Whether you are interested in studying early childhood education, volunteering at the local preschool or you simply have kids of your own, understanding the way children think, act and perceive the world around them is incredibly important.
But the research around these topics changes all the time. New recommendations for understanding and educating kids are always popping up. And techniques considered revolutionary are always being devised. So how do you stay on top of the newest developments in early childhood learning? One place to begin is industry websites.
Early childhood education (ECE) resources are fairly easy to find online, but the sheer number of them can be overwhelming and it’s difficult to determine which ones are credible sources of information.
That is why we chose to profile six ECE-related organizations that provide a lot of the information you’re seeking. These sites will keep you up to date on the hottest ECE issues and trends including universal pre-K and Head Start.
After you’re finished reading, remember to bookmark this article in your web browser so you can refer back to it in your class discussions, research papers and everyday parenting.
6 Early Childhood Resources for ECE Students, Teachers and Parents
What you’ll find: Since 1800, the White House has been home to the highest elected official in the United States. The White House is not only a home for the president, but also is the people’s house – in reference to all Americans. It is where the majority of decisions on policy, laws and ideas come from including those related to education. The website features an “issues” section where education is a main feature, and you can learn more about what is happening with hot button issues such as: universal pre-k, head start and quality child care.
Don’t miss out on: The White House blog’s section on early childhood education. Many of the posts are written by White House staff and focus on big issues facing education today in the United States.
What you’ll find: The New America Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute made up of forward-thinking professionals and policymakers. Specifically, the Early Education Initiative portion of the website is all about promoting high-quality early child care and education for all children from 0-8 years old. You’ll also find policy papers on money, health and education, early childhood education events and blog posts about Head Start and other important early childhood education news – do some digging, there’s a lot to read!
Don’t miss out on: The Ed Data section where you can search by your state or school district for hard-hitting numbers and facts about education budgets, initiatives, education-related tax policy changes and legislation.
What you’ll find: The Fred Rogers Center was created more than 50 years ago with the mission and vision staying true to what Fred Rogers – of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood fame – envisioned. That mission is “to advance the fields of early learning and children’s media by acting as a catalyst for communication, collaboration and creative change.” Within the website, you’ll learn about some of the new ways early educators are using technology in the classroom. Additionally, there are several reports on the history of technology in the ECE classroom.
Don’t miss out on: The Fred Rogers Center blog where you can find new ideas, thinking and evidence-based innovation for the ECE classroom. You’ll also find content supporting learning and development written by educators, parents and researchers.
What you’ll find: NAEYC is the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children since 1926. Its mission is “to serve and act on behalf of the needs, rights and well-being of all young children” and to provide educational and developmental services and resources. The website provides information on professional development, conferences, accreditation and hot topics including technology and young children and developmentally appropriate practice (DAP).
Don’t miss out on: The NAEYC blog, which features guest contributions from ECE professionals.
What you’ll find: The Erikson Institute is the nation’s premier graduate school for child development. The TEC Center is dedicated to “empowering early childhood educators to make informed decisions about the appropriate use of technology with children.” The organization works to improve care and education through early childhood educators, technology in the classroom and putting these ideas together to improve digital literacy.
Don’t miss out on: Subscribing to the newsletter that shares helpful tips, events and blog articles all about improving technology and resources for the ECE community.
What you’ll find: Zero to Three is a nationwide nonprofit organization that makes up the early childhood division of the National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families. Its goal is to provide “parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development.” The website informs the public about child development through policy papers, books and its Baby Policy Blog.
Don’t miss out on: The page of extensive ECE resources and their free podcast series on early childhood development as both pages feature a great amount on the development and thoughts behind educating children 0-3 years old.