Links

Below is a collection of links that we recommend to our members.  Please feel free to email us if you feel we may have missed any, or if you have any trouble with any of the links.

Great Links for Child Care Providers

American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

Becker’s School Supplies

Becker’s School Supplies now has 3 robust channels of operation: Retail, Catalog, and Web. The company offers a full-line Early Childhood Catalog and a Classroom Essentials Catalog for elementary schools, as well as other merchandising publications and resources throughout the year. Our Becker’s Parent/Teacher Stores in Watchung, New Jersey, has thousands of specialty products for children, teachers, and families.

Centers for Disease Control

The Children’s Defense Fund

The Children’s Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

Families and Work Institute

Families and Work Institute is a nonprofit center dedicated to providing research for living in today’s changing workplace, changing family and changing community.

Kaplan

Kaplan Early Learning Company is a leading international provider of products and services that enhance children’s learning. A leader in the field of early care and education, we bring to market innovative curricula, cutting edge assessments, teacher resource materials and valuable professional development opportunities to early childhood and elementary school educators, caregivers and parents around the world.

NAEYC – National Association for the Education of Young Children

Founded in 1926, The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children with nearly 80,000 members, a national network of more than 300 state and local Affiliates, and a growing global alliance of like-minded organizations.

National Association for Family Child Care

The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)  represents professional providers throughout the United States and in some cases on US Military bases located internationally.  NAFCC is dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care.

National Center for the Early Childhood Workforce

Instituted FOCUS (Focus on Committed and Underpaid Staff for Children’s Sake) Act,  the first national legislation introduced to provide stipends to child care teachers and family child care providers based on their educational level and years of experience. The bill was introduced on Worthy Wage Day (May 1) 2001.

NJ Council for Young Children

The New Jersey Council for Young Children was created by Executive Order in 2010 to serve as the Governor’s state advisory council for early care and education.

NJACCRRA

Announcement! NJACCRRA is Now Child Care Aware of NJ!  In February 2016, NJACCRRA officially became Child Care Aware of New Jersey (CCANJ) to align with their national organization, Child Care Aware of America. While their name may have changed, their mission – to promote a universally accessible, affordable and high-quality system of early care and education that is responsive to parental choice – remains the same. As a member of the nation’s leading voice for child care, Child Care Aware of New Jersey is in the forefront of the national agenda to elevate safety and learning standards for the more than 11 million children in America in child care and ensure the highest quality child care is affordable and accessible to all families.

NJAEYC – NJ Association for the Education of Young Children

The NJAEYC is a statewide association, the New Jersey affiliate of NAEYC, that represents teachers, directors, researchers, professors, volunteers, and others concerned with the well-being of children ages birth through eight.  The New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children is dedicated to advancing excellence in the field of early childhood education.

NJ Association for Infant Mental Health

The New Jersey Association for Infant Mental Health (NJ-AIMH) envisions a competent cadre of professionals across disciplines that support the care and development of infants, young children, and their families in New Jersey.  NJ-AIMH is the sole provider of the NJ-AIMH Competencies and Endorsement system in New Jersey — a highly-regarded professional credential for  Infant Mental Health multidisciplinary professionals in our field.

NJ First Steps

The NJ First Steps Infant Toddler Initiative, funded by the NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development, assists educators of very young children in providing the very best care for infants and toddlers. The New Jersey First Steps Infant/Toddler Initiative has two predominant goals:

To improve the quality of Infant/Toddler early care across the state; and

To increase the availability of quality early care programs for families with infants and toddlers.

Professional Impact NJ

Professional Impact NJ (formerly New Jersey Professional Development Center for Early Care and Education) promotes and coordinates systems for the educational development of early childhood and primary education, family child care, and afterschool program professionals. The center advocates for policies and standards that result in high-quality care and education for the children and families of New Jersey.

Stand for Children

Stand for Children has more than a decade of experience working together with parents, communities and organizations as partners. Together, we elect state legislators and local officials who will be champions for education. The organization works to deliver policy victories at the state level and follow through to ensure new policies are effectively implemented in public school classrooms.
Stand for Children staff work state by state, community by community in order to make the biggest possible impact.

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.

Professional Development

Bank Street College of Education, NY, NY

The mission of Bank Street College is to improve the education of children and their teachers by applying to the education process all available knowledge about learning and growth, and by connecting teaching and learning meaningfully to the outside world. In so doing, we seek to strengthen not only individuals, but the community as well, including family, school, and the larger society in which adults and children, in all their diversity, interact and learn. We see in education the opportunity to build a better society.

Harvest Resources, Early Childhood Education Training and Resources

Margie Carter and Deb Curtis founded HARVEST RESOURCES in 1994 as a partnership to inspire early care providers and educators to engage fully in their own learning. When teachers become thoughtful, competent decision makers, they take leadership to transform and advance the profession.

Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena, CA

A renowned leader in Education, Human Development, and Marital & Family Therapy, offers online, on-ground, weekend, and weekday programs for diverse, adult students.

Online News Sources

EarlychildhoodNEWS

EarlychildhoodNEWS is the online resources for teachers and parents of young children, infants to age eight.

Early Childhood Today

Early Childhood Today has made the transition from print magazine to a more expansive presence online in order to better service early childhood professionals. Through this website, we can offer free access to our incredible archive filled with over 22 years of rich early childhood information from among the top experts in the field.

Child Care Information Exchange

Exchange is committed to supporting early childhood professionals worldwide in their efforts to craft early childhood environments where adults and children thrive – environments that foster friendship, curiosity, self-esteem, joy, and respect; where the talents of all are fully challenged and justly rewarded.

For over 30 years, Exchange Press, Inc. has promoted the exchange of ideas among leaders in early childhood programs worldwide through Exchange magazine, books, and training resources.

Redleaf Press

Redleaf Press is a division of Think Small, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of early childhood professionals. Proceeds from Redleaf Press support many of the services that are offered to teachers, directors, providers, and families through Think Small.

Sites you may like to recommend to families you work with

Baby Cost Guide for 2016

The decision to have a baby is a big one, and one of the least understood aspects of child-rearing is “how much will it cost?” While some of the underlying costs of raising a child remain constant, a wide range of factors influence what you’ll actually pay for prenatal care, delivery, and raising a child to age one. This guide will help you to understand and plan for these expenses with an integrated baby cost calculator tool.

Consumer Safety Child Safety Guide

Children and babies are curious, a good trait that should be encouraged and guided in the right direction. However, that curiosity can sometimes put infants and kids in danger, especially if we are not careful to maintain a safe environment around them.

This guide provides tips and information about the everyday hazards infants, toddlers, and young children may encounter in the home, outdoors, and on the go.

NJACCRRA    Child Care Aware of NJ 

Announcement! NJACCRRA is Now Child Care Aware of NJ!  In February 2016, NJACCRRA officially became Child Care Aware of New Jersey (CCANJ) to align with their national organization, Child Care Aware of America. While their name may have changed, their mission – to promote a universally accessible, affordable and high-quality system of early care and education that is responsive to parental choice – remains the same. As a member of the nation’s leading voice for child care, Child Care Aware of New Jersey is in the forefront of the national agenda to elevate safety and learning standards for the more than 11 million children in America in child care and ensure the highest quality child care is affordable and accessible to all families.

NJ FamilyCare

NJ FamilyCare is federal and state funded health insurance program created to help qualified New Jersey residents of any age access to affordable health insurance. NJ FamilyCare is for people who do not have employer insurance.

NJ Parent Link

The focus of NJ Parent Link is to meet the information and resource needs of expectant parents, families with young children (newborns to children entering kindergarten) and professional stakeholders vested in the health & well-being of New Jersey’s children & families. Parenting and support resources for families with older children, school aged to young adulthood, are also available.

Provider Appreciation Day

Provider Appreciation Day is a special day to recognize child care providers, teachers and other educators of young children everywhere. Started in 1996 by a group of volunteers in New Jersey, Provider Appreciation Day is appropriately celebrated each year on the Friday before Mother’s Day. The founding organizers saw the need to recognize the tireless efforts of providers who care for children of working parents. Momentum and support for this event has grown each year and recognition presently includes individuals and government organizations throughout the United States.

YMCA.net

We believe that to bring about meaningful change in individuals and communities, we must be focused and accountable. At the Y, we measure the success of our cause by how well we engage communities in our three areas of focus.



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