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Early Childhood Resources

National and International Early Childhood Information

The Alliance for Early Success provides information on state-by-state early childhood policies and progress.

The Centre for Early childhood is a UK-based organization the promotes the importance of and shares high-quality research on early childhood.

ChildCare Aware of America promotes and provides resources on quality and accessible child care.

ECTA provides linds to national and state-by-state data on policies, performance, and initiatives related to early care and education.

Zero to Three has a wide variety of resources on the importance of the earliest years of life for families, professionals, and advocates.

NAECY promotes high-quality early education and shares research, policy, and practice information.

The First Five Years Fund is a great place for the latest news and ECE research.

NIEER is a great aggregate of ECE news and research.

They are a national advocacy organization with several focus areas, one of which is early childhood.

Start Early shares research and resources for adovcacy, early care teachers, and families

Virginia Specific

VQB5 is Virginia’s new quality measurement and improvement system. Participation will be required of all publicly-funded birth to five classrooms beginning in the school year 2023-2024.

ChildCare Aware of VA links families to child care, provides resources to providers of care, and collects data on child care across VA.

Child Care VA is a VA Dept of Education site which links families to care and provides resources to both families and child care providers.

Elevate Early Education is a nonpartisan issue-advocacy organization that advocates for policy initiatives and state funds to be invested in early learning through third grade.

VECF is a non-partisan, systems-level organization which works to ensure equitable opportunities for all families with young children to thrive. Their website provides a variety of VA-specific early childhood information.

VPP is a coalition of organizations working together to ensure access to quality child care for VA’s children.

Thrive Birth to Five serves as the VA Ready Region Central lead organization. They partner with diverse public and private entities to build a high-quality early childhood system, and the website has a variety of resources.

VOICES is statewide advocacy organization and the home of Kids Count, a source of local and national data.

Child Development

Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child provides research and in-depth information on the importance of the earliest years.

Economics and Child Care Systems

A winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, James Heckman provides economic data and research on why investing in the earliest years of life pays off for children, families, and society.

For Parents and Providers

This CDC site provides milestones and parent tips for children 2 months to 5 years.

The Basics provide strategies for parents and for whole communities to support healthy brain development and learning for infants and toddlers.

In partnership with VDOE Office of Early Childhood, the University of Virginia’s Center for the Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) provides free resources child care providers and parents can use to foster children’s development and learning.

Zero to Three has a wide variety of resources on the importance of the earliest years of life for families, professionals, and advocates.