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

Better Baby Care Today, a record number of parents with very young children are in the workforce. More than half the infants and toddlers in the United States spend time in child care each week. The Better Baby Care Campaign is a nationwide effort to improve the quality of care for children under age three.

Brainwonders shows how the brain develops within the context of relationships from conception through three years of age.

Brookes Publishing publishes a range of Early Childhood Resources, from scholarly research volumes to practical curricula for early childhood and early intervention professionals. Browse early childhood titles by subjects such as: early intervention, inclusive and special education, developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, communication and language, behavior, mental health and more. Brookes currently has more than 250 titles in print and publish 35-40 new books every year.

Center for Child Care Workforce mission is to improve the quality of early care and education for all children by promoting policy, research and organizing that ensure the early care and education workforce is well-educated, receives better compensation and a voice in their workplace.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the 13 major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which is the principal agency in the United States government for protecting the health and safety of all Americans and for providing essential human services, especially for those people who are least able to help themselves.

Child Care Aware is a non-profit initiative committed to helping parents find the best information on locating quality child care and child care resources in their community. We do this by raising visibility for local child care resource and referral agencies nationwide, and by connecting parents with the local agencies best equipped to serve their needs.

Children Now is the independent voice for children, working to translate the nation's commitment to children and families into action.

Children's Defense Fund's Child Care Advocacy E-mail Network is a free weekly newsletter for advocates interested in issues affecting early childhood and school-aged children. The newsletter provides updates and information on key federal and state developments, winning advocacy strategies, new research, and other resources to help you help children. The network is not a discussion forum, so you will not receive e-mail from other members, only CDF. offers easy access to federal and state statistics and reports on children and their families, including: population and family characteristics, economic security, health, behavior and social environment, and education.

Civitas presents results from What Grown-Ups Understand About Child Development: A National Benchmark Survey which indicates that adults need more accurate information on raising emotionally, intellectually and socially well-developed children. This survey was sponsored by Civitas, ZERO TO THREE and BRIO Corporation, and conducted by DYG, Inc. A summary of the results and the questionnaire itself are available online.

The Future of Children is a publication of the Children, Families, and Communities Program of The David and Lucile Packard Foundation.  The primary purpose of The Future of Children is to disseminate timely information on major issues related to children's well-being, with special emphasis on providing objective analysis and evaluation, translating existing knowledge into effective programs and policies, and promoting constructive institutional change.

Healthy Helpings is the collection of Family Nutrition Programs of the South Carolina Department of Social Services with a wide range of nutrition programs that reach thousands of families who need some assistance making ends meet by working through schools, churches, daycare centers, recreation centers, and other agencies to provide meals and snacks.

The High/Scope Foundation's mission is to seek, apply, and disseminate knowledge about education and human development, especially as it relates to the High/Scope educational approach to literacy. View Position Papers on How to Teach Young Children to Read as well as sample pre-application for the Early Reading First initiative that can be copied and used by interested organizations and individuals.

Kids Count Census Data Online has compiled indicators of child well-being from the 2000 US Census and created an interactive online database that uses a simple, yet powerful, interface to help you quickly and easily create, view, and print reports.

Kids in Danger is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting children by improving children's product safety.

National Association for Family Child Care is an organization dedicated to strengthening the profession of family child care by promoting high quality, professional early care and education and strengthening communities where providers live and work.

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) is the national network of more than 850 child care resource and referral centers (CCR&Rs) located in every state and most communities across the US. CCR&R centers help families, child care providers, and communities find, provide, and plan for affordable, quality child care.

National Association of 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.

The National Child Care Information Center (NCCIC), a project of the Child Care Bureau, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a national resource that links information and people to complement, enhance, and promote the child care delivery system, working to ensure that all children and families have access to high-quality comprehensive services.

The National Center for Children in Poverty places a special emphasis on preventing or alleviating poverty among children under age six because young child poverty poses particularly serious risks to children's healthy growth and development.

National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health Provides national leadership to the maternal and child health community in three key areas--program development, policy analysis and education, and state-of-the-art knowledge--to improve the health and well-being of the nation's children and families.

National Center for Family Literacy Through groundbreaking initiatives, NCFL fuels life improvement for the nation’s most disadvantaged children and parents. More than 1 million families throughout the country have made positive educational and economic gains as a result of NCFL’s work, which includes training more than 150,000 teachers and thousands of volunteers.

National Institute of Health The goal of NIH research is to acquire new knowledge to help prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat disease and disability, from the rarest genetic disorder to the common cold. The NIH mission is to uncover new knowledge that will lead to better health for everyone. NIH works toward that mission by: conducting research in its own laboratories; supporting the research of non-Federal scientists in universities, medical schools, hospitals, and research institutions throughout the country and abroad; helping in the training of research investigators; and fostering communication of medical and health sciences information.

National Network for Child Care (NNCC) unites the expertise of many of the nation's leading universities through the outreach system of Cooperative Extension. Our goal is to share knowledge about children and child care from the vast resources of the landgrant universities with parents, professionals, practitioners, and the general public. We network with committed individuals around the country to bring you practical information and resources that will be useful to you in your everyday work with children.

Parents As Teachers provides a broad inventory of educational and support programs for parents, training for family service providers, and publications for parents and those who work with them. These services and products help parents set goals and make decisions for their education, work and family life that increase their self-confidence, self-sufficiency and ability to successfully manage a family.

The Southern Institute on Children and Families is an independent, non-profit organization that improves the well-being of children and families through knowledge, leadership and action. generating greater awareness and to equip community and business leaders and policymakers with knowledge to make informed decisions.

US Consumer Product Safety Commission The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $700 billion annually. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

US Department of Education – Especially for Parents ED was created in 1980 by combining offices from several federal agencies. Its original directive remains its mission today — to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation.

Voices for South Carolina’s Children is an independent, nonprofit child advocacy organization that works to improve the lives of children in the Palmetto State by providing information and resources to families, child advocates, lawmakers and concerned citizens on current children’s issues.

Zero To Three Today, a record number of parents with very young children are in the workforce. More than half the infants and toddlers in the United States spend time in child care each week. The Better Baby Care Campaign is a nationwide effort to improve the quality of care for children under age three.