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HANDBOOKS & PUBLICATIONS
Please refer to the resource listing below for parent handbooks and other helpful community resource guides.
ADDITIONAL FAMILY RESOURCES
We know you want to make an informed choice when selecting the
right center and program for your child. The following links
provide useful information that can help you feel confident that
you have made the best possible choice.
The National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance
Center (NCCIC), a service of the Child Care Bureau, is a national
clearinghouse and technical assistance (TA) center that provides
comprehensive child care information resources and TA services to
Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Administrators and other key
The National Child Care Association (NCCA) is active in national childcare issues and works in
Washington to balance the quality, affordability, and availability
of licensed, private childcare and education programs. Its mission
is to promote the growth and safeguard the interest of quality
early childhood care and education focusing on licensed, private
providers of these services.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) administers an accreditation system to improve the quality
of education and care provided in programs for young children ages
birth to 8. Its website provides information for families
concerning early childhood development and childcare issues.
Founded in 1926, NAEYC is the world's largest organization working
on behalf of young children with nearly 90,000 members, a national
network of over 300 local, state, and regional Affiliates, and a
growing global alliance of like-minded organizations.
Almanac of Policy Issues: Child Care Issues - The Almanac offers background information, archived documents, and links on childcare issues in the U.S. It focuses on need, affordability, and quality of care while providing links to many related resources.
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is a federal agency that funds state, territory, local,
and tribal organizations to provide family assistance (subsidized),
child support, childcare, Head Start, child welfare, and other
programs relating to children and families.
This informative website (Healthy Child) is designed to help parents create a
home environment where babies and children can thrive
and reach their full potential. It advocates holistic, natural
medicine and reducing environmental toxins as much as possible.
Featured are hundreds of reliable, indepth articles, resources, and
quality information about natural, holistic parenting plus
carefully selected natural, non-toxic products for keeping babies
and kids safe and healthy.
The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care (NRC) website offers links to a variety of childcare
resources, state licensing agencies, and guides to choosing a
Articles and Advice
Miami Valley Child Development Centers, Inc. has developed this
listing of articles for topics important to parents. Please check
back often for informational updates that will be helpful to you in
Their Name Is Today: Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World. This new book is available FREE to MVCDC's parents and associates from Community Playthings.
Their Name Is Today is a tool with powerful potential to change hearts and minds, turning them toward the needs of our most vulnerable—children. Because of the timeliness and importance of its message, Community Playthings is happy to supply any quantity of this book free to the early childhood field, for use in classes, conferences, child care centers, trainings, or anywhere you feel it can support what is best for children.
Request your FREE copy today! Call 800-777-4244
Why is Early Learning so Important?
Infant-Toddler Intervention on the Road to School Readiness: Lessons >From Early Head Start
"By the age of two, toddlers' brains are as active as those of
adults. By the age of three, the brains of children are two and a
half times more active than the brains of adults-they stay that way
throughout the first decade of life."
- Rethinking the Brain: New
Insights into Early Development, Rima Shore, 1997
"85 percent of a child's brain development takes place by the age
of 5. Synapses are created with astonishing speed in the first
three years of life. For the rest of the first decade, a
child's brain has twice as many synapses as an adult's brain.
This means that a child's environment during the first five
years of life can greatly impact the brain's ability to develop."
- Rethinking the Brain: New Insights into Early Development, Rima
"What occurs during the first five years of life can have an
enormous impact on not only do well the baby's brain develops at
the moment, but how well that baby learns and grow throughout their
- Christopher P. Lucas, MD, director of Early Childhood
Services a the NYU Child Study Center
"Early experiences determine whether a child's developing brain
architecture provides a strong or weak foundation for all future
learning. Behavior and health."www.developingchild.harvard.edu,
p.3, Aug. 2007
"Your child learns more in their first three years than adults do
in a decade."