Head Start

Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

This comprehensive website is produced by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start and offers resources for Head Start programs and families.

Head Start Center for Inclusion
Part of the Center for Quality Teaching and Learning, the Head Start Center for Inclusion is a great new resource on inclusion of children with disabilities. Its goal is to increase the competence, confidence and effectiveness of personnel in Head Start programs to include children with disabilities.

National Head Start Association
This nonprofit membership association (of which Virginia Head Start Association is a member) is dedicated to meeting the needs of Head Start children and their families by providing support to its Head Start members.

Office of Head Start
The Office of Head Start is part of the US Dept. of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families and is a direct federal to local program serving low-income children. The program promotes comprehensive education, health, nutrition, dental, mental health, social services and parental involvement opportunities.

Virginia Head Start Collaboration Office
The Virginia Head Start State Collaboration Office is part of the Department of Social Services and oversees the head start program and represents its interests on the state level.

Virginia Head Start Association, Inc.
The Virginia Head Start Association exists to promote school readiness for pre-schooled aged children (0-5) through parent involvement

Education and Learning

Baby Sign Language
Baby sign language is a great way to help you communicate with your pre-verbal baby. Baby sign language helps babies that are ready to communicate, but can’t quite bridge the gap to full speech.

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
CSEFEL is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country.

National Association for the Education of Young Children
NAEYC is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8. Founded in 1926, NAEYC is the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children with nearly 80,000 members, a national network of over 300 local, state, and regional Affiliates, and a growing global alliance of like-minded organizations.

National Institute for Early Education Research
NIEERconducts and communicates research to support high quality, effective, early childhood education for all young children. Such education enhances their physical, cognitive, and social development, and subsequent success in school and later life.

US DOE Early Learning Initiative
The importance of the early years in a child’s life has been well documented. The Department of Education prioritizes improving the health, social, emotional, and educational outcomes for young children from birth through 3rd grade by their early learning initiative.

Virginia Association for Early Childhood Education
VAECE is an organization of people interested in the education and welfare of young children and their families.

Health and Safety – Campaign for Children’s Mental Health
The Campaign for Children’s Mental Health is a 3-year sustained effort to make mental health services more available and accessible to the children in Virginia who need them, regardless of where the children live or what “system” identifies their needs.

ConsumerWatch Children’s Section
ConsumerWatch website is supported by The Consumer Product Safety Commission, an independent government agency created to protect Americans from harmful products that could result in serious injury or death. The agency creates product safety standards and guidelines for companies and manufacturers to follow when creating consumer goods.

Virginia Health Information Project
The VHIP is a one-stop source for Reliable, non-commercial Virginia health information.

Children’s Defense Fund
Advocacy group for the protection and rights of children in America

Early Head Start National Resource Center @ Zero to Three
Provides information and resources about Early Head Start programs

National Head Start Association
Not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to meeting the needs of Head Start children and their families

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Government agency responsible for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, including financial assistance and services for low-income families