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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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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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U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education was created in 1980 by combining offices from several federal agencies. The Department's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. The Department of Education is dedicated to: 1) Establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, and distributing as well as monitoring those funds. 2) Collecting data on America's schools and disseminating research. 3) Focusing national attention on key educational issues. 4) Prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education.

Review Date: February 23, 2011

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National Association for the Education of Young Children

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a nonprofit membership association of over 100,000 that works on behalf of high quality programs for young children, birth through age 8. NAEYC sponsors the nation's largest educational conference, held each November. NAEYC also administers a voluntary accreditation system for early childhood programs. The Association's 450 state affiliates and local chapters sponsor workshops, conferences, and public awareness activities.

Review Date: February 05, 2009

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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 Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

NECTAC is the national early childhood technical assistance center supported by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) under the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). NECTAC serves Part C-Infant and Toddlers with Disabilities Programs and Part B-Section 619 Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities in all 50 states and 10 jurisdictions to improve service systems and outcomes for children and families. NECTAC also provides comprehensive topical information related to the Part C Early Intervention Programs and Preschool Special Education programs, as well as state contacts for these programs and other early childhood programs. Finally, NECTAC publishes an electronic newsletter, eNotes, that is available free to subscribers.

Review Date: October 18, 2011

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National Lekotek Center

The National Lekotek Center is a non-profit 501(C)3 organization based in Chicago, Illinois, and is the administrative and training center for a nationwide network of Lekotek centers housing family play facilities, toy lending libraries and computer play resources. Clinical evidence affirms that early intervention using strategic play techniques profoundly affects a child's learning capacity. Lekotek uses interactive play experiences, and the learning that results, to promote the inclusion of children with special needs into family and community life.

Review Date: November 15, 2011

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Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families

Zero to Three's urgent mission is to advance the healthy development of America's babies and young children. Zero to Three is a leading resource on the first three years of life and works to strengthen the critical roles of professionals, policymakers and parents in giving all children the best possible start. They focus on the first three years of life because this is the time of greatest human growth and development. It is also the time when caring adults have the greatest opportunity to shape a child's future.

Review Date: April 11, 2011

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