Links We Love
National Association for the Education of Young Children
Southern Early Childhood Association
Virginia Association for Early Childhood Education
Early childhood advocacy and educator support
Continuing Education, Training & Professional Publications:
Child Care Courses (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension)
Online courses for child care professionals seeking to fulfill state-mandated training requirements or obtain hours toward the Child Development Associate (CDA) National Credential.
Magazine for early childhood professionals, both in print and with free online articles
Numerous resources including online training, articles, free printable letters and forms, Family Daycare Mentor Project, Literacy Center and Book Nook, event calendar, message board and chat, free weekly e-newsletter.
Free online magazine offering access to new and archived articles, exciting activities, answers to questions on common topics, monthly themes and support materials, latest news and trends, strategies for successful parent-involvement programming, and free prizes.
The Annie E. Cassey Foundation publishes the yearly Kids Count data book, which provides statistics on 10 key measures of child well-being. The report provides national and state-by-state data about the condition of children. This site also provides information about advocacy programs that have experienced success.
Provides reports and information about many timely issues, including federal and state programs for young children.
Provides further information about Howard Gardner's theory of Multiple Intelligences and its implications for teaching and learning.
Published by James Madison University and focused on one or more topics in child welfare. The articles provide a survey of literature and also address current practice issues.
Tuition assistance program offering current and future child care providers a foundation in the care and development of children through attendance at Virginia institutions of higher learning.
Supporting Child Development:
Focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5.
Provides a wonderful selection of music activities for children.
Promotes policies and advances evidence-based practices that support families and enhance optimal development in young children with disabilities or at risk for developmental delays.
Provides plenty of ideas promoting healthy lifestyle habits, including physical education and fitness and sound nutrition.
Discusses shyness in children in more depth, providing insight into the behavior and offering strategies for helping slower to warm up children.
A variety of resources and ideas for nutrition education for young children, sponsored by the National Dairy Council which makes the Chef Combo nutrition curriculum available to teachers.
Provides guidelines for teachers of young children when they engage in power play, the reasons why such aggressive play is appealing to some youngsters and guidelines for dealing with such play.
Creative Curriculum's developmentally appropriate information for early childhood education, teachers, and children.
Provides info about issues related to children's health. The Academy is committed to attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social well-being of all children.
A professional org. dedicated to promoting high levels of literacy by improving readiness instruction, disseminating research and information about reading, and encouraging good lifetime reading habits.
Great hands-on learning experiences for home or the classroom, courtesy of Kelly's Kindergarten
Professional development training to those who work with children ages 0-5 and their families.
Provides a wealth of information for teachers including lesson ideas and teaching resources on a variety of curriculum areas.
Resources for Families:
Links families, children and caregivers to resources that nurture children's positive development
Provides a good discussion of the effects of divorce on preschool children, providing information about reactions and behaviors that might occur and ways in which adults can help children whose families are undergoing a divorce.
Resources for Programs:
Advocating for all children to have access to quality early-care and education. Includes a parent center.
Dedicated to advocating for the family child care professional through collaboration, awareness, and promoting high quality, professional care and education.
International early childhood organization that is dedicated to supporting the global community in providing optimal education and development of children from birth through early adolescence and to influence the professional growth of educators who work with these children.
The Center for the Child Care Workforce (CCWF)
Its mission is to improve the quality of early care and education for all children by promoting research and policy initiatives. The aim of these is to ensure that the child care workforce is well educated and well compensated and has a voice in the workplace.
National organization to protect children's rights.
A nonprofit center for research that provides data about the changing workforce, family, and community in America. Some of the most comprehensive research about work and family issues are available on this website.
Works to create educational and economic opportunity for the most at-risk children and parents.
Part of the National School Lunch Act, which offers infants, preschool and school age children healthy meals and snacks.
Links to clinics and other health resources in our area