The ABC’s of Safe and Healthy Childcare. An online handbook for child care providers by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Center for Disease Control. A comprehensive resource to help child care providers reduce sickness, injury, and other health problems in child care facilities. Includes fact sheets on childhood diseases and conditions, as well as resources for setting up a safe child care setting, dealing with illness and injury, food safety and sanitation, first aid procedures, working with children with special needs, cleaning and disinfection procedures, and much more. Clear, vital information for child care professionals.
The Alliance for Parental Involvement in Education (AllPIE). AllPIE is a nonprofit organization which assists and encourages parental involvement in education, wherever that education takes place: in public school, in private school, or at home. Site includes newsletter, conference information, links to education sites and more.
The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI). Organization dedicated to promoting “the inherent rights, education and well-being of children from infancy through early adolescence,” and “high standards of preparation and professional growth for educators.
Band-aides and Blackboards: When Chronic Illness…or Some Other Medical Problem…Goes to School. With the input and help of many young people who are dealing with serious illness or disabilities, Nursing Professor Joan Fleitas put together this wonderful, user-friendly site that helps sensitize people to what it’s like to grow up with a medical problem. The site is divided into three sections, one for kids, one for teens, and one for adults. In her introduction for adults, Joan writes, “The most important thing I’ve learned from my conversations with children has been that they are first of all children, with the same needs, joys, hurts and misconceptions that all children share. Their chronic illnesses or other medical conditions are part of them, but do not define them. I hope that they will learn as they grow that they can be proud of who they are, and that what’s going on with their health is a part of that pride, not something to be ashamed of.” This wonderful site includes art, essays, first-person stories, photographs, and poems by kids coping with illness and disabilities, as well as writings by siblings, support for going to the hospital, advice on dealing with teasing, creative relaxation imagery for kids, tips for teachers, articles by parents, and MUCH, MUCH more. A truly amazing site.
Children, Stress, and Natural Disasters. This website contains material which helps prepare teachers and child care workers for working with children who have been through a natural disaster. An online teacher’s guide describes what children might experience during and after a disaster, how children might react to a disaster, and what teachers can do to help students during the recovery period. Also included are activities teachers can use in their classrooms after a disaster, lists of curriculum guides on disaster-related topics, a bibliography of children’s literature on floods and natural disasters, and a list of resource material available from the American Red Cross.
Children, Youth and Families Education and Research Network. CYFERNet maintains a large data base of practical, research-based information on children, youth and families. Universities in all fifty states provide the up-to-date resources and information for this Internet-based service. Includes practical information on child and youth development, descriptions of successful programs, research, statistics, parenting information, bibliographies, on-line activities for kids, links, and much more. Content areas include child care, health, family resiliency, science and technology, collaborations and community based-programs.
Coalition for Asian-American Children and Families. Cyberspace’s only interactive forum for Asian children’s policy and cultural diversity issues. As the authors of the website explain, “Asian-Americans are often called the ‘model minority’ because some achieve high levels of educational attainment and high median incomes. However, many Asian-American children and families do not fit this stereotype. One result of this myth is that policy makers do not view Asian-American children’s health and human service needs as a priority.” The Coalition challenges these barriers by advocating for social policies and programs which support Asian-American children and families, empower Asian-Americans to advocate for change, and give service providers culturally-sensitive training and resources.
Delphi Childcare Connection for Daycare and Preschool Teachers and Parents. Full of all kind of resources, information about child care, curriculum and craft ideas. Features forums and chats for care providers in different settings: preschools, daycare centers, home daycare, churches, and schools. Resources for parents, too.
Early Childhood.Com. Sponsored by Discount School Supplies, this site offers arts and crafts ideas, a bulletin board, an excellent collection of articles, and other resources which support children’s play. A great place to get advice from experts in the early childhood field, expand your collection of creative projects, and share ideas and questions with the early childhood community.
Early Childhood Educators and Family Web Corner. Articles, news, discussion groups and an incredible collection of links for both parents and early childhood educators. A wealth of practical, invaluable information. A site not to miss.
Early Childhood News. The website for the quarterly journal, Early Childhood News. Includes article index and resources for professional development.
Early Childhood Education on Line. This site, sponsored by University of Maine, includes resources in the following categories: diversity, children and development, observation and assessment, curriculum and environments, professional development, issues in early childhood settings, advocacy, and ECE and the Net. This site is aimed at early childhood professionals, but parents can get a lot out of these materials, too. Maintains listserv communities for parents, care providers, and teachers.
ERIC Clearinghouse for Elementary and Early Childhood Education. Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) clearinghouses identify and select documents and journal articles for the ERIC database, the world’s most frequently used collection of information on education. This comprehensive database relates to early childhood and elementary education. Features listserv discussion groups on topics related to early childhood, elementary, and middle school education.
Idea Box: Early Childhood Education and Activity Resources. Tons of practical ideas words to songs and fingerplays, craft recipes for bubbles, clown paint and eggshell chalk, and more. The ideas on this site are not screened, so you’ll have to do some weeding through. Lots of links for both kids and adults. Chat groups to discuss great ideas for keeping kids exploring and happy.
KidsNet. Helps children, families and educators intelligently access the educational opportunities available through television, radio and multimedia sources. A monthly Media Guide describes programs for children, families and educators referenced by air date, curriculum areas, grade levels, supplemental materials, and related multimedia. Offers Study Guides for teachers and parents to extend educational value of television programming. Kidsnet also supports media literacy in children and encourages excellence in broadcasting.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children. The NAEYC is the nation’s largest organization of early childhood professionals dedicated to improving the quality of early childhood education programs for children birth through age eight. Website provides information on NAEYC’s journal, Young Children; listings of books and videos, professional development information, conference news, and policy ideas to stimulate effective advocacy on behalf of young children. The section of the website for parents is new and growing. It currently includes limited resources and lists of NAEYC accredited child care centers.
National Childcare Information Center. A voluminous database with tremendous resources on finding and choosing quality child care, health and safety information, child care legislation, and pending legislation. Designed for both parents and child care professionals. Includes child care research, Native American tribal child care resources, technical assistance programs, funding opportunities, extensive links, and much more. One of the databases in the ERIC system.
National Institute on Early Childhood Development and Education. A program of the U.S. Department of Education, ECI is dedicated to improving the development and learning of young children from birth through age eight. The Institute sponsors comprehensive and challenging research that investigates the most effective strategies for empowering families and enhancing the healthy development of young children; encourages collaboration between families, educators, communities, and policy makers; and promotes the development of a competent, well-prepared early childhood workforce.
National Institute on Media and the Family. The mission of the National Institute on Media and the Family is to “maximize the benefits and minimize the harm of media on children and families through research, education, and advocacy.” The Institute also seeks to promote positive change in the production and use of mass media. Their well-designed, easy-to-navigate site features KidScore, a wonderful and innovative content-based rating system that evaluates television, movies, video and computer games from a family-friendly perspective, Educators’ Forum, a selection of curricula, research materials, and training opportunities for educators, ScoreCard, fun, easy-to-use evaluations of your family’s media habits, Hot Topics, news you can use about media and families, and Tools and Resources for parents and teachers. This is one terrific site!
The Perpetual Preschool. This unique interactive site for adults celebrates the creativity and dedication of all those who “contribute to the perpetual education of young children.” Here’s how it works: visitors to the site make suggestions regarding art, math and manipulatives, nap time, outdoor play, blocks, science and discovery, dealing with transitions, and numerous other categories. These suggestions are posted within 48 hours, creating a wealth of ideas for early childhood teachers, caregivers and parents. Extensive links and resources for early childhood teachers. Also includes a daily parenting tip.
Zero to Three. This visually beautiful website, sponsored by the National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, opens with this descriptor: “a virtual space dedicated solely to the healthy development of infants and toddlers our youngest explorers.” Zero to Three disseminates key developmental information, trains providers, promotes model approaches and standards of practice and works to increase public awareness about the significance of the first three years of life. Their website is divided into two sections, one for parents and one for professionals. Includes developmental information and a tip of the week.
SingleMoms.org. A useful website dedicated to helping single moms find freedom — both emotionally, physically, and financially. There’s a lot of information here especially about the various financial assistance programs offered by the government and other sources. There are some detailed career and real legit how to work from home guides that give some solid strategies for single moms on how to earn a part time income without falling for a scam.