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Grant Wood AEA Early Childhood Education and Care

The Grant Wood AEA Early Childhood Education and Care website is designed for educators and care providers who work with children and their families from birth to age 8. Information regarding resources and web sites of interest to early childhood educators will be posted here.

 

Resources that can be used with parents and families in explaining developmentally appropriate programming are listed. Some of the sites listed, especially as part of the Educator Resources section, may be of interest to upper elementary, middle school, and high school educators. 


Educator Resources

This site provides information of interest to Early Childhood Educators about Internet links on such topics as School Improvement, Assessment, Resiliency/At Risk, Multicultural, Technology, Literacy, Professional Organizations, and Other. Click on one of the underlined topics, listed above, to go to that section of this page. Many of these sites contain links of interest for K-12 educators. 

 

School Improvement

Adaptive Environments Center Home Page
http://www.adaptenv.org/
This site includes information on the ADA (American with Disabilities Act) National Access for Public Schools Project and other ADA resources.

 

America's Kindergartners
http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2000/2000070.pdf
The National Center for Education Statistics provides a February 2000 Early Childhood Longitudinal Study of the Kindergarten Class of 1998-99. Information on Cognitive Skills and Knowledge, Social Skills, Approaches to Learning, Physical Health and Well Being, and more are provided. This study will follow the cohort group through 5th grade. Information about the entry status of the nation's kindergartners can inform educational policy and practice.

 

Camera-Ready Articles on Child Development
www.zerotothree.org
ZERO TO THREE has developed a set of camera-ready articles on a variety of child development topics for FREE educational, non-profit use. This series of articles ("Pointers for Parents") is designed to be reproduced "as-is" and the series is ideal for use in newspapers, magazines, newsletter features, and on Web sites. You do not need to obtain further permission to use these articles "as-is"--just download and share with others.
The topics include: Pointers for Parents: Keep Your Youngsters on the Go Pointers for Parents: Smart Ways to Help Children Learn

 

Catalog of School Reform Models
http://www.nwrel.org/nwedu/fall99/article2f.html

The catalog was developed by the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory with assistance from the Education Commission of the States. It presents information as prescribed by the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), the funding agency. It provides information on 26 entire-school, or whole-school, reform models and 18 skill- and content-based models. Accelerated Schools Project, Roots and Wings, High Scope in the Primary Grades, Success for All, and others are listed at this site.

 

Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA)
http://www.ciera.org/
CIERA's mission is to improve the reading achievement of America's children by generating and disseminating theoretical, empirical, and practical solutions to persistent problems in the learning and teaching of beginning reading. Materials used in presentations by CIERA researchers are online in the Presentations section. CIERA has also compiled a searchable database listing several hundred articles, publications, and videos relating to issues of family and community literacy. Links to other related sites are also noted.

 

Clearinghouse on Early Education and Parenting
http://ceep.crc.uiuc.edu/index.html
The Clearinghouse on Early Education and Parenting (CEEP) is part of the Early Childhood and Parenting (ECAP) Collaborative at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. CEEP provides publications and information to the worldwide early childhood and parenting communities. This also serves as an archive site for ERIC/EECE publications and resources. ERIC Digests related to Elementary and Early Childhood may be found here. 

 

Culturally & Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Early Childhood Research
http://clas.uiuc.edu/
The CLAS Institute identifies, collects, reviews, catalogs, abstracts, and describes materials and practices developed for children and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and professionals who work with them. In the latter years of this five-year Institute, CLAS will identify gaps in existing materials and practices, prepare translations of a limited number of materials and pilot-test a limited number of promising materials to ensure that effective early intervention practices are available to families and service providers who work with them.

 

Eager to Learn: Educating Our Preschoolers
http://www.ciera.org/library/instresrc/eagertolearn/index.html
Eager to Learn: Educating Our Preschoolers is about the education of children ages 2 to 5. It focuses on programs provided outside the home, such as preschool, Head Start, and child care centers. This 2000 report from the National Academy of Sciences provides research based information about the education and care of young children prior to school entry.

 

Early Learning Standards: Creating the Conditions for Success
http://www.naeyc.org
NAEYC and the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education (NAECS/SDE) have released a 2002 joint position statement outlining the essential elements of early learning standards. This position statement responds to the growing number of states that are adopting standards for pre-kindergarten and other early education programs.

 

Early Reading First
http://www.ed.gov/programs/earlyreading/index.html
Early Reading First is a new federal government initiative designed to improve the literacy skills of preschool aged children through staff development of child care providers. Improving the quality of early childhood programs, especially those working with low-income children and families is the focus of this initiative. Partnerships with local schools, child care resource and referral, Head Start, and other local agencies and organizations are invited to submit pre-applications for grant funding. This web site provides additional information and guidelines for this competitive grant process. If a local school receives a Reading First grant, both grants need to be aligned with each other. (Reading First is a K-3 initiative designed to improve literacy skills of school age children and reduce the achievement gap between children from different socio economic backgrounds.)

 

ERIC
http://www.eric.ed.gov/
This site provides access to ERIC information. This is a great resource for research information.

 

Every Child Reading: An Action Plan
http://www.learningfirst.org/publications/reading/
The Learning First Alliance has published papers on Reading and Mathematics learning. Members of this alliance include American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, American Association of School Administrators, American Federation of Teachers, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Council of Chief State School Officers, Education Commission of the States, National Association of Elementary School Principal, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Association of State Boards of Education, National Education Association, National Parent Teacher Association, and the National School Boards Association. This web site provides information on improving reading and math instruction.

 

Evidence-based Resources to Support Your Work
http://www.researchtopractice.info/
The Research and Training Center on Early Childhood Development web site offers a bounty of useful, high-quality, visually appealing AND evidence-based resources for parents, therapists, early childhood educators, early interventionists and researchers. You can download "bridges" (practice-centered research syntheses of topics related to early childhood development), "bottomlines" (1-2 page summaries of practical applications of research in everyday settings) and "solutions tool kits" (user friendly products that focus on specific early childhood practices).

 

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE)
http://www.free.ed.gov/

This site, sponsored by the US government, makes hundreds of Internet-based education resources supported by agencies across the Federal Government easier to find. It has a searchable database to assist in locating information.

 

Gateway to Educational Materials
http://www.thegateway.org/
This site provides a clearinghouse of K-12 educational materials on the Internet. It is sponsored by the National Library of Education. This site contains resources from more than 15 different organizations including AskERIC and the U.S. Department of Education. You can search by subject, keyword, title, or grade level.

 

Growing Ideas Tip Sheets
http://www.ccids.umaine.edu/ec/growingideas/

Looking for quick references and resources on high interest early childhood topics? Read on. Growing Ideas Tip Sheets are designed to be a starting point, providing basic topical information and pointing the reader to some of the best sources of extended information on the topic. Topics include: developmentally appropriate practice, inclusive early childhood education, universal design in early childhood education, assessment basics, social-emotional development, guidance for social skill development, behavior communicates and more. The tip sheets are in color, available for free, and can be accessed in PDF or text only formats 

 

Head Start Positive Child Outcomes Framework
http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc
The Head Start Positive Child Outcomes are listed at this web site. The specific Outcomes Framework is at the back of the booklet pp. 4-8. For educators who are developing preschool standards and benchmarks, this site is most helpful.

 

Iowa's Early Intervention K-3 Class Size
http://educateiowa.gov/

Iowa's Early Intervention (K-3 Class Size) state funding information is available on the Iowa Department of Education Web site.

 

Iowa Professional Development Content Network
http://educateiowa.gov/

The Iowa Professional Development Content Network Web site provides a tool for local districts to use when selecting professional development content in reading, mathematics, and science. The site includes reviews of research studies that describe the research conducted on specific instructional strategies and programs. The site also includes ideas for selecting content, resources, and links to other sources of information about scientifically based research practices.

 

Improving Access and Opportunity for Latinos in Early Childhood
http://ccf.edc.org//latinos/
The Center for Children & Families at Education Development Center, Inc. is pleased to announce the launching of a new web site that will support you and your organization's work with the Latino population. Our consortium project to address the cultural and linguistic needs of Latinos working in early childhood settings resulted in a set of publications to support trainers, practitioners, and families in their efforts to provide quality early childhood education to Latino children. Connections and Commitments: A Latino-based Framework for Early Childhood Educators, which includes values, principles and practices for working with Latinos, is one of the publications featured on the web site. The home page also provides other resources and links that we hope will be useful to you and your organization.

 

Integrated Resource Package
http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/irp/
The British Columbia Ministry of Education sponsors this K-12 site providing curriculum documents that combine rationales, frameworks, background information, instructional and assessment strategies. These link to Learning Outcomes (Standards) indicating what students should know and be able to do, in various subject areas.

 

Integrated Thematic Instruction- Susan Kovalik
http://www.kovalik.com/
This web site describes Integrated Thematic Instruction and provides information about staff development for school teams that are interested in implementing Integrated Thematic Instruction. 

 

Iowa Department of Education/Area Education Agency Early Childhood Network
http://educateiowa.gov/
This site provides information about The Primary Program- Growing and Learning in the Heartland, early childhood grants, and information of interest to early childhood educators. 

 

Iowa Community Empowerment
http://www.empowerment.state.ia.us/
The focus of Community Empowerment is to improve the well-being of families with young children (birth-5). 

 

Kids Count Report
http://www.aecf.org/kidscount/ 
The annual KIDS COUNT report was recently released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  KIDS COUNT provides policymakers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being in a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the U.S.

 

National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments
http://www.naecs-sde.org/
Position statements related to early learning standards, curriculum, assessment, and evaluation and other topics of interest are found at this web site.

 

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
http://www.nbpts.org/
This is a web site explaining the national board certification process. Recent Iowa education legislation dealt with giving higher salaries to teachers who earn national certification. National Board Certification will be a symbol of professional teaching excellence. Offered on a voluntary basis, it will complement, not replace, state licensing. Performance-based assessment processes will measure a teacher's skills against those high standards. 

 

National Center for Early Development and Learning
http://www.fpg.unc.edu/projects/national-center-early-development-learning
This center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina has a five-year mission to identify and study issues of national significance to young children and their families and to disseminate that information to researchers, practicing professionals and families. The Center's research focuses on enhancing the cognitive, social and emotional development of children from birth through age eight. Check the policy brief entitled "Quality in Child Care Centers".

 

National Center for Family Literacy
http://www.famlit.org/
The National Center for Family Literacy is a non-profit organization supporting family literacy services for families across the United States through programming, training, research, advocacy and dissemination.

 

National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education
http://www.ncpie.org/
The National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education (NCPIE) is dedicated to developing effective family/school partnerships in schools throughout America. Click on resources to find publications from member organizations that are useful in developing family/school partnerships. Also at this website is a link providing guidelines for schools and school districts in involving parents.

 

National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
http://ectacenter.org/
The NECTAC (National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center) web site has just added a section on early childhood mental health, social emotional development and challenging behavior. The site includes links to definitions, legislation, initiatives, organizations, foundations, research centers and supports.

 

National Institute for Early Education Research
http://nieer.org/
This site features new papers written by leading researchers in early education for three- and four-year olds. You can have your questions answered by NIEER's network of experts and tap into online debates on important issues. The site also offers breaking news stories on early education issues and summaries of important publications. 

 

National Institute on Out-of-School Time
http://www.wellesley.edu
The National Institute on Out-of-School Time's mission is to improve the quantity and quality of school-age care programs nationally by concentrating on five primary areas: research; education and training; consultation; program and community development; and public awareness. 

 

No Child Left Behind Act
http://educateiowa.gov/
This Iowa Department of Education web site provides information specific to Iowa's consolidated plan to meet the requirements of this federal legislation. This is a good site for reference for Iowa administrators and educators. Click on the other items in the left hand margin for additional information related to this legislation.

 

Preschool Teaching & Learning Expectations: Standards of Quality
http://www.state.nj.us
New Jersey’s Preschool Teaching and Learning Expectations: Standards of Quality sets a standard for preschool learning outcomes and serves as a benchmark for determining how effectively the classroom curriculum is being implemented. In other words, the curriculum is the vehicle for meeting the learning outcomes described here. "standards" as it applies to the field of early childhood education.

 

Promising Practices Network
http://www.promisingpractices.net/
The Promising Practices Network (PPN) Web site highlights programs and practices that credible research indicates are effective in improving outcomes for children, youth, and families. The information offered is organized around three major areas: Proven and Promising Programs, Research in Brief, and Strengthening Service Delivery.

 

Primary School Improvement
http://educateiowa.gov/
This web site provides links to position statements from The Primary Program: Growing and Learning in the Heartland; fact sheets; videos demonstrating "best practice" in mid-west classrooms; and much more. This page is part of the Iowa Department of Education Early Childhood Network web site.

 

Reading First
http://www2.ed.gov/programs/readingfirst/index.html
This federal initiative is to help every young child in every state become a successful reader. State departments of education will apply for these funds. Once the funding is granted to the state, local schools can apply for funds in a competitive grant process. Reading First will provide funds to train teachers in the essential components of reading (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension) and to select and administer screening, diagnostic and classroom-based instructional reading assessments to identify those children who may be at risk of reading failure. Funds are also provided for professional development for special education teachers, kindergarten through grade 12 

 

Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education
http://www.uni.edu/coe/special-programs/regents-center-early-developmental-education
The Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education focuses efforts on improving early childhood education (birth through 8 years) in Iowa and beyond. Recognizing that children construct knowledge, intelligence, personality, and morality through active experimentation with physical and social environments, the Center supports educational efforts that emphasize children's interest, experimentation, and cooperation.

 

Resources for After-School Learning
http://www.ncrel.org
This web site describes strategies to keep schools open after regular hours in order to provide students with supervision, academic and enrichment activities and social interaction. Extended learning programs can be offered before or after school hours, on weekends, during school breaks, and during the summer. This is on the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory web site. 

 

School Involvement in Early Childhood
http://www.ed.gov

This US government web site provides rational as to why public schools should be interested in Birth-Kindergarten aged children in their communities. Description of possible roles and key issues are identified in this document. This information may be helpful for Iowa Community Empowerment areas.

 

School Age Child Care

http://www.nifa.usda.gov/nea/family/part/childcare_part_nccic.html
The National Child Care Information Center provides a list of publications on school-age child care and other topics. If you are interested in programming or planning for school-age child care, this site is for you. Besides listing publications it also provides a list of organizations and additional Internet links. 

 

The Primary Program: Growing and Learning in the Heartland
http://educateiowa.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=641&Itemid=3285
This site provides information about the goals, position statements, and study articles that correlate to the major sections of The Primary Program. It was written in collaboration with the Nebraska and Iowa Departments of Education. This document provides "best practice" for preschool-third grade education. Sections include Guiding Principles, Assessment, Widely Held Expectations, and sections on the various Curricular areas.

 

What is early learning?
http://www.bornlearning.org
This free brochure provides science-based arguments to misconceptions about children’s learning in the early years. The brochure can be downloaded from the Born Learning web site to help parents and

caregivers encourage learning in the early years.

 

What Works!
http://www.w-w-c.org/
The What Works Clearinghouse was established by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to provide educators, policy makers, and the public with a central, independent, and trusted source of scientific evidence of what works in education. It is administered by the Department through a contract to a joint venture of the American Institutes for Research and the Campbell Collaboration.

Assessment

Alternative Assessment Toolkit 98
http://www.nwrel.org/assessment/toolkit98.php
The Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory's Toolkit 98 web site provides examples of alternative assessments. There are 48 samples in math, science, social studies and language arts. Samples cross grades K-12 and cover skills such as writing, reading comprehension, reading fluency, science process skills, math problem solving, communication in math, group skills, critical thinking, conceptual understanding in the content areas, and oral presentation.

 

Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST)
http://www.cse.ucla.edu/
This national center conducts research on topics related to K-12 testing. Sample assessments, guidebooks, and an assessment/testing database are available at this web site.

 

Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA)
http://www.devereux.org
The DECA Program is a strength-based system designed to promote resilience in children ages 2-5. Through the program, early childhood professionals and families learn specific strategies to support young children's social and emotional development and to enhance the overall quality of early childhood programs. Click on the DECA Program link, listed on the left side of this page, for additional information about this assessment and instructional program.

 

Exemplars- K-12 Standards-based Performance Assessment
http://www.exemplars.com/
Exemplars is a commercial site offering information about classroom-tested standards-based assessment materials. These performance assessments are linked to national standards and include rubrics and annotated benchmark papers.

 

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/sitemap.asp
Often called the "Nation's Report Card," the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the only nationally representative, continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. NAEP provides a comprehensive measure of students' learning at critical junctures in their school experience.

 

North Central Regional Educational Laboratory- Pathways to School Improvement- Assessment Critical Issue
http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/as0cont.htm
This web site includes a Trip Planner Inventory (self-assessment) on practices in your classroom or school system. It also has links to several Critical Issues regarding assessment. Internet links to other assessment web sites are also available at this site.

 

Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory web site on Assessment: Assessment and Evaluation
http://www.nwrel.org

The Assessment Program at NWREL is dedicated to providing the highest quality research, services and products for teachers and schools across the nation and world. .

 

Parents and Assessment
http://www.cse.ucla.edu
This site has a listing of articles and web sites containing information relevant for parents of K-12 children.

 

RCI: Reading Assessment Database for Grades K-3
http://www.sedl.org/reading/rad/
This site, sponsored by the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, provides information on various reliable literacy assessments designed to measure growth and progress of Kindergarten- Third grade children.

 

Traits of an Effective Reader NWREL
http://www.nwrel.org/
This Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory web site provides scoring guides about effective reading. Click on the scoring guides button to view rubrics on reading informational text, literature text, and the K-3 continuum of oral reading.

 

The Work Sampling System- Performance Assessment
http://www.pearsonearlylearning.com
Sam Meisel's Work Sampling System provides information about performance assessment for preschool-Grade 5. This site provides an Educator's overview of this observation/performance based system.

Resiliency/At Risk

Developmental Assets (SEARCH Institute)
http://www.search-institute.org
Developmental assets for adolescents as well as infants, preschoolers, and elementary aged children were researched and published by the SEARCH Institute. Developmental assets are the "capital" children and youth need to grow up healthy, caring, and responsible. Spanish versions of the adolescent assets are available at this site.

 

Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA)
http://www.devereux.org
The DECA Program is a strength-based system designed to promote resilience in children ages 2-5. Through the program, early childhood professionals and families learn specific strategies to support young children's social and emotional development and to enhance the overall quality of early childhood programs. Click on the DECA Program link, listed on the left side of this page, for additional information about this assessment and instructional program.

 

Homeless in Iowa: Iowa DE
http://educateiowa.gov/
This Iowa Department of Education web site provides information and links about educating the homeless or near homeless children and youth in Iowa.

 

Journal of Education for Students Placed At risk (JESPAR)
http://www.louisville.edu/edu/jespar/
JESPAR's goals are to provide the best research-based information possible to educators involved with improving the education of students placed at risk, and to promote the use of that information through effective communications among researchers, policy makers, and practitioners in the field.

 

Keeping Schools Open as Community Learning Centers
http://www.ed.gov/
This is a report with ideas for extending learning in a safe, drug-free environment before and after school. Check out the section entitled " Measuring Success: How to Evaluate a Program's Accomplishments".

 

National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE
http://www.serve.org/nche/
This web site is designed to provide information and links to help educators, service providers, and families ensure that homeless children and youth have access to educational opportunities and success in the classroom.

 

National Institute on the Education of At-Risk Students
http://www.ed.gov/offices/OERI/At-Risk/index.html
This website offers information on research, research funding, and other info of interest regarding K-12 programming for At-Risk students.

 

150 Ways to Show Kids You Care
http://www.search-institute.org/
A list from the Search Institute's Jolene Roehlkepartain on 150 ways to show kids that you care.
 

 

Project Resilience
http://www.projectresilience.com/
Project Resilience offers training and products for professionals in education, treatment, and prevention. Select "core components" to find out more about this research.

 

Resiliency in Action
http://www.resiliency.com/
Resiliency in Action is a quarterly journal dedicated to the concept of resiliency. Evidence abounds of the ability for children, youth, adults, organizations, and communities to overcome stress and adversity. Sample articles are posted at this site.

 

Resilience Net
http://resilnet.uiuc.edu/
Resilience Net is an University of Illinois sponsored site that provides the single, most comprehensive world-wide source of current, reviewed information about human resilience. ResilienceNet focuses on resilience in children, youth, and families. Additional topics, especially as they impact on children, youth, and families, are included as well. Topics include: resilience of communities; resilience and lifelong physical and mental health; resilience related to culture, ethnicity, and gender; and children and adults at risk.

 

The Bureau for At -Risk Youth
http://www.at-risk.com/
The Bureau for At-Risk Youth is an educational publisher and distributor of programs, videos, publications and products for youth at-risk and their caregivers. The At-Risk Community web page has links entitled "Surf the Internet", "At Risk Issues", "Network with Us", "Calendar of Events", and more areas to explore.

 

The Responsive Classroom
http://responsiveclassroom.org/
The Responsive Classroom is an approach to teaching and learning that fosters safe, challenging, and joyful classrooms and schools, kindergarten through eighth grade. Developed by classroom teachers, it consists of practical strategies for bringing together social and academic learning throughout the school day.

 

Screening and Assessment of Young English-Language Learners
http://www.naeyc.org
Read NAEYC’s position statement on screening and assessment of young English-Language Learners 

Multicultural

Asian American and Asian Studies
http://www.askasia.org/for_educators/fe_frame.htm
High-quality, classroom tested resources and lessons on Asian and Asian American themes at the elementary through secondary levels are posted by the Asia Society's Asian Education Center. Click on Instructional Resources to see the various listings.

 

ColorinColorado
http://www.ColorinColorado.org
This is a bilingual Web site for Spanish-speaking parents. The first major, comprehensive bilingual literacy site helps parents get their children ready to succeed in school with activities, information and advice on turning children into confident readers. There are many materials that you and your local partners can download for distribution to Spanish-language families.

 

Culturally & Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Early Childhood Research
http://clas.uiuc.edu/
The CLAS Institute identifies, collects, reviews, catalogs, abstracts, and describes materials and practices developed for children and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and professionals who work with them.

 

Gender and Culture Websites
http://www.scils.rutgers.edu/%7ekvander/Culture/index.html
This web site provides hot links to web sites that deal with gender-fair and culturally-diverse literature for children and youth.

 

History-Making African Americans
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/index.htm
This Scholastic site provides project ideas for elementary and middle school students, book titles, and more. Check out the other web links-especially Black History Month-at the bottom of the page.

 

Making Multicultural Connections Through Trade Books

http://www.mcps.k12.md.us
Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) developed this multicultural database site to assist teachers in selecting books that broaden and enrich the perspectives of students in their district. Specific instructional connections to MCPS curriculum for each book are included as well as some detailed lessons.

 

Multicultural Teacher's Corner
http://www.edchange.org/multicultural/teachers.html
The Multicultural Pavilion web site at the University of Virginia provides resources for teachers, including multicultural activities, online literature indexes, and multicultural song indexes. This site provides links to historic documents, other Internet web sites, historic African-American literature, and Native American Literature. The site is designed as a resource for educators teaching all ages of students.

Technology

Apple Learning Interchange
http://www.apple.com/education/
This Apple sponsored site provides lesson plans and projects that integrate technology with the school curriculum.

 

Blue Web'n Learning Sites Library
http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/bluewebn/
Blue Web'n is a searchable database of outstanding Internet learning sites categorized by subject area, audience, and type (lessons, activities, projects, resources, references, & tools). Blue Web'n does not attempt to catalog all educational sites, but only the most useful sites -- especially online activities targeted at learners. This site would be of interest to K-12 educators 

 

Early Connections: Technology in Early Childhood Education
http://www.netc.org/earlyconnections/
This web site, created for care providers and educators, responds to questions addressing the use of technology with children through age 8 in formal and informal education settings.

 

Global SchoolNet Foundation
http://www.gsn.org/
This site, recently merged with the Global School House Web site, hosts lesson plans, professional development materials and articles, plus it contains lots of advice and materials specifically intended for wired educators.

 

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
http://discoveryschool.com/schrockguide/
A great list of Internet sites for educators interested in enhancing curriculum and their own professional growth.

 

National Educational Technology- Standards for Students
http://cnets.iste.org/
The primary goal of the ISTE National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) project is to enable stakeholders in PreK-12 education to develop national standards for the educational uses of technology that will facilitate school improvement in the United States. The NETS Project will develop standards to guide educational leaders in recognizing and addressing the essential conditions for effective use of technology to support PreK-12 education.

 

Ready to Learn
http://www.iptv.org/rtl/
This Iowa public television site is designed to help parents and child care providers to use television effectively and appropriately with young children.

 

Safe Kids
http://www.safekids.com/
This web site offers a wonderful chart about online safety, specifically targeted for young children. This site also offers guidelines for parents about online safety issues for teens. 

 

S.C.O.R.E. Cyberguides
http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/cyberguide.html
CyberGuides are supplementary, standards-based, web-delivered units of instruction centered on core works of literature. They are designed for the classroom with one online computer. Each Cyber Guide contains a student and teacher edition, standards, a task and a process by which it may be completed, teacher-selected web sites and a rubric, based on California Language Arts Standards. This is a K-12 web site 

 

Technology Staff Development, Inc.
http://homepage.mac.com/techstaffdev/web-content/TSD.html
Kay Rewerts' web site provides information about professional development courses, software, and resources. Check out this site for information on integrating technology in K-12 classrooms.

Literacy 

Addressing the Literacy Needs of Emergent and Early Readers
http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/content/cntareas/reading/li100.htm
This NCREL web site provides an interactive article, additional web sites, and audio/visual examples on the topic of early literacy birth-first grade. Dr. Elizabeth Sulzby, a CIERA researcher and University of Michigan professor, collaborated with the author of this “Pathways to School Improvement Critical Issue”. Another way to access this web site is to go to the Pathways to School Improvement web site. Click on the Literacy section to find this article.

 

Building Reading Proficiency at the Secondary Level http://www.sedl.org/pubs/catalog/items/read16.html
This Southwest Educational Development Laboratory website reviews research findings related to secondary reading proficiency. This resource guide provides useful reviews about programs and strategies that secondary teachers can use to improve student reading proficiency.

 

Carol Hurst's Children Literature Site
http://www.carolhurst.com/
This site is a collection of reviews of children's books, ideas of ways to use them in the classroom, and collections of books and activities by subjects, curriculum areas, themes, and professional topics.

 

Children's Book Council
http://www.cbcbooks.org
This web site is for librarians and teachers who are interested in newly published children's books, activities that encourage reading, and much more.

 

ColorinColorado
http://www.ColorinColorado.org
The first major, comprehensive bilingual literacy site is meant to help parents get their children ready to succeed in school with activities, information and advice on turning children into confident readers. There are a lot of materials that you and your local partners can download for distribution to Spanish-language families. And, the introduction to the Site can be included in your own local Hispanic Heritage Month activities.

 

Compact for Reading
http://www.ed.gov/pubs/CompactforReading/index.html
This U.S. Department of Education web site provides a tool kit which helps families and schools to develop written agreements, or compacts, to improve student reading. These agreements help foster greater family, school, and community involvement. This site also provides educators and families with 400 activities that link a student's home/family life with the classroom curriculum.

 

Early Reading First
http://www.ed.gov/programs/earlyreading/index.html
Early Reading First is a federal government initiative designed to improve the literacy skills of preschool aged children through staff development of child care providers. Improving the quality of early childhood programs, especially those working with low-income children and families is the focus of this initiative. Partnerships with local schools, child care resource and referral, Head Start, and other local agencies and organizations are invited to submit pre-applications for grant funding. This web site provides additional information and guidelines for this competitive grant process. If a local school receives a Reading First grant, both grants need to be aligned with each other. (Reading First is a K-3 initiative designed to improve literacy skills of school age children and reduce the achievement gap between children from different socio economic backgrounds.)

 

Language is the Key
http://www.walearning.com/
The Washington Research Institute offers a video based Early Language Program appropriate for anyone who works with young children and their families. They are available in five versions: English, Spanish, Korean, Mandarin Chinese and Chinese subtitles for other Chinese dialects. Talking and Books presents the following strategies: 1) Follow the child's lead; 2) Give the child time to respond; 3) Make comments about what the child is interested in, then wait; 4) Ask questions about what the child is interested in, then wait; & 5) Respond by adding a little more. The second video, Talking and Play, reinforces these strategies and expands them into playtime and daily activities.

 

Literacy Education Resources: Early Childhood to High School
http://reading.indiana.edu/
The Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication (ERIC/REC) has added a new category to the "Great Web Resources" section of its Web site. "Literacy Education Resources: PreK-12" contains links to more than 100 online information resources addressing literacy education in preschool through high school. 

 

Making Multicultural Connections Through Trade Books
http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/curriculum/socialstd/MBD/Books_Begin.html
The site features multicultural tradebooks for elementary aged children provided by the Montgomery (Maryland) County Public Schools. In some instances specific lessons are included to illustrate how the tradebook can be used as a classroom activity. Bibliographical information and a very brief synopsis are also provided for each book.

 

Parent Brochures from the International Reading Association
http://www.reading.org/resources/tools/parent.html
This web site lists brochures available for purchase as well as a chance to view each brochure electronically via the Internet. These brochures were designed with parent’s interests in mind. These brochures are available in Spanish and English 

 

Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children
http://www.nap.edu/catalog/6023.html
The National Research Council's study clearly defines the key components the young children need in order to read successfully. This web site provides the executive summary of the study and provides links to ordering the full copy of the 400 page report. Also note the web site below entitled "Starting Out Right: A Guide to Promoting Children's Reading Success" which is a related publication to this report.

 

Primary Literacy Standards (K-3)
http://www.nyc.gov/schools
This New Standards Primary Literacy Standards provide teachers and parents with grade by grade expectations of what children should be able to do along with how well they should perform in reading and writing. Click on the Sampler link to preview this 1999 publication. A companion publication on Speaking and Listening standards (preschool through 3rd grade) is also available.

 

Read Across America
http://www.nea.org/readacross/index.html
This project sponsored by the National Education Association celebrates reading with a special reading event scheduled in March. Check out this site for ideas, resources, and more.

 

Reading First
http://www.ed.gov/programs/readingfirst/index.html
This federal initiative is to help every young child in every state become a successful reader. State departments of education will apply for these funds. Once the funding is granted to the state, local schools can apply for funds in a competitive grant process. Reading First will provide funds to train teachers in the essential components of reading (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension) and to select and administer screening, diagnostic and classroom-based instructional reading assessments to identify those children who may be at risk of reading failure. Funds are also provided for professional development for special education teachers, kindergarten through grade 12 

 

Read*Write*Now- America Reads Challenge
http://www.ed.gov/Family/RWN/Activ97/index.html
This U.S. Department of Education web site provides suggested activities for reading and writing for children from birth to Grade 6. Parents, Care Providers, and Educators will enjoy looking through the activities to select ones that will fit the needs and interest of a particular child.

 

Reading Rockets: Launching Young Readers
http://www.pbs.org/launchingreaders/
Long before they start school, children are ready to learn the skills that will turn them into readers. Watch the PBS series and explore this web site to find out how you can launch a child into a bright future with reading strategies that work 

 

S.C.O.R.E.Cyberguides
http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/cyberguide.html
CyberGuides are supplementary, standards-based, web-delivered units of instruction centered on core works of literature. They are designed for the classroom with one online computer. Each Cyber Guide contains a student and teacher edition, standards, a task and a process by which it may be completed, teacher-selected web sites and a rubric, based on California Language Arts Standards. This is a K-12 web site.

 

Speaking and Listening Standards (Preschool-Third Grade)
http://www.ncee.org/store/products/detail.jsp?setProtocol=true&id=2|
Speaking & Listening for Preschool Through the Third Grade spells out the skills children need to learn in preschool, in kindergarten and 1st grade, and know by 2nd and 3rd grade. This book from New Standards® answers these questions for early childhood educators and childcare providers: (1) How do children develop speaking and listening skills? (2)Why is talking so important? (3) What should children talk about--and why? (4)What instruction helps children develop into competent--and confident--speakers?

 

Start Early, Finish Strong: How to Help Every Child Become a Better Reader
http://www.ed.gov/pubs/startearly/index.html
This U.S. Department of Education web site is designed to help all children become better readers. Start Early, Finish Strong provides information about involving parents, teachers, and communities in children's reading. Starting early refers to preparing young children to read and finishing strong refers to providing excellent instruction and community support in the primary grades.

 

Starting Out Right: A Guide to Promoting Children's Reading Success
http://www.nap.edu/catalog/6014.html
This wonderful new book, based upon the landmark NRC study Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children, is a practical and fun guide for parents, teachers, caregivers, and pediatricians. Find out how to help children build word recognition and avoid comprehension problems. Handy checklists show you specific accomplishments that can be expected at different ages. The book also includes 55 activities to do with your children, a list of 100 recommended children's books, and a guide to computer software. The book can be ordered or viewed on-line at this web site.

 

The Scoop-Children's Book News
http://friend.ly.net/users/jorban/
This is a site for book reviews, software reviews, interviews with authors, and much more.

 

Teaching Our Youngest- A Guide for Preschool Teachers and Child Care and Family Providers
http://www.ed.gov/teachers/how/early/teachingouryoungest/teachingouryoungest.pdf
This booklet draws from scientifically based research about what can be done to help children develop their language abilities, increase their knowledge, become familiar with books and other printed materials, learn letters and sounds, recognize numbers, and learn to count. Examples of strategies are provided. Examples of ways to create a quality learning environment in preschool classrooms are also provided.

 

Traits of an Effective Reader- NWREL
http://www.nwrel.org/assessment/scoring.php
This Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory web site provides scoring guides about effective reading. Click on the scoring guides button to view rubrics on reading informational text, literature text, and the K-3 continuum of oral reading.

Professional Organizations

The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
http://www.acei.org/
ACEI is an organization that promotes the inherent rights, education and well-being of children from infancy through early adolescence. ACEI also promotes high standards of preparation and professional growth for educators. Childhood Education is the professional journal published by ACEI.

 

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
http://www.ascd.org/
This web site is full of content. Check out the Education Bulletin for an online newsletter, Classlink, Scoreboard for Schools, and articles published in Educational Leadership.

 

ECRP: Early Childhood Research & Practice
http://ecrp.uiuc.edu/
Early Childhood Research & Practice, an electronic journal, features articles related to the development, care, and education of children from birth to approximately age 8. Lillian Katz and Diane Rothenberg serve as editors for this on-line journal. Articles in the Spring, 1999 issue include "Children's Social Behavior in Relation to Participation in Mixed-Age or Same-Age Classrooms", "Editing: Permission to Start Wrong", and "International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education: Lessons from My Travels".

 

Head Start Bureau
http://www2.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/hsb/
This web site is directed to everyone that has an interest in the Head Start Program. It is intended to improve access to resources and communications within the Head Start community. Information on programs, the revised program standards, resource library, and much more is available at this site.

 

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
http://www.nctm.org
This web site provides information about Standards 2000 a revision of the 1989 NCTM Standards. Information on publications and much more are available here. Explore the "Do Math!" web site for activities for children to do with their families or alone. Categories include pk-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 

 

National Education for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
http://www.naeyc.org
NAEYC promotes excellence in early childhood education birth-age 8. Check out the Early Years are Learning Years site for information for parents, colleagues, and community members. Week of the Young Child information is also available at this site. Check out the May,1998 IRA/NAEYC position statement on Learning to Read and Write plus a listing of other NAEYC position statements available on the web.

 

National Staff Development Council
http://www.nsdc.org/
The Council's fundamental purpose is to address the issues confronted by all participants in the school improvement process. The Council views high quality staff development programs as essential to creating schools in which all students and staff members are learners who continually improve their performance. The National Staff Development Council has established national standards aimed at giving schools, districts and states direction in what constitutes quality staff development for all educators to address these needs. The bottom line is that staff development must shift from counting how many staff participate and whether they enjoyed the session, to determining whether the system is improving student achievement.
 

 

Parents As Teachers National Center
http://www.patnc.org/
Parents as Teachers is an internationally respected family education and support program for parents with children from birth through age 5. The program is for all families.

 

Phi Delta Kappa International
http://www.pdkintl.org/
This PDK site provides information of interest to educators at all levels.  

 

Reading Online
http://www.readingonline.org/
Reading Online is an electronic journal published by the International Reading Association. Check out the position statement on Phonics instruction in early childhood reading programs.

 

Zero to Three Policy Center
http://www.zerotothree.org
The Policy Center is a research-based, non-partisan program at ZERO TO THREE that brings the voice of babies and toddlers to public policy to promote good health, strong families, and positive early learning experiences. Recent additions include: Financing Infant & Toddler Child Care; Early Childhood Systems Planning for Infants and Toddlers; A Place at the Policy Table for Infants and Toddlers; Evaluation and Infant/Toddler Child Care; and Infant and Toddler Child Care Public Knowledge and Engagement

Other

National Program for Playground Safety
http://www.uni.edu/playground/
This University of Northern Iowa site has information about playground safety, playground construction, and injury prevention. Links to potential resources for funding for playground safety, playground equipment manufacturers, and more are found at this web site 

 

Resources for Multiage Education
http://www.multiage-education.com
This web site, created by 2nd-3rd grade educators in a Washington school district, provides a good overview of multiage classrooms at the elementary level. There are also links for a 3rd-5th grade multiage setting.


Parent/Teacher Partnerships

This site links to resources available on the Internet for early childhood educators and care providers to use with parents and families of young children (birth-age 8). Topics on this page include Activities, Child Development, Community Involvement, Language/Reading, Public Policy, Technology, and Other. Click on one of the underlined topics to go to that section of this page. Some of the web sites have information for educators and parents of elementary, middle school, and high school aged children as well.

 

Helping Children Understand Terrorists Attacks
http://www.ed.gov
The United States Department of Education released information on helping children understand the terrorist attacks. "Suggestions for Adults: Talking and Thinking with Children About the Terrorist Attacks," "Suggestions for Educators: Meeting the Needs of Students," and lists of other resources are available at this site.

 

Activities
Early Learning Resources
http://www.meddybemps.com/parentsguide.html
Discover the secrets of your child's success. Learn how to help your child build the foundation needed for success in school by reading The Sequence of Skills Development. Take an active role in your child's development with Preschool Learning Activities (you'll both have fun).

 

Hap Palmer Web Site
http://www.happalmer.com/ 
This site has free lyrics and suggested activities that coordinate with Happ Palmer's children's songs. Enjoy!

 

Summer Home Learning Recipes
http://www.ed.gov
Activity ideas for K-3, 4th-6th, 7th-8th, and HS ages to do that will support reading, writing, math, and science learning outside of school. 

 

Child Development
Brain Development in Infants and Toddlers: Information for Parents and Caregivers
http://nccic.org/poptopics/brain.html
This web site provides a listing of resources available on this topic. The list is linked to the National Child Care Information Center. 

 

Future of Children
http://www.futureofchildren.org/
The primary purpose of The Future of Children is to disseminate timely information on major issues related to children's well-being, with special emphasis on providing objective analysis and evaluation, translating existing knowledge into effective programs and policies, and promoting constructive institutional change.

 

Parents Action for Children
http://www.iamyourchild.org/
This is a site that provides information about early childhood development and about resources for parents and caregivers. This site is related to the National Early Childhood Public Engagement Campaign. Information providing suggestions on how to mobilize communities to help promote children's healthy development is also available here.

 

Tufts University Child and Family Web Guide
http://www.cfw.tufts.edu/
The Child & Family Web Guide describes and evaluates web sites that contain research-based information about child development. These web sites have been selected from thousands of sites about children, based primarily on the quality of the information provided. The goal of the Web Guide is to give the public easy access to the best child development information on the Web.

 

Zero to Three
http://www.zerotothree.org
This site is for parents of infants and toddlers. Information includes choosing quality child care, developmental milestones, and more.

 

Community Involvement
Building Partnerships
http://www.ed.gov
This is a web site devoted to answering the question, "What can your community do to support schools and family involvement In education?" Combating alcohol, drugs, and violence; enlisting community volunteers; teaching parenting skills; offering summer learning programs; supporting preschool programs; and providing mentoring programs are some of the suggestions at this site

 

Constructing School Partnerships with Families and Community Groups
http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/envrnmnt/famncomm/pa400.htm
This Critical Issue web site provides information about the school's role in creating partnerships with parents and community members. It has sections on goals, action options, pitfalls, different points of view, and examples of schools that have successfully constructed such partnerships. This is on the Pathways to School Improvement web site sponsored by the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory in Oak Brook, Illinois.

 

Family-School-Community Partnerships
http://www.gse.harvard.edu/~hfrp/
This Harvard Family Research Project web site provides information about family involvement programs. Models of programs, solutions for sustaining programs, and additional web links on this topic are available at this site.

 

First Book
http://www.firstbook.org/
First Book is a national nonprofit organization with a single mission: to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books. The primary goal of First Book is to work with existing literacy programs to distribute new books to children who, for economic reasons, have little or no access to books.

 

Playing Their Parts
http://www.publicagenda.org/specials/parent/parent.htm
This public agenda web page provides information on what parents and teachers really mean by parental involvement. Public Agenda surveyed parents and public school teachers to find out what they think parents should be doing in the public schools.

 

School Involvement in Early Childhood
http://www.ed.gov/pubs/schoolinvolvement/
This U.S. Government web site provides rational as to why public schools should be interested in birth-kindergarten aged children in their communities. Description of possible roles and key issues are identified in this document. This information may be helpful for Iowa Community Empowerment areas.

 

School Age Child Care
http://nccic.org/poptopics/index.html#afterschool
The National Child Care Information Center provides a list of publications on school-age child care and other topics. If you are interested in programming or planning for school-age child care, this site is for you. Besides listing publications it also provides a list of organizations and additional Internet links. 

 

Language/Reading 
Checkpoints for Progress in Reading & Writing for Families
http://www.ed.gov/pubs/CheckFamilies/
Checkpoints for Progress has been developed to help teachers and learning partners to identify (1) what most children can do in reading and writing by developmental periods--birth to 36 months, three and four years of age, and third, sixth, ninth, and twelfth grades--and (2) what most children can read, by grade level. Since most children's formal schooling begins with kindergarten, skills for that level are also included. 

 

Compact for Reading
http://www.ed.gov
This U.S. Department of Education web site provides a tool kit which helps families and schools to develop written agreements, or compacts, to improve student reading. These agreements help foster greater family, school, and community involvement. This site also provides educators and families with 400 activities that link a student's home/family life with the classroom curriculum.

 

Early Childhood Growth Chart
http://www.kidsource.com/kidsource/content4/growth.chart/page1.html
This U.S. Department of Education site offers information about children as language learners from infancy to school age. This site also provides activities that parents can do with their children to help young children learn about language.

 

Language is the Key
http://www.walearning.com
The Washington Research Institute offers a video based Early Language Program appropriate for anyone who works with young children and their families. They are available in five versions: English, Spanish, Korean, Mandarin Chinese and Chinese subtitles for other Chinese dialects. Talking and Books presents the following strategies: 1) Follow the child's lead; 2) Give the child time to respond; 3) Make comments about what the child is interested in, then wait; 4) Ask questions about what the child is interested in, then wait; & 5) Respond by adding a little more. The second video, Talking and Play, reinforces these strategies and expands them into playtime and daily activities.

 

Literacy
http://nccic.org/user/providers.html#literacy
This web site from the National Child Care Information Center provides a listing of links on early literacy. 

 

Literacy Tips for the 10 Minute Parent (Between the Lions- PBS)
http://pbskids.org/lions/parentsteachers/activities/literacy_tips.html

This PBS-related web site relates to the new "Between the Lions" series on public television. Literacy Tips are provided on such topics as vocabulary building, story time, book learning, after story time, errands & chores, plus more. This web site also has interactive learning games to enjoy with your child.

 

Making Multicultural Connections Through Trade Books
http://www.mcps.k12.md.us
Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) developed this multicultural database site to assist teachers in selecting books that broaden and enrich the perspectives of students in their district. Specific instructional connections to MCPS curriculum for each book are included as well as some detailed lessons. (Also listed under the Literacy topic at the GWAEA Early Childhood-Educator Resources-web site.) This listing could also be of interest to parents.

 

Parent Brochures from the International Reading Association
http://www.reading.org/resources/tools/parent.html
This web site lists brochures available for purchase as well as a chance to view each brochure electronically via the Internet. Click on the "Get it" underlined link to view the text from the brochure. These brochures were designed with parent’s interests in mind. These brochures are available in Spanish and English.

 

Ready* Set* Read Early Childhood Learning Kit
http://www.ed.gov
This site was developed to advance President Clinton's challenge to help every child in America read independently and well by the end of third grade. Sites for Families and Caregivers are available. Spanish versions of the Activity Guides can be located also.

 

Reading Rockets: Launching Young Readers
http://www.pbs.org/launchingreaders/
Long before they start school, children are ready to learn the skills that will turn them into readers. Watch the PBS series and explore this web site to find out how you can launch a child into a bright future with reading strategies that work.

 

Read*Write*Now- America Reads Challenge
http://www.ed.gov
This U.S. Department of Education web site provides suggested activities for reading and writing for children from birth to Grade 6. Parents, care providers, and educators will enjoy looking through the activities to select ones that will fit the needs and interest of a particular child.

 

Start Early, Finish Strong: How to Help Every Child Become a Better Reader
http://www.ed.gov/pubs/startearly/    
This U.S. Department of Education web site is designed to help all children become better readers. Start Early, Finish Strong provides information about involving parents, teachers, and communities in children's reading. Starting early refers to preparing young children to read and finishing strong refers to providing excellent instruction and community support in the primary grades.

 

Summer Reading Tips for Parents
http://www.ldonline.org/ld_indepth/parenting/readingtips.html
This web page provides tips for parents on how to encourage reading throughout the summer for school-age children. Reading provides opportunities to sustain reading skills, practice reading, and to promote reading enjoyment.

 

Webbing Into Literacy: A Head Start Program
http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/go/wil/home.html
Webbing into Literacy (WIL) is a downloadable program designed to provide rural Head Start teachers with materials and instruction that will launch America's young children on successful academic careers. WIL began as a component in a "best practices" study conducted by Dr. Laura B. Smolkin, principal investigator in CIERA, the national Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement.

Public Policy

Zero to Three Policy Center
http://www.zerotothree.org
The Policy Center is a research-based, non-partisan program at ZERO TO THREE that brings the voice of babies and toddlers to public policy to promote good health, strong families, and positive early learning experiences.

Technology

Parents Guide to the Internet
http://www.ed.gov/pubs/parents/internet/
Vice President Gore released this at the Internet Online Summit to help parents and families, regardless of their technological know-how, use the Internet as a tool for learning.

 

Reading Rainbow
http://shopgpn.com/stores/1/RR_Index.cfm

The Reading Rainbow web site matches the PBS television program by the same name. Sections for Parents, Teachers, Librarians, and Kids are available at this site. Highlighting quality children's books with related games and activities is the purpose of this site.

 

Great Sites for Kids
http://www.ala.org/gwstemplate.cfm?section=greatwebsites&template=/cfapps/gws/default.cfm
This site is sponsored by the American Library Association. Check out the selection criteria that could be used as you investigate sites that are appropriate for your child.

 

Surfing the Net with Kids: Guide to the Best Kid Sites for kids of all ages
http://www.surfnetkids.com/
This educational site is reviewed, rated, and organized by topics by a syndicated newspaper columnist. Topics include arts, music, crafts; holiday, history; language arts; science; math; computers and Internet. Lots to browse and look at. It is a site that requires reading.

 

CYFERNet
http://www.cyfernet.org
CYFERNet highlights the content areas of the Cooperative Extension System's Children Youth and Family networks and the Children Youth and Families at Risk community-based programs located across the United States. Content areas are: child care; health; family resiliency; science and technology; collaborations; and community-based programs. Check out the WonderWise Parent site listed under Resources for Parents on the CYFERNet home page.

 

Early Years are Learning Years
http://www.naeyc.org
This is a site sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children that offers short "parent friendly" information on various topics (i.e. infant/toddler programs; preschool; imitating super heroes; brain research).

 

Family Education Network
http://familyeducation.com/home/
This site has articles, resources, and interactive functions that cover different topic areas. Internet Basics, Grade by Grade, and Choose Your Child's Age Group are features at this site. This is a site for parents of children from infancy to high school. Activities, News and Policies, Parents, and School are additional topics to explore. 

 

Including Your Child
http://www.ed.gov/pubs/parents/Including/
Special needs includes the areas where your child needs individualized supports and services to help develop, learn, be happy, and be included with children of the same age. This booklet covers the first eight years of your child's life. You may have questions and you may not always know where to go for answers. Sometimes you might not even know what to ask. This booklet may lead you to people who can help. (April 1997)

 

National Child Care Information Center
http://nccic.org/
The NCCIC serves as the Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Child Care. The Web site provides issues of the Child Care Bulletin; the full text of publications, including child care research; descriptions of NCCIC's leadership forums; a collection of tribal child care information; a list of organizations serving child care; a calendar of child care-related conferences; state child care profiles; information on funding resources and opportunities; help in finding child care; information on health and safety in child care; information on the AmeriCorps Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center and the Child Care Technical Assistance Project; a collection of annotated links to child care resources on the Internet.

 

National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education
http://www.ncpie.org/
The National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education (NCPIE) is dedicated to developing effective family/school partnerships in schools throughout America. Click on resources to find publications from member organizations that are useful in developing family/school partnerships. Also at this website is a link providing guidelines for schools and school districts in involving parents.

 

National Parent Teacher Association Parenting Resource Library
http://www.pta.org/
A listing of Parent Teacher Association (PTA) publications on topics such as Early Childhood PTA, Home-School Connections, Special Education and PTA, Improving Our Schools, Helping Your Child Learn, and Keeping Our Schools Safe.

 

Parents and Assessment
http://www.cse.ucla.edu
The links on this web site allow parents to view articles and Web sites containing assessment information relevant for parents of K-12 age children. Articles on assessing young children, what makes a good school, and an assessment glossary are some of the links found on this page. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) conducts research on important topics related to K-12 educational testing.

 

Parent Information and Resource Center
http://www.nwrel.org/pirc/index.html
This site sponsored by the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory provides information of interest to parents. Click on Hot Topics to read articles related to the brain development of infants. One of the articles tells about the research on drug use and it's impact on the developing fetus. The Links button also provides annotated information for other web sites.

 

Quality Indicators in Early Childhood Education
http://www.serve.org
This web site provides links to checklists and/or articles of interest to parents who are selecting child care for their child. Characteristics to look for whether your child is an infant, toddler, preschooler, or school ager are available through this web site. This site is sponsored by The SouthEastern Regional Vision for Education (SERVE). SERVE is the regional education laboratory that has been designated with a specialty area in Early Childhood Education.

 

The Daily Parent
http://www.childcareaware.org/en/dailyparent/
This newsletter, available on-line, provides information that parents with young children want to know. It is listed on the web site of the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies. The Daily Parent newsletter offers the latest information on child development issues, tips for finding quality child care, and numerous resources for busy parents, as well as child care professionals.

 

Information

This site will provide announcements, events, and other information of interest to early childhood educators and parents in the east central Iowa area.

 

Community Empowerment
http://www.aea10.k12.ia.us/schcomplan/index.html
In 1998, the Iowa Legislature established a Community Empowerment process, pooling and allocating funds to partnerships within geographical areas which focused on the well-being of families with young children and the removal of barriers to receiving education, health and human services. School board members, administrators, teachers and families are invited to be part of the process. GWAEA staff have been an integral part of Community Empowerment efforts in each county, can explain the legislation and its impact on schools, and can assist in getting involved with local efforts.

 

Diverse Learning

http://www.gwaea.org/divlearn/services.html

This Grant Wood AEA web page has contact information about various Grant Wood AEA programs and services related to early childhood such as Early Access, Early Childhood Special Education and more.

 

Iowa Family Support Network (formerly Early ACCESS)
http://www.iafamilysupportnetwork.org/
The Iowa Family Support Network is Iowa's system of services to children from birth to age three. Grant Wood AEA is one of the partners in providing these services.

 

Early Childhood Special Education

http://www.gwaea.org/divlearn/services.html

The Early Childhood Special Education Program at Grant Wood Area Education Agency offers services at no cost to families for children with special needs in Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn and Washington counties. Children's special needs become apparent at different ages. Services are available as soon as the need is identified, even immediately after birth. Parents, doctors, social workers, teachers and other caregivers are encouraged to link families with the Grant Wood AEA Early Childhood Special Education Program as soon as possible.

 

Grant Wood AEA Early Education and Care
http://www.aea10.k12.ia.us/curr/earlychildhood/index.html
This web site has a collection of annotated hot links of interest to educators, care providers, and parents of young children birth-3rd grade. Web pages include Educator Resources, Teacher-Parent Partnerships, Children Sites, and Grant Wood AEA Information. Many of the listed web sites have information of interest to 4th grade - high school educators.

 

Grant Wood AEA 10 Programs and Services
http://www.aea10.k12.ia.us/services/index.html
This page offers an index of various services and programs offered by Grant Wood AEA in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Services and programs beyond the early childhood years (birth to age 8) are listed on this web page.

 

Parent-Educator Partnership
http://www.aea10.k12.ia.us/schcomplan/pep/index.html
The Grant Wood AEA Parent-Educator Partnership (PEP) links families and educator for better understanding and communication. As part of a statewide Parent-Educator network, the program provides a lending library of printed information, books and videos; a newsletter; workshops and consultation on communication and family issues; a speakers' bureau; and ongoing networking with support groups and parent-teacher organizations.

 

Conferences and Workshops in Iowa
Iowa Assoc. for the Education of Young Children (AEYC) State Conference 
http://www.iowaaeyc.org

 

Conferences Outside of Iowa
National Association for the Education of Young Children
http://www.naeyc.org

 

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Grant Wood Area Education Agency extends equal opportunities in its employment practices, educational programs and services, and does not discriminate on the basis of color, gender, race, national origin, religion, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, veteran status or as otherwise prohibited by law. If you believe you or your child has been discriminated against or treated unjustly, please contact the Agency’s Equity Coordinator, Maria Cashman, at 319-399-6847 or 800-332-8488. Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

ADDRESS: 4401 Sixth Street SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
TELEPHONE: 319-399-6700 | 800-332-8488
Fax: 319-399-6457
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