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Links and Resources
There is so much information available regarding ChildCare. We encourage you to search for the information you desire through the web and also through other resources, such as your local library, and schools. This list of links and resources is not exhaustive, nor do we endorse any of the information provided by external sources.

Maine Links:

Austism Society in Maine
http://www.asmonline.org/

Serves individuals with autism and their families, professionals, and communities by providing education, advocacy, referrals, and resource development.

Center for Grieving Children
http://www.cgcmaine.org/

Provides support to grieving children, teens, families and the community through peer support, outreach, and education.

Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies
http://ccids.umaine.edu/resources/ec/

Brings together the resources of the university and Maine communities to enhance the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. CCIDS has many projects and offers information and support to families of children with special needs.

Child Development Services (CDS)
http://www.maine.gov/education/speced/cds/index.html

Manages and ensures the provisions of Special Education rules for children birth to five at regional sites throughout Maine.

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/eohp/lead/

Provides information about lead in homes, and actions to take to keep children lead safe.

Cooperative Extension: Parenting and Family Caregiving
http://umaine.edu/parenting/

Provides links, blogs, newsletters, articles for parents and caregivers in Maine.

KidsFirst Center
http://www.kidsfirstcenter.org

Offers support groups and classes for parents and children of families experiencing divorce or separation.

Learning Disabilities Association of Maine
http://www.ldame.org/about.html

The Maine state affiliate that provides support, education, and advocacy statewide to individuals with learning disabilities and co-existing disorders

Maine Care (Children's Health Insurance and Medicaid)
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/OIAS/

Provides free or low cost health insurance for families with children and pregnant women. Administered by the Office of Mainecare Services through the Department of Health and Human Services.

Maine Children's Alliance
http://www.mekids.org

An advocacy group in Maine for children, youth, and families, most well known for publishing the annual "Kids Count" publication that presents demographic data on children’s health, economic, and child care by county.

Maine Children’s Growth Council
http://www.mainecgc.org

Serves as a "Voice for Early Childhood" in Maine with the goal to achieve sustainable social and financial investments in the healthy development for young children. The website has links for Home Visiting, Child Abuse Prevention, Child Health, Early Care and Education, and other resources.

Maine Parent Federation
http://www.mpf.org

Provides statewide family support activities which promote individual aspirations for all people through information, education, and advocacy.

Raising Readers
http://www.raisingreaders.net

An initiative funded by the Libra Foundation that provides all children in Maine a book at their well-child visit from birth through age five. The website has several reading tips for families in multiple languages, and activities associated with the books that Raising Readers distributes.

2-1-1 Maine
http://www.211maine.org

An easy to remember, phone number and website that connects individuals to comprehensive vital health and social service information and resources. Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Strengthening Maine Families
http://strengthinme.org/
Supports child care providers to help parents become stronger parents.

Maine Association for the Education of Young Children
http://www.maineaeyc.org/

Organization of early childhood professionals. Serves and acts on behalf of the needs, rights, and well-being of all young children in Maine and their families, with special emphasis on developmental and educational services and resources and fostering the growth and development of early childhood professionals.

Family Child Care Association of Maine (FCCAM)
https://fccamaine.wordpress.com

The Family Child Care Association of Maine (FCCAM) is membership association with a mission to unify, promote and strengthen quality professional family child care in the State of Maine.

G.E.A.R. Parent network
http://www.gearparentnetwork.com

Through parent-to-parent sharing of experiences and knowledge, G.E.A.R. Parent Network empowers parents of children with behavioral health needs to build on their family’s strengths and to advocate for their family’s needs.

CCIDS growing ideas tipsheet resources
https://ccids.umaine.edu/resources/ec-growingideas

Tipsheets and resources on a variety of topics related to quality inclusive care and education for young children.

Maine Roads to Quality (MRTQ)
http://muskie.usm.maine.edu/maineroads

Maine Roads to Quality is the Early Care and Education Professional Development Network for Maine. Established in 1999, its purpose is to promote and support professionalism in the early care and education field. Maine Roads to Quality works with various partners across the state, including Maine’s Higher Education System, to promote professional development opportunities throughout the state.

Maine After School Network
http://www.maineafterschool.org

The Maine Afterschool Network (MASN) serves as a hub for collaborative efforts that will enable every child to have access to quality, inclusive, affordable afterschool programming which meets the needs of the child, the family and the community.

Maine Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
FMI: 207-287-4311 or 1-866-292-3474
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/environmental-health/eohp/lead

The Maine Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (MCLPPP) website includes information for providers, parents, property owners, landlords, and the recent Consumer Product Safety Commission recalls due to lead.

Maine Expanind inclusive Opportunities Initiative
FMI: Linda Labas, labas@.maine.edu
https://ccids.umaine.edu/resources/inclusion-toolkit

A federally funded initiative designed to build on existing state efforts to improve inclusive opportunities for young children with disabilities and their families. To access the Early Childhood Settings Inclusion Toolkit

National Links:

Administration for Children and Families
Office of Child Care
Resources for Parents

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/occ/parents

Administration for Children and Families in US Department of Health and Human Services funds states, territories, and local and tribal organizations to provide family assistance (welfare), child support, child care, Head Start, child welfare, and other programs that relate to children and families.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Child Care
http://cshcn.org/childcare-schools-community/childcare-and-the-ada/

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a federal law enacted in 1990, guarantees that children with disabilities can not be excluded from public accommodations (private businesses including preschools, child care centers, out-of-school time programs or family child care homes) simply because of a disability. This website provides information and resources about the ADA and child care for professionals and parents.

Center for Social, Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/

Promotes the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5; funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for dissemination research and evidence based practices to early child programs across the country.

Child and Adult Care Food Program
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/care

The program that works with child care programs to provide nutritious meals and snacks to infants and children as a regular part of their day care.

The Child Advocate
http://www.childadvocate.net/

Serves the needs of children, families and professionals while addressing mental health, medical, educational, legal and legislative issues; helpful references to disaster and trauma information

Children and Nature Network
http://www.childrenandnature.org/

Created to support people and organizations working worldwide to reconnect children with nature; one component - "Nature Rocks" - offers simple activities for families to do together.

ChildCare Aware
http://childcareaware.org/families

Provides information, publications, resources, and links to help families look for child care and gain up to date information related to quality child care, health and safety and paying for care. .

Children's Defense Fund
http://www.childrensdefense.org

A non-profit child advocacy organization that supports policies that impact all children, especially on the poor and minorities, and children with disabilities.

Colorín Colorado
http://www.colorincolorado.org

A bilingual site for families and educators of English language learners

Common Sense Media
http://www.commonsensemedia.org

Provides information to parents about media and digital activities including reviews and ratings of family movies, TV shows, websites, video games, books, and music, and tips for parents of children from Pre-K to 17.

Forum on Family and Child Statistics
http://childstats.gov

A working group of Federal agencies that collect, analyze, and report data on issues related to children and families, also known as the Forum.

National Afterschool Association
http://www.naaweb.org

A leading voice of the afterschool profession dedicated to the development, education and care of children and youth during their out-of-school hours.

Afterschool Alliance
http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/index.cfm

Dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for more afterschool investments. Afterschool Alliance works with the Administration, the U.S. Congress, governors, mayors and advocates across the country.

National Center for Learning Disabilities
http://www.ncld.org/

Ensures success for all individuals with learning disabilities in school, at work and in life; connects parents with resources, guidance, and support so they can advocate effectively for their children

National Institute for Out-of-School Time
http://www.niost.org/index.php

Founded to ensure that all children, youth, and families have access to high quality programs, activities, and opportunities during non-school hours. Their work bridges the world of research and practice.

National Association for the Education of Young Children
http://www.naeyc.org

The largest national organization for early childhood educators, administrators, parents, and policy makers who are committed to bringing high-quality early education and care to all young children.; provides many useful resources for families through their on-line store, and search links for accredited programs. Read NAEYC's Touch and Grow report about how children can learn and grow through touch-screen tablets.

National Head Start Association
http://www.nhsa.org

The national arm of Head Start whose mission is to coalesce, inspire and support the Head Start field as a leader in early childhood development and education.

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education
http://nrckids.org/

provides health and safety resources for parents, child care providers, policymakers; publisher of Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards: Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs

PBS Parents
http://www.pbs.org/parents

Offers a broad range of topics for parents including birthday parties, literacy, dual language information, food and fitness, to clips from their Parent Show.

Reading Rockets
http://www.readingrockets.org/

Offers a wealth of reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better; publishes a monthly

Safe Kids USA
http://www.safekids.org

A nationwide network of organizations that works to prevent unintentional childhood injury of children ages 1 – 14; look for information on child passenger safety, pedestrian safety, fire and burn prevention, sports safety, product recalls, and blogs on special topics

US Consumer Product Safety Commission
http://www.cpsc.gov

Provides information on the safety of toys and equipment and latest information on product recalls.

Zero to Three
http://www.zerotothree.org

Provides information for families, professionals, and policymakers about the health and development of infants and of infants and toddlers. Many tips and questions and answers on a wide variety of topics for families.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Learn the Signs Act Early

https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/index.html

From birth to 5 years, your child should reach milestones in how he plays, learns, speaks, acts and moves. Track your child’s development and act early if you have a concern.

Center for Parent Information and Resources
http://www.parentcenterhub.org/resources

Resources on many topics related to child development, special needs and parenting.

Head Start Office for the Administration for Children and Families,Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) Parent,Family and Community Engagement: For Families
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/family/for-families

As one of the National Centers funded by the Office of Head Start and the Office of Child Care, the Parent, Family and Community Engagement Center provides information, resources and materials in early childhood development, school readiness, health and safety, parenting and child and family wellbeing.

National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC)
https://www.nafcc.org

The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) is the only professional association dedicated specifically to promoting high-quality early childhood experiences in the unique environment of family child care programs. NAFCC works on behalf of the one million family child care providers operating nationwide. NAFCC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership association.

National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC)
https://nccc.georgetown.edu/engaging-ethnic-media/index.html

The National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC) provides national leadership and contributes to the body of knowledge on cultural and linguistic competency within systems and organizations. Major emphasis is placed on translating evidence into policy and practice for programs and personnel concerned with health and mental health care delivery, administration and advocacy. The NCCC provides training, technical assistance and consultation, and contributes to knowledge through publications and research.