Following is a list of organizations or publications providing information and resources for parents, educators and providers on early childhood care and education.
Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement - The Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA) is a national center for research on early reading, representing a consortium of educators from five universities (the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, with the University of Southern California, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Georgia); teacher educators; teachers; publishers of texts, tests, and technology; professional organizations; and schools and school districts across the United States. CIERA's mission is to improve the reading achievement of America's children
Child Trends, Inc. - Child Trends, Inc. is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that studies children, youth, and families through research, data collection, and data analysis.
Disability is Natural - The mission of Disability is Natural is to encourage new ways of thinking about developmental disabilities,in the belief that our attitudes drive our actions, and changes in our attitudes and actions can help create a society where all children and adults with developmental disabilities have opportunities to live the lives of their dreams, included in all areas of life.
The Early Childhood and Parenting (ECAP) Collaborative is home to a number of projects that focus on educating and raising young children. ECAP hosts research, technical assistance, and service projects..
Explorations Early Learning: Promoting Play, Defending Childhood, Empowering Caregivers
- https://www.facebook.com/letchildrenplay **one of my personal favorite FB pages about play
- https://www.facebook.com/handsonaswegrow ***another fave!
Let the Children Play:
National Association for the Education of Young Children - The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the nation's largest organization of early childhood professionals and others dedicated to improving the quality of early childhood education programs for children birth through age eight.
National Center for Early Development and Learning
Research at the National Center for Early Development & Learning (NCEDL), focuses on enhancing the cognitive, social and emotional development of children from birth through age eight.
No Time for Flashcards: Learning and play for babies, toddlers, and kids
Parents As Teachers - Parents as Teachers is a family education and support program for parents with children from birth through age five. The program is for all families.
- http://www.pinterest.com/eccesa4/play-is-learning-learning-is-play/ **This is my Pinterest Board for CESA#4 that focuses on Play=Learning.
- http://www.pinterest.com/source/growingajeweledrose.com/ **This is my FAVORITE Pinterest board/blogger around creative play and learning for young children on Pinterest.
- The Hurried Child by David Elkind (25th Anniversary)
(CESA #4 has two copies available for loan of an earlier edition)
- Basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice: An Introduction for Teachers of Kindergartners by Eva Phillips and Amy Scrinzi, NAEYC, 2013. ** Don't be fooled by the simple name. This really an amazing book that promotes intentional teaching through PLAY for kindergarten teachers. They tie in DAP with intentionality and within the context of play and playful learning. Authors lay out a framework of how to help children reach "challenging and achievable goals" within the context of play.
- Developmentally Appropriate Play: Guiding Young Children to a Higher Level by Gaye Gronlund, Red Leaf Press, 2010. *Wonderful book targeted at preschool and kindergarten teachers to continue to advocate for play as a central and important way for young children to learn and grow.
- A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool: Presenting the Evidence by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Roberta Golinkoff, Laura Berk, and Dorthy Singer, Oxford University Press, 2009. **This is a small monograph detailing the basis for play based learning and teaching... it's an extension to her Play=Learning Conference in 2005.
What Does It Mean to be Ready for School? Very parent-friendly site for activities and appropriate expectations for the preschool years from the U.S. Dept. of Education:
What Exactly is 'High Quality' Preschool?
(NPR, April 22, 2014)
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction - ECSE, 4 & 5 year old kindergarten, and more!
Early Childhood: http://ec.dpi.wi.gov/ and
Early Childhood Special Education: http://ec.dpi.wi.gov/ec_ecspedhm