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Assessment & Planning

Univ. of Minnesota Center for Early Education and Development (CEED)

CEED is dedicated to the betterment of early education and intervention for infants and children. The mission is to improve developmental outcomes for children through applied research, training, and outreach. On the website Questions About Kids is a newsletter designed for distribution at places where caregivers gather. It addresses common issues of concern for parents and professionals. Each issue focuses on one question about young children. Some Questions about Kids are also available in Spanish, Hmong and Somali. Tip Sheets are released in segments and are for early childhood or special education professionals working with young children in preschool, childcare and early intervention settings. Parents and educators can obtain informational materials and assessment tools for measuring the developmental growth of young children through a program called Get It, Got It, Go! Registered users can download score recording forms, enter individual child data, generate graphical reports of children’s performance over time compared to criterion groups and communicate and collaborate about a child’s progress over time and about possible intervention plans. Using Individual Growth and Development Indicators (IGDIs) to monitor young children's ongoing development represents a new approach in early childhood education. These indicators will enable users to measure young children's growth over time toward important developmental outcomes, rather than just their skill level at one point in time.

Preventive Ounce

This interactive website provides resources for parents and caregivers to explore and discuss parenting tactics tailored to an individual child’s temperament. Preventive Ounce (POZ) focuses on parents and their young children ages 4 months to 5 years. POZ has worked with more than 20,000 parents in health maintenance organizations to develop programs that help parents identify their child’s emerging temperament and manage the behavioral issues that are normal for their child’s temperament. Image of Your Child is an online questionnaire that can be used for all children. It allows parents to construct their child’s temperament profile, discover what behavior issues are normal, and get information tailored to their child’s temperament on how to manage issues they are likely to encounter. Parents who use this service are better able to avoid both the frustration they may experience when they don't understand their child’s behavior and the development of behavioral problems. The site also provides additional parenting resources through links to literature, adoption assistance, childcare sites and internet communities for parents.


Children in Groups

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care

The NRC’s primary mission is to promote health and safety in out-of-home childcare settings. Parents Guide for Choosing Childcare is a 13-point checklist parents can use when choosing a child care program. Considering these guidelines can help parents find a place they feel comfortable leaving their child. The checklist is available in English and Spanish. Healthy Kids, Healthy Care is a website for Health and Child Care and Early Education and is designed for parents of children who attend child care programs. The website is divided into six different sections that focus on the 1) caregiver’s qualifications; 2) cleanliness of the program; 3) emotional health of children; 4) healthy habits; 5) illness, chronic conditions and special needs; and 6) safety of the program. Stepping Stones to Using Caring for Our Children contains some of the 659 national health and safety performance standards set forth by DHHS to monitor out-of-home child care programs. This subset contains the standards that have the greatest impact on disease, disability and death in out-of-home childcare. Chapters include topics such as staffing, nutrition and food service, health protection and health promotion, infectious diseases and more. Available in English and Spanish.

Early Childhood Research & Practice

Early Childhood Research & Practice (ECRP) is a scholarly electronic journal edited by Lilian G. Katz. Published biannually, the focus of the journal is on the nature and improvement of practice. Topics covered relate to the development, care, and education of children from birth to approximately age 8. The journal is of interest to researchers, teacher educators, program planners, policy- and decision-makers, administrators, practitioners, and parents. ECRP is a fully bilingual (English and Spanish) journal.

National Childcare Information Center

National Childcare Information Center, is a national clearinghouse and technical assistance center that links parents, providers, policy-makers, researchers and the public to early care and education information. NCCIC’s Online Library is the largest collection of summaries and links to full-text publications on childcare and early childhood education. Recursos en Espanol contains a list of selected resources in Spanish including annotated lists of publications, links to organizations, and other resources about commonly requested information from users. Topics include subjects related to early childhood education and information on childcare programs. Fit Source is a web directory for childcare and after-school providers that includes a variety of physical activity and nutrition resources.

National Network for Child Care

National Network for Child Care (NNCC) aims to share knowledge about children and childcare from the resources of the nation’s universities with parents, professionals, educators and the public. Connections is a newsletter series that is published four times a year and comes in three formats: Family Child Care Connections, Child Care Center Connections and School-Age Connections. Each volume deals with a variety of topics and offers suggestions for helping childcare providers become more effective in their work with children.

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)

The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) is a non-profit organization that promotes quality childcare by strengthening the profession of family childcare and is one of the largest professional support systems for family child care and early care and education advocates. NAFCC is the only national accreditation system for family child care providers. Parents can use the family child care provider Search Engine to locate a nationally accredited provider in their area.



The Carolina Abecedarian Project

The Abecedarian Project was a carefully controlled scientific study of the potential benefits of early childhood education for poor children. Children from low-income families received full-time, high-quality educational intervention in a childcare setting from infancy through age 5. Each child had an individualized prescription of educational activities. The activities focused on social, emotional, and cognitive areas of development, but gave particular emphasis to language. Children's progress was monitored over time with follow-up studies conducted at ages 12, 15, and 21. The young adult findings demonstrate that important, long-lasting benefits were associated with the early childhood program. This site provides an executive summary of the findings of the project, a bibliography of publications that have come out of the project, and a list of investigators. Early Learning, Later Success: The Abecedarian Study is a brochure that describes the project, outcomes, and policy implications.



Child & Family WebGuide

The Child & Family WebGuide is a website designed for parents, students and professionals. The WebGuide describes and evaluates web sites that contain research-based information about child development. These web sites have been selected from thousands of sites about children based primarily on the quality of the information provided, and are rated by faculty at the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development at Tufts University. The goal of the WebGuide is to give the public easy access to the best child development information on the Web. There are five main categories of information: family/parenting, education/learning, typical child development, health/mental health and resources/recreation. Ask an Expert is a guide to sites where visitors can ask experts, in education, family and child development, questions about child and family related issues. Medical Pages is a list of sites pertaining to the most commonly searched illnesses that can affect children.


The National Center for Early Development & Learning (NCEDL)

The NCEDL is a national early childhood research project focusing on enhancing the cognitive, social and emotional development of children from birth through age eight. The NCEDL is operated by the University of North Carolina’s FPG Child Development Institute. Both current and past research projects are described. The website also provides a lengthy Related Sites page that contains links to other UNC FPG Child Development Institute projects such as the Center for English Learning and Achievement, the Child Care Bureau, the Head Start Bureau and National Child Care Information Center.


Diversity & Culture

Multicultural Pavilion

This site provides resources for educators, students, and activists to explore and discuss multicultural education, to facilitate opportunities to work toward self-awareness and development, and forums to interact and collaborate toward a critical, transformative approach to multicultural education. Resources include research, definitions, quotations, speeches, songs, poetry, workshops, and awareness activities to support teaching and training. Activities such asName Stories, about names and nicknames and what they mean, or the Multicultural Awareness Quiz encourage critical thinking about all media and information. Developed by Paul Gorski and colleagues.

National Center for Cultural Competence

The NCCC provides national leadership and contributes to the body of knowledge on cultural and linguistic competency within systems and organizations. Major emphasis is placed on translating evidence into policy and practice for programs and personnel concerned with health and mental health care delivery, administration, education and advocacy. Present and past projects are described and a list of online resources and tools is provided including publications and a resource database. The following self-assessment tool is an example of the work of NCCC. Promoting Cultural Diversity and Cultural Competency: Self-Assessment Checklist for Personnel Providing Behavioral Health Services and Supports to Children, Youth and Their Families


Family Perspective

Family Village

Family Village, located at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a global community of disability-related resources. Family Village integrates information, resources, and communication opportunities on the Internet for persons with mental retardation and other disabilities, their families, and those that provide them services and support. Resources available in the virtual Family Village include the library, coffee shop, hospital, shopping mall, post office, house of worship, school, recreation & leisure, community center, bookstore, university and information center. Each link offers information and resources unique to those locations. For example, the Library is a source of general information about disability topics and information about specific disabilities. The Coffee Shop provides resources, both electronic and traditional, to help families connect with other families. Research provides links to a wide range of projects and reports from Medical issues to Community Services & Supports. In addition to the special interest attractions, families are invited to join in discussion and chat sessions.

Parents Helping Parents

Parents Helping Parents (PHP) is a parent-based, community-directed organization that serves as a resource center for families with special needs children. This includes children of all ages and backgrounds who have a need for services due to any special need, including but not limited to: birth defects, neurological conditions, premature birth, learning or physical disabilities, mental health issues, attention deficit (hyperactivity), disorder, terminal illness, and accidents. PHP is designed to provide guidance and assistance to parents trying to determine the most appropriate services for their special needs children. It is a host to many diverse Programs designed for children with disabilities. PHP receives federal funding as a Parent Training and Information Center that helps families obtain education and services for their children with disabilities. This site links families to centers in all regions of the U.S. The PHP website is also available in Spanish and Japanese.

PACER Center

The PACER Center’s mission is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life for children and young adults with disabilities and their families. Founded in 1977, PACER Center was created by parents of children with disabilities. PACER focuses on parents helping parents and identifies the resources and services available to help families learn and grow. PACER Center has a variety of Programs geared towards parents and families, students and professionals, and works in collaboration with many different national organizations designed to help children with disabilities. Kid Source On-Line provides in-depth and timely education and health care information that will make a difference in the lives of parents and their children. Connecting Youth to Communities and Careers (Project C3), in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, partners with community organizations to improve local transition services and outcomes for youth with disabilities. Project C3 links families to community and government resources that can help youth with disabilities prepare for work, find a job, and stay employed.


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