National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
- NAEYC is the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children. It provides great resources on research and public policy relating to young children and early children education for parents and educators.
Administration for Children & Families
- The Administration for Children & Families is a division of the Department of Health and Human Services. The website provides information and resources to assist early childhood programs in meeting the needs families, children, and communities. A general introductory letter outlines several recommendations for increasing early care and education for homeless children, such as prioritizing access to services and offering flexibility. A policies and procedures document and a strategies document were developed to provide policies and related suggestions for how states and program can increase access to early care and education services. In addition, a resource list has been compiled to further clarify policy options for ensuring more homeless children and families are served in child care and Head Start programs.
- Early Childhood Self-Assessment Tool for Family Shelters. Family shelters have the potential to be a positive, stable force in the lives of displaced children and mitigate the negative impact that homelessness can have on their development by creating an environmnet that is safe and developmentally appropriate.
- ACF released A Housing and Shelter Provider's Guide to Developmental and Behavioral Screening [pdf] as part of Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive, coordinated federal effort to encourage healthy child development, universal developmental and behavioral screening for children, and support for families and providers who care for them. As many as one in four children through the age of five are at risk for a developmental delay or disability.
- HHS and ED released a policy statement on Reducing Suspension and Expulsion Practices in Early Childhood Settings to assist states and public and private early childhood programs in partnering to prevent and severely limit expulsions and suspensions in early learning settings.
- Autism Spectrum Disorder Tips for Early Care and Education Providers: Simple Concepts to Embed in Everday Routines [pdf]
Head Start Association
- Head Start is a child development program for children from birth to age 5, which provides services to promote academic, social and emotional development of income-eligible families.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Head Start
- Head Start Program Performance Standards
- National Head Start Resources for Homeless Children and Families
- Head Start Homeless Online Lessons will give Head Start, Early Head Start, and Migrant and Seasonal programs information about serving families who are experiencing homelessness.
- Putting it Together: A Guide to Financing Comprehensive Services in Child Care and Early Education [pdf]
- This guide is developed to help states look beyond major sources of childcare and early education funding and consider alternative federal financing resources to bring comprehensive services into early childhood settings.
The National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI)
- The NPDCI is working with selected states to ensure that early childhood teachers are prepared to educate and care for young children with disabilities in settings with their typically developing peers.
Zero to Three
- Zero to Three is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.
Early Childhood Education
- Early Childhood Education is dedicated to exploring how babies, pre-schoolers and young children learn. The website reveals the developmental and learning processes that children go through and look at how parents can help them to develop their mental, physical and emotional skills in a fun and enjoyable manner. The site explores the benefits that a variety of different learning methods can provide, helping the parents decide what might be a good option to try with the child.
Center for Parent Information and Resources
- The Center for Parent Information and Resources provides information about a variety of topics, including early intervention and early childhood. Many of these resources are also available in Spanish.
The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA Center)
- The ECTA Center is a national technical assistance consortium working to support states, jurisdictions, and others to improve services and results for young children with disabilities and their families.
Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center
- The Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center is set up by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start to provide resources for Head Start programs and families.