sick Child Care/Mission Hugs Foundation 1716 Fifth Ave. N, Birmingham, AL 35203 . 205-324-8447

- Tonja B., Sleep Consultant

When schools close or other issues arise! Kids with chronic medical conditions & illnesses, premature newborns, and special needs children. * nurse-assisted, medically trained staff


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meet our cover sponsors ODYSSEY EARLY SCHOOLS Odyssey was created by educators who dreamed of opening an early learning center where children could be nurtured and taught by a highly trained and loving staff. That dream was realized when our Inverness school opened in 1995, and then again in 2001, with the opening of our second school in Trace Crossings. Odyssey’s goal is to create a life-long love of learning. We have developed our own age-appropriate curriculum, specifically designed

to introduce each age grouping to language, reading, math, science and more, so that your child will possess a strong foundation for Kindergarten and beyond. Additionally, we guarantee teachers with four-year education degrees in all preschool classrooms and offer exceptional child-to-teacher ratios. At our schools, you can watch your child’s entire day in live, streaming, HD video over the Internet, through an individual, secure connection

linked directly to your child’s classroom. We want our parents to know what happens during their child’s day, and Odyssey is the only Over-theMountain daycare to offer this service. Our team works tirelessly to earn its reputation as the best childcare option for Birmingham parents,and we invite you to visit today to witness for yourself what so many other families have known since 1995! Visit www.odysseyearlyschool.com for more info.

Honors. While serving as Chief Resident, Dr. Gatrey also completed her residency in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry. During residency Dr. Gatrey completed training with special needs persons and medically compromised children at the Sparks Dental Clinic. Visiting the dentist at Pediatric

Smiles is a fun adventure. We like dental visits to be a positive experience for future visits that last through adulthood. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

trained and highly skilled in the services they provide. The staff works with medical personnel, the patient, the family and the caregiver to evaluate the home environment, assess equipment needs, and customize solutions that support the patient’s functional needs and therapeutic goals while addressing activities of daily living. At Mobility Central, we strive to build relationships with our customers by adhering to a “customer-centered, needs

based” philosophy that ensures a perfect equipment fit every time and exceptional customer service for the life of the equipment. Mobility Central was founded in Birmingham, Alabama in 2004 to serve the people of Alabama with medical equipment needs while demonstrating the utmost care and professionalism. When the simple act of living becomes really complex, trust Mobility Central to help you every step of the way!

www.odysseyearlyschool.com INVERNESS CAMPUS 205-991-0039 TRACE CROSSINGS CAMPUS 205-988-8829

PEDIATRIC SMILES Dr. Tabitha J. Gatrey, a native of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is a board-certified pediatric dentist. She is a graduate of Xavier University in New Orleans cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She went on to receive her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry with Research

​ 823 Promenade Pkwy. 4 Suite 101 Bessemer, AL 35022 205-230-9000

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MOBILITY CENTRAL Mobility Central is a local, family-owned medical equipment provider offering state-of-the-art equipment and therapies to improve the quality of life for both children and adults with special needs. We are dedicated to helping each patient regain and secure freedom and independence for daily living; as well as fostering development in our younger patients. Mobility Central employs a team of caring professionals who are thoroughly

400 Old Towne Road Vestavia, Alabama 35216 205-942-2534 www.mobilitycentalinc.com

THE DANCE FOUNDATION The Dance Foundation’s unique approach to teaching the art of dance inspires imaginative learning in young dancers and cultivates technique and artistry as they mature. They offer classes for ages one to adult including Movement-to-Music, “just for boys,” dance especially for children with special needs, Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, and Acting. The Dance Foundation has an extensive outreach program that brings

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dance with live music to children at dozens of social service agencies, child care centers and schools throughout Birmingham. Additionally, The Dance Foundation is home to artists and organizations who need space to rehearse, perform, and hold classes. Visit thedancefoundation.org to register for classes and summer camps and to take a virtual tour of their studios and 100-seat theatre.


meet our cover sponsors ANGELICA ROHNER PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY Dr​. Angelica Rohner is ​​ a specialist in the field of Pediatric and Adolescent Dentistry. What’s so special? Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry, dedicated to the oral health of children, ranging from infants to teens. Dr.​Rohner and​her highly trained staff work hard to make each child’s dental visit fun and exciting, resulting in a great attitude toward dentistry and, ul-

timately, oral health. On a daily basis we hear our patients say, “I love the dentist!” We take pride in great clinical and conversational experiences with our patients. We realize that taking care of our patient’s guardian is equally important. Our office works with you to schedule appointments that work best for your child and their schedule. Our convenient location makes a trip to the

dentist easy. We also supply text, email and/or phone confirmations and communication pathways. It is an honor for our patient’s parents to trust us with the well being of their children. This is never taken lightly and is evident in the time that the doctor takes to speak with each parent at every dental visit. Let Dr. Rohner ​and her dental team take care of you​and your child.

Private cabanas and adults-only pools and bars take the fun up another notch. For guaranteed admission to SoundWaves, the resort offers a SoundWaves Experience Package including room accommodations, passes to the water experience and an exclusive early arrival so you can enjoy the fun even longer! Party rooms are also available to reserve for up to 30 people

and includes a party coordinator and all day access to SoundWaves – perfect for birthdays, reunions and bachelor/bachelorette celebrations. This is not a waterpark; this is the place you’ve been dreaming of! Indoor experiences are open now, and seasonal outdoor attractions open in May 2019. For more information and to reserve your SoundWaves Experience Package today, visit SoundWavesGO.com

205-870-0892 www.drrohner.com

GAYLORD OPRYLAND Shake off your preconceptions and your old expectations and get in tune with Nashville’s newest water experience. SoundWaves at Gaylord Opryland Resort is an unexpected aquatic attraction for hotel guests that unites extraordinary environments, exclusive upscale amenities and relaxing water features with energetic rides, immersive music and an indoor/outdoor oasis for people of all ages to enjoy.


THE TUTORING CENTER At The Tutoring Center, an individualized, direct, one-to-one instruction combined with the Rotational Approach To Learning (RATL) is used very successfully. Children move through differentstations during their tutoring sessions working on different tasks at each station. Children withADD or ADHD benefit greatly from this system, which is what Dr. Thalheimer, a child psychologist and founder of the Tutoring Center, had intended to

do when he developed the system. We offer Free Diagnostic Assessments and a variety of programs that fit all students’ needs. We help struggling children as well as advanced children in math, reading, writing, Algebra I and II, Geometry, AP math, enrichment and study skills, and SAT/ACT prep courses. The Tutoring Center offers tutoring sessions Monday-Friday 3:30 PM7:30 PM. We also offer ACT/SAT tutoring on weekends and conduct

Free Diagnostic Assessments all week. Our prices are surprisingly very low and our results are guaranteed or we tutor at no charge (call for details). You can visit our national website www.tutorincenter.com to know more about us. You can also find us on Google search to read customers’ reviews. Located in Hoover on Hwy 150 near Academy Sports. Call us at (205) 987-9577 to schedule a Free Diagnostic Assessment today.

Empowering Children to Reach their Potential


2804 John Hawkins Pkwy, Suite 100 Hoover, Alabama, 35244 (near Academy Sports) (205) 987-9577

THE DAUPHIN ISLAND SEA LAB The Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) is Alabama’s marine research and educational institute. The DISL covers education and outreach for all ages through its University Programs, Discovery Hall Programs, and the Estuarium, a public aquarium. Discovery Hall Programs includes academic year classes for K-12 students, summer overnight and day camps, professional development workshops, and

public outreach. The BayMobile, DISL’s traveling science classroom, visits underserved schools throughout the state of Alabama which do not have the opportunity or the means to visit the DISL on a field trip. The Estuarium, the DISL’s public aquarium, highlights the four key habitats of coastal Alabama: the Mobile Tensaw River Delta, Mobile Bay, the Barrier Islands and the Northern Gulf of Mexico.

University programs at DISL consists of two parts: summer undergraduate programs and year-round graduate programs. The summer undergraduate program consists of three summer sessions with 24 courses offered. The graduate program offers a variety of disciplines for PhD and master students to choose from as they continue their studies.

www.disl.org, 251-861-2141 101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, Alabama 36528

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meet our cover sponsors MCCALLA ORTHODONTICS & PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY At McCalla Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Olga Sanchez Hernandez and staff, provide dental care for patients from the ages of 1 to 18 years of age, and handicapped patients. Our services include preventive, restorative, and emergency treatment. Dr. Sanchez Hernandez also provides orthodontic treatment for children and adults. We combine pediatric

dentistry and orthodontics to allow for all the dental needs of our patients to be met under one roof. The dental services needed are provided, while at the same time the development of an adequate occlusion is monitored closely. This allows for orthodontic treatment to be provided in a timely manner increasing the quality of service. Our staff operates as a team and is committed to high quality

service with emphasis on individual needs in a comfortable environment. Our hygienists are especially qualified to deal with children and adolescent specific needs. All of our personnel are kept abreast of the latest developments through continuing education courses. Come visit our website at www.mccallasmiles.com and take a virtual tour of our office.

Dr Olga Sanchez Hernandez 205-477-8004 www.mccallasmiles.com

RONALD McDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF ALABAMA Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama (RMHCA) serves 73 families every night, providing them with a “home-away-fromhome” while their children receive medical care in Birmingham. In addition to providing a comfortable bedroom with a private bathroom, we surround families with love and support from volunteers, staff and other guest families who share the same hopes and fears. We provide volunteer-provided meals, family

program and activities, indoor and outdoor play areas, laundry facilities, WiFi and much more so that our guest families can concentrate on what is most important – their child’s health. Our two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, located at UAB Women & Infants Center and DCH Regional Medical Center (Tuscaloosa), provide an inviting oasis of calm for families, while increasing their ability to advocate for their child.

They can find comfort, care and support without leaving their child’s side. We may not be able to make the medicine taste better or take away painful treatments. But by keeping families together and close to their child’s medical team, RMHCA and its supporters can help lessen the burden and ensure families have the stability and resources to get and keep their child healthy and happy. Learn more at RMHCA.org



PEDIATRIC NEPHROLOGY OF ALABAMA The doctors and staff of Pediatric Nephrology of Alabama seek to provide the best care available in the most compassionate and efficient way possible. When children have kidney disease it is sometimes scary and stressful. We provide you and your child with prompt care and a consistent team of providers who know you, your child and their illness. We will spend whatever time necessary to help you understand their kidney problems and treatment. Our

highest priority is to provide care in a compassionate, personalized, family oriented way that is convenient for your child, family, and referring physicians with offices in Birmingham, Huntsville, and Montgomery. Dr. Benfield worked at UAB/ Children’s Hospital for 20 years, eventually becoming the Director of Pediatric Nephrology. Under his direction the division developed programs in dialysis, transplantation, chronic kidney disease and

general nephrology that garnered national recognition being named as one of the top 25 programs in the country. In 2010 he opened Pediatric Nephrology of Alabama. He brought the same energy and pursuit of excellence to the private practice and has received national and local recognition being named to Best Doctors in America, Birmingham Best Doctors, Birmingham Super Doctors, and Parents’ Choice Award.

pediatric Nephrology of Alabama

(205) 558-3200

www.pednephal.com 205-558-3200

APPLAUSE DANCEWEAR Applause Dancewear, a retail dancewear store has just celebrated its 38th year in business, located in the same place it opened in 1981, and still family owned and operated since the first day. They carry everything a dancer could possibly want for any kind of dancing. Applause also carries liturgical wear for church groups, amazing gymnastics leotards for every age, and batons, boots and rhinestones for

dancelines and majorettes. The store was originally opened by Buddy and Cindy Wade when Cindy was the choreographer of The Star Spangled Girls at Homewood High School. After managing the store while receiving her marketing degree at UAB, their daughter Katie set her sights on owning Applause and building the business. With her parents’ permission, Katie took over the store in 1992.

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She has continued to staff the store with dancers, knowing that having employees who have practical application in the items they are selling and the experience to back the products will always make a customer more comfortable and secure when purchasing specialty items. She knows as a mom, how overwhelming it can be to purchase items for your children that you may not have had your own experience with.

205-871-STEP www.applausedancewear.net 1629 Oxmoor Road Homewood, AL 35209

meet our cover sponsors CHILD’SPLAY THERAPY CENTER Child’sPlay Therapy Center provides occupational, physical, and speech therapy services, along with counseling, nutritional therapy, and music therapy. Our experienced staff uses play and “kid approved” activities to help children reach their goals. We can help your child succeed in the areas of speech/ language development, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, sensory processing, attention/

have experienced trauma, or are currently struggling with depression, anxiety, behavior problems, bullying, and other social challenges. Choose from either of our two state of the art, conveniently located facilities in Hoover and Chelsea! Make sure to “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay informed!

concentration, feeding concerns and academic delays. Focal Point is our highly successful intensive treatment program for ADD/ADHD. Other special programming includes Orton Gillingham reading therapy, the “SOS” approach to feeding therapy, Handwriting Without Tears, Interactive Metronome, and Integrated Listening. We are excited to now offer counseling services to help children who

www.childsplaytherapycenter.com Hoover: 205-978-9939 Chelsea: 205-618-8095

TONJA B’S SLEEP CONSULTING While most books and programs dealing with child sleep issues take philosophical stands (based largely around the issue of “crying it out”), I believe that your child’s sleep is more important than my personal views on this subject. That’s why my method places so much emphasis on accommodating different parenting styles. The bottom line is that you, as a parent, need to be comfortable with your new

sleep plan in order for it to work for your child. My approach to improving your child’s sleep is pretty simple:

make some choices about what is the right approach for your child. (All children are different, and nobody knows your child better than you do.)

• I’ll give you honest information about WHY sleep is so important for your child’s well-being. (This will give you all the motivation you need to make changes to your child’s sleep habits.)

• I’ll show you how to measure success. (No, you shouldn’t expect your child to sleep 12 uninterrupted hours on the first night — although it does happen! I’ll tell you what you should expect along the way…)

• I’ll lay out an easy-to-follow, step-by-step plan that lets you


KUMON OF HOOVER Kumon is an after-school math and reading enrichment program that unlocks the potential of children, so they can achieve more on their own. Through daily practice and mastery of materials, students increase confidence, improve concentration, and develop better study skills. Kumon has 26,000 centers in 50 countries and more than four million students studying worldwide. As the world’s largest after-school math and reading pro-

gram, Kumon accelerates your child’s learning – from as young as three years old all the way through high school. Kumon goes beyond tutoring, by actively developing critical thinking skills as children progress independently through a carefully crafted math and reading curriculum. Kumon’s time-tested self-learning program uses engaging worksheets and guidance from an on-site instructor to present new concepts and materials, giving children

an academic advantage in the classroom – and throughout life. As a result, many Kumon students study above grade level. Parents are encouraged to attend a free orientation at the Kumon Math & Reading Center of Hoover to find out more about enrolling their children in the Kumon Program. For a limited time, enjoy 50% OFF REGISTRATION! Call for details: 205-444-9485, visit our website, www.kumon.com/hoover-al or email hoover_al@ikumon.com.

WE MAKE YOUR SMART KID EVEN SMARTER! Kumon Math and Reading of Hoover 205-444-9485 205.444.9485 • kumon.com/hoover-al www.kumon.com/hoover-al

ACADEMY OF THE ARTS AT SAMFORD UNIVERSITY The Samford University Academy of the Arts combines former Preparatory Music and Samford After Sundown programs, offering a wide variety of classes for adults and children. Check out our listing and see our website for registration and class details. Academy of the Arts offers: · Antiques · Art for Children & Teens

· Creative Writing · Culinary · Drawing · English as a Second Language Classes · Foreign Language Classes · Music Lessons · Painting · Photography · Piano Classes: Children and Adults · Pottery · Summer Camps

205-726-2739 www.samford.edu/go/aota

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How Working Parents Deal with Sick Child Daycare By Paige Townley It’s a problem all working parents face at some point: their child has gotten sick and can’t go to school or daycare, meaning that the parent can’t go to work either. For some parents, it can be a serious situation – they have no more vacation or personal time left to take, they have something scheduled that day that they just can’t miss, or perhaps one more day away from work means serious repercussions. That’s exactly why Huggs & Kisses Sick Child Daycare was established. Dr. Jacqueline Stewart, a local pediatrician, founded Huggs & Kisses in 1990, and it all started because of the problems she frequently heard parents mention. “I was seeing through my practice that parents were losing job time because their kids were sick,” she says. “Parents were saying that they were using their sick time or vacation time or even personal leave because their child was sick over and over. Some were even saying if they missed work again, they would lose their job. So I started looking for a resource for parents.” While she was hoping to find a solution to alleviate those problems for parents, she didn’t find any options. Yet she did come across a center in Minnesota, the first of its kind in the nation, that took care of sick children so that parents wouldn’t have to miss work. “I liked what they were doing, so I knew I had to go there and see it,” Stewart says. “After seeing it in person, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.” She came back to Birmingham and put her plan into motion: to set up a licensed daycare center that could look after sick children while parents were at work, and that’s what Huggs & Kisses has done since it opened more than 20 years ago. The daycare accepts children who are sick with illnesses regular daycares won’t take, and they have a variety of rooms to

divide the children by types of illnesses. They even have a non-contagious room. “Sometimes parents are in a bind with childcare even though their child isn’t sick,” Stewart explains. “Perhaps a babysitter fell through or school closed unexpectedly. That poses the same kind of problem for parents.” Further separating itself from other centers is the fact that Huggs & Kisses has registered nurses on staff to care for the children – caretakers who are trained to look for various symptoms that may indicate worsening of symptoms or perhaps indicate improvement. The RNs monitor the children during the day, including taking their temperatures and managing their meals – and call the parents if anything changes. Parents are also encouraged to call and check on their children as well. “We do everything we can to make parents feel comfortable because it’s not comfortable at all to leave your sick child with anybody,” Stewart says. “But if parents know they are leaving them with a competent staff that is trained, it hopefully makes the parent feel much better.” Understanding the impact that sick children have to working parents, Children’s of Alabama has also set up its own mildly ill care center for its employees, Near-n-Dear. Housed in the hospital, Near-n-Dear is for emergency back-up childcare and mildly ill children for kids of hospital workers when they can’t go to school or their regular daycare. “We’re set up to care for children who may be too sick for regular childcare centers but not so sick that a parent needs to stay home with them,” says Paige Larkin, center director. Near-n-Dear has three care rooms, with the children separated based on illness. Generally, the center provides one-on-one care for each child along with a nurse supervisor who manages

medication, treatments, vitals, and communication with parents for all children. “We typically have one child with one caregiver,” Larkin adds. “We don’t keep the kids in bed, we let them move around and play like a typical daycare center, and since parents are onsite at the hospital, we let parents come check in on them and visit as they have breaks to do so.” Sick child daycare has been so helpful to families and employers across Birmingham that a number of companies have contracted with Huggs & Kisses for their employees, such as St. Vincent’s Health System, Protective Life Insurance Company, and Spire. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama actually has its own sick child daycare facility, the Caring Corner, which is operated by Huggs & Kisses. “We have tried to make sure that we are set up to help parents in many situations with the help they need, whether it’s simply a sick child that needs a place to stay while they are at work, a healthy child when the babysitter bailed, or a special needs child that isn’t old enough for school and can’t go to a regular daycare, Stewart says. “It makes me happy to be there to help the parents and take care of these children.” Paige Townley is a Birmingham-based freelance writer. Huggs and Kisses: 205-324-8447

IS YOUR CHILD TOO SICK TO GO TO SCHOOL? Sometimes it’s not very obvious if a child is too sick for school or daycare or just a little under the weather and still able to attend their regular routine. Children’s of Alabama shares its tips on what common symptoms and sicknesses mean and whether or not that should keep kids home.

Sore throat, cough, mild congestion: While these symptoms could be leading to other illnesses, oftentimes on their own they might not mean the child is too sick for school. Children’s suggests checking with the school or daycare center to see if they have any guidelines for keeping a child home with these symptoms. Strep throat: After a child has a couple of doses of antibiotics, typically they should be well

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enough to get back to their usual routine, but they should stay home at least the first day after diagnosis. Cold or cough: If the child doesn’t have a fever, usually they can go on to school of daycare. However, if the sickness is making the child lethargic and therefore would require extra care or attention from the teacher/childcare worker, it would be best to keep them home.

Pinkeye: Typically, there are guidelines in place at schools and daycares about pinkeye. Oftentimes a doctor’s note is required for pinkeye, so check with your school or daycare on their specific policy. Vomiting and diarrhea: A child that has a fever and is nauseated, vomiting, or experiencing diarrhea shouldn’t be sent to school or daycare.

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Tips for Families with Dependent Children By Emily Reed As parents of a newly turned one-year-old, Michael and Karis Watts say filing their income tax returns have not changed much after having a child. “We weren’t worried about filing with our child for the first time, because we knew we would get a deduction, so I think we were both a little excited about it, to be honest,” Karis Watts says. The Shelby County couple will be filing their income taxes for the second year with a child, and typically use an H&R Block web program to help them file. The couple doesn’t anticipate having any issues with filing, even with the changes including a new child tax credit. Now, the Child Tax Credit has gone from $1,000 to $2,000 per qualifying child; however, the previous dependent exemption is going away. According to Cris Nelson, enrolled agent with Essential Solutions, there is a change in the tax code for 2018, which includes an additional benefit on the tax return for parents with dependent children and the increase in the child tax credit. “The dependency exemption did go away, however, we are seeing that on average, it does not negatively affect the taxpayer,” Nelson explains. “The child tax credit is $2,000 per child, depending on the Adjusted Gross Income. There is also an Earned Income Credit that is available to the taxpayer, depending on their income that increases with the number of children in the household.” Steve Emerson, CPA with Zippy, says for many parents there isn’t much of a difference when filing, compared to filing without children. “People usually don’t have problems filing their taxes with children,” Emerson says. “Sometimes we see challenges come up if it is a child that someone had with a previous marriage and they have a divorce agreement. Or you may have one parent of a divorced couple that will claim something they shouldn’t and that can cause some confusion, but for the most part it usually isn’t that different.” Nelson said taxpayers should always save anything “income related” for the preparation of their return, regardless of if they are filing with children or not. “With the change in the 2018 tax code, many households will not be able to itemize due to the increase in the standard deduction, but that will only be on the federal return,” Nelson explains. “They may still be able to itemize on Alabama returns so they still need to keep their receipts for their charitable 20 | birminghamparent | THE GUIDE 2019

deductions, and if they have high medical bills paid out of pocket and all medical receipts.” Emerson adds that another item parents should know about when filing is that they will need to have social security numbers for both themselves and their children, and parents should have a driver’s license or valid form of identification. “There has been a lot of identity theft lately, so one way to cut down on that is requiring everyone to show proof of identification,” Emerson says. “Identity theft is a constant problem. It used to be that people would claim dependents on just about anything. Some people even claimed their pets as dependents, or they would claim different family members as dependents, so that has really been cut down on with the requirement of identification.” Emerson says technology now allows items on tax documents to be checked for issues immediately. “Now, if there is something that is a red flag, it will automatically come back,” Emerson says. “It used to be that with paper filing it would take longer to come back, but nowadays you can pretty much know right away if something isn’t right.” According to information from Investopedia.com, a child can be claimed as a dependent if they are under the age of 19 at the end of the calendar year and younger than the claimant; under the age of 24 at the end of the calendar year, a student and younger than

claimant (of the claimant’s spouse when filing jointly); or any age if the child is permanently and totally disabled. A common mistake parents can sometimes make when it comes to taxes is not taking into consideration the income that a teenager or college-aged child might be making if they are employed, and how it may affect their own personal return, according to Nelson. The best piece of advice for new parents filing for the first time with a child is to try and file as early as possible. “Really, it is a good idea for anybody to file as early as they can, but if you are unsure about things as a new parent it is probably best to not wait until the last minute,” Emerson explains. “If there are any issues or if people need additional information about something you can have more time to research or address it, than waiting until the deadline of April 15.” Both Nelson and Emerson recommend consulting a tax professional regarding any questions about income taxes. For more information about the new child tax credit, or information about filing, visit irs.gov or consult a CPA or tax accountant.

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IDENTIFYING THE FLU Flu feels worse than a cold Higher fever Body aches May have diarrhea or vomiting

TREATING THE FLU Get plenty of sleep and stay home Drink lots of liquids to prevent dehydration Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen to relieve fever and aches

Protecting Your Family During Cold and Flu Season Flu season is in full swing. How can you protect your family from the illness, and what should you do if your child gets sick? Delphene Noland, manager of infection prevention and control at Children’s of Alabama, recommends getting the flu shot every year. “It’s good for the entire season. We know the flu is most prevalent through the fall and winter,” Noland adds. The flu shot is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. Influenza, or “the flu,” is a very contagious viral infection of the respiratory tract. The flu 22 | birminghamparent | THE GUIDE 2019

can often have some of the same symptoms as the common cold, but more severe. Noland says it is extremely important to stay hydrated during the flu. “Most flu deaths are related to complications of the flu, not necessarily the flu itself – for instance, things like dehydration and pneumonia,” she says. “If they’re not eating and drinking, if babies are not having wet diapers, those are hallmarks that you may need to seek medical attention.” The flu is easily spread, but there are ways to prevent it. “Hand washing is the number one thing you can do to prevent any viruses

including the flu,” Noland says. She encourages parents to teach their children to wash their hands often, including throughout the day when they are at school. “There’s no such thing as too much hand washing,” she adds. Because the flu is so contagious, it’s important to keep your child home when they are sick until they are fever free for at least 24 hours. The flu usually lasts about a week.

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Vincent McGraw Public Library 42850 Hwy. 25 Vincent, AL 35178 205-672-2749

Jane B. Holmes Library 230 Tucker Rd. Helena, AL 35080 205-664-8308

Westover Public Library 3312 Westover Rd. Westover, AL 35147 205-678-3375

Mt Laurel Library 111 Olmsted St. Birmingham, AL 35242 205-991-1660 North Shelby Library 5521 Cahaba Valley Rd Birmingham, AL 35242 205-439-5500

Vernice Stoudenmire Public Library 9905 N. Main St. Wilsonville, AL 35186 205-669-6180

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riences and are a good choice for the child who wants different activities or enjoys constant

American Camping Association or the National Camp Association. While this is not imperative, organizations like these have guidelines camps must meet before they can become accredited.

stimulation. Specialty camps provide concentrated instruction in one or two areas and are


When it comes to choosing a camp for your child, there are a host of options. Both residential and day camps have traditional and specialty offerings. Traditional camps offer a variety of expe-

a good option for those who are extremely focused on a given activity and can maintain their attention span. Following are a few things to consider when selecting a camp for your child.


Personal interests and preferences. Talk with your child about his expectations for summer camp. What are his interests? Does he want to focus on one activity or try a variety of experiences? Would he like to try something new? If so, summer camp is the perfect opportunity to do so.


Camp readiness. If this is your child’s first experience with camp, consider a day or residential program close to home. If your child wants to attend an overnight camp, schedule a trial run. Send him to a relative’s house for the weekend. How did he do away from home? Was he able to take care of his personal needs? Did he adjust to different foods? Did he sleep well?


Duration. Talk with your child about how long he would like to stay at camp. Is this a reasonable length of time for his age and developmental level? First-time campers would do well starting in a partial-week to full-week program. Even if your child decides to stay at camp all summer, allow a few weeks break between school and camp for down time.


Cost. When considering a camp, be sure you know what the total cost is. Some camps have a base price but charge additional fees for trips, special events and activities. If the camp you want to send your child to is more than you can afford, ask about scholarship programs. Also ask about the refund policy in the event your child gets sick or there is a family emergency.


Camp Counselors and staff. Find out what the camper-to-counselor ratio is. Six campers to one counselor is recommended by the American Camping Association. What is the camp’s return rate? What experience and/ or training do the counselors have? How are counselors chosen? What is the camp’s discipline policy? Can they accommodate health concerns such as asthma, allergies and dispensing medicine?


Referrals. When considering a camp, ask for individuals you can call whose children have attended the camp. Find out what those children’s experiences have been. Also check to see if the camp is accredited by organizations such as the

Pre-visit. Once a camp has been chosen, arrange to visit with your child. Does the camp have an open house? If not, can you drop by on a given weekend? If visiting isn’t an option, get onto the camp’s website or look at a brochure with your child so he can familiarize himself with the campground, buildings and sleeping quarters.


Supplies, rules and regulations. Several weeks before camp, get a list and begin gathering the supplies your child will need. Also ask the camp what the child is not allowed to take (iPods, videogames, etc.). Find out about other rules and regulations and familiarize your child with these rules.


Communicate. Several weeks before camp begins, talk with your child about the upcoming experience. Does he have any apprehension? If your child is afraid he will be homesick, remind him these are normal concerns. Reassure him of the positive experience he will have. Since fear of the unknown is the greatest cause of worry, the more information you have about camp, the better off your child will be. Consider sending letters and care packages before your child arrives so he will have something to open during mail call on his first day. Denise Yearian is the former editor of two parenting magazines and the mother of three children and four grandchildren.

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1 Foster Independence. Residential camp is an ideal place to learn independent living and self-responsibility. Out from under their parents’ shadow, campers are expected to get up, go to bed and attend scheduled events on time, as well as keep their cabin area clean. And for those who have never spent the night away from their parents, it enables them to embrace the experience as their own, without having to filter it through what Mom and Dad think or feel.

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Practice Kindness. Sleep-away camp is a good way to put character-building skills learned at home into practice. Here, kids have an opportunity to show empathy toward others in need, such as sharing shampoo or toothpaste with someone who forgot a toiletry item, or extending kindness to a camper who feels left out.


Make Diverse Friendships. The residential camp community is the perfect platform for children to step outside their normal social circle and forge friendships with kids from other parts of the state, country – even the world. And with the widespread use of electronic communication, it’s easier than ever for these friendships to continue to grow long after camp is over.


Venture Out. Many residential camps offer atypical activities that may not be available at day camps, such as overnight hiking trips, mountain boarding, wilderness adventures, etc. Activities such as these challenge kids to take risks under trained supervision, using appropriate safety gear.

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Take a Tech Break. More often than not, children are instructed to leave their tech devices at home before coming to camp. This can turn into a big bonus, as it gives campers the opportunity to work on other communication skills, such as letter writing, and real “facetime” with other campers, as well as ample time to enjoy planned camp activities.

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Driver’s License Offices and License Plates Every county in the state has its own office that issues tags for vehicles, boats, trailers and other vehicles that are required to be registered. Go to the office in the county where you live to buy tags, or renew tags online through your county’s website. As to driver’s licenses, the following is a list of locations in Birmingham Parent’s circulation area that give the written and road test for a driver’s license. Many courthouses throughout the state also have driver license division offices, but they are for license renewals or replacements only. Some are only open certain days of the week. We have listed days and times at publication, but please check in advance for possible changes. Contact your county’s driver license office for further information. Drivers also have an online option to renew their valid Alabama driver’s license. Go to https://www.alabamainteractive.org/dl_renewal/welcome. action for details and restrictions.

Jefferson County

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Bessemer Courthouse 1801 Third Ave. Bessemer, AL 35020 Hours: 8am-4:30pm 205-426-7958

Cullman County Courthouse 500 2nd Ave. S.W. Cullman, AL 35055 Hours: 8am-4:30pm Lunch: 11:30am-12:30pm 256-775-4822

Birmingham Trooper Post 908 Bankhead Hwy. W. Birmingham, AL 35201 Hours: 7am-4pm 205-252-7445 Shelby County Shelby County Courthouse Annex 1018 County Services Dr. Pelham, AL 35124 Hours: 8am-4:00pm 205-620-5891 Columbiana Office 104 Depot St. Columbiana, AL 35186 Hours: 8am-4:00pm Lunch: Noon-1:30pm 205-669-2614 Inverness Corners Shopping Center Suite 310 Hoover, AL 35242 205-670-6826

St. Clair County St. Clair County Courthouse 1815 Cogswell Ave. Pell City, AL 35125 Hours: 8am-4:30pm Lunch: Noon-1pm 205-338-0526 Ashville 48 Court St. Ashville, AL 35953 Hours: 8am-4pm 1st Tuesday of the Month Lunch: Noon-12:30 205-594-2442 Tuscaloosa County Trooper Post 2645 Skyland Blvd. E. Tuscaloosa, AL 35405 Hours: 7am-5pm Lunch: 12:30pm-1:30pm 205-553-0729

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Birmingham Zoo Aldridge Botanical Gardens 3530 Lorna Road, Hoover. 205-682-8019, www.aldridgegardens.com

Barber Motorsports Park 6040 Barber Motorsports Parkway, Leeds. 205-298-9040, www.barberracingevents.com.

Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1631 Fourth Ave. N., Birmingham. 205-254-2731, www.jazzhall.com

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Birmingham Children’s Theatre 1001 19th St. North, Birmingham, AL, 35203, 205-458-8181, www.bct123.org Birmingham Civil Rights Institute 16th St. N., Birmingham. 205-328-9696, www.bcri.org Birmingham Museum of Art 2000 Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd., Birmingham. 205-254-2565, www.artsbma.org

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Birmingham Public Libraries www.bplonline.org Birmingham Zoo 2630 Cahaba Road, Birmingham. 205-879-0409, www.birminghamzoo.com Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum 1919 Ninth St., Calera. 205-668-3435, www.hodrrm.org Jefferson County Library Cooperative www.jclc.org McWane Science Center 200 19th St. N., Birmingham. 205-714-8300, www.mcwane.org. Moss Rock Preserve Preserve Parkway, Hoover. 205-739-7141, www.hooveral.org.

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Oak Mountain State Park 200 Terrace Drive, Pelham. 205-620-2520, www.alapark.com. Ruffner Mountain Nature Center 1214 81st St. S., Birmingham. 205-833-8264, www.ruffnermountain.org. Shelby County Public Libraries www.shelbycounty-al.org Southern Museum of Flight 4343 73rd St. N., Birmingham. 205-833-8226, www.southernmuseumofflight.org Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park 12632 Confederate Parkway, McCalla. 205-477-5711, www.tannehill.org Vulcan Park 1701 Valley View Drive, Birmingham. 205-933-1409, www.vulcanpark.org

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AREA PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEMS JEFFERSON COUNTY Jefferson County Board of Education 2100 18th St. S. Birmingham, AL 35209 205-379-2000 205-379-2311 Fax www.jefcoed.com Bessemer City Schools 1621 Fifth Ave. N. P.O. Box 1230 Bessemer, AL 35021 205-432-3000 205-432-3085 Fax www.bessk12.org Birmingham City Schools 2015 Park Place N. Birmingham, AL 35203 205-231-4600 www.bhamcityschools.org Fairfield City Schools 6405 Ave. D Fairfield, AL 35064 205-783-6850 205-783-6805 Fax www.fairfield.cyberschool.com Homewood City Schools 450 Dale Ave. Homewood, AL 35209 205-870-4203 205-877-4544 Fax www.homewood.k12.al.us Hoover City Schools 2810 Metropolitan Way Hoover, AL 35243 205-439-1000 www.hoovercityschools.net

Leeds City Schools 1404 Eighth St. P.O. Box 1083 Leeds, AL 35095 205-699-5437 205-699-6629 Fax www.leedsk12.org Midfield City Schools 417 Parkwood St. Midfield, AL 35228 205-923-226 205-929-0585 Fax www.midfield.k12.al.us Mountain Brook City Schools 32 Vine St. Birmingham, AL 35213 205-871-4608 www.mtnbrook.k12.al.us Tarrant City Schools 1318 Alabama St. Tarrant, AL 35217 205-849-3700 205-849-3728 Fax www.tarrant.k12.al.us Trussville City Schools 113 N. Chalkville Rd. Trussville, AL 35173 205-228-3000 205-228-3001 Fax www.trussvillecityschools.com Vestavia Hills City Schools 1204 Montgomery Hwy. Vestavia Hills, AL 35216 205-402-5100 205-402-5134 Fax www.vestavia.k12.al.us

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SHELBY COUNTY Shelby County Board of Education 410 E. College St. P.O. Box 1910 Columbiana, AL 35051 205-682-7000 www.shelbyed.k12.al.us Alabaster City Schools 1953 Municipal Way Suite 200 Alabaster, AL 35007 205-663-8400 205-663-8408 Fax www.acsboe.org Pelham City Schools 3113 Cummings St. Pelham, AL 35124 205-624-3700 205-624-3980 Fax www.pelhamcityschools.org CHILTON COUNTY Chilton County Schools 1705 Lay Dam Rd. Clanton, AL 35045 205-280-3000 www.chilton.k12.al.us CULLMAN COUNTY Cullman County Schools 402 Arnold St. NE P.O. Box 1590 Cullman, AL 35056 256-734-2933 256-736-2486 Fax www.ccboe.org

Cullman City Schools 301 First St. NE Cullman, AL 35055 256-734-2933 256-737-9621 Fax www.cullmancats.net ST. CLAIR COUNTY St. Clair County Schools 410 Roy Dr. Ashville, AL 35953 205-594-7131 205-594-4441 Fax www.sccboe.org Pell City School System 3105 15th Ave. N. Pell City, al 35125 205-884-4440 205-338-7999 FAX www.pellcityschools.net TUSCALOOSA COUNTY Tuscaloosa County Schools 1118 Greensboro Ave. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 205-758-0411 www.tcss.net Tuscaloosa City Board of Education 1210 21st Ave. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 205-759-3700 205-759-3542 Fax www.tuscaloosacityschools.com






















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An Overview of Area Municipalities The following is a listing of most of the cities in the Birmingham Parent circulation area of Jefferson, Shelby and Chilton counties. The information below is a resource for anyone needing to get in touch with city services and information where they live. City of Clay 2441 Old Springville Rd. Birmingham, AL 35215 205-680-1223 www.clayalabama.org

City of Homewood 2850 19th St. S. Homewood, AL 35209 205-332-6107 www.cityofhomewood.com

City of Moody 670 Park Ave. Moody, AL 35004 205-640-5121 www.moodyalabama.gov

City of Fairfield 4701 Gary Ave. Fairfield, AL 35064 205-781-6961 https://fairfieldal.org

City of Hoover 100 Municipal Drive Hoover, AL 35216 205-444-7500 www.hooveral.org

City of Mountain Brook 56 Church St. Mountain Brook, AL 35213 205-870-3532 www.mtnbrook.org

City of Fultondale 1210 Old Walker Chapel Rd. Fultondale, AL 35068 205-841-4481 www.fultondale.com

City of Hueytown 1318 Hueytown Road Hueytown, AL 35023 205-491-7010 www.hueytownal.org

City of Pinson 4410 Main St. Pinson, AL 35126 205-680-5556 www.thecityofpinson.com

City of Brighton 3700 Main St. Brighton, AL 35020 205-425-8934

City of Gardendale 925 Main St. Gardendale, AL 35071 205-631-8789 www.cityofgardendale.com

City of Irondale 101 20th St. S. Irondale, AL 35210 205-956-9200 https://cityofirondaleal.gov/

City of Pleasant Grove 501 Park Rd. Pleasant Grove, AL 35127 205-744-1720 www.cityofpg.com

City of Center Point 2209 Center Point Pkwy. Center Point, AL 35215 205-854-4460 www.thecityofcenterpoint.org

City of Graysville 246 South Main St. Graysville, AL 35073 205-674-5643 www.graysvillecity.com

City of Leeds 1040 Park Dr. Leeds, AL 35094 205-699-2585 www.leedsalabama.org

City of Vestavia Hills 1032 Montgomery Hwy. Vestavia Hills, AL 35216 205-978-0100 https://vhal.org

JEFFERSON COUNTY City of Adamsville 4828 Main St. Adamsville, AL 35005 205-674-5671 www.cityofadamsville.org City of Bessemer 1700 Third Ave. N. Bessemer, AL 35020 205-424-4060 www.bessemeral.org City of Birmingham (county seat) 710 20th St. N. Birmingham, AL 35203 205-254-2000 www.birminghamal.gov

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City of Tarrant 1604 Pinson Valley Pkwy. Tarrant, AL 35217 205-849-2800 www.cityoftarrant.com City of Trussville 131 Main St. Trussville, AL 35173 205-655-7478 www.trussville.org SHELBY COUNTY City of Alabaster 1953 Municipal Way Alabaster, AL 35007 205-664-6800 www.cityofalabaster.com

City of Columbiana (county seat) 107 Mildred St. Columbiana, AL 35051 205-669-5800 www.cityofcolumbiana.com Town of Harpersville 83 Town Hall Lane Harpersville, AL 35078 205-672-9961 https://townofharpersville.com City of Helena 816 Hwy. 52 W. Helena, AL 35080 205-663-2161 www.cityofhelena.org

City of Calera 7901 Highway 31 Calera, AL 35040 205-668-3500 www.cityofcalera.org

Town of Indian Springs Village 2635 Cahaba Valley Rd. Indian Springs, AL 35124 205-982-1755 www.indianspringsvillage.org

City of Chelsea 1611 Chelsea Rd. Chelsea, AL 35043 205-678-8455 www.cityofchelsea.com

City of Montevallo 541 Main St. Montevallo, AL 35115 205-665-2555 www.cityofmontevallo.com

Town of Vincent 25 Florey St. Vincent, AL 35178 205-672-2261 www.townofvincent.com

City of Jemison 14 Padgett Lane Jemison, AL 35085 205-688-4492 www.jemisonalabama.org

Town of Westover 3312 Westover Rd. Westover, AL 35147 205-678-3375 westoveralabama.org

Town of Maplesville 9400 AL Hwy. 22 Maplesville, AL 36750 334-366-4211 www.townofmaplesville.com

Town of Wilsonville 9905 N. Main St. Wilsonville, AL 35186 205-669-6180 www.wilsonvilleal.com

Town of Thorsby 21060 U.S. Hwy. 31 Thorsby, AL 35171 205-646-3575 www.thorsbyal.com

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estate garden and home from his amassed wealth. It is listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage as well as the National Register of Historic Places. Carnival Cruise Line via the Port of Mobile 201 South Water St., Mobile 866-857-7234 . www.carnival.com Plan your next vacation on a fabulous cruise ship and leave right from the Mobile Cruise Ship Terminal. Carnival Cruise Line currently has a ship available on Alabama’s coast and is poised to deliver a fun time for the whole family with kid’s clubs aboard as well as tons of activities for parents and grandparents. Dauphin Island Sea Lab 101 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin Island 251-861-2141 . www.disl.org Dauphin Island Sea Lab is a great place to learn and explore about marine science. Don’t miss the estuarium highlighting Mobile’s estuary system through interactive exhibits. DeSoto Falls 7104 DeSoto Pkwy. NE, Fort Payne 256-845-5380 www.alapark.com/desoto-state-park Family adventures are the best when spent outdoors exploring DeSoto Falls, a 104-foot waterfall located near Mentone in DeSoto State Park. It’s neat to observe how the falls have carved their own little canyon.

Foley Railroad Museum and Model Train Exhibit 125 East Laurel Ave., Foley 251-943-1818 . www.foleyrailroadmuseum.com Visit the days of yesteryear in this free museum featuring a large remote-controlled model railroad along with train cars and exhibits perfect for the entire family. Fort Morgan Historical Site 110 State Hwy. 180 W., Gulf Shores 251-540-7127 . www.fort-morgan.org Learn about the role in Alabama history that Fort Morgan played by touring the facility, seeing living history and soaking in the information given by tour guides. The most famous battle that occurred at Fort Morgan was in the summer of 1864 when Confederate and Union naval forces were in conflict over the bay entrance. A living history program is conducted each year in June/July by uniformed tour guides re-telling the story of Alabama’s Fort Morgan Historical Site. Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center 65 Government St., Mobile 251-208-6893 . www.exploreum.com Discover science through special handson exhibits, learning experiences, IMAX films and lots of family fun at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Museum. Gulf State Park 20115 AL-135, Gulf Shores 251-948-7275 . www.alapark.com Many families visit and/or vacation at Gulf

Located on the campus of the University of Alabama, the Paul W. Bryant Museum houses the history of legendary Alabama football coach Bear Bryant. Point Mallard Park 2901 Point Mallard Dr., Decatur 256-341-4900 www.pointmallardpark.com Point Mallard is home to America’s first wave pool and a great family experience. Enjoy ice skating, golfing, camping, batting cages and more. Please note that the waterpark is seasonal. Rosa Parks Museum 252 Montgomery St., Montgomery 334-241-8615 https://troy.edu/rosaparks Housed within Troy University, the Rosa Parks Museum is chock-full of informational exhibits and artifacts from the world-changing 1955 Montgomery bus boycott.

U.S. Space & Rocket Center One Tranquility Base, Huntsville 800-637-7223 . www.rocketcenter.com Space education is as close as can be at one of the state’s most popular attractions — the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Take in the museum, historic Shuttle Park, Rocket Park, exhibits, hands-on demonstrations, simulators and a high-definition film in the National Geographic Theater at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration. The Wharf at Orange Beach 23101 Canal Rd., Orange Beach 251-224-1000 https://www.alwharf.com Shopping, dining, an amphitheater, marina, entertainment and more greets visitors at The Wharf at Orange Beach. Ride one of the South’s largest Ferris wheels, play a friendly game of Putt-Putt or take in a movie (great rainy day activity), there is something for everyone at The Wharf.

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State Park, each year. Situated on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, the state park encompasses some 6,500 acres with white sandy beaches, three fresh water lakes, a campground, nature trails, fishing, swimming, golf (including a pro shop and snack bar) and other water recreation. Ivy Green 300 North Commons St. W., Tuscumbia 256-383-4066 www.helenkellerbirthplace.org The birthplace of Helen Keller is Ivy Green, a popular attraction also noted to be the place where Anne Sullivan finally broke through the darkness of Keller’s world and gave her the gift of communication. The last week of June is a good time to visit during the annual Helen Keller Festival. Mobile Bay Ferry 51 State Hwy. 180 W., Gulf Shores 251-861-3000 . www.mobilebayferry.com A fun, family adventure awaits on the Mobile Bay Ferry. A passenger and vehicle ferry that operates between Fort Morgan and Dauphin Island daily (every 45 minutes), kids and adults will get a kick out of this unusual commuting opportunity. OWA 1501 South OWA Blvd., Foley 251-923-2111 . https://visitowa.com Alabama’s Gulf Coast has a new treasure with OWA – a theme park, shopping and dining mecca. You’ll find lots of rides for all ages and unique restaurants like Groovy Goat and Wahlburgers. Paul W. Bryant Museum 300 Paul W. Bryant Dr., Tuscaloosa 205-348-4668 www.bryantmuseum.com

Dauphin Island Sea Lab Talladega Superspeedway 3366 Speedway Blvd., Lincoln 877-462-3342 www.talladegasuperspeedway.com Talladega is a motorsports complex hosting several large racing events per year. Folks may campout for these events in several ways: infield RV camping, tent/ car camping, outside camping and other opportunities as listed on the website. USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park 2703 Battleship Pkwy., Mobile 251-433-2703 . www.ussalabama.com This family-friendly park features the Battleship USS ALABAMA, Submarine USS DRUM, numerous rare and historic aircrafts, tanks and other military equipment. The open lawns of the Mobile Bay park offer great viewing areas for shorebirds as the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail loops through the park. There is also a paved walkway which leads to a nice nature observatory.

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge 3121 Visitor Center Rd., Decatur 256-350-6639 www.fws.gov/refuge/wheeler/ Established as a habitat for migrating birds, Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is comprised of some 35,000 acres along the Tennessee River. Visitors enjoy wildlife and birding, and recently the area has attracted a large number of Sandhill Cranes and Whooping Cranes. The birds are wintering in the area and join Canadian Geese along with ducks and even some alligators.

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