Early Childhood Resources

Published: 1/26/2015 12:44 PM


The Early Childhood Resources include materials and website links for many of important issues to parents and teachers of children ages birth to five. Some of the topics of interest to early childhood parents and educators include growth and development of infants, toddlers and preschoolers; understanding and working with children with disabilities; social/emotional growth; parenting skills; early literacy, school readiness; child care; transitions; curriculum; various early childhood programs; multiculturalism and diversity; the art; brain development; materials and supplies.

Building a Strong Foundation for School Success includes the following: Kentucky Early Childhood Standards which describes what children should know and be able to do; the Kentucky Early Childhood Continuous Assessment Guide which outlines how to appropriately measure a child's progress on the Early Childhood Standards; the Kentucky Early Childhood Quality Self-Study a tool to provide direction for program improvement; and Field Guides which are a practical supplement to the Early Childhood Standards.
First Steps is a statewide early intervention system that provides services to children with developmental disabilities from birth to age 3 and their families.
HANDS is a voluntary intensive home visitation program for first-time parents that provides services from the prenatal period to the child's third birthday.
Kentucky Association for Early Childhood Education is organized to serve and act on behalf of the needs and rights of all children and families, and to provide opportunities for the collaboration of individuals and groups who are concerned with appropriate early care and education of young children.
Training Into Practice Project can provide information about early care and education workshops, online courses, and Institutes coordinated by the Training Into Practice Project (TIPP) and/or the Kentucky Early Care and Education Trainer’s Credential
Children's Defense Fund
The Children's Foundation (CF), a private national educational non-profit organization strives to improve the lives of children and those who care for them. Our mission is to provide a voice for caregivers, children and their families on issues of critical concern. Through the National Child Care Advocacy Program and National Child Support Program, CF conducts research and provides information and training on child nutrition programs; quality child care; leadership development; health care; welfare-to-work programs; and enforcement of court-ordered child support.
National Institute for Early Education Research
The National Institute of Early Education Research gathers information and conducts research on the state-funded early childhood programs in the United States.
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center
The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute is one of the nation's oldest multidisciplinary institutes for the study of young children and their families. Research and education activities focus on child development and health, especially factors that may put children at risk for developmental problems.
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Education Commission of the States
Education Commission of the States, Early Learning site has news about what states are doing, the best publications available on the topic you've selected or a list of other Web sites with good information.
I Am Your Child
The I Am Your Child Foundation is a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization that was founded in 1997 by actor/director Rob Reiner to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood development and school readiness. IAYC develops a wide variety of resources for parents, early childhood professionals, child advocates, health care providers, policymakers and the media. IAYC also promotes public policies that help ensure that children have the physical well-being and the social, emotional and cognitive abilities they need to enter school ready to succeed.
National Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators
The purpose of this Association is to promote the professional growth of its membership, to discuss the educational issues that are specific to its membership, and to advocate for improvements in early childhood teacher education.
National Black Child Development Institute
Since 1970 The National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) a nonprofit organization has provided and supported programs, workshops, and resources for African American children, their parents and communities in...
National Center for Children in Poverty
NCCP's Mission - To identify and promote strategies that prevent child poverty in the United States and that improve the lives of low-income children and their families.
Rationale - Child poverty is one of the most important problems facing our nation. All children deserve an equal opportunity to succeed in life, and child poverty denies too many children a fair chance.
Head Start
The National Head Start Association (NHSA) is a private not-for profit membership organization representing more than 900,000 children, 190,000 staff and 2,500 Head Start programs in America. 
The Kentucky Head Start Association (KHSA) serves 32 Head Start and 12 Early Head Start Grantees, providing service to more than 17,000 low income children. The Head Start State Collaboration Office, located in the Governor's Office of Early Childhood, assists grantees by collaborating with state and local partners.
National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC)
The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center supports the implementation of the early childhood provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Our mission is to strengthen service systems to ensure that children with disabilities (birth through five) and their families receive and benefit from high quality, culturally appropriate, and family-centered supports and services.
Pre-K Now 
Pre-K Now's vision is a nation in which every child enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Our mission is to collaborate with advocates and policymakers to lead a movement for high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten for all three- and four-year-olds. The goal of Pre-K Now is to advance high-quality pre-kindergarten programs for all children.
Southern Early Childhood Association
Since 1948 the Southern Early Childhood Association has brought together preschool, kindergarten, and primary teachers and administrators, caregivers, program directors, and individuals working with and for families, to promote quality care and education for young children.
US State Department of Education Links
Providing information since 1967 for educators, parents and families, and all of us interested in the development, education, and care of children from birth through early adolescence.
Zero to Three
ZERO TO THREE's mission is to promote the healthy development of our nation's infants and toddlers by supporting and strengthening families, communities, and those who work on their behalf. We are dedicated to advancing current knowledge; promoting beneficial policies and practices; communicating research and best practices to a wide variety of audiences; and providing training, technical assistance and leadership development. ZERO TO THREE is a national non-profit organization.
NAEYC exists for the purpose of leading and consolidating the efforts of individuals and groups working to achieve healthy development and constructive education for all young children.
Early Childhood and Parenting Collaborative ECAP/ITG's staff consists of experienced writers and editors, Web designers and computer support personnel, and librarians with years of experience in responding to content-specific questions, preparing publications, providing training and presentations, and building Web sites on early education, child development, and parenting. ECAP/ITG Web sites have received numerous awards, most notably from the prestigious Child & Family Web Guide at Tufts University.
DEC is a division of the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC). The Division for Early Childhood promotes policies and advances evidence-based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities.
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