Child Care

National Association for the Education of Young Children Promotes the quality of care of children birth to 8 years old through educational and developmental services
National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) Promotes professional development and quality standards of care for Family Child Care providers
National Accreditation Commission (NAC) for Early Care and Education Programs A national accreditation for early childhood programs
Head Start Early education programs that focus on school readiness and providing comprehensive services (such as health and nutrition) to children and their families.
Finding and Applying for Head Start Programs Eligibility information and guidance on how to locate and apply for a local Head Start or Early Head Start program

Health, Safety and Well-Being

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) An organization of pediatricians offering health information for parents
American Red Cross Provides care to those in need, from disaster relief, health and safety courses and assistance for military members, veterans and their families
American Red Cross Free Smoke Alarm Installation Initiative to install lifesaving smoke alarms in homes across the country
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) A program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) focusing its efforts on research and investigations related to public health.
Family Support and Well-Being Resources to promote families’ health, safety and financial security
Immunization Schedules Easy-to-read immunization schedules for all ages from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Conducts and supports medical research. NIH has 27 institutes and centers focusing on their efforts. Example programs of NIH programs are: The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and The National Library of Medicine’s MEDLINEplus
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Promotes consumer safety in connection with more than 15,000 consumer products.
WIC Clinic Finder Offers an easy way to connect with your nearest WIC clinic for food assistance and other support and resources

Child Development

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Learn the Signs. Act Early. A federal program offering information for parents about child development milestones and concerns Ages and Stages Information provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics to help parents identify the challenges, milestones and changes that are often experienced in each stage of childhood
National Center for Families Learning An organization focusing on development of quality literacy programs for parents and children
Parents as Teachers A program designed to educate parents and to provide resources and support for families about early education for children from birth to Kindergarten
Zero to Three Focuses on the development of infants and toddlers


Fun and Learning for Parents and Children: An Activities Handbook Digital resource from ECLKC with activities for parents and children to enjoy together at home and outside of the home
Parenting Resources Parenting resources from the National Center for Parent, Family and Community Engagement
Talking Is Teaching Resources from Too Small to Fail, including Talk, Read and Sing tip sheets for families and articles and videos on encouraging STEM, literacy and math skills and supporting social and emotional development in children
Zero to Three – Parenting Resources Parenting resources from Zero to Three, including information about sleep, challenging behaviors, play, positive parenting methods and more


Administration for Children and Families Provides funding to state, territory, local and tribal organizations providing family services. Examples of programs include: welfare, child support, child care and Head Start