Here at Teaching Channel, we're excited to add early childhood education (ECE) videos to our library. To support our new collection of early childhood videos, we went on the hunt for helpful ECE resources. Learn more about these organizations and enjoy some free resources.
Early Childhood Education Organizations
1. National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC): The NAEYC is dedicated to providing educational equality for children from birth to age eight. Here's a link to research, including several publications focusing on professional development in ECE, ideas for lessons, and a peer-reviewed journal on ECE topics. More professional development links here.
2. First 5 California: A California initiative created by a statewide referendum that designs programs tailored to children ages 0-5. Programs include health and nutrition, literacy and language development. The parents' page has activities, tips, and information that walks parents through the stages of early childhood development.
3. Dept of Education: You will find lots of great links here to ECE programs like Head Start and others promoting literacy, health and nutrition, learning through educational TV programming, etc. Links to resources for parents, teachers and administrators, as well as PD for teachers and links to research.
4. NYC Dept of Ed: Resources for teachers and parents. There is a pre-K Common Core section, as well as a section on behavior management.
5. Head Start: Resources for assessment, planning and curriculum. Links to PD training are here. There's a collection of great Math activities and "Picturing America," which provides reproductions of famous works of art along with activities associated with the pieces designed to promote development in a number of content areas.
6. NY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute: The New York City Early Childhood Professional Development Institute (PDI) has lots of great links to educational games and websites, and an interesting section on special education.
8. Scholastic: Links for ECE professionals, including research, parent resources, and a few literacy initiatives. Some of the resources are bilingual.
9. EducationWorld: This site has won a bunch of awards for providing resources to parents and teachers, including lesson plans, ideas for how to integrate technology in the classroom, and articles. They have hundreds of activities created by Ed World's ECE editor.
10. Smithsonian: "Looking at Art with Toddlers" is an interesting resource. They also have some podcasts for parents and a couple of articles about how museums and libraries help with ECE.
11. Colorin Colorado: A bilingual website dedicated to promoting literacy for children who are English language learners. The link below directs to 1-page PDFs of reading tips for parents for Pre-K through 3rd grade. Offered in 11 languages.
12. EdWeek: Early Years: A blog about early childhood education.
13. University of Houston: Links to a number of lesson plans for various age groups (preK, kindergarten, etc.).
14. Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL): Run by Vanderbilt University in collaboration with other universities to strengthen Head Start programs promoting social and emotional skills in children. CSEFEL has some helpful training kits and training modules.
15. Teaching Pyramid: Developed by CSEFEL (above) - this link is the approach taken by California to improve social and emotional outcomes for children. There are various ways for teachers to gain PD through the site, including leadership teams, teaching modules, and coaching.