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Below is a list of national organizations and associations that provide information for families regarding child development, parenting, and/or child care concerns or questions.

Child Development
Zero to Three (202-638-1144; For Publications: 1-800-899-4301) Focuses on the development of infants and toddlers.
National Center for Family Literacy

An organization focusing on development of quality literacy programs for parents and children.

Centers for Disease Control: Learn the Signs. Act Early.

A federal program offering information for parents about child development, health, and safety.

National After School Association

Offers accreditation standards for after school and out of school child care programs.

Health and Safety
National Institutes of Health (301-496-4000, TTY 301-402-9612; Toll-free Health Hotlines ) Conducts and supports medical research. NIH has 27 institutes and centers focusing on their efforts. Example programs of NIH are: The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and The National Library of Medicines MEDLINEplus.
American Academy of Pediatrics

An organization of pediatricians offering health information for parents.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) focusing its efforts on research and investigations related to public health. A program of the CDC is The National Immunization Program.

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care

An organization that promotes safe and healthy out-of-home child care centers.

Healthy Kids, Healthy Care

A program of the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education. Also available in Spanish.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Promotes consumer safety in connection with more than 15,000 consumer products.

U.S. Department of Education – Especially for Parents

(1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327); TTY: 1-800-437-0833)
Works toward ensuring equal access to education and promoting educational excellence.

Child Care
Child Care Aware

(1-800-424-2246; TTY: 1-866-278-9428)
Assists parents in finding the best information on locating quality child care and child care resources in their community.

National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA)

A network of more than 600 Child Care Resource and Referral agencies offering training , resources and standards of best practices to those agencies in support of quality, accountable services. In addition, NACCRRA promotes national policies and partnerships facilitating universal access to quality child care.

National Association for the Education of Young Children

Promotes the quality care of children birth to 8 years old through educational and developmental services.

National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC)

Promotes professional development and quality standards of care for Family Child Care providers.

Head Start


Offers support and resources to local Head Start programs.
Administration for Children and Families

(Region 1: 617-565-1020; Region 2: 212-264-2890; Region 3: 215-861-4000; Region 4: 404-562-2800; 
Region 5: 312-353-4237; Region 6: 214-767-9648; Region 7: 816-426-3981; Region 8: 303-844-3100;
Region 9: 415-437-8400; Region 10: 206-615-2547

Provides funding to state, territory, local, and tribal organizations providing family services. Examples of programs are: welfare, child support, child care, and Head Start.

Even Start Family Literacy Program

Supports high quality literacy programs for parents and children.