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.