Below find articles, links and other Information that may be of interest to help build expertise and professional development around early childhood education. Each week this page is updated with the latest news
Quality and Child Care
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has a great “for families” section providing information on what to look for in finding the best fit and high quality early education and care for your child, how to find accredited child care programs. You can also find early education news from around the world, publications by leading authors and researchers, and ways to take part in advocating for quality early education. NAEYC is the largest professional organization for early educators.
The National Association for Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) can connect you with local agencies to assist in locating child care opti
ons in your neighborhood, as well as support in paying for child care. The website (and local agencies) also provides lots of information on child development, examining your work options after having a baby, current legislation, and more.
For more than 30 years, Child Care Exchange has been a central place for practitioners, especially directors and teachers, to share ideas, trainings, and information. You can sign up for a free e- newsletter which provides a short digest on top issues in early education, subscribe to the professional magazine, order publications, or explore a number of free trainings and publications that can be downloaded.
Staying healthy is one key aspect to school and life success. These websites offer you information on health, nutrition and child development. (Please consult your child’s pediatrician for specific medical recommendations.)
The American Academy of Pediatrics has a Parenting Corner that highlights resources and publications for families on a variety of health-related topics from car seat safety to immunizations. There is also a Children’s Health Topics search feature. You can find information here for your newborn through those teenage years.
A program that is supported by The American Academy of Pediatrics, Healthy Child Care America aims to promote a stronger connection between child c
are and health providers and parents. Find information on regulations and recommendations regarding health and safety, learn terminology, and find a link to a specific area of information for parents with children in child care (www.healthykids.us).
The earliest of years matter and Zero to Three is dedicated to educating and training professionals, policymakers and parents to “improve the lives of infants and toddlers.” Find parenting resources such as handouts, publications, videos, and web tools to learn about infant and toddler child development and its key connections to later school readiness and life success. You can also learn about the neuroscience behind your child’s brain development.
Reading and Playing with Children
Snuggle up with a good book and visit some websites that extend your reading enjoyment. Find activities, book ideas, and interviews with authors, blogs and more for your readers of all ages – toddlers, preschoolers, school age children and even teens!
Reading if Fundamental is the oldest and largest children's and family nonprofit literacy organization in the United States. Find tips and activities to help encourage your child to read, author and illustrator question and answer chats, book suggestions, and a website area for children to play games.
A Boston-area campaign to support children birth to five, this website contains lots of links to information relevant for parents anywhere in the country. Find a milestones and activity guides in eight languages, and much more.
Rockets is national multimedia project and an educational initiative of WETA, the flagship public television and radio station in the nation's capital, and is funded by a major grant from the
This website is designed for parents of English language learners. Find resources in English and Spanish that can support your work with schools and provide you with activities you can do at home.
The National Institute for Literacy has been in existence since 1991 with the mission “to develop literacy as a national asset, using knowledge, research, and practice, and working in collaboration with the Secretaries of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services, and with other partners. The Institute is also authorized under the No Child Left Behind law to help children, youth, and adults learn to read by supporting and disseminating evidence-based reading research.” Both the Birth to Early Childhood and Childhood sections have areas for parents where you can find links to publications and tips to promote literacy.
Early Education in the News
More, better early education could help close California’s achievement
In California, the state with the largest population of Hispanic students in the country, the achievement gap starts early—long before children enter school. ... One way to combat this problem, educators argue, is enrolling more Hispanic children in preschool, where they can learn to count, say the alphabet and practice the other pre-reading and math skills they will need later on.
Investment in preschool education will net a better
return than in manufacturing and retailing, study finds
Investing in quality early childhood education is an important but often overlooked economic strategy, one that could potentially generate billions of dollars for Michigan's economy and create up to 58,000 new jobs, according to a report released Tuesday.
Op-Ed in the NY Times Emphasizes the Importance of Early Education in Addressing Greater Inequality
The Difference Between “Civically Engaged” and “Volunteer” (and How to Turn One into the Other)
K-12 groups call
for federal policies embracing PreK-12 education
A group of seven large education associations came together last week at the U.S. Capitol to call on Congress to reshape education policies to embrace early education. The group known as the Pre-K Coalition wants to see pre-k included more robustly in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act coupled with policies that support a stronger more seamless education for students from pre-kindergarten through third grade.
Streamlining for the
The Pew Charitable Trusts has spent 10 years and $100 million studying preschool education and is spearheading a campaign to get more states to offer it -- as Time magazine says in its Sept. 26 issue -- “in smarter ways.” The initiative, dubbed “Pre-K Now,” has helped double preschool spending in the past decade and increase enrollment of 4-year-olds to more than a million children, from 700,000 when the campaign started.
Learning to read early a benefit
One of the most important roles a parent or guardian can play in their child's life is that of a teacher, helping to successfully prepare their child for school. The first five years of a child's life are critical for school and life success.
Educators tackling problems in two crucial
When Jean-Claude Brizard, the Chicago Public Schools chief executive, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently kicked off the district’s annual back-to-school campaign, they went door-to-door in Auburn-Gresham, a neighborhood with one of the highest truancy rates. … The stakes may well be highest in kindergarten and preschool, where studies show that a high rate of absences can set up a child for failure in later years of school.
A booming education idea goes bust in
There is a boom in national buzz about preschool, bolstered by stacks of studies that show a good preschool can get stunning results much later in life. Less crime. Fewer dropouts. More success. At the same time, a broke California is shutting out thousands of children from preschool.
students need 'tools' to master learning skills
Today's parents may remember spending time playing and learning how to line up and how write their names, but their children should already know those things prior to the first day of kindergarten.