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Resources to Address Early Childhood Development

Here is a sampling of resources to help you learn more about—and act on—childhood development issues.
DARE to be You (DTBY) Program

Offers various curricula and training for parents and teachers working to help young children become strong and resilient. Provides training, evaluation, and technical assistance to help families and teachers bring DARE programs into their communities.

Family Voices

Family Voices aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care need sand/or disabilities. Through our national network, we provide families tools to make informed decisions, advocate for improved public and private policies, build partnerships among professionals and families, and serve as a trusted resource on health care.

National Fatherhood Initiative

Provides community-based programming that helps local, regional, and state organizations provide fathers with resources that foster self-awareness, compassion, and an increased sense of responsibility.

Nurse Family Partnersips

Helps low-income, first-time mothers become confident parents by partnering them with nurses who make home visits. The organization works with communities interested in implementing the Nurse-Family Partnership model.

Child Welfare Guide (PDF)
Provides support for the people working with caregivers and parents and their children to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. The guide is based on information, tools, and strategies from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Fact Sheets

Learn more about the importance of early brain development. These fact sheets, developed by The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and written for general audiences, are available in PDF format. Click on the individual titles to learn the facts!

National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC

Serves as a professional development resource for early childhood educators. The association also conducts public policy advocacy for investments in high-quality, affordable early childhood education for all children from birth through age 8.

Zero to Three

Website that provides easy-to-read, research-based information for parents, policymakers, and family service providers on a wide range of topics related to early childhood, including child development, health and mental health, safety, nutrition, sleep, child care, and much more.

Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP)

A national association that serves as a resource, partner, and advocate for state public health leaders and others working to improve the health of women, children, youth and families, including those with special health care needs.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A federal agency responsible for health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats. The CDC website contains detailed information on many issues related to the health and well-being of young children.

Community Food Security Coalition

A nonprofit organization that dedicates itself to building strong, sustainable, local and regional food systems that ensure access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food for all people at all times. Its report, Delivering More: Scaling Up Farm to School Programs, offers insights into how farm-to-school programs could reach more students and schools.

Healthy Child Healthy World

A nonprofit organization that brings together experts to provide parents, educators and health professionals with practical information to help reduce children’s exposure to harmful chemicals and to help parents and caregivers switch to non-toxic choices. The organization also advocates for and creates standards and policies for safer products.

Play Matters | KaBOOM!

Provides a model and tools for communities that want to find, improve, and/or build kid-inspired playgrounds on their own.

Prevention Institute
Prevention Institute was founded in 1997 to serve as a focal point for primary prevention practice—promoting policies, organizational practices, and collaborative efforts that improve health and quality of life. As a national non-profit organization, the Institute is committed to preventing illness and injury, to fostering health and social equity, and to building momentum for community prevention as an integral component of a quality health system.
Child Safety Tips / A Parent's Helpful Guide

The most comprehensive guide to the best child safety tips available. Nothing is more important than our kids' safety and while the need to know about child safety is greater than ever, parents are discovering that information alone just isn't enough. How we talk to our kids about safety is as important as what we say.

Safe Kids Worldwide

A nationwide network of 600 coalitions and chapters
in all 50 states that works to prevent unintentional childhood injury. By bringing together health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments and volunteers, Safe Kids USA ® educates families, provides safety devices to families in need, and advocates for better laws to help keep children safe, healthy, and out of the emergency room.

The Benefit Bank

A web-based, counselor-assisted program that simplifies and centralizes the process of applying for many state and federal benefits for low- and moderate-income individuals and families. Its ‘one-stop-shop’ concept reduces the amount of time needed to apply for benefits




Report Finder Quickly find the reports you want by selecting the criteria below. Grounded Research, Improved Lives MDRC is committed to finding solutions to some of the most difficult problems facing the nation - from reducing poverty and bolstering economic self-sufficiency to improving public education and college graduation rates.

National Center for Children in Poverty
A public interest research organization dedicated to promoting the economic security, health, and well-being of low-income families and children.
National Transitional Jobs Network - Heartland Alliance

A diverse, national coalition dedicated to advancing employment solutions for people who have difficultly getting jobs and succeeding in work. Offers advice and technical assistance for programs to help people move into short-term employment, combining real work, skill development, and supportive services.

Children's Defense Fund

A nonprofit child advocacy organization that pays particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities. CDF educates the nation about the needs of children and encourages preventive investments before children get sick, drop out of school, get into trouble, or suffer family breakdown.

Coalition for Asian American Children and Families
The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF), the nation's only pan-Asian children's advocacy organization, aims to improve the health and well-being of Asian Pacific American children and families in New York City.
The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc. (CHCF)

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for Latino children and families. Dedicated to expanding opportunities through education and advocacy, CHCF provides a number of programs and services to New York City children and families in the areas of Youth Development, Early Care and Education, and Family Health Education.

Harlem Children's Zone

HCZ’s mission is to break the cycle of generational poverty for the children and families it serves. Its programs include Baby College® parenting workshops; the Harlem Gems® preschool program, the HCZ Asthma Initiative, which teaches families to better manage the disease; the Promise Academy, a high-quality public charter school; and the Obesity Initiative.

National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) - Protecting our Children. Preserving our Culture.

Helps tribes provide community-based, culturally appropriate services that help American Indian children grow up safe, healthy, and spiritually strong—free from abuse, neglect, sexual exploitation, and the damaging effects of substance abuse.