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BEFORE DAY ONE
Center Management and Planning Board
Core Tools to Prepare
PREPARING FOR YOUR TIME WITH CHILDREN
Components of the Day
What Does ECERS Have to Do with It?
THE FIRST FEW WEEKS
First Week Materials
These links were chosen based on the quality and reliability of their information on child development.
NJ DOE Early Childhood
Paterson Dept of Early Childhood Education
Teaching Strategies, Inc.
Comprehensive educational information for teachers and parents with children from birth through age 5 from the publishers of early childhood education resource materials including The Creative Curriculum.
Topics in Education
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
NAEYC is the nation's largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators. On this site, teachers can access articles, book titles, and brochures.
LDOnline: Learning Disabilities Information and Resources
This comprehensive site for parents, teachers, and children provides information about where to find help, what's new in the LD field and how to help children understand their disability.
National Network for Child Care (NNCC)
NNCC incorporates the expertise of many of the nation's leading universities to provide research-based publications and resources related to child care, and online support and assistance from experts on child care and development.
Kidsmart Guide to Early Learning & Technology for Home and School
A resource for integrating technology into the classroom. Developed and presented through a partnership between IBM, Bank Street College, United Way and the Educational Development Center.
Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Program (ECEPDP)
The Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Program of the U.S. Department of Education promotes school readiness and improved learning outcomes of young children by providing high-quality professional development programs to improve the knowledge and skills of early childhood educators and caregivers who work in early childhood programs located in high-poverty communities and who serve primarily children from low-income families. ECEPDP projects must utilize evidence-based practice focused on early reading and cognitive development for both the professional development activities and early childhood curricula.
Early Reading First Program
The Early Reading First Program of the U.S. Department of Education helps prepare children to enter kindergarten with the necessary language, cognitive, and early reading skills to prevent reading difficulties and ensure academic success. This website describes the program's key components and operation.
National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education (NCRECE)
The NCRECE conducts research, disseminates research findings, and conducts leadership activities aimed at improving the quality of early childhood education across the United States. The center will conduct a professional development study, a randomized controlled evaluation, of the effects of two forms of teacher training. It will also conduct fast response studies to address immediate needs of policymakers.
National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC)
NECTAC works to strengthen state and local service systems to ensure that children with disabilities (birth through 5 years) and their families receive and benefit from high-quality, evidence-based, culturally appropriate, and family-centered supports and services.
National Institute for Literacy
The National Institute for Literacy, a federal agency, provides leadership on literacy issues, including the improvement of reading instruction for children, youth, and adults. In consultation with the U.S. Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services, the Institute serves as a national resource on current, comprehensive literacy research, practice, and policy. A section of the website focuses on early childhood.
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): Early Learning and School Readiness Program
The NICHD supports research that specifies the experiences children need from birth to age eight to help them learn to read and ultimately succeed in school. The Child Development and Behavior Branch of the Center for Research for Mothers and Children includes the Early Learning and School Readiness Program, which integrates basic and applied research on early learning and development. Information about the Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development and the Early Child Care Research Network also can be found on the website.
Child Care and Development
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
This ultimate resource on children provides a reading check-up for children, as well as look at where the AAP stands on a variety of issues.
National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)
NAFCC represents family child care at the national level and is an advocate on issues of public policy. This site keeps members up-to-date and gives details about the annual conference.
National Child Care Association (NCCA)
NCAA serves the private, licensed child care and education community. Find up-to-date information and resources to help stay on top of the industry and prepare for future growth.
Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children's Entertainment (TRUCE)
TRUCE is a national group of educators concerned about how children's entertainment and toys are affecting the play and behavior of children. Use their annual toy guide to help select toys that are educationally and developmentally appropriate for young children.
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
FREE represents more than 30 federal agencies that were formed to make hundreds of federally supported teaching and learning resources easier to find. The result of that work is the FREE website.
The Administration for Children and Families
ACF, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is responsible for federal programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities.
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
OSEP is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.
The Early Childhood Outcomes Center
The ECO Center seeks to promote the development and implementation of child and family outcome measures for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with disabilities.
The University of Maine's Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies
This site provides links to many tipsheets.
Early Learning Activity Websites
World Book Web
The World Book Web is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites.
America’s #1 Educational Search Engine
- Connect to over 180,000 of the best online resources, aligned with state standards and organized by readability and grade level. Each resource is carefully selected by educators to ensure it is safe, age-appropriate, and 100% academically relevant.
Engage your students with rich video, audio, images and other online teaching resources. Students become producers through access to over 1,000 editable video clips.
Pearson SuccessNet is a powerful Web application with activities for teachers, administrators, and students in a single workplace for teaching, learning, and saving valuable time. SuccessNet’s online products include Success Tracker, Online Lesson Planner, and Leveled Reader Database.
Study Island is a leading provider of web-based state assessment preparation programs and standards based learning programs.
Smart Notebook Lessons
IMPORTANT NOTE: a SMART Board is not required to use the SMART Notebook software.
The Smart Technologies website provides useful teacher resources such as SMART Notebook lesson activities, images, Adobe Flash movie content, resource websites, etc.
Online Safety (K-12)
- The NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational safety resource from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for children aged 5 to 17, parents, guardians, educators, and law enforcement that uses age-appropriate, 3-D activities to teach children how to stay safer on the Internet.
This site provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. What items, for example, would you put in a box to describe your life; the life of a Victorian Servant or Roman soldier; or to show that slavery was wrong and unnecessary? You can display anything from a text file to a movie.
4Teachers.org works to help you integrate technology into your classroom by offering online tools and resources. This site helps teachers locate and create ready-to-use Web lessons, quizzes, rubrics and classroom calendars. There are also tools for student use. Discover valuable professional development resources addressing issues such as equity, ELL, technology planning, and at-risk or special-needs students.
SchoolTube can provide you a safe and moderated web-sharing presence for video, documents and photos. Students can also participate in uploading material to SchoolTube to share and see with our moderator-controlled system that allows teachers to moderate student submitted materials.
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