Resources for Early Childhood Educators

Child Development

“Learn the Signs. Act Early” www.cdc.gov/actearly

This website provides information and resources on developmental milestones, developmental monitoring, and acting early on concerns.

The Foundations for School Readiness: Fostering Developmental Competence in the Earliest Years, Technical Assistance Paper #6 https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/school-readiness/article/foundations-school-readiness-fostering-developmental-competence-earliestExternal

This paper explores the scientific knowledge base concerning the remarkable developmental tasks that occur in the first 5 years of life. It also illustrates the important role of early childhood programs in preparing children for school.

News You Can Use: Foundations of School Readiness: Physical Development and Health https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/school-readiness/article/news-you-can-use-foundations-school-readiness-physical-development-healthExternal

This article uses short stories to illustrate how physical development and health relate to school readiness.

When Health Affects Assessment https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/physical-health/article/when-health-affects-assessmentExternal

This fact sheet offers questions to consider about the impact of a child’s health on assessment. It also includes a list of tools that programs use to improve child assessment strategies.

Healthy Children Are Ready to Learn https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/healthy-children-ready-learn.pdf Cdc-pdf[1 MB, 6 Pages, Print Only]External

This fact sheet explains how Head Start’s management systems support comprehensive health services that benefit children’s school readiness.

CDC’s Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers https://www.cdc.gov/parents/essentials/

Designed for parents of 2 to 4 year olds, Essentials for Parenting addresses common parenting challenges, like tantrums and whining. The purpose of the resource is to provide as much information as possible on things you can do to build a positive, healthy relationship.

Zero To Three http://zerotothree.org/External

This website provides information on nurturing development in young children.

Head Start Center on Inclusion http://headstartinclusion.org/External

The goal of the Head Start Center on Inclusion is to increase the competence and effectiveness of personnel in Head Start programs to include children with disabilities

Developmental Monitoring and Screening

“Learn the Signs. Act Early” www.cdc.gov/actearly

This website provides information and resources on developmental milestones, developmental monitoring, and acting early on concerns.

Birth To Five: Watch Me Thrive! http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ecd/watch-me-thriveExternal

This website contains information and resources on child development and developmental and behavioral screening.

Developmental Monitoring and Screening https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/childdevelopment/screening.html

This web page includes information on developmental monitoring and screening.

Screening: The First Step in Getting to Know a Child https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/physical-health/article/screening-first-step-getting-know-childExternal

This web page provides resources about screening infants and toddlers and helpful, practical tools that can help.

Child Screening and Assessment https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/child-screening-assessmentExternal

This web page provides information on screening and assessment and how both provide valuable information about a child’s interests, strengths, and needs.

Office of Child Care Technical Assistance Network: Infant/Toddler Development, Screening and Assessment https://childcareta.acf.hhs.gov/resource/infanttoddler-development-screening-and-assessmentExternal

This website provides information on infant/toddler development, screening and assessment.

Screening: The First Step in Getting to Know a Child https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/physical-health/article/screening-first-step-getting-know-childExternal

This web page provides resources on screening infants and toddlers along with helpful, practical tools that can help.

Healthy Child Care America: Developmental Screening http://www.healthychildcare.org/DevScr.htmlExternal
This web page consists of a list of resources on developmental screening

Child Care Organizations

Child Care Aware www.usa.childcareaware.orgExternal

Child Care Aware works with state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) and other community partners to ensure that all families have access to quality, affordable child care.

Child Care Aware: Child Care Providers http://childcareaware.org/child-care-providersExternal

This site provides information to those considering becoming a child care provider.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) www.naeyc.orgExternal

The NAEYC is the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children. NAEYC’s mission is to serve and act on behalf of the needs, rights and well-being of all young children with primary focus on the provision of educational and developmental services and resources (NAEYC Bylaws, Article I., Section 1.1).