Child Care Tools and Resources
- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-developmental milestones
- Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University-videos and science behind young children’s development
- PBS Parents-interactive information about child development
- National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) - Family Engagement Page
- HealthyChildren.org-Information for parents from the American Academy of Pediatrics (also has a link for resources in Spanish)
- Zero to Three: Interactive information about child development for infants and toddlers
- Parentivity-a web-based community that provides information for parents
- Caring for Our Children Basics-information about the basics of health and safety in early childhood settings
- U.S. Department of Labor: Information on federal labor laws
Iowa child care providers can apply for national accreditation and participate in professional associations.
Child care programs may choose to obtain national accreditation. The accreditation process verifies that the child care program has met standards that are related to high-quality early learning and positive outcomes for children. Centers can apply for accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Child Development Homes can apply through the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC).
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Professionals that work in child care can also choose to become members of early childhood professional associations. Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children (Iowa AEYC) is an affiliate of NAEYC and supports professionals that work in both center-based settings and home-based settings.