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Promoting Professional Development and High Quality Early Childhood and School-Age Programmes
 Council on Children and Families
 Deborah Benson, Executive Director
National Organizations
New York State Partners

The following links contain general information about early childhood and school-age organizations and programs. Additional links to colleges, universities, training organizations, college financing organizations, and other sites with more specific information are included in the Career Development Resource Guide, College and University Database, and the Training Resources Database.

A. National Organizations
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - NAEYC is the largest membership organization of people working and/or interested in early childhood. (opens in a new window)

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) - NACCRRA is the national network of more than 850 child care resource and referral centers (CCR&Rs) located in every state and most communities across the nation. CCR&R centers help families, child care providers, and communities find, provide, and plan for affordable, quality child care. (opens in a new window)

National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) - NBCDI is a national organization dedicated to improve and protect the quality of life of African American children and their families. (opens in a new window)

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) - NAFCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care. (opens in a new window)

National Head Start Association (NHSA) - NHSA is the national organization dedicated exclusively to meeting the needs of Head Start children and their families. (opens in a new window)

United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF) - ACF is the federal agency that funds head start programs and the NYS Head Start Collaboration Project. (opens in a new window)

B. New York State Partners


New York State Association for the Education of Young Children (NYSAEYC) - Is the state affiliate of the national organization. NYSAEYC has local chapters in most communities in New York State, sponsors and annual state conference, and administers the Children's Program Administrator Credential and the Infant/Toddler Care and Education Credential. (opens in a new window)

New York State Early Care and Learning Council - a statewide, not-for-profit, membership organization dedicating to promoting excellence in early care and education with equal access for all families. This is accomplished primarily through the support of and in partnership with a strong network of community-based organizations that provide Child Care Resource and Referral services. (opens in a new window)

New York State Council on Children and Families (CCF) - CCF is a state agency charged with acting as a neutral body to coordinate the state health, education, and human service systems to ensure that all children and families in New York State have the opportunity to reach their full potential. In this capacity, the Council works on a variety of issues and projects related to early childhood care and education, school-age child care, and family literacy. (opens in a new window)

New York State Education Department Universal Prekindergarten Program - SED is the state agency that funds the Universal and Experimental Prekindergarten Programs. (opens in a new window)

New York State Early Childhood Education Online (NYSECEO) - NYSECEO is an early childhood online associate degree program sponsored by a consortium of New York State community colleges. (opens in a new window)

New York State Even Start Family Literacy Partnerships - Even Start Family Literacy Partnerships provide intensive family literacy services that involve parents and children in a cooperative effort to help parents become full partners in the education of their children and assist children in reaching their full potential as learners. (opens in a new window)

New York State Family Child Care Association - The Family Child Care Association of New York State, Inc. is a non-profit, professional statewide organization dedicated to supporting family child care providers and associations. Members include advocates of quality childcare - providers, parents, and agency staff. (opens in a new window)

New York State School-age Care Coalition - The New York State School-age Care Coalition promotes the growth and development of high quality school-age programs for children, their families, and staff in the State of New York. (opens in a new window)

New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)- OCFS is the state agency responsible for licensing and regulating child care programs in New York State. OCFS also manages the Child Care Block Grant, which provides financial support to low-income families so that they can afford the costs of child care, and a number of initiatives designed to improve the quality of early childhood and school-age programs. (opens in a new window)

Research Foundation of the State University of New York Training Strategies Group - The Training Strategies Group through a contract with the Office of Children and Families provides a system of videoconference training on a variety of topics and training in health and safety and the provision of medication. The Training Strategies Group also manages the Educational Incentive Program, which provides financial assistance to people working in licensed or registered child care programs so that they are able to afford the costs of education and training. (opens in a new window)

Winning Beginning New York - Winning Beginning New York is a statewide campaign working to inform policy-makers and the public about the many benefits of early learning to children, families and society. The campaign aims to build a broad-based constituency to make investment in quality early care and education a top public priority in New York State. (opens in a new window)