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Action 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 agency.

Association 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.

California 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.

Child 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.

San 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.

Child 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.

Children's 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.

Daycare Providers 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 alike.

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.

IdeaList Directory 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.

National Association 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.

National Children's 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.

National 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".

National 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.

Office 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.

Packard 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 - 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.

Research 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.

The 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.

Working 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 by state.

Research 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


UNESCO's 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.

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