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Resources for Staying Current on ECE

Most family child care providers work over 50 hours a week. Then you add in family life and you do not have much time left. Keeping up on issues and current developments in early childhood education is important for your work, but how can you efficiently do that?

The following linked sites provide you with a mix of respected resources for staying current on national issues related to early childhood education. This, of course, is not all the available resources, but a reliable starting point. Some sites require you to register, but accounts are free. You can also follow many of these resources through social media or by RSS Reader.

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Zero to Three – Provides information and resources on early development for parents, professionals and policymakers.
  • McCormick Center Research Notes – Quarterly digital notes on new research in early childhood leadership.
  • Exchange Everyday – Free digital newsletter for Exchange Press. (Do need to subscribe from this site.) Delivered 5 days a week.
  • Education Week – This website provides information on what is happening across education. They include early childhood education national news.
  • Child Care Aware – Digital newsletter contains national events and research.
  • Children and Nature Network – Resources on working with children in the natural environment.
  • ECEC (Early Care and Education Consortium) – “…. unified collective voice for Providers of high-quality programs and services that support families and children from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. We are advocates for strong federal and state policies that bring quality to scale.
  • Build Initiative – Supports state work to develop policies and services that serve the needs of young children and their families, using private and public resources.
  • First Five Years Fund – Works to advance federal investment in quality early childhood education for disadvantaged children from birth to age five.
  • National Women’s Law Center – Work on laws and policies that impact women and families.

If you are on Twitter search Twitter #ECE for ongoing ECE announcements and resources.


FCCAM works to unify, promote and strengthen quality professional family child care in Maine. We are the state affiliate of the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC). We are the only professional association in Maine dedicated specifically to supporting family child care providers. FCCAM understands the critical role of family child care providers in the lives of children and families. We also understand the hard work and long hours that are required to provide the much needed child care services in Maine’s diverse communities. FCCAM provides opportunities to network both locally and statewide with other family child care professionals for training and support. Through collaboration with other organizations we are engaged with advocating for children and their families in Maine, increasing awareness of our professionalism and value to our communities.