We know you want to make an informed choice when selecting a center and program for your child. The following links provide useful information that can help you feel confident that you've made the best possible choice.
- Build a Library at Home for Your Children (2mb, pdf) The best predictor of reading success is the amount of time children spend reading both in and out of the home.
- At Home Reading Suggestions (3mb, pdf) - Reading at home can help children of all ability levels keep their skills sharp. Just a few minutes each day sharing a story or part of a book with your child can increase interest in reading.
- National Child Care Information CenterThe
NCCIC is a national clearinghouse and technical assistance center that provides
a wealth of early care and education information.
- National Child Care AssociationThe
NCCA is active in national childcare issues and works in Washington to balance the
quality, affordability, and availability of licensed, private childcare and education
- National Association for the Education
of Young ChildrenNAEYC administers an accreditation system to improve
the quality of education and care provided in programs for young children. Its Web
site provides information for families concerning early childhood development and
- National Network for Child CareNNCC
unites the expertise of many of the nation's leading universities to share knowledge
about children and childcare. The site offers over 1000 publications and childcare
resources, an e-mail discussion group, a quarterly newsletter, and more.
Almanac of Policy Issues: Child Care IssuesThe Almanac offers background
information, archived documents, and links on childcare issues in the U.S.
- Administration for Children and
FamiliesThe ACF is a federal agency that funds state, territory, local,
and tribal organizations to provide family assistance (welfare), child support,
childcare, Head Start, child welfare, and other programs relating to children and
- National After School AssociationThe
NAA is a professional association dedicated to the development, education, and care
of children and youth during their out-of-school hours. Its site offers publications,
articles, and numerous other resources for parents.
companion Web site to the magazine. It provides expert advice on health and safety,
food and nutrition, family issues, enriching activities, recipes, and more.
- Healthy ChildThis
informative Web site features hundreds of reliable, in-depth articles, resources,
and quality information about natural, holistic parenting plus carefully selected
natural, non-toxic products for keeping your babies and kids safe and healthy.
- National Resource Center for Health
and Safety in Child CareThe NRC Web site offers links to a variety of
childcare resources, state licensing agencies, and guides to choosing a childcare