Improving the quality of programs

for Tidewater-area children from

birth through third grade

     Links We Love


National Association for the Education of Young Children


Southern Early Childhood Association


Virginia Association for Early Childhood Education

Smart Beginnings

Virginia Peninsula

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.

Child Care Exchange Magazine

Magazine for early childhood professionals, both in print and with free online articles

​​Child Care Lounge

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.

Early Childhood Today

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.

Kids Count

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.

National Institute for Early Education Research

Provides reports and information about many timely issues, including federal and state programs for young children.

New Horizons for Learning

Provides further information about Howard Gardner's theory of Multiple Intelligences and its implications for teaching and learning.

Virginia Child Protection Newsletter

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.

Virginia Department of Social Services(TIPS)

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:

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning

Focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5.


​​Children's Music

Provides a wonderful selection of music activities for children.

Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional 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.

National Child Development Institute

Discusses shyness in children in more depth, providing insight into the behavior and offering strategies for helping slower to warm up children.

Nutrition Explorations

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.

PowerPlay: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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.

Teaching Strategies

Creative Curriculum's developmentally appropriate information for early childhood education, teachers, and children.

The American Academy of Pediatrics

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.

The International Reading Association

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.

Science Center Activities

Great hands-on learning experiences for home or the classroom, courtesy of Kelly's Kindergarten

Square One

Professional development training to those who work with children ages 0-5 and their families.

U.S. Department of Education

Provides a wealth of information for teachers including lesson ideas and teaching resources on a variety of curriculum areas.

Resources for Families:

Child and Family Connection

Links families, children and caregivers to resources that nurture children's positive development

Divorce Info

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:​​​​

Children’s Harbor: USDA Food Program

Advocating for all children to have access to quality early-care and education. Includes a parent center.

National Association for Family Child Care

Dedicated to advocating for the family child care professional through collaboration, awareness, and promoting high quality, professional care and education.

The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)

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.

The Children's Defense Fund

National organization to protect children's rights.

The Families and Work Institute

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.

The National Center for Family Literacy

Works to create educational and economic opportunity for the most at-risk children and parents.

The Planning Council: USDA Food Program

Part of the National School Lunch Act, which offers infants, preschool and school age children healthy meals and snacks.

The Peninsula Health District

Links to clinics and other health resources in our area