Child Care Resource Links

The following links are websites that we in the eXtension Alliance for Better Child Care community of practice have found useful, and that may help child care professionals find more information and resources related to quality child care. Links are listed in alphabetical order.

For more links to state Extension sites with child care information, go to the University Extension Websites on Early Childhood and Child Care page.

  • Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood and child care programs across the country.
  • Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to improving the lives of children by conducting research and providing science-based information to improve the decisions, programs and policies that affect children.
  • Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute is one of the nation’s oldest multidisciplinary institutes for the study of young children and their families. Research and education activities focus on child development and health, especially factors that may put children at risk for developmental problems.
  • Healthy Child Care America (HCCA) 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. This includes increasing access to preventive health services, safe physical environments, and a medical home for all children. The program also strives to increase pediatrician participation and effectiveness in providing high-quality care and promoting early education and children’s health and well-being.
  • Let’s Move! Child Care is an initiative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designed to help early care and education professionals the tools and assistance needed to prevent childhood obesity in the child care setting. The site includes a checklist to see how your child care program is doing, and many support resources to help you make healthy changes in child care.
  • Military Homefront is the Department of Defense website for official Military Community and Family Policy (MC&FP) program information, policy and guidance designed to help troops and their families, leaders and service providers.
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is 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. NAEYC is committed to becoming an increasingly high performing and inclusive organization.
  • National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC) supports the implementation of the early childhood provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Their mission is to strengthen service systems to ensure that children with disabilities — birth through age 5 — and their families receive and benefit from high quality, culturally appropriate, and family-centered supports and services.
  • National Head Start Resource Center (HSRC) supports the Head Start Bureau (HSB) in: (1) identifying emerging trends, priority items and other project issues; (2) gathering information and coordinating activities to further promote HSB priority items; and (3) promoting awareness and incorporation of promising practices.
  • National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) supports early childhood education initiatives by providing objective, nonpartisan information based on research. The goal of NIEER is to produce and communicate the knowledge base required to ensure that every American child can receive a good education at ages 3 and 4.
  • National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education promotes health and safety in out-of-home child care settings throughout the nation. The center, located at the University of Colorado Denver, publishes the resource book Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards: Guidelines for Out-of-Home Child Care Programs, which includes extensive guidelines and standards for keeping children safe and healthy in child care. The entire text of the publication is available on their website.
  • Prevent Child Abuse America provides leadership in building awareness and providing education in the effort to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children.
  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children.
  • USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) plays a vital role in improving the quality of child care and making it more affordable for many low-income families. Each day, 2.9 million children receive nutritious meals and snacks through CACFP. CACFP reaches even further to provide meals to children residing in emergency shelters and snacks and suppers to youths participating in eligible after-school care programs.
  • ZERO TO THREE’s mission is to promote the healthy development of our nation’s infants and toddlers by supporting and strengthening families, communities and those who work on their behalf. ZERO TO THREE is a national non-profit organization.