Family Engagement

The National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (NCPFCE) Research, resources, toolkits, professional development opportunities and more for early educators working to actively engage parents, families and communities in their programs
Parent, Family and Community Engagement Interactive Framework Interactive tool created to help early education programs identify how they can work toward positive outcomes for children and families
Building Partnerships: Guide to Developing Relationships with Families Guide from the National Center for Parent, Family and Community Engagement designed to help early childhood professionals enhance engagement with parents, families and the community through positive goal-oriented relationships
Partnering with Families: Building Positive Goal-Oriented Relationships E-learning course from the National Center for Parent, Family and Community Engagement on developing and supporting positive, goal-oriented relationships with families

Creating Inclusive Programs

Program Planning Tools, information and resources from the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning on creating high quality early education programs that effectively include children with disabilities
Services to Children with Disabilities Information and resources to assist early educators in providing services to children with disabilities, from the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning
The National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness (NCCLR) Research, resources, tool kits, professional development opportunities and more for early educators working to create culturally and linguistically inclusive and rich programs

Supports for Families

Immigrant and Refugee Families (NCCLR) Resources from the National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness for child care providers and other early educators working with families that are new to the United States
Raising Young Children in a New Country Handbook to assist early educators with providing basic information about raising a young child in the United States to families that are new to the U.S.
Refugee Resettlement Information by State and Region Data, resources and important contacts from the National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness for those serving refugee families
Resources for Homeless Children and Families: Tip Sheet Resource list from the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness for those serving children and families experiencing homelessness
WIC Clinic Finder Offers an easy way to connect with your nearest WIC clinic for food assistance and other support and resources

Health, Safety and Well-being

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) An organization of pediatricians offering health information for parents
American Heart Association – CPR and First Aid Has information about Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid training opportunities
American Red Cross Provides care to those in need, from disaster relief, health and safety courses and assistance for military members, veterans and their families
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) A program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) focusing its efforts on research and investigations related to public health
Culture of Safety Resources from the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness on creating a child care environment where program staff and families work together to keep children safe
Emergency Preparedness Resources Tools, resources and publications from Child Care Aware® of America to help child care providers prepare their programs for disaster
Keep Children Safe Using Active Supervision Resources on preventing injury in child care by ensuring active supervision in the classroom, from the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness
National Fire Protection Association Advocates for fire prevention and is an authoritative source on public safety
National Institutes of Health Conducts and supports medical research. NIH has 27 institutes and centers focusing on their efforts. Example programs of NIH programs are: The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and The National Library of Medicine’s MEDLINEplus
National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education An organization that promotes safe and healthy out-of-home child care centers
National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS) Delivers training and services related to outdoor play and safety
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Promotes consumer safety in connection with more than 15,000 consumer products

Child Development

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Learn the Signs. Act Early. A federal program offering information and resources about child development milestones and concerns
HealthyChildren.org Ages and Stages Information provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics to help parents identify the challenges, milestones and changes that are often experienced in each stage of childhood
Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns Training Course Free online training course offered by the CDC to help early care and education providers learn about monitoring children’s development and how to talk with parents about concerns
Zero to Three Focuses on the development of infants and toddlers

National Accreditations/Child Care Credentials

National Association for the Education of Young Children Promotes the quality of care of children birth to 8 years old through educational and developmental services
National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) Promotes professional development and quality standards of care for Family Child Care providers
National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA) A national accreditation for early childhood programs
National Accreditation Commission (NAC) for Early Care and Education Programs A national accreditation for early childhood programs
Council on Accreditation (COA) A national accreditation for early childhood education, after-school, and youth development programs
Council for Professional Recognition Provides information on obtaining and renewing the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential

Child Care Program Supports

BoardSource Focuses on improving nonprofit effectiveness by strengthening nonprofit boards
Early Essentials Webisodes and Practice Moments for Infant and Toddler Educators Videos, reflection questions and resources to help infant and toddler educators learn about important topics, from school readiness to self-care, interactions to environments, and to improve their own practices in each topic area
First Children’s Finance Provides financing, training and business-development assistance and resources to child care businesses
Foundation Grants to Individuals Online Offers an online listing of grants to individuals in the United States
National Database of Child Care Licensing Regulations Tool for finding and searching state and territory licensing regulations and agency contact information