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California-Based Resources

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Nationwide Resources

  • Administration for Children and Families, United States Department of Health and Human Services (ACF) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Responsible for federal programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities.
  • Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Materials that provide parents and teachers with simple ways to enhance daily activities and routines with literacy specific opportunities.
  • Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides early learning programs with resources intended to assist them help young children develop the skills and knowledge they need to enter school ready to succeed.
  • Emergency Preparedness Webinars External link opens in new window or tab.
    A series of webinars related to emergency preparedness, including tips and resources for preparation, response, and recovery from a disaster.
  • Express Lane Eligibility (ELE) External link opens in new window or tab.
    A way to expedite enrollment into health insurance programs for large numbers of uninsured children, specifically those enrolled in other public programs.
  • Healthy Child Care External link opens in new window or tab.
    The Healthy Child Care program is a collaborative effort of health professionals and child care providers working to improve the early education and health and safety of children in out-of-home child care.
  • Healthy Futures: Improving Health Outcomes for Young Children External link opens in new window or tab.
    Through the Healthy Child Care program, the American Academy of Pediatrics has developed a curriculum designed for early education and child care professionals to manage infectious diseases. “PediaLink” online learning modules allow participants to learn independently in a web-based format.
  • Local Family Child Care Associations External link opens in new window or tab.
    A nationwide directory of family child care associations.
  • Milestone Tracker External link opens in new window or tab.
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched the Milestone Tracker, a free application for tracking a child’s development in a fun and easy way. The app adds to the suite of free, family-friendly materials available through the CDC Learn the Signs, Act Early External link opens in new window or tab. program.
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8.
  • National Indian Child Care Association (NICCA) External link opens in new window or tab.
    The mission of the National Indian Child Care Association is to unify tribes and tribal organizations to promote high quality culturally relevant child care and development.
  • National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education External link opens in new window or tab.
    The National Resource Center's primary mission is to promote health and safety in out-of-home child care settings throughout the nation..
  • Reading Rockets External link opens in new window or tab.
    Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project that offers research-based and best-practice information on teaching kids to read.
  • Talk, Read, Sing Together, Every Day! External link opens in new window or tab.
    A suite of resources from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education that can help enrich children’s early language experiences beginning from birth. The information includes tip sheets for families, preschool teachers, and infant/toddler teachers and caregivers, as well as a fact sheet that highlights the evidence behind the benefits of being bilingual and embracing children’s home languages. All tip sheets are available in English and Spanish, and can be downloaded for free.
  • Text4Baby External link opens in new window or tab.
    The National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB) has launched Text4Baby, a free mobile information service that provides pregnant women and new mothers with information to help them care for their health and give their babies the best possible start in life.
  • Zero to Three External link opens in new window or tab.
    Supports the healthy development and well-being of infants, toddlers, and their families.

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International Resources

  • Learning Opportunities for Children Up to Age Four External link opens in new window or tab.
    A series of video clips developed by the Department of Education in Zurich, Switzerland, shows parents and educators how to create learning opportunities out of everyday activities. The clips are available in 13 languages.

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Last Reviewed: Friday, February 17, 2023
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