General Preschool Resources

 

*Autism Speaks offers a variety of resources for teachers and families including information about autism spectrum disorders, treatment, and diagnosis, a video glossary showing differences between typical and delayed development in young children, news, research, and services for families.

*Born Learning is a public engagement campaign to help families, caregivers, and communities create quality learning opportunities for children. The website contains parent education materials, information on

*The Cooperative Extension System is a nationwide, non-credit educational network designed to provide practical, research-based information to the public on a variety of topics, including food, nutrition, health, family, youth, and communities. Visit this site to find your nearest Cooperative Extension office.

*The Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) from the Office of Head Start (OHS) provides information and resources for the Head Start and Early Head Start community, as well as for anyone involved in early childhood education. The site offers tips and information on many topics including child development, education, and health.

*Early Childhood Teacher is a website created by Degree Prospects, intended to provide early childhood teachers with interviews, advice, additional lesson plans, blog posts, and more.

*Growing Ideas tip sheets from The University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies are a series of guides for early childhood professionals. Topics covered include transitions, social skills, inclusion, and early literacy.

*The Illinois Early Learning Project website offers a variety of resources for caregivers and parents, such as printable tip sheets, videos, and a frequently asked questions section. Includes material in Spanish, Polish, and Chinese.

*The Innovative Teacher Project is designed for early childhood educators who are interested in developing a deeper understanding of the Reggio Emilia approach and issues related to this approach in the United States.

*MenTeach offers news, research, information, an online community, and an e-mail newsletter about supporting and increasing the number of men in the early childhood field.

*NACCRRA, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, provides child care information, early childhood news, and a variety of other resources for teachers and parents.

*The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center is supported by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs. The website offers webinars, discussion groups, an electronic newsletter, and resources on a variety of topics like autism, brain development, and challenging behavior.

*The National Network for Child Care provides articles, newsletters, an e-mail forum, and other professional development resources for early childhood professionals on an array of topics regarding children and child care.

*PBS Teachers offers information on the core curricular areas of the arts, health and fitness, math, reading and language arts, science and technology, and social studies. Resources are organized by grade level (including pre-K). The site includes classroom and professional development resources, as well as discussion forums.

*The Project Approach website outlines a set of teaching strategies in which teachers guide children through in-depth studies of real world topics. The website contains information about the project approach as well as many examples of projects.

*Resources for Early Childhood, from the Ohio Resource Center, offers a comprehensive selection of quality online resources organized by subject area: language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Visitors will find book recommendations, family connection resources, articles on best practice, and activity and lesson ideas.

*Shop Goodwill Looking for children’s books? Props for your dramatic play center? Toys and games? Musical instruments? This online auction website run by Goodwill of Orange County (Santa Ana, CA) is full of treasures that will enhance any preschool classroom without breaking the bank. Proceeds from auction sales support Goodwill’s training, education, and job placement programs.*

*TRUCE Toy Action Guides can help adults make informed choices about toys. TRUCE (Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment) is a national group of educators concerned about how children’s entertainment and toys are affecting the play and behavior of children in classrooms.

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