Child Development and Early Childhood Education Resources

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Child Development and Early Childhood Education, California Community College- FCS

Child Development and Early Childhood Education, California Community College- FCS

Child Development/Early Childhood Education curriculum is designed to provide an occupational program of study for community college students planning their careers. Courses within the curriculum provide course work to work with individuals across the age span and provide part of the undergraduate requirements necessary for students wishing to transfer to a four-year institution.

Child Development and Early Childhood Education, Curriculum

American Associate Degree Early Childhood Educators (ACCESS)

American Associate Degree Early Childhood Educators (ACCESS)

The Associate Degree Early Childhood Teacher Educators – ACCESS to Shared Knowledge and Practice, commonly known as ACCESS, is a national, non-profit 501(c) (3) membership association.

Our purpose is to support and advocate for associate degree programs in the preparation of early childhood professionals who teach and care for young children from birth through age 8 across a variety of programs; and the instructors who teach in those programs. The organization is founded on the belief that learning is a lifelong process and that associate degree programs are an important link in early childhood professional preparation.

California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC)

California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC)

State Chapter of the National Association for the Education of Young Children whose mission is dedicated to advancing the excellence throughout the early care and education profession.

California Association for Family Child Care (CAFCC)

California Association for Family Child Care (CAFCC)

To promote the healthy growth and development of children in family child care and the strengthening of their families and communities through:

  • Enhancing the quality of family child care
  • Communicating a positive image and information about the immense benefits of Family Child Care to the broad community (local, state, federal) through research, advocacy and effective marketing
  • Strengthening and expanding the family child care network — associations, individual providers — reflecting the rich diversity of cultures and ethnicities in California
  • Securing adequate funds and resources to achieve the goals of the California Association for Family Child Care
  • Developing leadership and advocacy skills by providing opportunities for education, training and exposure and identifying ways to be proactive rather than reactive.
  • Insuring that providers have adequate support by providing resources for information about regulations and legal support where appropriate
  • Incorporating a Family Child Care providers “code of ethics” into every aspect of our work
  • Coordinating with a broad range of community and social service agencies at all levels to support children and families

California Child Care Resource and Referral Network

California Child Care Resource and Referral Network

Child Care Resource and Referral (R&R) agencies are located in every county in California. Over the last four decades, R&R services have evolved from a grassroots effort to help parents find child care, to a well-developed system that supports parents, providers, and local communities in finding, planning for, and providing affordable, quality child care. The state, through the California Department of Education, Child Development Division, has supported these efforts since 1976.

California Child Development Administrators Association (CCDAA)

California Child Development Administrators Association (CCDAA)

A Statewide Organization that supports publicly funded Child Development Programs and their Leaders.

California Child Development Administrators Association values…

  • Quality
  • Advocacy
  • History and Continuity
  • Inclusiveness and Diversity
  • Integrity and Accountability
  • A support system for professionals

California Head Start Association

California Head Start Association
CHSA is proud to serve the teachers, health specialists, family service staff and all the other dedicated people who support California’s most vulnerable children and families. CHSA is a non-profit, member supported association providing quality professional development, convening and advocacy to advance early learning and child development.

California School-Age Consortium

California School-Age Consortium

Since 1982, the California School-Age Consortium (CalSAC) has worked to support and advance the out-of-school time field by connecting professionals, enhancing competency, and building community.

Child Action

Child Action

Our major goal is to promote the healthy growth and development of children and families living in Sacramento County. The services we provide include child care resource and referral, child care subsidies, recruitment and training of child care professionals, and parent education and support.

We believe that parents are best able to choose the child care that meets their particular family situation. It is our goal to provide parents with information on a broad range of child care services, as well as ways to assess these services.

We can provide information about child care and child development services as it is available, but we do not make recommendations. The choice of care remains with the parent. We are not responsible for arrangements between parents and providers.

Child Development Training Consortium (CDTC)

Child Development Training Consortium (CDTC)

CDTC provides services, training, technical assistance, and resources to students and professionals working with and for children. In doing so, we help promote professionalism and high quality early care and education programs that benefit California’s children and families.

The Child Development Training Consortium (CDTC) is a statewide program funded by the California Department of Education, Early Education and Support Division (CDE/EESD) with federal Child Care and Development Quality Improvement funds. The program is administered by the Yosemite Community College District and serves all of California. Since 2002-2003, the CDTC has also received funding from First 5 California. Funding for all program services is limited. All programs listed below are funded by CDE/EESD unless otherwise noted.

Child Help USA

Child Help USA

Childhelp® is a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. Childhelp’s approach focuses on prevention, intervention and treatment. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD®, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and receives calls from throughout the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. Childhelp’s programs and services also include residential treatment services (villages); children’s advocacy centers; therapeutic foster care; group homes; child abuse prevention, education and training; and the National Day of Hope®, part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month every April.

Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Commission on Teacher Credentialing

The purpose of the Commission is to inspire, educate and protect the students of California. The Commission envisions all of California’s diverse learners, preschool through grade 12, will be inspired and prepared to achieve their highest potential by a well-prepared and exceptionally qualified educator workforce.

First 5 California

First 5 California

First 5 California was created by voters under Proposition 10 to recognize that children’s health and education is a top priority, especially in the early years of development.

National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE)

National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE)

NABE’s mission is to advocate for our nation’s Bilingual and English Language Learners and families and to cultivate a multilingual multicultural society by supporting and promoting policy, programs, pedagogy, research, and professional development that yield academic success, value native language, lead to English proficiency, and respect cultural and linguistic diversity.

National Association of Child Care Professionals (NACCP)

National Association of Child Care Professionals (NACCP)

NACCP is an organization that has provided management resources and services to child care centers across the United States for the last 20+ years. NACCP sponsors the national How Successful Directors Manage conference annually. A major component of the organization is NAC, National Accreditation Commission, a voluntary accreditation program for early childhood centers. NAC currently has 700+ centers in self-study.

The National Association of Child Care Professionals (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 Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE)

National Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE)

NAECTE members are people from all across the United States and from countries around the globe. We are joined together by our common interest in Early Childhood Teacher Education.

Our purpose:

  • To promote the professonal growth of our membership
  • To discuss educational issues specific to our membership
  • To advocate for improvements in early childhood teacher education
  • Provide a forum for consideration of issues and concerns of interest to educators of early childhood teacher educators
  • Provide a communication network for early childhood teacher educators
  • Facilitate the interchange of information and ideas about research and practice
  • Use, as vehicles, the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, conferences, resolutions, position papers, and other publications
  • Cooperate with other national and international organizations concerned with the study and education of young children

National Association for the Education of Young Children, (NAEYC)

National Association for the Education of Young Children, (NAEYC)

NAEYC has opportunities for members to get involved and help shape the future of the early childhood profession. You can serve in your state or local community and at the national level.

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)

The National Association for Family Child Care is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care.

The Mission of the National Association for Family Child Care is to promote quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care.

The goals of the Association are:

  • To strengthen state and local associations as the primary support system for individual family child care providers.
  • To promote a professional accreditation program which recognizes and encourages quality care for children.
  • To represent family child care providers by advocating for their needs and collaborating with other organizations.
  • To promote the diversity of the family child care profession through training, state and local associations, public education, and Board Membership

National Coalition for Campus Children’s Centers (NCCCC)

National Coalition for Campus Children’s Centers (NCCCC)

NCCCC is a non-profit educational membership organization. NCCCC supports research and activities affecting college and university early childhood education and service settings, family and work issues, and the field of early childhood education in general. NCCCC expresses this mission through its newsletters, publications, conferences and grants.

National Safe Kids Campaign

National Safe Kids Campaign

Safe Kids Worldwide is a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children, the number one killer of kids in
the United States. Around the world, a child dies from an unintentional injury every 30 seconds. And millions of children are injured in ways that can affect them for a lifetime.

Professional Association for Childhood Educators (PACE)

Professional Association for Childhood Educators (PACE)

The Professional Association for Childhood Education (PACE) is a non-profit, California statewide organization established in 1955 to advance the profession of childhood education. PACE members operate in excess of 1,000 centers, serving more than 55,000 children in California. PACE members make a significant difference for educators, families, and children, ultimately affecting our future.

PACE provides resources and services for early care and education professionals to enhance business management practices through education, networking and advocacy.

PACE is the number one resource for innovative business management practices and services for early care and education professionals.

PACE advances the early education community by:

  • Advocating for the development, progress and welfare of all young children at the state and local legislative level so member voices are heard
  • Offering a space to network, exchange ideas, policies and techniques among members
  • Advocating for the benefits and standards of early childhood education to the general public to give members public exposure and help build enrollment
  • Offering programs which will enrich management techniques, teaching skills and curriculum so members can grow professionally
  • Provide the latest licensing regulations so that members stay informed
  • Offer legal and personnel consultation from experts in the field

Program for Infant/Toddler Care

Program for Infant/Toddler Care

The Program for Infant Toddler Care seeks to ensure that America’s infants get a safe, healthy, emotionally secure and intellectually rich start in life. Its three pronged mission is to

1) increase the availability and quality of child care for all children under age three;

2) disseminate information that increases the practice of responsive, respectful and relationship based infant toddler care; and

3) influence national, regional and local policies and practices so that the needs and interests of individual infants, toddlers, and their families are the foundation for all curriculum development and program activity.

Protection & Advocacy, Inc.

Protection & Advocacy, Inc.

The Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Act (PAIMI) was created in 1986 in response to Congressional findings of abuse and neglect of individuals with psychiatric disabilities in residential care facilities. In addition to providing legal representation to persons with psychiatric disabilities, we expanded our services to include peer/self advocacy and investigations of abuse and neglect.

Through the Looking Glass

Through the Looking Glass

Through the Looking Glass (TLG) is a nationally recognized center that has pioneered research, training, and services for families in which a child, parent or grandparent has a disability or medical issue. TLG is a disability community based nonprofit organization, which emerged from the independent living movement, and was founded in 1982 in Berkeley, California. Our mission is “To create, demonstrate and encourage non-pathological and empowering resources and model early intervention services for families with disability issues in parent or child which integrate expertise derived from personal disability experience and disability culture.”

TrustLine

Trust Line

TrustLine is California’s registry of in-home child care providers, tutors, in-home counselors, and child care staff at Ancillary Child Care Centers who have passed a background screening. It was created by the California Legislature in 1987 and is a powerful resource for parents hiring a nanny or baby-sitter. All caregivers listed with TrustLine have been cleared through a fingerprint check of records at the California Department of Justice. This means they have no disqualifying criminal convictions or substantiated child abuse reports in California. TrustLine is administered by the California Department of Social Services and the non-profit California Child Care Resource and Referral Network. It is endorsed by the California Academy of Pediatrics.

Zero to Three

Zero to Three

ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development.

Our mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life.