RESOURCES ON EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE
There are a number of non-profit, non-governmental organizations working on a national and local level to promote the welfare of children and to help parents and child care professionals.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (www.naeyc.org). The largest organization in the United States of early childhood educators dedicated to improving the well-being of children, with particular emphasis on children from birth to age 8. It has over 300 state and local affiliates as well as international ties to like-minded organizations in other countries. It offers accreditation to quality child care centers around the country. Its numerous publications and reports, including its bi-monthly journal, Young Children, offer rich resources to professionals in the field of early child care.
Zero to Three (www.zerotothree.org) — A national, non-profit organization that trains and supports professionals, policy makers and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. Over the past three decades, it has played an important leadership role in promoting understanding around the key issues affecting young children and their families, infant mental health, early language and literacy development, early intervention, and the impact of culture on early child development. Its bi-monthly journal, Zero to Three, and the books it publishes have played a crucial role in fostering a national interest in early child care and in providing professionals with the latest research and information in their field.
National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center (www.nccic.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm) — A service of the Child Care Bureau of the US Department of Health and Human Services, it provides comprehensive child care information resources to professional child care administrators.
National Network for Child Care (www.nncc.org) — Offers a rich source of articles and resources among scholars and practitioners in the field of early child care.
Children’s Defense Fund (www.childrensdefense.org) — A private, non-profit, non-governmental organization that has been, for many years, a strong, effective proponent of policies and programs that provide children with the resources they need to succeed. They are committed to policies that will lift children out of poverty, protect them from abuse and neglect, and ensure their access to health care, quality education, and a moral and spiritual foundation.
National Association for Family Child Care (www.nafcc.org) — A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting quality child care through technical assistance to local and state child care associations, promoting diversity in the profession, and upgrading professionalism through an accreditation program that encourages quality care for children.
The Early Years Institute has recently upgraded its website and contains much helpful information for parents and professionals in the field of early child care in the form of articles and resources. The attractive, newly designed site is worth a visit and can be reached at wwi.org.
A Google search of Child Care Councils can reveal a guide to child care facilities in your area. For example, the Child Care Council of Nassau County in New York(www.childcarenassau.org) offers child care counseling and referrals to families, professional development and technical assistance to active and potential providers, and serves as an informational resource and public voice for child care issues facing the diverse communities in Nassau County, New York. It also links to other organizations serving parents and child care professionals on local, state and national levels.
Finally, to catch a glimpse of a high quality center in one area, we recommend a visit to the website of one such center, the Rosa Lee Young Childhood Center (www.rosaleeyoung.org). It is the one our book, Developing Quality Care for Young Children, used as a model for translating the principles of quality care into practical implementation in the day-to-day work in the classroom. For more than 30 years, it has provided high quality care for children of working parents in and near Rockville Centre, Long Island, NY. Take a look.