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Early Childhood Education
AACAP Facts for Families
From the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Concise information on issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families. Available in English and Spanish.
Administration for Children and Families
Under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the ACF is responsible for federal programs that promote the well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities. Find information on policy, services for families, and more.
This website is designed to connect after-school childcare providers with Federal resources. Find information on starting and running a program, activity ideas, and other resources.
American Academy of Pediatrics
A trusted reource for information children's health topics, developmental stages, and more.
Child Care Aware
"America's most trusted child care resource." Site includes a tool for finding local child care options, guides for evaluating & choosing child care options, and a child care glossary and budgeting calculator.
Child Care & Early Education Research Connections
Features a searchable collection of more than 10,000 resources, including reports, fact sheets, datasets, and instruments & measures.
Children's Defense Fund
Children's Mental Health Matters Campaign
A government website that offers "easy access to statistics and reports on children and families, including: family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment, and safety, behavior, education and health."
Clearinghouse on Early Education and Parenting
Features a bilingual Internet journal, Early Childhood Research which covers the development, care, and education of young children.
Connect for Kids
Provides information and resources for those who seek to improve their communities for kids.
Council for Exceptional Children
The CEC is the largest international organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for exceptional children. Check the Teaching & Learning Corner for information on accreditation and licensure, professional standards, current special ed topics, and more.
Early Childhood and Parenting Collaborative
A University of Illinois collaborative that boasts over a dozen projects centered on the education, care, and parenting of young children.
Educator's Reference Desk
From the Information Institute of Syracuse; includes 2,000+ lesson plans, 3,000+ links to online education information, and 200+ question & answer sessions.
From the George Lucas Educational Foundation, this site focuses on the common traits of successful schools and how specific schools have "put theory into practice." Includes a bank of free teaching modules on a variety of topics.
ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
Provides free access to more than 1.2 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials (and links to the full text, when available). Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.
Families and Work Institute
Family Involvement Network of Educators at the Harvard Family Research Project.
Future of Children
Promotes effective policies and programs for children.
International Montessori Index
National Association for Family Child Care
"A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care."
National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Child Care Information Center
National Center for Early Development & Learning
National Institute for Early Education Research
Supports early childhood education initiatives by providing objective, nonpartisan information based on research
National Network for Child Care
Northern Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children
Statewide collaboration to share information and efforts about making the most of the early years for Virginia’s children
U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Education Center
Yahoo: Child Care
Yahoo: Early Childhood Education