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Early Childhood Education - The What Works Clearinghouse at the U.S. Department of Education includes reports from evaluations of various early reading and early math programs, as well as general early childhood education curricula that focus on pre-academic skills. (Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education)...

In the States - The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) compiles state-by-state fact sheets on spending and enrollment in a variety of programs that serve young children and their families, including Head Start, child care and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. (Center for Law and Social Policy)...

The Heckman Equation - Anyone looking for upstream solutions to the biggest problems facing America should look to Nobel Prize winning University of Chicago economics professor James Heckman's work to understand the great gains to be had by investing in early and equal development of human potential. Professor Heckman makes a compelling case for investing in early childhood education....

CLASP - This organization focuses on policy approaches that work for low-income people....

National Women's Law Center - Covers issues that cut to the core of women's and girls' lives in education, employment, family economic security, and health — with special attention given to the needs of low-income women and their families. ...

State Early Childhood Policy Technical Assistance Network (SECPTAN) - A network of experts (researchers, consultants, policy makers, and practitioners) on early childhood issues available to help state decision makers (governors and their staff, legislators and their staff, and agency heads) design early childhood policies....

Zero to Three - ZERO TO THREE is a national nonprofit organization that informs, trains and supports professionals, policymakers and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. ...

Brazelton Touchpoints Center - The Center provides knowledge development, professional development and training, technical assistance, and collaborative consultation in communities where professionals serving families of young children have made a commitment to forming empowering partnerships with them. ...

Birth to Five Policy Alliance - The Birth to Five Policy Alliance invests in three strategies: strategic and broad-based leadership to build new champions for early childhood policy, state-based advocacy, and knowledge development and dissemination including research and policy analysis. (Birth to Five Policy Alliance)...

Nurse-Family Partnership Program - The Nurse-Family Partnership supports communities in implementing a cost-effective, evidence-based nurse home visitation program to improve pregnancy outcomes, child health and development and self-sufficiency for eligible, first-time parents. (Nurse-Family Partnership Program)...

Build Initiative: Strong Foundations for Our Youngest Children - The Build Initiative supports State efforts to create comprehensive early childhood systems – coordinated, effective policies that address children's health, mental health and nutrition, early care and education, family support and parenting programs, and services for children with special needs....

Research Connections - Research Connections is a unique resource that promotes high quality research and the use of that research in policymaking. The comprehensive and unbiased collection includes scholarly research, policy briefs, government reports, data and instruments from a wide range of disciplines and sources. Research Connections compiles and distributes bibliographies, develops issue briefs and synthesizes research on key topics. Molly Ryan, a researcher in ECS' Information Management & Clearinghouse Department, works with Research Connection as a Fellow....

Georgia’s Better Brains for Babies (BBB) - BBB is a collaboration of state and local, public and private organizations dedicated to promoting awareness and education about the importance of early brain development in the healthy growth and development of infants and young children in Georgia. This Web site provides information for policymakers, as well as parents and caregivers....

National Association for the Education of Young Children - The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) promotes national, state and local public policies that support a system of well-financed, high quality early childhood education programs in a range of settings, including child care centers, family child care homes, and schools. Includes information on current federal policy activity relevant to early learning. ...

National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) - NIEER supports early childhood education initiatives by providing objective, nonpartisan information based on research. The site features new papers written by leading researchers in early education for 3- and 4-year-olds. Users can have questions answered by NIEER’s network of experts and tap into online debates on important issues. The site also offers breaking news stories on early education issues and summaries of important publications....

National League of Cities (NLC) - The NLC has established the Institute for Youth, Education, and Families to implement an expanded program of research, technical assistance and service to local governments on youth, education and family issues. It works to raise the visibility of early childhood as an issue for city-level action and to assist municipal officials who are seeking to improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of local early care and education systems....

W.K. Kellogg Foundation – SPARK - The SPARK (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids) initiative seeks to create a seamless transition into school for vulnerable children, ages 3-6, by supporting partnerships of selected communities, schools, state agencies and families to ensure they work together effectively for children's early learning....

Child Care Bureau - Administration for Families and Children, US Department of Health and Human Services - The Child Care Bureau is dedicated to enhancing the quality, affordability, and availability of child care for all families. The Child Care Bureau administers federal funds to states, territories and tribes to assist low-income families in accessing quality child care for children when the parents work or participate in education or training....

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center - This national technical assistance center works to support states, jurisdictions and others to improve services and results for young children with disabilities and their families. The site provides information on early childhood policies, research, practices and legislation....

Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) - CDF is a national advocacy organization that publishes numerous reports on child care, including annual updates on state actions....

Iowa Community Empowerment - Early Childhood Iowa (ECI) was founded on the premise that communities and state government can work together to improve the well being of our youngest children. ECI's efforts unite agencies, organizations and community partners to speak with a shared voice to support, strengthen and meet the needs of all young children and families. ...

National Child Care Information Center - This site offers an extensive list of publications on creating an early care and education system....

North Carolina Smart Start - Smart Start is a multi-faceted, comprehensive, public-private initiative established in 1993 by Governor Jim Hunt to help all North Carolina children enter school healthy and ready to succeed. Services include access to high-quality, affordable child care, health care and other family support services. The North Carolina Partnership for Children, a statewide public-private organization, assists local Smart Start partnerships that are active in all 100 counties. State appropriations and private matching donations are used to (a) subsidize child care for the poor, (b) increase the availability of child care, (c) improve the quality of care, (d) provide child care resource and referral services, (e) support initiatives such as T.E.A.C.H. (education and training for child care workers) and WAGE$ (wage supplements linked to training) and (f) subsidize health benefits. Evaluations have documented reductions in the turnover rate among child care staff and other improvements in quality and access. ...

School of the 21st Century - Developed by Yale University’s Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy, the School of the 21st Century model is a school-based comprehensive program. The program offers (a) full-day, year-round child care to preschoolers; (b) before- and after-school and vacation child care to school-age children; (c) guidance and support for parents (based on the Parents as Teachers model); (d) information and referral services, networks and training for child care providers; and (e) health and education services....

Program for Infant Toddler Care - The Program for Infant Toddler Care seeks to ensure that America's infants get a safe, healthy, emotionally secure and intellectually rich start in life. Its three pronged mission is to 1) increase availability and quality of child care; 2) disseminate pertinent information; and 3) 3) influence national, regional and local policies and practices so that the needs and interests of infants, toddlers and their families are the foundation for all curriculum development and program activity. ...

National Association of Elementary School Principals - NAESP advocates for the support principals need to be successful 21st century leaders—to achieve the highest results for children, families and communities. All NAESP activities are designed to help principals and learning communities achieve desired results for every child....

Baby Matters: A Gateway to State Policies and Initiatives - Baby Matters is a searchable database that contains resource information on state policies and initiatives that impact infants, toddlers and their families. The policies and initiatives are searchable by category, state, or keyword. A detailed description of each policy or initiative is provided, as well as links to additional related resources. ...

First Five Years Fund - First Five Years Fund,a project of the Ounce of Prevention Fund, is committed to improving the lives of at-risk children by leveraging cost-effective investments in early learning. They work to focus nationwide attention and resources on comprehensive, quality early care and learning programs for children from birth to age five....

NGA Center for Best Practices - Develops innovative solutions to today's most pressing public policy challenges and is the only research and development firm that directly serves the nation's governors. (National Governors Assocation)...

The Heckman Equation - This website contains presentations, videos, papers and other materials about the benefits of early childhood education based on the work of Professor James Heckman and other researchers from the Pritzker Consortium of Early Childhood Development at the Harris School at the University of Chicago. ...


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