Caring for a young child is an important and often consuming task. There are many resources available that offer suggestions and guidance for the caregivers of young children. The following links will take you to useful information.
American Academy of Pediatrics: The Standard of the Month. To help child care providers and child care health consultants successfully implement the Caring for Our Childrenstandards, we will be focusing on one standard each month.
Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
What Works Briefs: Summaries of Effective Practices for Supporting Children's Social-Emotional Development and Preventing Challenging Behaviors
Colorado Office of Professional Development
Early childhood professionals—from child care workers and preschool teachers to nurses and counselors—are the fuel that makes a comprehensive system for young children work.
CAEYC is a statewide professional membership organization that provides conferences and advocacy workshops for professionals in the field of early childhood care and education.
CoAIMH's purpose is to promote education and research related to infant mental health; facilitate networking and cooperation among those concerned with the optimal development of infants and infant-caregiver relationships; promote scientifically-based programs of care, intervention, and prevention of mental impairment in infancy; support local and state policies that promote family and infant mental health
Colorado Bright Beginnings
The Mission is to provide a bright beginning for all Colorado children by helping families support their children's physical, emotional, and intellectual development during the critical first three years of life.
Colorado Children's Campaign
The Colorado Children's Campaign is the leading voice for children in Colorado. With compelling, solid data in one hand and unrivaled expertise and passionate advocacy skills in the other, we influence and encourage decision makers to invest in programs that benefit both our children and our state.
Colorado Head Start Association
The purpose of the Head Start-State Collaboration grants is to create a visible partnership at the state level to support the development of multi-agency and public/private partnerships.
The mission of the PTA is three-fold: 1) to support and speak on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community, and before governmental bodies ad other organizations that make decisions affecting children; 2) to assist parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect their children; 3) to encourage parent and public involvement in the public schools of this nation.
The Commonwealth Fund has released a new online manual, How to Develop a Statewide System to Link Families with Community Resources (2010), which offers guidance for exploring, creating, and/or enhancing an easily accessible system for connecting children with or at risk for developmental or behavioral problems with community resources. The material is based on Connecticut's Help Me Grow initiative. To learn more, go here.
As a child care center or home daycare provider do you understand your rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? The DBTAC Rocky Mountain ADA Center is here to help individuals and organizations in Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota understand their rights and responsibilities under the ADA.
- All Kids Count: Child Care and the ADA article
- Top 10 Things You Need to Know About the ADA
- ADA Q&A for Child Care Centers and Providers
- All Kids Count: Child Care and the ADA PowerPoint Presentation
- Additional Resources
- Disability Etiquette Lesson Plans and Disability Etiquette Coloring Pages
- Sign Language Lesson Plans and Sign Language Coloring Pages
Early Childhood Education Association of Colorado
The Colorado Child Care Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support and guidance in the management and administration of child care centers. This is achieved through education, networking and legislative representation.
Healthy Child Care Colorado is a program that provides consultation, technical assistance and training for providers of childcare in Colorado to enhance their response to the health and safety needs of young children.
Invest In Kids
Invest in Kids partners with communities to improve the health and well-being of young children, particularly those of low-income families, through effective, research-based programs.
JFK Partners is a multifaceted Interdepartmental Program of the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Its mission is to promote the independence, inclusion, contribution, health, and well-being of people with developmental disabilities and special health care needs and their families through consumer, community, and university partnerships.