Links to Other Web Resources


A Child’s Place

African America Cultural Center

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

The Children’s Alliance
The Children’s Alliance is a collaborative of nearly 40 public and private agencies that have joined together to create approaches to human services that are holistic, accountable, participatory, and workable across systems. In 2002, these organizations created this forum with the hope that through collaboration we can streamline projects, jointly work to close service gaps, educate our community in how they can help, extend and direct resources, and organize to support No More Cuts for Kids.

Council for Children’s Rights

Discovery Place

The Family Center

Foundation For The Carolinas

Junior Achievement

Mecklenburg County Health Department: Healthy Futures Starting in the Kitchen
Healthy Futures Starting in the Kitchen

Mecklenburg Park and Recreation Department

Smart Start of Cabarrus County

Smart Start of Mecklenburg County

Smart Start Rowan

Smart Start Stanly County (The Stanly County Partnership for Children, Inc.)

Teen Health Connection

Union Smart Start

United Way of Central Carolinas, Inc.

YMCA of Greater Charlotte

Community Health Services

Youth Homes

ZFive Mecklenburg County


North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education (NCDCDEE)
The Division of Child Development and Early Education oversees all aspects of child care services in North Carolina. They regulate child care facilities and respond to reports of illegal child care operations and allegations of abuse or neglect in child care facilities. They also oversee the state’s subsidized child care program, offering financial assistance to help eligible families pay for child care. The Division Child Development promotes education and training for child care workers, and administers other early childhood initiatives to improve the quality of care for all children in the state. In addition, they work with Family Support Programs and Family Resource Centers – community-based programs providing necessary services to families. The Head Start Collaboration Office is also housed there, linking various services for young children and their families.

North Carolina Institute for Child Development Professionals

North Carolina Institute for Child Development Professionals

Raising North Carolina

State Organizations/Resources North Carolina 4-H Youth Development


Action for Children North Carolina
As the statewide, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization devoted to improving the well-being of North Carolina’s children and youth, Action for Children uses highly-credible research, data collection, advocacy and education to initiate change on behalf of children. Our work positively influences the knowledge, attitudes and ultimately the actions of a broad cross-section of people across the state to address issues that affect our children.

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center
Franklin Porter Graham is located in Chapel Hill and is one of the nation’s oldest multidisciplinary centers for the study of young children and their families. Research and education activities focus on child development and health, especially factors that may put children at risk for developmental problems.

POST Online


Afterschool Alliance
The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for quality, affordable programs for all children. It is supported by a group of public, private and nonprofit organizations that share the Alliance’s vision of ensuring that all children have access to afterschool programs by 2010.

Center for the Child Care Workforce (CCW)
CCW is a non-profit research, education and advocacy organization committed to improving the quality of child care by upgrading the compensation, working conditions, and training of child care teachers and family child care providers. CCW coordinates two major efforts, the Worthy Wage Campaign and Early Childhood Mentoring Alliance, to promote leadership and career advancement for teachers and providers.

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)
CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country.

Child Care Parent Provider Information Network
The Child Care Parent/Provider Information Network Web site is designed for anyone caring for children and offers a forum group and chat room centered on child care. The site also contains information about the vendors and publications that support the site.

Children’s Defense Fund (CDF)
CDF is a non-profit research and advocacy organization that exists to provide a strong and effective voice for children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak out for themselves. CDF pays particular attention to the needs of the poor, minority and disabled children. CDF’s goal is to educate the nation about the needs of children and encourage preventing investment in children before they get sick, drop out of school, or get into trouble.

The Children’s Foundation
The Children’s Foundation is a private educational national non-profit organization that strives to improve the lives of children and those who care for them. The Foundation conducts research and provides information and training on federal food programs, quality child care, leadership development, health care and enforcement of court-ordered child support.

Connect for Kids
Connect for Kids is an information, knowledge and action center for adults who want to make their communities work for children. The Connect for Kids web site allows you one-stop shopping for dozens of children’s issues and is linked to hundreds organizations that are campaigning for kids across the country.

Family Education Network

Federal Child Care Bureau
The Child Care Bureau is dedicated to enhancing the quality, affordability, and supply of child care available for all families. Child Care Bureau administers Federal funds to States, Territories, and Tribes to assist low income families in accessing child care for children while parents work or participate in education or training. The Child Care Bureau is part of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families in the United States Department of Health and Human Services. A nice resource produced by this agency is the Four Steps to Selecting a Child Care Provider guide.

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA)
NACCRRA is dedicated to providing the most up-to-date and useful information to parents seeking child care, child care professionals, members, and child care advocates. The Child Care Aware initiative provides good information on finding quality child care and community child care resources. The NACCRRA site also provides a listing of child care resource and referral agencies (groups like Child Care Services Association) throughout the northern hemisphere. NACCRRA also publishes a quarterly newsletter called The Daily Parent.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
NAEYC exists for the purpose of leading and consolidating the efforts of individuals and groups working to achieve healthy development and constructive education for all young children. Primary attention is devoted to assuring the provision of high quality early childhood programs for young children. National Child Care Association NCCA is a professional trade association representing the private, licensed early childhood care and education community. NCCA has a dual advocacy for quality, affordable child care as well as the business child care.

National Black Child Development Institute
NBCDI serves as a critical resource for improving the h and families through direct services, public education programs, leadership training and research.

National Center for Early Development and Learning (NCEDL)
Research at NCEDL focuses on enhancing the cognitive, social and emotional development of children from birth to eight.

National Child Care Information Center
The National Child Care Information Center (NCCIC), a project of the Child Care Bureau, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a national resource that links information and people to complement, enhance, and promote the child care delivery system, working to ensure that all children and families have access to high-quality comprehensive services.

National Conference of State Legislators
NCSL is a bipartisan organization dedicated to serving the lawmakers and staffs of the nation’s 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. The Conference is a source for research, publications, consulting services, meetings and seminars. It is the nation’s conduit for lawmakers to communicate with one another and share ideas. The Conference is an effective and respected voice for the states in Washington D.C. representing their interest before Congress, the administration and federal agencies.

National Governors Association (NGA)
NGA is the only bipartisan national organization of, by, and for the nation’s governors. Through the NGA, the governors identify priority issues and deal collectively with issues of public policy and governance at both the national and state levels. The association’s mission is to provide a forum for governors to exchange views and experiences among themselves, assistance in solving state-focused problems, information on state innovations and practices, and a bipartisan forum for governors to establish, influence, and implement policy on national issues.

National Head Start Association (NHSA)
NHSA is the membership organization representing Head Start parents, staff, directors and friends across the nation. Major activities of the NHSA include education and advocacy on behalf of Head Start children, families and programs; quarterly publication of the NHSA journal, regular policy and legislative updates, special studies and reports; two annual training conferences and leadership institutes. NHSA focuses on issues that shape the future of Head Start, and uses its national voice to inform communities, state, corporate America, and Washington lawmakers of it concerns.

National Institute on Out-of-School Time
NIOST’s mission is to improve the quantity and quality of school age child care programs nationally through collaborative work with communities, individuals and organizations and to raise the level of public awareness about the importance of children’s out-of-school time. The Institute concentrates its efforts in four primary areas: research, education and training, consultation and program development.

National Network for Child Care
National Network for Child Care offers an internet source of over 1000 publications and resources related to child care; an e-mail listserve providing a way to communicate nationally and internationally with others who care about children and child care; support and assistance from experts in child care and child development; and a newsletter for family child care, center-based care, and school-age child care.

National Parent Information Network (NPIN)

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care 
National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care’s primary mission is to promote health and safety in out-of-home child care settings throughout the nation.

National School-Age Care Alliance
NSACA is the only national organization representing the wide array of public school, private and community-based providers of after school programs for children and youth 5-14 years old. NSACA has over 7,000 members and thirty-three affiliated state organizations. NSACA stages the largest national training conference for after-school practitioners and advocates. NSACA promotes national standards for quality school-age care, and grants accreditation to programs meeting the standards. The mission of NSACA is to support professionals to provide quality program for school-age children and youth during their out-of-school time. NSACA accomplishes this mission through training and technical assistance to individuals and groups, promoting standards for the school-age care profession and by advocating on behalf of those professionals and children they serve.

Parenting Resources Child Development Institute (children and teens)

Talking with Kids About Tough Issues (Children Now & the Kaiser Family Foundation)

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families
Administration for Children & Families

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Office of Child Care
Office of Child Care

USA Child Care
USA Child Care is a national membership association of child care and early education providers and advocates who deliver services directly to children and families. The mission of USA Child Care is to serve as a national voice for these direct service providers to ensure quality, comprehensive early care and education that are affordable and accessible to all families.

WestEd is a research, development and service agency that works with education and other communities to promote excellence, achieve equality and improve learning for children, youth and adults.

Zero To Three
Zero To Three/National Center for Infants, Toddlers & Families is the only national organization dedicated solely to infants, toddlers and their families. Directed by a board of nationally-recognized experts in a wide range of disciplines, Zero To Three both gathers and disseminates information through its publications, its journal (Zero To Three), the annual National Training Institute, its Fellowship Program, specialized training opportunities, and technical assistance to communities, states and the federal government.