Resources & Related Links

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Acronyms & Abbreviations - A 4-page PDF reference document for Wisconsin's child care/early childhood acronyms and abbreviations.

Act Early Wisconsin - Information on screening children for disabilities.

Allergy and Asthma Network - Organization working to provide outreach, education, advocacy and research on asthma, allergies and related conditions.

American Academy of Pediatrics - Committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children and adolescents, this website provides information on health related topics from the newsroom on research, professional education, quality improvement and public policy.

American Lung Association - The mission of the American Lung Association is to prevent lung disease and promote lung health.  

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Birth to 3 Program - Wisconsin's early intervention program for infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities and their families.

Bureau of Early Care Regulation (BECR) - Information on statewide licensure of Wisconsin’s child care facilities (including family child care, group child care and day camps).  The purpose is to promote the health, safety and welfare of children in licensed child care.

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Centers for Disease Control and Protection - CDC collaborates to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health - through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.  

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) - A national nonprofit organization that conducts research, policy analysis, technical assistance and advocacy on issues related to economic security for low income families with children.  

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning - A national center focused on strengthening the capacity of child care and Head Start programs to improve the social and emotional outcomes of young children. 

Cerebral Palsy Guide - Cerebral Palsy Guide offers a variety of focused resources, educational information and emotional support for those affected Cerebral Palsy across the United States and abroad.

Certification - Child Care - Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Bureau of Early Childhood Education.

Child Care Law Center (CCLC) - A national nonprofit legal services organization that uses legal tools to make high quality, affordable child care available to every child, every family, and every community.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) - Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Community Nutrition Programs.

Child Care Information Center (CCIC) - A mail-order lending library and information clearinghouse serving anyone in Wisconsin working in the field of child care and early childhood education.

Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) - Help for parents to sort through child care options and assist them in selecting quality child care.

Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program (CYSHCN) - Provides grants to promote care for Wisconsin children and youth with special health care needs and their families.

Children's Trust Fund - Provides family resource centers with best practice information and tools for collecting uniform data and outcome-based evaluation strategies to measure the effectiveness of prevention programs.

Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA) - Agencies provide leadership and coordination of services for school districts, including curriculum development assistance; school district management development; coordination of vocational education; and exceptional education, research, special student classes, human growth and development, data collection processing and dissemination, and in-service programs.  

Council for Professional Recognition - The Council's mission is to emphasize the importance and increase the recognition of professionals who care for children from birth through five years of age in child care center, family child care homes, and as home visitors.

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Division of Early Care and Education (DECE) - The Department of Children and Families (DCF) aims to provide access to affordable, high-quality child care and early education experiences, to enhance our children's development and to support their families in work and parenting roles.

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Early Childhood Career Guide - The intent of this Guide is to provide an overview of early childhood career opportunities in Wisconsin , a summary of key programs and resources, definitions of common terms, and a framework for individualized professional development planning.

Early Childhood Special Education - Special education services to children with identified disabilities, ages three to 21.

Economic Policy Institute: The Keystone Research Center, "Losing Ground in Early Childhood Education" - A study which documents the decline in educational qualifications among early childhood education teachers. 

Email Subscription List - Includes email subscription lists for child care subsidy, certification, manual and provider updates.

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Food Program - Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) - Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Community Nutrition Programs.

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Lead-Safe Wisconsin - Department of Health Services, Lead-Poisoning Prevention.

Licensing - Child Care - Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Bureau of Early Care Regulation.

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National After School Association - The mission of this association is to be the leading voice of the after-school profession dedicated to the development, education, and care of children and youth during their out-of-school hours.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - Nation's largest professional association for early childhood educators, NAEYC works to raise the quality of programs for all children from birth through age eight.

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) - Promotes high-quality family child care through accreditation, leadership training, technical assistance, public education, and policy initiatives.

National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health - Serves as a central source of information on sudden infant death and on promoting healthy outcomes for infants from the prenatal period through the first year of life and beyond. 

National Head Start Association (NHSA) - A private not-for profit membership organization dedicated exclusively to meeting the needs of Head Start children and their families.

National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) - Supports early childhood education initiatives by providing objective, nonpartisan information based on research.

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care - To promote health and safety in out-of-home child care settings throughout the nation. 

National Women's Law Center (NWLC) - Recently released "In Their Own Voices:  Parents and Providers Struggling with Child Care Cuts".  This powerful report is based on 200 in-depth interviews.  

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Parent Support - Supporting Families Together Association   

Pre-K Now - An advocacy and public education organization supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts and other funders.  

Prevent Child Abuse Wisconsin - Wisconsin's largest private, not-for-profit provider of child welfare services.

Professional Development Approval System (PDAS) - An approval process that has been developed to assure that instructors are qualified and competent in their areas of instruction and that the training has quality content.

Public School Kindergarten - All Public elementary schools include 5-year-old kindergarten and may include 4-year-old kindergarten programs.

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Quality Improvement Initiatives - Help parents find and select child care, develop new child care services where needed, support and help sustain existing child care services, identify local child care needs and resources, and provide public information about child care.

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The Registry - A career level system which awards a certificate verifying that an individual has met all State of Wisconsin, Department of Children and Family Services entry level training and is qualified for the position that s/he holds.

R.E.W.A.R.D - Rewarding Education with Wages And Respect for Dedication - Stipend Program is a compensation and retention initiative for members of the early care and education workforce.

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Safe to Sleep - This campaign has been successful in promoting infant back sleeping to parents, family members, child care providers, health professionals, and all other caregivers of infants. 

Sex Offender Registry - Free national US search for registered sex offenders.

Statewide Training Calendar - The statewide, profession-wide, free, web-based interactive training calendar for anyone in the field of child care and education in Wisconsin.

Strengthening Families - An innovative, research-based strategy to prevent child maltreatment by building on the strong relationships that parents of young children typically have with their child care providers.

Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA) - Support those groups that promote quality care, resources and education to enrich the lives of children.

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T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood WISCONSIN - Teacher Education And Compensation Helps - A statewide scholarship program designed to help child care center teaching staff, Head Start teachers, family child care providers, center directors and administrators meet their professional development goals while continuing their current employment in regulated early childhood and school age care settings.

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UMOS Migrant Day Care - Services enhance the overall development of children from migrant farm-worker parents through the consolidation and allocation of administration and social service migrant daycare funds.

United Cerebral Palsy - UCP educates, advocates, and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities.

US Consumer and Product Safety Commission - Charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction.

US Department of Agriculture - Child and Adult Care Food Program - Through the Child and Adult Care Food Program, children in child care settings have access to healthy meals and snacks.

US Office of the Administration for Children & Families  - Promotes a joint federal approach to improve early childhood education and development. ECD includes the Offices of Child Care and Head Start, and the Interagency Team.

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Waisman Center - One of 14 national centers dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about human development and developmental disabilities through research and practice.

Wisconsin Afterschool Association - Provides a professional network for all providers of out-of-school time programs serving the diverse needs of Wisconsin's children and families.

Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health (WI-AIMH) - Focused on promoting healthy social and emotional development of all Wisconsin children birth through age five.

Wisconsin Child Care Administrator's Association - Founded in 1976 to help child care administrators in Wisconsin network with each other, spread the news about issues affecting them, take joint action on advocacy issues, and help administrators find out about classes and training specifically designed to meet their needs.

Wisconsin Child Care Research Partnership (WCCRP) Publications - A partnership with UW-Extension, the Department of Workforce Development, and the Wisconsin CCR&R Network.

Wisconsin Circuit Court Access - Gives access to certain public records of the circuit courts of Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Council on Children and Families - Also Early Education Matters, a nonprofit, multi-issue child and family advocacy agency.

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection - Agency is responsible for food safety, animal and plant health, protecting water and soil and monitoring fair and safe business practices.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Project Learning Tree - Early Childhood Activity Guide and Music/Movement CD - Educational designed materials to teach kids how to think, not what to think, about environmental issues.

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, Division of Industry Services - Safety and Building Code information available in multiple formats, sorted by:  Safety and Building Programs, Safety and Building Topics, and Safety and Building Code Chapter.

Wisconsin Division of Early Care and Education (DECE) - The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) aims to provide access to affordable, high-quality child care and early education experiences, to enhance our children's development and to support their families in work and parenting roles.

Wisconsin Division for Early Childhood (WDEC) - One of seventeen divisions of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) - the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.

Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA) - A statewide, nonprofit organization serving as a professional association whose members care for and educate Wisconsin's children, ages birth to eight.   

Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners - Represents many public and private agencies, associations, and individuals that care about our state's young children and their families.  

WI FACETS - Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training & Support, Inc. (WI FACETS) is a nonprofit organization serving Wisconsin children and adults with disabilities, their families and those who support them.

Wisconsin Family Child Care Association (WFCCA) - A statewide organization of family child care providers and their supporters formed to provide support, involvement, and communication with others in the profession.

Wisconsin Head Start Association (WHSA) - A private not for profit membership organization representing more than 16,000 children, upwards of 3,000 staff and 54 Head Start programs in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) - Operation of two programs that benefit child care providers who are looking for additional funding.  

Wisconsin Immunization Program - Wisconsin Division of Public Health Immunization Program, in partnership and collaboration with local partners, strives to eliminate the transmission of vaccine preventable disease through effective immunization programs and outbreak control measures.

Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR) - A computerized Internet database application that was developed to record and track immunization dates of Wisconsin's children and adults, providing assistance for keeping everyone on track for their recommended immunizations.  

Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards (WMELS) - Derived from research in all the domains of the child's early learning and development and apply to all settings in which children receive care and education. 

Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy Program - Wisconsin Shares is Wisconsin's child care subsidy program that helps families pay for child care.

Wisconsin Technical College System, Early Childhood Education - Two Year Associate Degree Program - Working with and understanding preschool children is the goal of the Child Care and Development program.

Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) - An economic development corporation providing quality business education and access to capital for entrepreneurs. 

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Zero to Three - A nonprofit, multidisciplinary organization that advances the mission to inform, educate and support adults who influence the lives of infants and toddlers. 

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Last Revised:  April 27, 2016

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