Early Childhood Resource Websites

Young couple online with tablet computerThe following websites regarding early childhood issues provide useful information for parents, teachers, and other interested professionals. Included are general websites from organizations specializing in early education and information for parents, teachers and policymakers; resources on reading to infants and toddlers; and free resources for parents and teachers from the US Office of Education, information on early childhood in IDEA 2004, and a great tool kit developed for parents by the Office of Special Education Programs. Using these resources can lead to additional websites and sources of information to find answers to other questions about the development of babies and young children.

General websites

National Institute for Early Education Research conducts and communicates research to support high-quality, effective early childhood education for all young children.

National Association for the Education of Young Children advocates for high quality early childhood education.

Parents’ Action for Children is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate parents, caregivers and policymakers on the importance of the early years in the healthy development of our children.
LD Online – This site provides valuable information on numerous aspects of learning disabilities and ADHD.

Zero to Three provides parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and the know-how to nurture early development.

Reading to Babies and Toddlers

Storyline Online – On this website, stories are read by famous people. The words being read appear below the picture so that the reader can follow along. is a website of the International Reading Association.

Kid’s Health: Reading Books to Babies – A great resource for parents! An excellent Ready to Read screening tool is available. It is completed on the computer and then feedback is provided. Features include School Resources for Parents, Parents’ Guide for Understanding Online Acronyms, and Advice from Parents.

Government Resources – The U.S. Department of Education website. Free resources are listed at the top of the page. Click on links for useful information for parents and teachers. – This URL takes you to Building the Legacy of IDEA 2004. You can choose Part B or Part C.

OSEP Ideas that Work – Check the link on the left side of the page, entitled “Newly Added Resources for Parents.” This links to a great tool kit for parents’ use.