San Francisco and California
Alliance For Children - provides information
about the current trends and policy issues affecting children and
their families. AAC publishes the Children's
Advocate newsmagazine. In addition, the agency coordinates
conferences and training courses; publishes a Master
Calendar of events and resources; and produces videos about
violence and young children. AAC is a California-based, nonprofit
of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) - one of more than 560 regional planning
agencies across the nation working to help solve problems in areas
such as land use, housing, environmental quality, and economic
development. ABAG is owned and operated by the cities
and counties of the San Francisco Bay Area. It was established
in 1961 to protect local control, plan for the future, and promote
cooperation on areawide issues. In recent years, ABAG
has answered the needs of its members by providing low-cost services
that save the taxpayers millions of dollars.
Children's Council of San
Francisco - a resource for anyone interested
in child care, parenting and families. Childcare resource and referral,
training and development, childcare nutritional services, Subsidized
Child Care, Child Assessment and Consultation Services, and more.
Early Childhood Mentor Program - This program is supported by Federal
Child Care and Development Block Grant Quality Improvement Funds
which are administered by Chabot College through a contract with
the California Department of Education, Child Development Division.
They are the largest mentoring program for child care professionals
in the U.S. and one that links improved compensation with the Mentor's
professional development. Since 1988 they have provided advanced
training for experienced child care workers who wish to become
Mentors to new practitioners.
Care Web Resources - The Child Development Division of the California
Dept. of Education maintains this web page listing links to web
sites aiding in the development of quality child care.
Child Care Facilities Fund of the The Low Income Investment Fund provides grants, loans, training, financial resources and support to child care programs in San Francisco. http://www.liifund.org/programs/childcare/childcare_services.htm
Francisco Family Day Care Association - It
is the mission of the San Francisco Family Day Care Association
to help a diverse membership maintain a high degree of professionalism
in the care and education of young children and to promote Family
Day Care as a vital and necessary service to the community.
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment - The
CARES program has been designed to address retention of family child
care providers and center based teaching staff and directors. The
emphasis of the Child Development Corps is to retain individuals
who have invested in their training and education in the early childhood
field while it also encourages individuals at the entry level to
pursue continuing education. Through the Resources for Retention
program, CARES provides optional supports to programs seeking systematic
changes focused on stabilizing the workforce.
Center for Child
and Family Studies - The Center for Child and Family Studies
(CCFS) is dedicated to ensuring that America's children get a healthy
start in life. Current projects/activities include: Infant/Toddler
Caregiver Training, Early Intervention, Early Head Start, and Research & Evaluation.
Center for Law and
Social Policy - CLASP
is a national public policy research firm with expertise in both
law and policy affecting the poor. Through education, policy research
and advocacy, CLASP seeks to improve the economic conditions of
low-income families with children and secure access for the poor
to our civil justice system.
Care Bureau - The
Child Care Bureau administers the Child Care and Development Fund
program and provides technical assistance to the nation on a variety
of topics related to child care. Check the calendar of events in
child care, the Child Care Bureau's 1998 plans for activities,
new federal initiatives in the child care arena. Access information
about research projects funded by the Child Care Bureau, data on
child care, and the Child Care Automation Resource Center.
Children Now - Children Now is a nonpartisan, independent voice for children, working
to translate the nation's commitment to children and families into
action. Recognized nationally for its policy expertise and up-to-date
information on the status of children, Children Now uses communications
strategies to reach parents, lawmakers, citizens, business, media and
community leaders, creating attention and generating positive change
on behalf of children. With particular concern for those who are poor
or at-risk, Children Now is committed to improving conditions for all
children. Founded in 1988, Children Now is a national organization
with special depth in California.
Defense Fund - The
Children's Defense Fund exists to provide a strong and effective
voice for all the children of America, who cannot vote, lobby,
or speak for themselves. We pay particular attention to the needs
of poor and minority children and those with disabilities. Our
goal is to educate the nation about the needs of children and encourage
preventive investment in children before they get sick, drop out
of school, suffer family breakdown, or get into trouble.
Children, Youth & Family
Consortium - The Children, Youth and Family Consortium's
Electronic Clearinghouse (CEC) is an electronic bridge to information
and resources on children, youth and families. Information about
issues related to the health, education and well-being of children,
youth and families can be accessed via CEC. This site features
articles and research material useful for informing everything
from practical parenting to formulating policies, and designing
and implementing programs.
Home Page - Providers,
world-wide, have worked in centres or at home, struggling in isolation
to improve their childcare effectiveness, professional quality, and business
success. This site can spark the sharing of daycare ideas, techniques,
problems and solutions for the benefit of providers, children, and parents
Early Head Start National
Resource Center - Early Head Start is a new program
for low-income families with infants and toddlers and pregnant
women. This new initiative was created with the reauthorization
of the Head Start Act in 1994. Early Head Start programs seek to
enhance very young children’s development and promote healthy family
functioning and self-sufficiency. This federal commitment includes
training, program standards, research and evaluation, and service
coordination at the regional and national level.
Handsnet- HandsNet is a national, nonprofit organization that promotes information
sharing, cross-sector collaboration and advocacy among individuals
and organizations working on a broad range of public interest issues.
HandsNet on the web offers daily news from HandsNet on CONNECT, information
about our services, our forums and members, the latest Action Alerts
and our Weekly Digest, a sample from the hundreds of policy, program
and resources articles posted each week by HandsNet members. HandsNet
on CONNECT, a full-featured network environment with interactive forums
for human service organizations to exchange information and resources,
and collaborate on a broad range of program and policy issues.
of Non-Profit Web Sites - (ACTIONWITHOUTBORDER) - Idealist
is an online resource for nonprofit and community organizations
and the people they serve. Idealist allows organizations - whether
they have a Website or not - to enter and update information about
their services, volunteer opportunities, job openings, internships,
upcoming events, and any material or publication they have produced.
11,000 organizations in 125 countries are already using Idealist.
NaniNet - NaniNet features a searchable database of nanny placement agencies
and nanny referral services, directories of firms offering nanny tax
services, nanny health and workman's compensation insurance, nanny
background verification, and a reading room with articles of interest
to nannies and nanny employers. Many nanny placement agencies and nanny
referral services provide the visitor with additional information about
their nanny services.
National Association of Child Care
Resource and Referral Agencies - They are a national non-profit dedicated to providing the most
up-to-date and useful information to parents seeking child care,
child care professionals, NACCRRA members, and child care advocates.
for the Education of the Young Child - 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. It includes
a national network of greater than 400 local, state, and regional
early childhood organizations affiliated with NAEYC. Their primary
goals are improving professional practice and working conditions
in early childhood education and building public understanding
and support for high quality early childhood programs.
National Child Care
Information Center - The NCCIC has been established to complement, enhance and promote
child care linkages and to serve as a mechanism for supporting
quality, comprehensive services for children and families.
Coalition - A
central resource and referral center for information on issues
and activities centered around American children and teens. Established
to advocate for a much more substantial and urgent effort to stem
the growing crisis of our kids: the epidemic child abuse, the alarming
suicide rate among our teens, violence directed at and even by
children, AIDS, runaways, domestic violence and latchkey children
and a lack of adequate activities and opportunities for youth,
particularly in cities. It helps other groups with fundraising,
creation of local radio public service announcements, media advocacy,
affordable Web pages--and effective communication with each other.
Parent Information Network (NPIN) - NPIN
is an extensive collection of materials for parents and those who
work with them. The full texts of brochures, pamphlets, and longer
publications for pars and family support personnel are here. There
are links to other parenting sites. The site contains information
about the "Families, Technology
and Education Initiative".
Research Institutes - Section (f): NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION which is part of SEC.
931. ESTABLISHMENT WITHIN THE OFFICE OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH AND
IMPROVEMENT. of the EDUCATE AMERICA ACT, One Hundred Third Congress
of the United States of America. At the Second Session in 1994.
of Educational Research & Improvement - The Office of Educational Research
and Improvement (OERI) provides national leadership for educational
research and statistics. OERI strives to promote excellence and
equity in American education by conducting research and demonstration
projects funded through grants to help improve education; collecting
statistics on the status and progress of schools and education
throughout the nation; and distributing information and providing
technical assistance to those working to improve education. OERI
offers a variety of services to customers through its library,
institutes and program-specific offices.
Foundation "The Future of Children" - The
primary purpose of "The
Future of Children" is to disseminate timely information on
major issues related to children's well-being, with special emphasis
on providing objective analysis and evaluation, translating existing
knowledge into effective programs and polices, and promoting constructive
institutional change. In attempting to achieve these objectives,
they are targeting a multidisciplinary audience of national leaders,
including policymakers, practitioners, legislators, executives,
and professionals in the public and private sectors. This publication
is intended to complement, not duplicate, the kind of technical
analysis found in academic journals and the general coverage of
children's issues by the popular press and special interest groups.
Parents Place - ParentsPlace.com is a place where parents of all types connect, communicate
and celebrate the adventures of childrearing. Through their bulletin
boards and chats, members share insights and lend a supportive ear.
You can talk about women's health, child development, your daily pet
peeves, schoolwork, discipline issues, current family-related politics,
or even a fiction bookclub. In addition to community, members can access
the wisdom of professional experts (all of whom are parents themselves)
and take advantage of daily features.
Triangle Institute - Project BEGIN - Research Triangle Institute has received
funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
for an ambitious, eight-year project designed to test the effectiveness
of a family and early childhood program in varied community settings.
Project BEGIN (Bringing Early Growth and Development Into Neighborhoods)
targets families with children from birth through age three whose
mothers did not finish high school. Studies have shown that these
children are at greater risk for developmental delay and poor school
performance. These delays are partly preventable through high quality
early intervention programs. More than 5,000 children at 10 different
sites across the country are expected to participate in the study.
Urban Institute - A document presented
by the The Urban Institute entitled "Services for Low-Income Children".
This special section looks at some recently expanded federal entitlement
programs that include benefits to children. It provides an overview
of findings from selected Urban Institute research on the effects
of these expansions on the accessibility, cost, quality, and use
of these programs by low-income parents and their children.
Mother Lifenet - Child
Care: How Does Your State Rate? This careful and thorough investigation
of how each state meets its responsibility in caring for kids is
simply not available anywhere else: It is a report that readers,
advocates and state officials can use to compare their states with
others, and work to further improve programs and services for the
nation's children. Their commitment is to look at whether state
officials make child care a high priority. They are especially
interested in the actions of the governor and state lawmakers,
who have the power to both make policy and set aside money to improve
and expand child care. Currently, you may search through the database
Forum on Children, Families, and the New Federalism - The
Research Forum on Children, Families and the New Federalism was
created in January, 1997 to facilitate the development of high
quality, policy relevant research about the effects of the new
federalism on poor and vulnerable populations. The Forum is directed
by Barbara B. Blum and hosted by the National Center for Children
in Poverty (NCCP) at the C
Early Childhood and Children's Rights Activities - UNESCO's
Early Childhood and Family Education (ECF) Unit co-ordinates research,
activities and initiatives undertaken by UNESCO in early childhood
care and education, parent and family education, and in favour
of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. With the help
of its specialized services, its roster of consultants, its partnership
with United Nations agencies. UNESCO undertakes actions in the
area of : Early Childhood Education; Training of Early Childhood
Personnel; Early Childhood Information and Documentation; Educating
for the Convention on the Rights of the Child.