This 10 minute video produced by the Humboldt County Local Child Care Planning Council uses a humorous approach to show the impact of budget cuts to child care on the entire community.Resource Added: Apr 2015
Associations, organizations promoting knowledge, information and best practices, research based organizations and newsletters on topics related to early education, child care and disability topics for children birth to age 21 are found here.
The Alliance for Early Success (formerly the Birth to Five Policy Alliance) is a catalyst for putting vulnerable young children on a path to success. As an alliance of state, national, and funding partners, our goal is to advance state policies that lead to improved health, learning, and economic outcomes for young children, starting at birth and continuing through age eight.
- Multimedia: Waves for Change (in Early Childhood)
The Alliance for Early Success is a catalyst for bringing state, national, and funding partners together to improve state policies for children, starting at birth and continuing through age eight.
AAPD is the largest national nonprofit cross-disability member organization in the United States, dedicated to ensuring economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment for the more than 56 million Americans with disabilities. AAPD works in coalition with other disability organizations for the full implementation and enforcement of disability nondiscrimination laws, particularly the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.Resource Added: Apr 2015
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (formerly the American Association of University Affiliated Programs for Persons with Developmental Disabilities) is a nonprofit organization that promotes and supports the national network of university centers on disabilities, which includes University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD), Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Programs, and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers (DDRC).
There are currently two UCEDDs in California: Tarjan Center for Developmental Disabilities, University of California, Los Angeles Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital, Los Angeles, and the USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Childrens Hospital, Los Angeles.
- Tuesday’s with Liz: Sara Luterman
Published on Mar 14, 2016 This week Liz Weintraub, AUCD’s advocacy specialist and host of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, interviews Sara Luterman, AUCD program assistant, on how to include people with autism in the workforce.
- AUCD Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit
The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (administered by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities or AIDD), the Division of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Workforce Development Strategic Plan for 2012-2020, and the 2015-2016 Strategic Map for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) all address elements of diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural competence. This Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit provides concrete objectives, strategies, and resources to help these audiences realize their goals in this area. It also provides a foundation for future efforts, including developing a blueprint for AUCD’s network to collectively make progress in diversity, inclusion, and cultural and linguistic competence.
Helping States Help Children Thrive. The BUILD Initiative works with early childhood leaders within states and nationally to better prepare young children to thrive and succeed. We support state leaders from both the private and public sectors as they work to set policy, offer services and advocate for children from birth to age five.
Specifically, the BUILD Initiative helps state leaders develop an early childhood system – programs, services and policies tailored to the needs of the state’s unique young child population. This work focuses on connecting programs and services that may have functioned in isolation, been redundant, lacked resources to meet critical needs and/or operated at cross-purposes.
The purpose of CAEYC is to serve and act on behalf of the needs and rights of young children with primary focus on the provision of educational services and resources to adults who work with and for children from birth through age eight.Resource Added: Apr 2015
The Network is proud to be celebrating our 30th year helping all families in California to have access to information that enables them to make the best child care choices from an array of high quality, affordable options.Resource Added: Apr 2015
Early childhood is a time of both great promise and considerable risk. Assuring the availability of responsive relationships, growth promoting experiences, and healthy environments for all young children helps build sturdy brain architecture and the foundations of resilience.
- Select link to show Center on the Developing Child Resources
- Brain Hero
In 2009, the Center launched a collaboration with the Interactive Media Division of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California to develop and test new ways of communicating the science of early childhood development using interactive media. The “Brain Hero” video, depicting how actions by a range of people in the family and community impact child development, is the first product of this collaboration. This 3-minute video adapts the visual sensibility of interactive game models to a video format.
- Interactive Features: Key Concepts in the science of early childhood development made simple
These Web-based interactive features describe and explain key concepts in the science of early childhood development and early childhood program evaluation research. Using an easy-to-follow slideshow format, these features illustrate core scientific concepts as how early experiences shape brain architecture, the importance of early childhood to the learning, behavior, and health of later life, as well as the relevance of program evaluation research to policy decisions.
Social-Emotional & Behavior
- 5 Steps for Brain-Building Serve and Return
Child-adult relationships that are responsive and attentive—with lots of back and forth interactions—build a strong foundation in a child’s brain for all future learning and development. This is called “serve and return,” and it takes two to play! Follow these 5 steps to practice serve and return with your child.
- 8 Things to Remember About Child Development
- The Spectrum of Neglect: Four Types of Unresponsive Care
Using science as a guide, this interactive chart delineates four types of diminished responsiveness and their consequences in order to provide a useful framework for developing more effective strategies to protect vulnerable children from this complex challenge. The four short video clips below, each under a minute in length, are excerpts from the 6-minute video InBrief: The Science of Neglect. The chart is based on a graphic from The Science of Neglect: The Persistent Absence of Responsive Care Disrupts the Developing Brain, a Working Paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child.
- Enhancing and Practicing Executive Function Skills with Children from Infancy to Adolescence
Executive function and self-regulation (EF/SR) skills provide critical supports for learning and development, and while we aren’t born with these skills, we are born with the potential to develop them through interactions and practice. A new 16-page guide describes a variety of activities and games that represent age-appropriate ways for adults to support and strengthen various components of EF/SR in children. Each chapter of this guide contains activities suitable for a different age group, from infants to teenagers. The guide may be read in its entirety (which includes the introduction and references) or in discrete sections geared to specific age groups.
- Downloadable resources including 8 Working Papers
- Tipping the Scales: The Resilience Game Have fun while testing your knowledge of the most effective ways that communities can build resilience in children.
- Building Core Capabilities for Life (PDF)
This report combines research from the biological and behavioral sciences with practical, on-the-ground knowledge from working with adults and families to provide effective solutions for helping individuals develop more effective skills for coping with adversity.
- Enhancing and Practicing Executive Function Skills with Children from Infancy to Adolescence
- Brain Hero
Resource Added: Apr 2015
Child Care and Early Education Research Connections, a free comprehensive collection of online resources, promotes high-quality research in child care and early education. Launched in 2004, Research Connections is a partnership of the National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University and the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan, and is funded by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- Preschool Inclusion: Key Findings from Research and Implications for Policy (April 2016), highlights research on preschool inclusion relevant to the following three questions:
- What are the effects of inclusive preschool on children’s early learning and development?
- What is known about the quality of inclusive preschool programs?
- What is known about how to improve the quality of inclusive preschool?
Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that provides valuable information and insights on the well-being of children and youth. For more than 35 years, policymakers, funders, educators and service providers in the U.S. and around the world have relied on our data and analyses to improve policies and programs serving children and youth. Our team of experts brings together a range of educational, work, policy and cultural experiences to provide cutting-edge research on issues affecting children from birth to early adulthood. Our work is supported by foundations; federal, state and local government agencies; and by nonprofit organizations. – See more at: http://www.childtrends.org/about-us/#sthash.bcRKL2Oc.dpuf
- 5 Questions Families Should Ask About School Discipline Published: Sept 2017
- Understanding and Addressing the Early Childhood Origins of “Mean” Behavior and Bullying: Resources for Practitioners
This Research Brief is based on the longer report: Bullies in the Block Area: The Early Childhood Origins of “Mean” Behavior. This brief first provides a summary of the developmental trajectory to bullying behavior and theories about social and environmental contributors to bullying. The remainder summarizes promising strategies and evidence-based intervention models designed to prevent bullying by addressing factors that contribute to the development of “mean” behavior and aggression in early childhood.
- Five Ways Trauma Informed Care Supports Children’s Development
This news bulletin describes childhood trauma and explains the importance of trauma informed care (TIC) as providing a common language to support children who have been exposed to trauma. It includes links to resources and provides information helpful to parents and everyone who works with children.
The Children’s Collabrium, formerly the Child Development Policy Institute Education Fund,works to transform research and information on early learning and development into sound policy and excellent practice. The organization sponsors child care policy institutes and workshops on Preschool for All.Resource Added: Apr 2015
CLASP’s Child Care and Early Education work is dedicated to promoting policies that support both child development and the needs of low-income working parents. CLASP conducts policy analysis, research, and technical assistance to expand access to and resources for highquality, comprehensive child care and early education; build effective child care and early education systems including child care, Head, pre- and other early education initiatives; and ensure these systems can be responsive to the developmental needs of all children, in particular infants and and children in immigrant families. CLASP’s child care and early education work highlights state-by-state data where available.
The consortium is a coalition of approximately 100 national disability organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.Resource Added: Apr 2015
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.
Disability Scoop is an on-line resource that provides reliable, recent and relevant information concerning individuals with disabilities. Topics covered include disability policy, heath, lifestyles, funding and education.Resource Added: Apr 2015
The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) is an organization designed for individuals who work with—or on behalf of—children with special needs, birth through age eight, and their families. DEC, a subdivision of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), is dedicated to promoting policies and practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of children. Children with special needs include those who have disabilities or developmental delays, are gifted/talented, or are at risk of future developmental problems.
- Recommended Practices: A Comprehensive Guide for Practical Application in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education
A DEC initiative that bridges the gap between research and practice, offering guidance to parents and professionals who work with young children who have or are at risk for developmental delays or disabilities.
For Our Babies is a national movement promoting healthy development in U.S. children from conception to age 3. They advocate for the types of environments, experiences, and relationships that infants and toddlers need in order to thrive. Visit the website to see how you can get involved.Resource Added: Apr 2015
The Future of Children is a collaboration of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Brookings Institution. The mission of the Future of Children is to translate the best social science research about children and youth into information that is useful to policymakers, practitioners, grant-makers, advocates, the media, and students of public policy. The project publishes two journals and policy briefs each year, and provides various short summaries of our work. Topics range widely – from income policy to family issues to education and health – with children’s policy as the unifying element. The senior editorial team is diverse, representing two institutions and multiple disciplines.
- Starting Early: Education from Prekindergarten to Third Grade Journal Vol 26 Number 2 | Fall 2016
The latest issue of the journal, conveniently available for free download at the link above, addresses the importance issues around education for children from pre-kindergarten to third grade. You may be interested in the entire journal. Two of the eleven articles that specifically address special needs are:
- Supporting Young Children with Disabilities by Kathleen Hebbeler and Donna Spiker
- Supporting Young English Learners in the United States by Lisa Barrow and Lisa Markman-Pithers
The Harvard Family Research Project has helped stakeholders develop and evaluate strategies to promote the well being of children, youth, families, and their communities. They work primarily within three areas that support children’s learning and development—early childhood education, out-of-school time programming, and family and community support in education. Underpinning all of their work is a commitment to evaluation for strategic decision making, learning, and accountability. Below are some useful publications and links to areas on the Harvard Family Research Project that are directly related to family engagement.
- Select link to show Harvard Family Research Project Resources
- Family Engagement in Early Childhood: A Resource Guide for Early Learning Challenge Grant Recipients
- National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement
- National Family, School, and Community Engagement Working Group: Recommendations for Federal Policy
- Valuing Families as Partners
- Ready for Success: Creating Collaborative and Thoughtful Transitions Into Kindergarten
- Family Engagement and Children with Disabilities: A Resource Guide for Educators and Parents
- Bridging Worlds Interactive Case
The Bridging Worlds Interactive Case focuses on the transition to school which is an important milestone in the lives of children and families. In this interactive case, you will explore the complex issues surrounding the transition to kindergarten and the importance of family engagement in the process.
- Innovative Stories of Family Engagement From Around the World
Around the world, communities are working toward a shared goal of empowering families to have active roles in their children’s education. At Harvard Family Research Project, we’ve stitched together a global quilt of innovation in family engagement. From Brazil to Uganda, community partnerships, grassroots organizations, national campaigns, and early childhood programs are providing effective pathways for parents and caregivers to engage with their children in anywhere, anytime learning.
- Public Libraries: A Vital Space for Family Engagement- August 2016
In this Call to Action (PDF), Harvard Family Research Project and the Public Library Association explore what family engagement the research is, behind why families matter for children’s learning, and why libraries matter for family engagement. The paper concludes with ways that libraries around the country are encouraging family engagement.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association is organized as a not-for-profit corporation to promote mutual assistance, cooperation, and exchange of information and ideas in the administration of Part C and to provide support to state and territory Part C coordinators. They provide an online link to the resources that are helping to improve the lives of infants and toddlers with special needs.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.
Infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-2) and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C. Children and youth (ages 3-21) receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B.
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Sacramento, CA 95818-9550
The Infant Development Association of California (IDA) is a multidisciplinary organization of parents and professionals committed to optimal developmental and positive social and emotional outcomes for infants, birth to three, with a broad range of special needs and their families. IDA advocates improved, effective prevention and early intervention services while providing information, education, and training to parents, professionals, decision makers, and others.
- Select link to show Infant Development Association of California Resources
- Public Policy
The public policy committee keeps the organization informed about and involved in the public policies and analyzes pressing policy issues related to laws and regulations, communicates key findings and program performance results, and makes recommendations to the organization for appropriate actions in the form of strategies to ensure quality outcomes.
- Webinars on the social and emotional development of young children
Training & Technical Assistance
- IDA/MAP Webinar Series
“Ideas Worthy of Replication,” hosted by the Interdisciplinary Collaborations for Quality Committee of the Infant Development Association and co-sponsored by the Infant Development Association and the MAP to Inclusion and Belonging Project of WestEd Center for Child and Family Studies. The goals of this webinar series are to bring attention to quality trainings and programs rooted in the concepts and knowledge areas of the California Competencies documents including:
- IDA/MAP Webinar Series Recordings
This series will inspire others to develop similar programs or training to make them more accessible to others throughout the state. Each recording last just under an hour.
- Public Policy
- Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC) were commissioned to explore the implications of the science of child development for the professionals who work with children birth through age 8. In the resulting report, Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation, the committee finds that much is known about what professionals who pro¬vide care and education for children need to know and be able to do and what professional learning supports they need. However, that knowledge is not fully reflected in the current capacities and practices of the workforce, the settings in which they work, the policies and infrastructure that set qualifications and provide professional learning, and the government and other funders who support and oversee these systems. The report offers recommendations to build a workforce that is unified by the foundation of the science of child development and early learning and the shared knowledge and competencies that are needed to provide consistent, high-quality support for the development and early learning of children from birth through age 8.
- Parenting Matters: Supporting Parents of Children Ages 0-8
Parenting Matters: Supporting Parents of Children Ages 0-8 reviews research on parenting practices and identifies effective practices. The report, sponsored by a collaborative of federal agencies and highly respected private foundations, also recommends ways agencies and others can support interventions that help more parents learn about effective parenting practices.
This 386 page publication is free to download in its entirety or by chapter. You may be interested in Chapter 5, Targeted Interventions Supporting Parents of Children with Special Needs, Parents Facing Special Adversities and Parents Involved with Child Welfare Services.
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Washington, DC 20005
Telephone: 202-232-8777 or 800-424-2460
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the nation’s largest organization of early childhood professionals and others dedicated to improving the quality of early childhood education programs for children birth through age eight. NAEYC’s primary goals are to improve professional practice and working conditions in early childhood education and to build public understanding and support for high-quality early childhood programs.
- Select link to show National Association for the Education of Young Children Resources
- Top 10 No Cost Toys for Infants Toddlers and Preschoolers
- Ideas for Bringing Humor to the Classroom
Humor reflects our joy. And for children and adults alike, it’s a wonderful way of reducing stress. Humor helps put things in perspective. Encouraging children to see the humor in life is one of the greatest gifts you can give them. You will be enriching their spirit as well as making learning fun. You and the children can enjoy these activities together.
- The Word Gap: The Early Years Make a Difference
A recent study shows that children’s vocabulary skills are linked to their economic backgrounds. This article explain the study and give 9 recommendations for early care and education providers on how they can close “the word gap”.
- Position Statements including the DEC/NAEYC Joint Statement on Early Childhood Inclusion
Cultural Competency & Family Engagement
- Cultural Competence
Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) Implementation
- Engaging Diverse Families
Engaging Diverse Families (EDF) is helping early childhood education programs effectively engage diverse families. Our goal is to learn how excellent early childhood education programs are effectively engaging diverse families and to share what we learn with other programs struggling to start and sustain family engagement practices.
- I Dream of the Day
Isauro Michael Escamilla, M.A., an Early Childhood Education Teacher Researcher from the San Francisco Unified School District, spoke at the closing session of NAEYC’s Institute for Professional Development in San Francisco this year. Here is a particularly moving excerpt.
Healthy Mind, Health Body
- Big Body Play: Why Boisterous, Vigorous, and Very Physical Play Is Essential to Children’s Development and Learning
A book on encouraging physical activity for children, by Frances M. Carlson.
- Increasing Children’s Physical Activity (PDF)
- Our Collection of Children’s Songs
- Public Policy Overview
NAEYC promotes national, state and local public policies that support a system of well-financed, high quality early childhood education programs in a range of settings, including child care centers, family child care homes, and schools.
Social-Emotional & Behavior
- Promoting Social–Emotional Development: Helping Infants Learn About Feelings (PDF)
Starting from birth, infants begin learning how to make sense of their world through interactions with caregivers. Responsive caregiving-which involves caregiver reflecting and validating a child’s feelings and behaviors-help very young children makes sense of their world. Over time, children who have this type of nurturing, reflective care better regulates their emotions.
- 10 Tips for Raising a Compassionate Toddler
Recent research shows that infants and toddlers are far more empathetic than we once thought. While they have short fuses, and don’t cope well with sharing, they are capable of being compassionate. With this in mind, here are ten tips I use in the classroom to help infants and toddlers become pro-social that families can also try at home.
- NAEYC Radio
NAEYC and BAM Radio Network partnered to bring NAEYC Radio. The program was developed to bring the best and latest insights on early childhood education directly to parents and educators.
- 10 tips for Raising a Compassionate Infant Toddler
- Helping Infants Learn About Feelings (PDF)
- Standing Together Against Suspension and Expulsion Joint Policy Statement (PDF)
A group of more than 30 national organizations recently published a joint statement, Standing Together Against Suspension and Expulsion in Early Childhood: A Joint Statement (April 2016), which supports the recommendations from the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human services in their December 2014 Joint Policy Statement on Expulsion and Suspension. The organizations have also compiled a number of related resources to help states, districts, communities, and classrooms prevent, limit, and ultimately eliminate suspension and expulsion in early childhood education.
- Caring Relationships: The Heart of Early Brain Development By Ron Lally and Peter Mangione
The National Head Start Association is a private not-for-profit membership organization dedicated exclusively to meeting the needs of Head Start children and their families. It represents more than 1 million children, 200,000 staff and 2,700 Head Start programs in the United States. The Association provides support for the entire Head Start community by advocating for policies that strengthen services to Head Start children and their families; by providing extensive training and professional development to Head Start staff; and by developing and disseminating research, information, and resources that enrich Head Start program delivery.Resource Added: Apr 2015
Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College
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Wellesley, MA 02481
NIOST is involved in development, training, research and publications related to high quality programs, opportunities, and activities for all children during non school hours.
On this episode, we meet a self-described robber baron who decided to spend his billions on finger paint and changing tables. We revisit decades-long studies that found preschool made a huge difference in the lives of poor children. And we talk to a Nobel prize-winning economist who says that spending public money on preschool produces a huge return on investment.Resource Added: Apr 2015
Children born into poverty begin life with the odds stacked against them. That’s not just unfortunate for them. It’s a problem for all of us – one that can and must be solved.
The Ounce is demonstrating effective solutions every day. Our work is anchored in a growing body of scientific evidence about early brain development. We use private dollars to apply that science in developing innovative programs, and then leverage public funding to support their implementation and replication.
These two briefs are part of a series of issue briefs commissioned by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Forward Promise Initiative.
- Early Childhood Expulsions and Suspensions Undermine Our Nation’s Most Promising Agent of Opportunity and Social Justice- September 2016 Issue Brief by Walter Gilliam, PhD
Presents the latest information regarding early childhood expulsions and suspensions, with a focus on gender and race disparities. Looks at how these disparities violate the civil rights of many young children of color in the U.S. and contribute to the nation’s costly achievement gap.
- Unequal Access: Barriers to Early Childhood Education for Boys of Color –August 2016 Issue Brief by Child Care Aware
Discusses barriers to accessing quality early childhood education for boys of color (high costs; insufficient availability of free or subsidized programs; and implicit biases, which consistently send boys of color negative messages about their behavior, identity, and future) and discusses possible solutions to these issues.
SDAEYC has a Mental Health Focus Group and a “Stop Violence in the Lives of Young Children” committee to address the importance of relationships for those who care for young children.Resource Added: Apr 2015
Zero to Three is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated solely to advancing the healthy development of babies and young children. Zero to Three disseminates key developmental information, trains providers, promotes model approaches and standards of practice, and works to increase public awareness about the significance of the first three years of life.
- Public Policy Center
A research based, nonpartisan program that brings the voices of babies and toddlers to public policy. They offer the opportunity to join the Public Policy Network and the e-newsletter, The Baby Monitor.