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National Resources

 Advocacy

Website ButtonNew American Foundation The New America Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States.

 

Website ButtonEvery Child Matters Education Fund  Established in 2001, the Every Child Matters Education Fund is is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan organization working to make public investments in children, youth, and families a national political priority. 

 

Children, Abuse and Trauma

 download24-Hour Parent Support & Crisis Intervention Helpline

Website ButtonTrauma- Informed care for Children Exposed to Violence

downloadTips for Parents & Other Caregivers

downloadTips for Early Childhood Providers

downloadTips for Engaging Men and Fathers

downloadTips for Domestic Violence and Homeless Shelters

downloadTips for Teachers

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Health and Safety

 Website ButtonA 5-Day Visual and Musical Curriculum Teaching Hand Washing in Child Care Centers

 Website ButtonChild Care Resources for Disasters & Emergencies

Website ButtonSafe Sleep Advisory for Michigan

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Screen Free Moments: Promoting Healthy Habits will show you a few simple ways to limit or even eventually eliminate screen time in your family child care home. 

Website ButtonU.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission  The Consumer Product Safety Commission is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

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Website ButtonSafe Kids, free car seat inspections, water safety information, home safety education  Safe Kids USA is a nationwide network of organizations working to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading case of death and disability for children ages 1 to 14.  To receive Safe Kids USA bi-monthly newsletter, click here and enter your email address in the blue 'Sign Up' for email updates box in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage.

 

Professional Development Associations

Website ButtonNAEYC  The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children with nearly 80,000 members, a national network of more than 300 state and local Affiliates, and a growing global alliance of like-minded organizations.  To get public policy updates from NAEYC, click here, scroll down to the bottom of the page, click on 'NAEYC Email List' under the Stay information heading and enter your information.

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NACCRRA - the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies leads projects that increase the quality and availability of child care professionals, undertake research, and advocate child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families.

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

 

Website ButtonNational Association of Head Start - Their vision is to be the untiring voice that will not be quiet until every vulnerable child is served with the Head Start model of support for the whole child, the family and the community.

 

Resources

Website ButtonCasel: Collaborative for Academic social and emotional Learning

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Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5.  CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country.

Website ButtonChild Care Exchange is committed to supporting early childhood professionals worldwide in their efforts to craft early childhood environments where adults and children thrive- environments that foster friendship, curiosity, self-esteem, joy, and respect; where the talents of all are fully challenged and justly rewarded.  Exchange Everyday is delivered five days a week and contains news, success stories, solutions, trend reports, and much more.  To receive Exchange Everyday, click here and enter your email address on the homepage, on the right-hand side in the yellow box!

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Colorin Colorado A free web-based service that provides information, actitivites, and advice for educators and Spanish-speaking families of English language learners (ELL's). You can subscribe to Colorin Colorado's newsletter (on the right-hand side of the homepage, under 'Free Newsletters' heading, enter your email address)

Website ButtonDrug Free Communities Support Program Grantee Handbook 2011 Quick Reference Tool

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Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center  Locate a head start & access professional development resources.

 

Website ButtonHatch: The Early Learning Experts  Join us for these exciting webinars featuring invited experts covering the latest trends and best practices in early learning! New sessions are being added to the schedule and you may register to view on-demand recordings of past events any time.

Website ButtonInformation for Early Childhood Providers and Parents  Free milestone checklist, products and flyers.

Website ButtonParent Further A search resource institute for families.

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TACSEI and CSEFEL The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) takes the research that shows which practices improve the social-emotional outcomes for young children with, or at risk for, delays or disabilities and creates FREE products and resources to help decision-makers, caregivers, and service providers apply these best practices in the work they do every day.  The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5.  CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country.  To get updates from TACSEI and CSEFEL, subscribe by filling out your information here.

Website ButtonU.S. Department of Education  Best practices, facts and research.

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World Association of Early Childcare Educators (AMEI-WAECE)  Weekly bulletin distributed free of charge in English, and Spanish to provide information on news and developments in the field of Early Childhood Education.

Website ButtonZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.  To receive emails on topics that are the most relevant and useful to you, either as an early childhood professional, or parent, click here and enter your email in the 'Get Connected' box in eh upper right-hand corner of Zero to Three's homepage.

 

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