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Children's Defense Fund
25 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) is a nonprofit research and advocacy organization that provides a strong, effective voice for children, who cannot vote, lobby, or speak out for themselves. CDF pays particular attention to the needs of poor, minority, and disabled children. CDF's goal is to educate the nation about the needs of children and encourage prevention and investment in children before they get sick, drop out of school, suffer damage, break down, or get into trouble.

Child Care Professionals

Center for the Child Care Workforce
733 15th Street, N.W., Suite 800
Washington, D.C. 20005

The Center for the Child Care Workforce (CCW), part of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), is a nonprofit resource and advocacy organization committed to improving the quality of child care through upgrading the compensation and training of child care teachers and providers. CCW is recognized as the national resource clearinghouse on child care staffing issues, as well as a leader in advocating for better regulation and funding of child care services. In addition, CCW serves as the national coordinator of the Worthy Wage Campaign, a grassroots effort to empower child care workers themselves to fight for solutions to the staffing crisis. CCW's goal is to create a unified, powerful voice for the child care work force, advocating for fair and decent employment for caregivers and reliable, affordable care for families.

Government Child Care Resources

U.S. Child Care Bureau
Administration for Children, Youth, and Families
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Switizer Building, Room 2046
330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20447

Created in 1995, the Child Care Bureau is part of the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Child Care Bureau is dedicated to enhancing the quality, affordability, and supply of child care available for all families. The bureau administers federal funds to atates, territories, and tribes to assist low-income families in accessing quality child care for children while parents work or participate in education or training. The Child Care Bureau administers the Child Care and Development Fund and provides technical assistance to the nation on a variety of topics related to child care.

National Child Care Information Center
243 Church Street, NW, 2nd Floor
Vienna, VA 22180
Fax 800/716-2242
TTY 800/516-2242

The National Child Care Information Center (NCCIC) was established by the U.S. Child Care Bureau to complement, enhance, and promote child care linkages and to serve as a mechanism for supporting quality, comprehensive services for children and families. NCCIC disseminates child care information to states, territories, and tribes; policymakers; parents; programs; organizations; providers; and the public resources, promising practices, federal grants, and programs at the state and tribal levels.

National Head Start Association
1651 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

The National Head Start Association (NHSA) is the membership organization representing Head Start parents, staff, directors, and friends nationwide. NHSA's activities include education and advocacy on behalf of Head Start children, families, and programs; a quarterly journal, regular policy and legislative updates, special studies and reports; and training conferences and leadership institutes. NHSA focuses on issues that shape the future of Head Start and uses its national voice to inform communities, states, corporate America, and Washington lawmakers of its concerns.

Information on Child Health, Care, and Development

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Nursing
4200 E. Ninth Avenue
Campus Box C287
Denver, CO 80262
800/598-KIDS (5437)

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau's National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care seeks to enhance the quality of child care by supporting state and local health departments, child care regulatory agencies, child care providers, and parents in their efforts to promote health and safety in child care. The National Resource Center achieves this goal through information services, training and technical assistance to support regional, state, and local initiatives; conferences for sharing experiences and knowledge; and development and distribution of resource materials.

Early Childhood Connections
Centre for Community Child Health
Sixth Floor, South East Building
Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne
Flemington Road
Parkville Victoria 3052
(03) 9345 5297
Fax: (03) 9345 5900

Early Childhood Connections is an Australian website with more than 400 Australian and 350 international Internet links, collated alphabetically and in submenus to provide easy viewing and access to the most up-to-date information for professionals and parents interested in the renewed emphasis on the early childhood years.

USA Child Care

USA Child Care is a national membership association of child care and early education providers and advocates who deliver services directly to children and families. USA Child Care's mission is to serve as a national voice for these direct service providers to ensure quality, comprehensive early care and education that is affordable and accessible to all families.

Research/Prevention/Intervention Programs

Free To Grow
Mailman School of Public Health
Columbia University
722 West 16th Street, Eighth Floor
New York NY 10032
Fax 212/342-1963

Free To Grow is a national demonstration program testing an innovative approach to two closely related public health problems--substance abuse and child abuse. Free To Grow identifies the best ideas and practices in the field of prevention in general and substance abuse and child abuse prevention in particular and applies them to the crucial early years.

National Black Child Development Institute
1023 Fifteenth Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington, D.C. 20005

The National Black Child Development Institute serves as a critical resource for improving the quality of life of African American children, youth, and families through direct services, public education programs, leadership training, and research.

Early Literacy/Reading

Reading Is Fundamental, Inc.
1825 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20009
877/RIF-READ or 202/673-0020

Founded in 1966, Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) develops and delivers children's and family literacy programs that help prepare young children for reading and motivate school-age children to read regularly. RIF's highest priority is to serve the nation's neediest children, birth to age 11. Through a national, grassroots network of 400,000 community volunteers, RIF programs last year provided 15 million new, free books and other essential literacy resources to nearly 5 million children.

Get Ready to Read
National Center for Learning Disabilities
381 Park Avenue South, Suite 1401
New York NY 10016
888/575-7373 or 212/545-7510
Fax 212/545-9665

CWLA and the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) are partners in Get Ready to Read! (GRTR!), NCLD's national initiative to build the early literacy skills of preschool-age children. GRTR! provides an easy-to-administer, research-based screening tool to early childhood educators, child care providers, and parents to help them prepare all children to learn to read and write.

GRTR!'s vision is that all preschool children will have the skills they need to learn to read when they enter school. GRTR!'s website provides parents, educators, health care professionals, and advocates with information to help build early literacy skills by integrating emergent literacy screening and learning activities into routine early childhood education, child care, and parenting practices.

National Accrediting Organizations

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
1509 16th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
800/424-2460 or 202/232-8777

NAEYC is a nonprofit professional organization of more than 90,000 members dedicated to improving the quality of care and education provided to our nation's young children. The Association administers the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, a voluntary, national, accreditation system for high-quality early childhood programs, and the National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development, which provides resources and services to improve professional preparation and development of early childhood educators and fosters development of a comprehensive, articulated system of high-quality professional development opportunities. In addition to the bimonthly journal Young Children, NAEYC also publishes an extensive array of books, brochures, videotapes, and posters.

NAEYC's primary goals of improving the professional practice of early childhood education and building public understanding and support for high quality early childhood programs are shared and implemented by a national network of more than 450 Affiliate Groups. For 25 years NAEYC has sponsored the Week of the Young Child to focus public attention on the rights and needs of young children.
  • Supporting Teachers, Strengthening Families
    A new initiative from NAEYC, with generous support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

    Because of their active role in family life, early childhood educators are uniquely positioned to play a key role in the primary prevention of child abuse and neglect and the promotion of children's healthy social and emotional development. In 2002, NAEYC embarked on an exciting national initiative - Supporting Teachers, Strengthening Families - to help early childhood educators meet these dual goals.
National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)
206 6th Avenue, Suite 900
Des Moines, IA 50309-4018
800/359-3817 or 515/282-8192
Fax 515/282-9117

The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) is the national membership organization working with the more than 400 state and local family child care provider associations in the United States. NAFCC's focus is to promote quality family child care through accreditation and to promote training and leadership development through specialized technical assistance.

Local Child Care Information (Resource and Referral)

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA)
1319 F Street, NW, Suite 810
Washington, D.C. 20004-1106

NACCRRA is a national membership organization of more than 400 community child care resource and referral agencies (CCR&Rs) in all 50 states. NACCRRA's mission is to promote the growth and development of quality resource and referral services and to exercise leadership to build a diverse, quality child care system with parental choice and equal access for all families. The CCR&Rs it represents are the only portion of the child care delivery system thta maintains daily contact with both parents and child care providers in hundreds of local communities. CCR&Rs work closely with an array of community leaders, including employers and unions. Increasingly, NACCRRA and its members offer innovative guidance to policymakers on service delivery and regulatory issues and strategies.

School-Age Care Information

National Institute on Out-of-School Time (formerly School-Age Child Care Project)
Wellesley College Center for Research on Women
Wellesley, MA 02181

The mission of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time is to improve the quantity and quality of school-age child care programs nationally through collaborative work with communities, individuals, and organizations, and to raise the level of public awareness about the importance of children's out-of-school time. The institute concentrates its efforts in four primary areas: research, education and training, consultation, and program development.

National School-Age Care Alliance
1137 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02142

The National School-Age Care Alliance (NSACA) is a membership organization of individuals and groups. Members range from state affiliates with hundreds of individual and group members to individual school-age child care staff who are new to the field and seek affiliation with a professional organization. Basic membership benefits include a newsletter for members, which keeps them in touch with the national organization and abreast of new developments in the field; a discount to the annual national school-age child care conference; discounts to video licensing; and participation in the development of an accreditation process.

The Early Years

Zero To Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families
734 15th Street, NW
Tenth Floor
Washington, DC 20005-2101
202/638-1144 Publications 800/899-4301

Zero To Three, formerly the National Center for Clinical Infant Programs, is the only national organization dedicated solely to infants, toddlers, and their families. Directed by a large board of nationally recognized experts in a range of disciplines, Zero To Three both gathers and disseminates information through its publications, its journal (Zero To Three), the annual National Training Institute, its fellowship program, specialized training opportunities, and technical assistance to communities, states, and the federal government. Early Childhood Connections
Centre for Community Child Health
Sixth Floor, South East Building
Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne
Flemington Road
Parkville Victoria 3052
(03) 9345 5297
Fax (03) 9345 5900

Early Childhood Connections is an Australian website containing more than 400 Australian and 350 international website links. These links are collated alphabetically and in submenus to provide easy viewing and access to the most up-to-date information for professionals and parents interested in the renewed emphasis on the early childhood years.

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