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Check out these links for information on key areas of interest in early childhood care and education. Click on the categories below to jump down the page, where you'll find helpful resources on that subject matter.

Starting & Running a Child Care Business

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Starting & Running a Child Care Business

Department of Education

A federal agency dedicated to promoting educational excellence and ensuring equal access to educational opportunities.
National Department of Education
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Head Start Associations

Serves the child development needs of preschool children and their low-income families through education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services.
National Head Start Association
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

An advocacy organization that promotes excellence in early childhood care and education through quality standards, accreditation, improved professional practices, and working conditions.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families

A national nonprofit and multidisciplinary organization that advances their mission by informing, educating, and supporting adults who influence the lives of infants and toddlers.
Zero to Three

National Association of Child Care Professionals (NACCP)

National association serving child care directors, owners, and administrators. Offers trainings, information, resources, and a national conference.
National Association of Child Care Professionals (NACCP)

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)

Advocates for the family child care profession by collaborating with other local, state, and national organizations that contribute to the family child care field. Increases the awareness about and improves the quality of family child care.
National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA)

A nonprofit organization dedicated to providing child care information to parents, professionals, and advocates. Provides leadership and support to community child care Resource and Referral agencies.
National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA)

National Child Care Association (NCCA)

A professional trade association focused on serving the needs of licensed, private childhood care and education programs.
National Child Care Association (NCCA)

Child Care Aware

Connects families to child care information and referrals through local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies. Child Care Aware also provides families with a growing collection of free child care related publications and materials.
Child Care Aware

National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER)

Supports early childhood education initiatives by providing independent, research-based advice and technical assistance to educators, policymakers, journalists, and researchers.
National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER)

Technology & Young Child Interest Forum

Leads discussions, shares research and information, and demonstrates best practices regarding technology so it can be used to benefit children age 0-8 years.
Technology & Young Child Interest Forum

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

The largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with "exceptionalities," students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

National Coalition for Campus Children's Centers (NCCCC)

Promotes the establishment, maintenance and, where appropriate, the expansion of high-quality child care and early education programs to enable parents to further their education and be gainfully employed.
National Coalition for Campus Children's Centers (NCCCC)

Center for the Child Care Workforce (CCW)

Improves the quality of early care and education for all children by promoting policy, research, and organizing that ensure the early care and education workforce is well-educated, receives better compensation, and has a voice in their workplace.
Center for the Child Care Workforce (CCW)

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)

Provides free access to more than 1.2 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials and, if available, includes links to full text. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES). 
Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)

Redleaf Press

Offers several publications that help providers starting or running a child care business with record keeping, contracts, policies, taxes, and more.
Redleaf Press

National Children's Facilities Network (NCFN)

A coalition of nonprofit financial and technical assistance intermediaries involved in planning, developing, and financing facilities for low-income child care and Head Start programs.
National Children's Facilities Network (NCFN)

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Playgrounds

National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS)

A nonprofit organization dedicated to providing training and services to help the public create safe and developmentally appropriate play environments for children.
National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS)

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

An independent federal regulatory agency charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under its jurisdiction.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Guidelines for Play Areas

The guidelines include scoping and technical provisions for ground level and elevated play components, accessible routes, ramps and transfer systems, ground surfaces, and soft contained play structures to ensure that play areas meet the requirements of the ADA.
ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Play Areas

National Recreation and Park Association

Advances parks, recreation, and environmental conservation efforts to enhance the quality of life for all people.
National Recreation and Park Association

International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA)

Provides third-party product certification services for U.S. and Canadian public play equipment and public play surfacing materials in the U.S.
International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA)

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Grants & Grant Writing

Grants.gov

Grants.gov is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $400 billion in annual awards.
Grants.gov

Grants Alert

Provides information on available education grants and identifies funding opportunities for organizations, schools, districts, consortia, and state education agencies.
Grants Alert

Federal Grants Wire

Supplies resources and information for federal grants, government grants, and loans organized by sponsoring agency, applicant type, and subject area.
Federal Grants Wire

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

The USDA has two agencies with start-up/expansion funding programs:

The Rural Housing Service has facility funding available for non-profits or local governments that support child care facilities.
The Rural Business-Cooperative Service has guaranteed loan programs for small business development available for profit child care programs.

National Children's Facilities Network (NCFN)

Financing for child care facilities is available from a number of nonprofit lenders, many of whom are members of NCFN.
National Children's Facilities Network (NCFN)

U.S. Department of Education (DOE)

Provides information about grants that area available through this Federal agency.
U.S. Department of Education Grants

The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA)

Supplies information about funding programs and contact information for the offices that administer the programs.
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA)

Developing and Writing Grant Proposals - CFDA Resource

Provides assistance for creating grant proposals that are well-prepared, thoughtfully planned, and concisely packaged.
Developing and Writing Grant Proposals

Foundation Center

Maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grant makers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector.
Foundation Center

SchoolGrants

Provides information, tips, and links on how to write grant proposals.
SchoolGrants Grant Writing Tips

AfterSchool.gov

Supplies information about Federal resources, including grants, to support children and youth during out-of-school time.
AfterSchool.gov

Guides for Writing Proposals

Writing a Successful Grant Proposal (2004), prepared by the Minnesota Council on Foundations, outlines information that should be included in most grant applications.
Preparing a Grant Proposal: Five Steps in the Proposal Writing Process (2002), by the Appalachian Regional Commission, is a guide to proposal writing.
Finding the Funds You Need: A Guide for Grantseekers (2001), by Pennsylvania State University, College of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension, has information about the grant-writing process and a guide to effective proposal writing.

U.S. Department of Education Grant Funding Opportunities

Establishes policies on federal financial aid for education, distributes and monitors those funds, collects and disseminates research, focuses national attention on key educational issues, prohibits discrimination and ensures equal access to education.
U.S. Department of Education Grant Funding Opportunities

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