National Early Childhood Organizations

The following are national organizations, programs, and services that support early learning professionals in their efforts to provide high-quality early care and education. Click on the organization or program’s name to access the website.

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)

A national resource center that disseminates research and evidence-based practices on promoting social emotional development and school readiness. CSEFEL’s website includes training materials, videos, and print resources for early care, health and education providers.

Center on the Developing Child

Generates, translates, and applies knowledge in the service of improving life outcomes for children in the United States and throughout the world

Child Care Aware of America

Child Care Aware works with more than 400 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to advance a child care system that effectively serves all children and families. The organization leads projects that increase the quality and availability of child care, undertakes research, and advocates child care policies to improve the lives of children and families.

Council for Professional Recognition

Promotes improved performance and recognition of professionals in the early childhood education of children aged birth to 5 years old. Administers the Child Development Associate (CDA) National Credentialing Program.

Division of Early Childhood

An international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. DEC is especially for individuals who work with or on behalf of children with special needs, birth through age eight, and their families.

Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center

Funded by the federal Administration for Children and Families, the Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center (ECLKC) provides information and resources about school readiness, policy and regulation, and training and technical assistance.

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute

One of the nation’s oldest and largest multidisciplinary centers devoted to the study of children and their families, FPG provides research and evaluation, professional development, technical assistance, and outreach to advance understanding of child development and evidence-based early care and education.

Healthy Child Care America

Coordinated by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Healthy Child Care America is a collaborative effort of health professionals and child care providers to improve the education, health, and safety of children in out-of-home child care. HCCA provides information and materials as well as a resource library.


Information about child assessment and curriculum, as well as professional development and training and links to related research.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

A national membership organization working to improve early childhood education through its scholarly journals, conferences, and advocacy. NAEYC supports a system of national accreditation for early care and education programs and is a leader in promoting developmentally appropriate practice (DAP).

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)

A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care. NAFCC sponsors the only nationally recognized accreditation system designed specifically for family child care providers.

National Early Childhood Program Accreditation

The National Early Childhood Program Accreditation was established in 1991 to encourage quality and recognize excellence in early childhood programs throughout the United States and other countries. It offers a National Administrator Credential and a Certified Child Care Professional credential.

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 to improve service systems and outcomes for children and families.

National Institute for Early Education Research

Conducts and communicates research to support high-quality, effective, early childhood education for all young children.

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education

Offers information, research, outreach and networking opportunities related to children and child care.

Office of Child Care, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Office of Child Care supports low-income working families through child care financial assistance and promotes children’s learning by improving the quality of early care and education programs.

Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC)

The Program for Infant/Toddler Care seeks to ensure that America’s infants get a safe, healthy, emotionally secure, and intellectually rich start in life.

Teaching Strategies for Early Childhood

Information about Teaching Strategies Gold for child assessment, as well as curriculum planning.

Zero to Three

Provides professionals working with very young children and their families an extensive collection of resources aimed at supporting their work with infants and toddlers.

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