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National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC

The mission of the CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) is to promote the health of babies, children and adults and enhance the potential for full, productive living. The center includes three divisions - the Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, the Division of Human Development and Disability, and the Division of Blood Disorders. It works to identify the causes of birth defects and developmental disabilities; help children to develop and reach their full potential; and promote health and well-being among people of all ages with disabilities, including blood disorders. NCBDDD seeks to accomplish these goals through research, partnerships, and prevention and education programs. .

Review Date: July 13, 2011

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NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Information Resource Center

The NICHD is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The NICHD has primary responsibility for conducting and supporting basic, translational, and clinical research in the biomedical, behavioral, and social sciences related to child and maternal health, in medical rehabilitation, and in the reproductive sciences. Information specialists are available to respond to inquiries Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Review Date: July 26, 2011

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NIH National Institute of Child Health and Human Development - NICHD

The NICHD is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The NICHD has primary responsibility for conducting and supporting basic, translational, and clinical research in the biomedical, behavioral, and social sciences related to child and maternal health, in medical rehabilitation, and in the reproductive sciences. Information specialists are available to answer your calls Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., EST.

Review Date: February 26, 2013

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Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families

The Head Start program provides grants to local public and private non-profit and for-profit agencies to provide comprehensive child development services to economically disadvantaged children and families, with a special focus on helping preschoolers develop the early reading and math skills they need to be successful in school. In FY 1995, the Early Head Start program was established to serve children from birth to three years of age in recognition of the mounting evidence that the earliest years matter a great deal to children's growth and development. Head Start programs promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. They engage parents in their children's learning and help them in making progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals. Significant emphasis is placed on the involvement of parents in the administration of local Head Start programs.

Review Date: November 17, 2011

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Annie E. Casey Foundation

Since 1948, the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) has worked to build better futures for disadvantaged children and their families in the United States. The primary mission of the Foundation is to foster public policies, human service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today's vulnerable children and families.

Review Date: December 03, 2008

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Georgetown University Health Policy Institute

The Health Policy Institute, based at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute, is a multi-disciplinary group of faculty and staff dedicated to conducting research on key issues in health policy and health services research. Institute members are engaged in a wide diversity of projects, focusing on issues relating to health care financing, the uninsured, federal health insurance reforms, quality of care and outcomes research, mental health services research, and the impact of changes in the health care market on providers and patients.

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Human Growth Foundation

The Human Growth Foundation (HGF) is a national organization of volunteers concerned with child growth abnormalities, specifically dwarfism of all forms, whether caused by pituitary growth hormone deficiencies, Turner's syndrome, or bone disorders. The Foundation, created in 1965 by parents of children with severe growth problems, offers parent education and mutual support, supports research, and promotes public awareness of the physical and emotional problems of short-statured people. The core of founding parents has since been joined by medical persons (endocrinologists, pediatricians, and physicians) and researchers. HGF acts as a clearinghouse for families with growth problems and administers a medical research program.

Review Date: October 14, 2011

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National Black Child Development Institute

The National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) is a nonprofit organization that provides and supports programs, workshops, and resources for African American children, their parents and communities in: early health and education; child welfare; parenting; health and elementary and secondary education.

Review Date: June 08, 2011

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National Center for Learning Disabilities

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) works to ensure that the nation's 15 million children, adolescents, and adults with learning disabilities (LD) have every opportunity to succeed in school, work and life. NCLD carries out its mission by (1) providing essential information to parents, professionals, and individuals with LD; (2) promoting research and programs to foster effective learning; and (3) advocating for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities. NCLD created Parent Center, a comprehensive resource section for parents of a child with LD or for parents who suspect their child may have a learning disability. The goal of the Parent Center is to empower parents with the information and tools they need to become informed and effective advocates for their children, both at home and at school.

Review Date: April 21, 2011

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National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome

The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome (NCSBS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to educate and train parents and professionals, and to conduct research that will prevent the shaking and abuse of infants in the United States. The NCSBS has been providing leadership in the development of prevention programs, training courses and public education campaigns. Every year, the National Center's ongoing training efforts reach thousands of medical, legal, child protection and law enforcement professionals worldwide. The prevention and awareness programs also teach thousands of parents, students and caregivers throughout the world.

Review Date: June 08, 2011

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