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Links to Other Early Childhood Sites This list of useful links offers some good starting points for exploring Early Childhood topics on the Internet. Have fun!
AEYC is part of the Alaska Child Care Resource & Referral network, thread. As part of a network AEYC still delivers the same great services to families, child care providers, and community members in Southeast and also gains the strength of pooling resources and collaborating efforts statewide. Visit the thread website to see what's new!
The thread website is a great resource for families seeking child care, for child care providers who are seeking training opportunities and child development information, and for community members who want to know what is going on in Alaska around early childhood advocacy issues.
Everyone can agree that having an emergency plan is a good idea. This is especially important for early childhood programs with responsibility for safety of young children. Take some time to review or develop your plan, and pass information to you families. Having a plan is also part of the new licensing requirements.
Children and Disasters www.naccrra.org/disaster/
Click on "download forms" for a complete set of planning and action forms, specific to the needs of early childhood programs.
READY Kids www.ready.gov
This is a great web site with activities for children and families, business plans, and family planning forms.
American Red Cross www.redcross.org
As you might expect, this site is jam-packed with great information on everything from blackouts to tsunamis to winter storms. Look on the blue tabs on the left side of the page and click on "Get Prepared". There is also a section on helping children cope emotionally.
Teachers & Caregivers
National Association of the Education of Young Children http://www.naeyc.org
Information for parents and teachers about quality child care, catalog of early childhood books and posters, information about conferences, and FAQ's about program accreditation.
National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies http://www.naccrra.net
An exciting feature of this web site is the learning options on-line courses for CDA classes.
National Association of Child Care Professionals (NACCP) www.naccp.org
A membership organization for child care owners, directors and managers. NACCP is committed to strengthening the skill level of leaders in the field of early child care and education. We believe that effective management is the critical link to Superior Child Care.
National Association for Family Child Care http://www.nafcc.org
National Child Care Association http://www.nccanet.org
National Institute on Out of School Time http://www.nsaca.org
National Head Start Association http://www.nhsa.org
Alaska Department of Labor http://www.labor.state.ak.us
All your questions answered regarding unemployment services, unemployment insurance, worker's compensation, job safety, hours of work, wages, working conditions and labor and population statistics. Sections for employers and employees.
Red Leaf Institute http://www.redleafinstitute.org
At this site you can find some excellent business, funding, and policy information.
CDA Council http://www.cdacouncil.org
Information about the process of obtaining and renewing your child development associate credential.
thread Parent Action Center Join thread's Action Network to learn about trends, information, news and early care and education action alerts.
Child Welfare League of America http://www.cwla.org
Child Welfare Information Gateway http://www.childwelfare.gov/
Formerly the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information and the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse, Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families.
Children's Defense Fund http://www.childrensdefense.org
If you want to find out what is happening at the national level for children, subscribe to this excellent free monthly newsletter.
Child Care Bureau http://www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/ccb/index.html
US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
The mission of this agency is to enhance the quality, affordability and supply of care for all families. They provide nation-wide statistics about economic and quality issues in child care, as well as legislative updates on current policy and federal funding.
Child Care Workforce http://www.ccw.org
The Child Care Workforce web site has information about wage and benefit efforts across the nation. It is inspiring to see that so many states like California, Massachusetts, Illinois, New York, Minnesota, Washington, North Carolina, and Montana all have some form of merit and retention grants to supplement salaries.
The National Child Care Information Center http://www.nccic.org
This site is jam packed full of information about what is happening all over the nation regarding child care.
Education Commission of the States http://www.ecs.org
Research for policy makers on brain development, early learning, and k-12 issues.
Nearly all states (except Alaska and ten others) have state funded Pre-K programs. Visit this site to find out about the success of programs across the nation.
Child Care Aware http://www.childcareaware.org
A Search engine to find child care anywhere in the United States, plus great information on choosing child care.
Cerebral Palsy Guide https://www.cerebralpalsyguide.com/
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a disability caused by brain damage that restricts normal movement and coordination. Each year, 10,000 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Cerebral Palsy Guide provides free educational materials, financial options and support to help those across the country affected by this disorder.
Zero to Three http://www.zerotothree.org
I Am Your Child http://iamyourchild.org
This is a good comprehensive site for information on children age 0-3. They explain early childhood development (subject areas include "key issues for the first three years of life and how they affect a child's life long development", "recent brain research," and "ages and stages"). It also features resources for parents and caregivers (information on books, videos, magazines, TV programs and internet sites), expert advice on parenting questions, and information on community action and public empowerment campaigns for promoting children's healthy environments.
American Academy of Pediatrics http://www.aap.org
Safe Kids http://www.safekids.org
Kids Health http://kidshealth.org
This site offers extensive information on childhood illnesses and health issues. Its articles are divided up by their target audience: they have sites written specifically for children, parents, and health professionals.
The Center for Mental Health Services http://www.mentalhealth.org/child
This site has free handouts and resources to print out for your families on topics such as "Helping the child who is expressing anger" and " The myth of the bad kid." We often overlook mental health issues in children, because we think only adults can suffer from depression and other mental health problems. Take a minute to complete their screening checklist on behalf of children in your care.
Ten steps toward a Safer Playground.
National Program for Playground Safety http://playgroundsafety.org/
Parenting & Family
NEW: Parenting Videos by Early Childhood Expert, Elizabeth Pantley. These are excellent, short videos on a wide range of topics for positive solutions with parenting / teaching challenges.
Juneau Families: http://www.juneaufamilies.org
Families and Work Institute http://www.familiesandworkinst.org
Healthy Child Care America Web: www.healthychildcare.org
This new and improved site is easy to navigate and provides early education and child care information to health care professionals, child care professionals, and families. The new site provides enhanced access to information and resources. A clear structure and improved search function makes finding information easier than before. Visit our "Resource Library", a database with a wealth of resources related to early education and child care. Users will be able to search by topic, type of resource, AAP materials, and/or materials for families.
Child & Adult Care Food Program
MEALTALK Healthy School Meals Resource System http://healthymeals.nal.usda.gov
A communication tool to link professionals operating the Child Nutrition Programs so they can share resources, information and solutions to common day-to-day problems. Also includes information on food safety and regulations.
Food and Nutrition Information Center http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic
The FNIC index links to many sites around the world that provide good sources of food and nutrition information. Good source of information on a variety of issues, including nutrition and diabetes, nutrition during pregnancy and breast feeding, weight control and obesity, food allergies, and food labeling. Sites are indexed by over 50 different subject areas
Alaska State Government http://www.eed.state.ak.us/tls/cns/
Information on all state departments. See especially the Department of Education and Early Development.