National Information and Resources

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.

Center for Applied Linguistics

A private, nonprofit organization, providing a range of research-based information, tools, and resources related to culture and first- and second-language acquisition.

Center for Law and Social Policy

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

Child Trends is a nonprofit research center that studies children at all stages of development.  

Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

A comprehensive website for all early childhood service providers. Emphasizes programming and policies related to Head Start and Early Head Start. 

First Five Years Fund

Advocates at the national level for quality early childhood education for disadvantaged children from birth to age five. Offers timely updates on federal policy.

Foundation for Early Learning

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.

Harvard Center for the Developing Child

Researches and communicates findings to improve outcomes for children worldwide.  

National Association for the Education of Young Children

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.

National Center for Children in Poverty

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.

National Institute for Early Education Research

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.

Ready Nation

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.

Reading Is Fundamental

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.

Thrive by Five Washington

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.

Zero to Three

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. 

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