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Early Childhood Development
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The links below contain information about programs, services, research or policy efforts aimed at improving outcomes for young children and their families from a national perspective.
A private, nonprofit organization, providing a range of research-based information, tools, and resources related to culture and first- and second-language acquisition.
Dedicated to helping low-income individuals by developing and advocating for national, state and local policies that strengthen families and lead toward education and work.
Child Trends is a nonprofit research center that studies children at all stages of development.
A comprehensive website for all early childhood service providers. Emphasizes programming and policies related to Head Start and Early Head Start.
Advocates at the national level for quality early childhood education for disadvantaged children from birth to age five. Offers timely updates on federal policy.
Aims to identify and promote opportunities that support school readiness for young children in Washington State. Offers excellent publications and resources, including a Ready for School guide for parents and providers.
Researches and communicates findings to improve outcomes for children worldwide.
A professional organization that works on behalf of all young children with a focus on providing educational and developmental services and resources. Offers policy recommendations and position statements.
The NCCP, a division of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, is one of the nation’s leading public policy center dedicated to promoting the well-being of low-income families and children. A host of publications, data tools, programs, and state profiles are available.
Conducts and shares research to support high-quality early childhood education for all young children. Offers research on topics ranging from universal preschool to second-language learning. Provides annual Preschool Report Cards for each state.
A business partnership aimed at early childhood and economic success. Business leaders and advocates are working together to research a wide variety of early childhood issues, communicate findings, and mobilize business leaders and activists to build support for early investments.
RIF is the largest children’s literacy nonprofit in the United States. RIF helps children to read by delivering free books and literacy resources to children and families who need them most. Visit their website to learn more about RIF’s free books or to see their catchy public service announcement.
A unique public-private partnership focused on early learning. Seeks to mobilize state and local resources to ensure that families and caregivers have the information and support they need to help their children thrive. Access research-based materials including the “Love.Talk.Play.” parenting campaign.
A national nonprofit organization that educates and supports professionals, policymakers and parents in an effort to improve the healthy development of infants and toddlers. Offers resources and links to technical assistance for providers associated with Early Head Start, military families and home visiting programs.