National Professional Organizations
National Association for the Education of Young Children
Founded in 1926, The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the
world's largest organization working on behalf of young children with nearly 80,000 members,
a national network of more than 300 state and local Affiliates, and a growing global alliance of
- National Coalition for Campus Children’s Centers
The National Coalition for Campus Children's Centers (NCCCC), a nonprofit organization,
supports research and activities affecting college and university early childhood education and
service settings, family and work issues, and the field of early childhood education in general.
Illinois Early Learning Project
- The Illinois Early
Learning Project website is a source of evidence-based‚ reliable
information on early care and education for parents‚ caregivers‚ and
teachers of young children in the State of Illinois. Site includes:
Links for Parents
- Illinois Action for Children
Illinois Action for Children is a Child Care Resource and Referral agency for Cook County, Illinois
Services offered include:
- Illinois Department of Human Services
For families outside of Cook County, the Illinois Department of Human Services works hand-in-
hand with local communities throughout Illinois to provide low-income, working families with
access to quality, affordable child care. DHS contracts with over 100 child care providers to give
quality care to children in a safe and healthy environment.
- NAEYC For Families
This site includes child development insights from T. Berry Brazelton, MD & Joshua Sparrow,
MD, creative learning ideas to try at home based on research about how children learn, a guide
to high quality preschool programs including a search engine, & a blog to share stories about
Chicago Public Schools
Site includes enrollment/ application information for Early Childhood Programs and Elementary
School Options .
Health & Safety
- All Kids-Healthcare for All Kids
The All Kids program offers Illinois children comprehensive healthcare that includes doctors
visits, hospital stays, prescription drugs, vision care, dental care and medical devices like
eyeglasses and asthma inhalers. Some families pay monthly premiums for the coverage, but
rates for middle-income families are significantly lower than they are on the private market.
HealthyChildren.org is a website sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and is
committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being
for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. You will find information regarding
the American Academy of Pediatrics many programs and activities, policies and guidelines,
publications and other child health resources.
Other Recommended Sites
- Tufts University Child & Family WebGuide
The Child & Family WebGuide provides approved links to websites and videos on topics of
interest to parents. The goal of the WebGuide is to give the public easy access to the best child
development information on the Web.
- Ele-Fred Rogers Center Early Learning Environment
The Fred Rogers Center Early Learning Environment (Ele) is an innovative online space where
early educators, families, and others who care for young children can come together in a safe
environment to find and share digital resources that support early learning and development
in children from birth to age 5. By focusing on Early Literacy and Digital Media Literacy, the
information, media-based activities, and social networking opportunities within Ele are intended
to advance learning, healthy child development, and school success.