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  • Action for Children North Carolina - Statewide, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization devoted to improving the well-being of North Carolina's children and youth. Major work focuses on: child health and safety, early care and education, child maltreatment and juvenile justice and delinquency prevention.
  • Frank Porter Graham (FPG) Child Development Institute - Multidisciplinary centers for studying young children and their families. Researchers, students and staff work on projects dealing with parent and family support; early care and education; child health and development; early identification and intervention; equity, access and inclusion; and early childhood policy.
  • North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children - NCaeyc is the state affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). It is a membership association for anyone who is concerned with the development and education of children ages birth through eight.
  • Smart Start - Smart Start is a public/private partnership. Independent, private organizations work in all 100 North Carolina counties through The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc., and 77 Local Partnerships. The mission of Smart Start is to advance a high quality, comprehensive, accountable system of care and education for every child beginning with a healthy birth.

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Child Care
  • California Childcare Health Program - The mission of the California Childcare Health Program is to improve the quality of child care by initiating and strengthening linkages between the health, safety and child care communities and the families they serve. User-friendly educational resources available to help early care and education programs, trainers, Child Care Health Consultants, Child Care Health Advocates and the families they serve stay abreast of best practices.
  • Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) - Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social, and other services to enrolled children and families. Children experiencing homelessness are automatically eligible for Head Start. The ECLKC is a website for the early learning community with the predominant target users being Head Start and Early Head Start grantees.
  • Healthy Child Care America - HCCA seeks to ensure that all children experience quality child care and early education within a nurturing environment and have a medical home. Its principles are based on the fact that families, child care providers, and health professionals in partnership can promote the healthy development of young children in child care settings and increase access to preventive health services and safe physical environments.
  • Healthy Child Care Pennsylvania - The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (PA AAP) Early Childhood Education Linkage System (ECELS) provides health professional consultation, training, and technical assistance to improve early childhood education programs in Pennsylvania, as well as many of training materials they've developed for child care.
  • Healthy Childcare - Healthy Childcare® is a bimonthly publication for childcare programs devoted to health and safety issues.
  • National Association for Family Child Care - NAFCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care.
  • National Association for 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.
  • National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education (NRC) - Information and resources to promote health and safety in out-of-home child care settings throughout the nation.
  • North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) - The mission of the Divsion is to implement quality standards, increase access for families, and collaborate to promote enhanced service delivery of care and education across the state.
  • North Carolina Licensure Regulations - Included are North Carolina's: Chapter 110 General Statutes (Law) for Child Care Facilities, Chapter 9 Child Care Rules, and Section .2800 Sanitation of Child Care Centers.
  • North Carolina Rated License Assessment Project - Collaborative project between the NC Division of Child Development and other institutions of higher education across the state. NCRLAP's purpose is to conduct voluntary assessments for child care centers and homes attempting to earn three or more stars within the NC Star Rated License system.
  • Office of Child Care - The Office of Child Care supports low-income working families through child care financial assistance and promotes children's learning by improving the quality of early care and education and afterschool programs.

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Chronic Health Conditions
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Allergy and Immunology - The mission of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Allergy and Immunology is to ensure that pediatric-aged patients receive the highest quality of care in allergy, asthma, and immunology. Educational information and resources provided.
  • American Diabetes Association (ADA) For Parents & Kids - Nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. Basics of diabetes treatment for children is covered, including diabetes care at school.
  • Epilepsy Foundation - The goal of the Epilepsy Foundation is to prevent, control and cure epilepsy through research, education, advocacy and services. Programs include activities in schools designed to educate the next generation of Americans about epilepsy -- with the goal to eliminate stigma and discrimination. Programs are also focused on improving epilepsy treatment for persons with epilepsy of all ages, including emphasis on youth and seniors.
  • Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) - The mission of FARE is to raise public awareness, to provide advocacy and education, and to advance research on behalf of all those affected by food allergies. Guidance provided for managing food allergies in child care and school settings.
  • National Diabetes Education Program - Federally sponsored initiative that involves public and private partners to improve the treatment and outcomes for people with diabetes, to promote early diagnosis, and to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes.
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - How Asthma-Friendly Is Your Child-Care Setting? Checklist provided by the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program.
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - How Asthma-Friendly Is Your Child-Care Setting? (Spanish)
  • North Carolina Asthma Program - Information for Healthcare Professionals, including Asthma Curriculum for Child Care Providers
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Asthma - EPA promotes scientific understanding of environmental asthma triggers and ways to manage asthma in community settings through research, education and outreach. With federal, state and local partners, they are building the nation's capacity to control asthma and manage exposure to indoor and outdoor pollutants linked to asthma. Their purpose is to build knowledge and awareness to improve the quality of life for millions of Americans with asthma.

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Emergency Preparedness
  • A Fire Safety Campaign for Babies and Toddlers - The U.S. Fire Administration's A Fire Safety Campaign for Babies and Toddlers is a public awareness and education campaign designed to draw attention to the increased risk of fire death for young children, and to teach parents and caregivers how they can avoid the tragedy.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Children and Disasters - Disaster Preparedness to Meet Children's Needs
  • American Red Cross - The American Red Cross offers resources to help families prepare for natural and human-caused disasters. Resource materials available that can be used to help children in school and home settings to prepare for natural and man-made disasters, respond safely to emergencies and recover from trauma.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - The Emergency Preparedness and Response website is CDC's primary source of information and resources for preparing for and responding to public health emergencies.
  • North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE): Emergency Preparedness - Resource Materials to Assist Child Care Programs in North Carolina Prepare for Emergencies
  • Ready - Ready is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. Ready and its Spanish language version Listo ask individuals to do three key things: (1) build an emergency supply kit, (2) make a family emergency plan and (3) be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses.
  • What Happened to MY World? Helping Children Cope with Natural Disaster and Catastrophe - Resources and materials from Bright Horizons Family Solutions on children and stress, including suggestions of ways to support children during difficult times.

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Environmental Health
  • Children's Environmental Health Network (CEHN) - The Network is a national multi-disciplinary organization whose mission is to protect the fetus and the child from environmental health hazards and promote a healthy environment. The Network provides information on the issue of children's environmental health and links to sources of information and resources in the field.
  • Environmental Working Group (EWG) - Nation's leading environmental health research and advocacy organization - with a mission to serve as a watchdog to see that Americans get facts in order to make healthier choices and enjoy a cleaner environment. When it comes to chemical exposure, children aren't just miniature adults. Their developing bodies are vulnerable to toxic harm from small doses received at the wrong time. Information provided about arsenic in wood, mercury, lead, Bisphenol A, pesticides and more.
  • Household Products Database - The Household Products Database of the National Library of Medicine links over 7,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients.
  • Learn About Chemicals Around Your House - Information for Children, Students and Teachers from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • North Carolina Children's Environmental Health Branch - Guidance on Child Care Sanitation and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention in North Carolina
  • The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) - The mission of the NIEHS is to reduce the burden of human illness and disability by understanding how the environment influences the development and progression of human disease.
  • Toxic Free Kids NC - A program of Toxic Free NC, Toxic Free Kids works with families, child care providers, schools and pest control companies to reduce the amount of pesticides and toxic substances that are used in the places where children live, learn, play and grow. Toxic-Free Kids provides resources for child care providers, including information about Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

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H1N1 (Swine) Flu
  • 2009 H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) - Up-to-date information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the Novel influenza A (H1N1), with guidance and information for special groups - including child care programs. Stay informed!
  • Find a Flu Shot Near You! - Seasonal flu vaccine is widely available. H1N1 vaccine is being shipped now. States are posting new information every day about availability, distribution to priority groups and where to get vaccinated. Info also available on State planning and preparation efforts, as well as general flu information.
  • KidsHealth H1N1 (Swine) Flu Center - Medically Reviewed Info for Parents on the 2009 H1N1 Flu
  • Novel H1N1: What You Should Know - In April 2009 a strain of influenza virus entered the United States that worried public health officials. The strain has variously been labeled 'swine flu,' 'H1N1,' 'novel H1N1,' and 'pandemic H1N1.' Health officials were concerned that this particular virus has the potential to infect virtually everyone in the world.
  • Preparing for the Flu: A Communication Toolkit for Child Care and Early Childhood Programs - The purpose of "Preparing for the Flu: A Communication Toolkit for Child Care and Early Childhood Programs" is to provide information and communication resources to help center-based and home-based child care programs, Head Start programs, and other early childhood programs implement recommendations from CDC's Guidance on Helping Child Care and Early Childhood Programs Respond to Influenza during the 2009-2010 Influenza Season.
  • Staying Healthy Every Day from Sesame Street - When both grown-ups and children practice simple everyday actions, it leads to staying healthy and keeping germs away, especially those that can lead to the flu. Young children may not understand exactly how germs spread, but they will understand that there are certain things that they can do to stay healthy, especially when they do them with the adults who care for them during their everyday routines!
  • What Do I Need to Know and Do? - Information, in English and Spanish, from North Carolina Flu Preparedness. The site lists things that can be done to prevent individuals from catching or spreading H1N1 or seasonal flu. Helpful factsheets and North Carolina contact information is also provided.

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Health
  • "Henry the Hand" - Handwashing program with the vision of improving health by raising awareness of the role our hands play in the transmission of disease.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) - 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.
  • Bright Futures - National health promotion and disease prevention initiative that addresses children's health needs in the context of family and community.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Federal agency that provides information to enhance health decisions. The CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.
  • KidsHealth from the The Nemours Foundation - Doctor-Approved Health Information about Children from before Birth through Adolescence
  • Monthly National Health Observances Toolkits - From the National Health Information Center the observances are days, weeks, or months devoted to promoting particular health concerns.
  • North Carolina Division of Public Health: Women's and Children's Health Section - The mission of the Women's and Children's Health Section (WCH) is to assure, promote and protect the health and development of families with emphasis on women, infants, children and youth. WCH programs place a major emphasis on the provision of preventive health services beginning in the pre-pregnancy period and extending throughout childhood. The Section also administers several programs serving individuals who are developmentally disabled or chronically ill.
  • North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation - The mission of the Healthy Start Foundation is to reduce infant mortality and morbidity and to improve the health of women and young children in North Carolina.

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Immunization
  • 2013 Child, Adolescent, and Adult Immunization Schedules - Schedules include: Childhood Schedule (birth to 6 years old), Adolescent Schedule (7 to 18 years old), Adult Schedule (19 years and older), and Catch-up Versions
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Immunization - Provides a directory of national AAP immunization activities and contact information to assist pediatricians and healthcare professionals in answering immunization related questions. Immunization information for parents and clinicians provided.
  • CDC National Immunization Program (NIP) - A disease-prevention program, NIP provides leadership for the planning, coordination, and conduct of immunization activities nationwide.
  • Catch-Up Immunization Scheduler - Tool determines the vaccines a child six years or younger needs and is especially useful for quickly seeing missed or skipped vaccines according to the Immunization Schedule.
  • National Network for Immunization Information - NNii provides up-to-date, science-based information to healthcare professionals, the media, and the public: everyone who needs to know the facts about vaccines and immunization.
  • North Carolina Immunization Branch - The N.C. Immunization Branch exists to promote public health through the identification and elimination of vaccine-preventable diseases like polio, hepatitis B, measles, chickenpox, whooping cough, rubella (German measles), and mumps. Immunization requirements for child care and school entry provided.

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Inclusion of Children with Special Needs
  • Americans with Disabilities Act - Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Council for Exceptional Children - The mission of CEC is to improve educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, by advocating for appropriate governmental policies, by setting professional standards, by providing continuing professional development, by advocating for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and by helping professionals achieve the conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.
  • Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center - ECTAC supports efforts to improve service systems and assist states in scaling up and sustaining effective services and research-based interventions for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities and their families.
  • Family Support Network of North Carolina - The mission of Family Support Network of North Carolina is to promote and provide support for families with children who have special needs.
  • National Professional Development Center on Inclusion - NPDCI workd with states to ensure that early childhood teachers are prepared to educate and care for young children with disabilities in settings with their typically developing peers.
  • North Carolina Technical Assistance Preschool Project (NC-TAPP) - A statewide technical assistance project with offices in the western, central, and eastern regions of North Carolina, which provides training and consultation to support the inclusion of young children with disabilities, ages birth through five, in all aspects of community life.
  • TelAbility - Community oriented, interdisciplinary program that uses telecommunications to improve the lives of children with disabilities across North Carolina.
  • U.S. Department of Justice - Commonly Asked Questions About Child Care Centers and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

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Infants and Toddlers
  • Crib Information Center - Resources, recalls, safety news, regulations and standards related to cribs, bassinets or play yards from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
  • Early Head Start National Resource Center (EHS NRC) - EHS NRC serves the Early Head Start community by building new knowledge and sharing information related to the unique needs of infants, toddlers, and expectant families. The EHS NRC disseminates timely information through face-to-face meetings and state of the art distant learning experiences. Resources created by the EHS NRC are provided to the EHS and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start community to promote an understanding of the needs of the infant-family field and to support best practices.
  • Feeding Infants: A Guide for Use in the Child Nutrition Programs - Guide presents information on infant development, nutrition for infants, breastfeeding and formula feeding, preventing tooth decay, feeding solid foods, drinking from a cup, choking prevention, sanitary food preparation and safe food handling, commercially prepared and home-prepared baby food, and some of the Infant Meal Pattern requirements.
  • Healthy Child Care America: Back to Sleep Campaign - Awareness campaign to reduce the incidence of SIDS in family child care homes and center-based child care programs.
  • Healthy Start, Grow Smart Series (2002) - Series of booklets on healthy growth of infants, newborn through 12 months of age, from the U.S. Department of Education. Booklets are available in English and Spanish.
  • Infant-Toddler Foundations - North Carolina's Early Learning Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers (Birth through 36 Months of Age)
  • Infant/Toddler Safe Sleep & SIDS Risk Reduction in Child Care (ITS-SIDS Project) - On December 1, 2003, the NC SIDS Law 2003-407 (House Bill 152) went into effect. It aims to lower the risks of SIDS in child care. Resources available to child care providers to meet the requirements of this law.
  • National Sudden & Unexplained Infant Death (SUID)/Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Resource Center - Provides resources to states, communities, professionals, and families to reduce sudden unexpected infant death (SUID)/Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and promote healthy outcomes.
  • Talaris Research Institute - Advancing the Knowledge of Early Learning and Parenting! Research Spotlights include "crib notes" of early brain development.
  • Zero to Three - Information provided for parents and professionals to promote the healthy development of infants and toddlers by supporting and strengthening families, communities, and those who work on their behalf.

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Nutrition
  • Fit Source: Physical Activity and Nutrition in Child Care Settings - Site links child care and afterschool providers to a wide variety of physical activity and nutrition resources. You will find links to activities, lesson plans, healthy recipes, information for parents, and many other downloadable tools that can be used to incorporate physical activity and nutrition into child care and afterschool programs.

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Nutrition and Healthy Weight
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - The CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO) takes a public health approach to address the role of nutrition and physical activity in improving the public's health and preventing and controlling obesity and chronic diseases.
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program - CACFP provides nutritious meals to more than 3.3 million children and 120,000 adults who receive daily care outside of their homes.
  • Eat Smart, Move More ....North Carolina - A statewide initiative that promotes increased opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating through policy and environmental change.
  • Food and Nutrition Information Center - FNIC at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) provides a directory to credible, accurate, and practical resources for consumers, nutrition and health professionals, educators and government personnel. Visitors can find printable format educational materials, government reports, research papers and more.
  • Fruits & Veggies ~More Matters! - The potential benefits associated with eating more fruits and vegetables stack up quickly: Reducing the risk of certain chronic diseases is only the beginning!
  • Kids Eat Smart Move More - Kids ESMM is a Child Wellness Grant funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the North Carolina Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The Kids ESMM mission is to help prevent childhood obesity among young children in CACFP child care settings. All grant activities aim to improve the nutrition and physical activity practices of preschoolers and the adults who care for them.
  • Let's Move! - Let's Move! has a goal: to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation. Let's Move gives parents the support they need, provides healthier food in schools, helps America's children to be more physically active, and make healthy. affordable food available in every part of the country.
  • Let's Move! Child Care - A nationwide call-to-action that empowers child care providers to make positive health changes in children, early on, that could last a lifetime. Tools and resources included.
  • North Carolina Nutrition Services Branch - Activities of "Nutrition NC" promote sound nutrition habits among infants, children and women in their child-bearing years. Branch staff work with county, state and private agencies to improve health status by reducing the incidence of nutritional risk factors, improving pregnancy outcomes, and hastening recovery from illness and injury through the provision of technical assistance, education and supplemental foods.
  • Nutrition.gov - Gateway to reliable information on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety for consumers, educators and health professionals.

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Outdoor Play and Safety
  • Children and Nature Network - Created to encourage and support the people and organizations working to reconnect children with nature. C&NN provides access to the latest news and research in the field and a peer-to-peer network of researchers and individuals, educators and organizations dedicated to children's health and well-being.
  • Green Hour - Information, tools, and inspiration provided to motivate caregivers and families to get children and themselves outside. The National Wildlife Federation recommends that parents give their children a "Green Hour" every day, a time for unstructured play and interaction with the natural world.
  • NC Office of Environmental Education - Clearinghouse linking people to environmental education materials, facilities, programs and professionals across North Carolina
  • National Program for Playground Safety - NPPS serves as a national resource for the latest educational and research information on playground safety.
  • North Carolina Children and Nature Coalition - NCCAN!'s goals are to get children and their families to explore, embrace and spend more time outdoors. This encourages the education, mental and physical well-being of all people, especially children, strengthens families, and provides long-term benefits for our society and the natural world.
  • North Carolina Playground Safety Training - This website was designed for trainers in North Carolina who are providing playground safety training for child care programs.
  • Outdoor Learning Environments - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), publications and resources, and additional guidance for implementing outdoor learning environments in early care and education settings - to encourage children and adults to Play Outside!

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Safety
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Car Safety Seats: Information for Families for 2013 - Information on How to Use Car Safety Seats and Seat Belts Correctly
  • Buckle Up North Carolina - The North Carolina Child Passenger Safety Resource Center provides information on the use of child safety seats and seat belts, occupant restraint laws in North Carolina, as well as training opportunities and statewide resources/contacts.
  • Child Health and Safety Radio - Child Health & Safety Radio segments are a resource for child care health consultants (CCHCs); early care and education (ECE) providers and trainers; members of professional organizations, educational and medical facilities; and families. Accurate information and effective resource materials to promote the health and safety of young children, birth through age 8.
  • Children's Safety Network: National Injury & Violence Prevention Resource Center - Resource Center for maternal and child health and injury prevention professionals in state health departments who are committed to reducing injuries and violence among children and adolescents.
  • National Safety Council - The NSC has the mission to educate and influence society to adopt safety, health and environmental policies, practices and procedures that prevent and mitigate human suffering and economic losses arising from preventable causes.
  • OSHA: Occupational Safety and Health Administration - OSHA's mission is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health.
  • Poisonous Plants of North Carolina - Provides a listing by common and scientific name of many of the poisonous plants found in North Carolina.
  • Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina - Statewide, Nonprofit Organization Dedicated to the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Prevent Poisonings in Your Home - Information and Resources from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to Reduce Risk of Poisoning Incidents
  • Recalls.Gov - A 'one stop shop' for U.S. government recalls. This online resource provides the latest recall information, a method to report a dangerous product, important safety tips.
  • Safe Kids North Carolina - The mission of Safe Kids NC is to reduce and prevent accidental childhood injuries birth through age 14.
  • Safe Kids USA - National non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury - the number one killer of children ages 14 and under.
  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) - Committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children.

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Social and Emotional Health
  • Bright Futures in Practice: Mental Health - Two-volume set considering the mental health of children in a developmental context, presenting information on early recognition and intervention for specific mental health problems and mental disorders, and providing a tool kit with hands on tools for health professionals and families for use in screening, care management, and health education.
  • Center on Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning - CSEFEL is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country.
  • National School Climate Center - Educational and professional development organization dedicated to supporting effective social emotional learning, teaching and leadership in K-12 schools.
  • The Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood - Provides and promotes a model of service which exemplifies optimal emotional, social, and cognitive support for young children, their parents, and professionals in the field of child development.

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