This article from The Washington Post reports the increase of 4-year old preschoolers in the United States in 2014. A nationwide map is also shown to represent the percentage of 4-year old preschools enrolled in State funded preschool programs and preschools by each State in 2014. Top states mentioned are Vermont (91 percent) and Florida (80 percent) along with Texas and Oklahoma with more than 40 percent of preschoolers enrolled.
The Association Montessori Internationale was founded in 1929 by Dr. Maria Montessori to maintain the integrity of her life's work, and to ensure that it would be perpetuated after her death.
The Association for Childhood Education International promotes the education and development of children, from birth through early adolescence, and to influence the professional growth of educators and others involved with early childhood education.
The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities.
The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) is one of 22 comprehensive centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education. CEELO's mission is to strengthen the capacity of State Education Agencies (SEAs) to lead sustained improvements in early learning opportunities and outcomes. The Center is operated by Rutgers University's National Institute of Early Education Research. Its partners include the Education Development Center, Inc. and the Council of Chief State School Officers.
This link is to the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL). As noted at its website, the center is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. The Center located at Vanderbilt University is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau.
Child Care Aware is a non-profit initiative committed to helping parents find the best information on locating quality child care and child care resources in their community.
The Child Care and Early Education Research Connections promotes high quality research in child care and early education and the use of that research in policy making. Research Connections is a partnership among the National Center for Children in Poverty at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research at the Institute for Social Research, the University of Michigan; and the Child Care Bureau, Administration for Children and Families of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The Council for Professional Recognition works to improve the professional status of early childhood care providers.
The ECAP Collaborative is home to more than a dozen projects that focus on educating and raising young children.
This center offers information and training on best practices related to the development and care of infants and toddlers.
The Preschool for All initiative will improve quality and expand access to preschool, through a partnership with all 50 states, to provide all low- and moderate-income four-year-olds with high-quality preschool, while encouraging states to serve additional four-year-olds from middle-class families. The initiative also promotes access to full-day kindergarten and high-quality early education programs for children under age four. The U.S. Department of Education will allocate dollars to states based their share of four-year olds from low- and moderate-income families and funds would be distributed to local school districts and other partner providers to implement the program.
This link is to the Head Start program's website. Head Start serves the child development needs of preschool children (birth through age five) and their low-income families.
This link to the Head Start program's Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center provides information on the Head Start program, school readiness, policies and regulations, training and technical assistance and other related information.
This National Institute for Early Education Research report presents five options for using data to study early education program effectiveness.
The Lego Education website offers activities and resources incorporating Legos as a curriuculum tool.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children is the nation's largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through third grade.
The National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education is a national organization for state education agency staff members with major responsibilities in the field of early childhood education.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Center for Rural Early Childhood Learning Initiatives is a program of the Mississippi State University Early Childhood Institute. The center fosters original and applied research on the quality, accessibility, and replication of early educational intervention services for at-risk young children and families in rural America.
The National Center on Tribal Child Care Implementation and Innovation supports Tribal communities in their efforts to coordinate early childhood and school-age care delivery by promoting improvements in child care delivery systems.