Early Childhood Links
- National Head Start Association - The National Head Start Association is a private not-for-profit membership organization dedicated exclusively to meeting the needs of Head Start children and their families. It represents more than 1 million children, 200,000 staff and 2,700 Head Start programs in the United States. The Association provides support for the entire Head Start community by advocating for policies that strengthen services to Head Start children and their families; by providing extensive training and professional development to Head Start staff; and by developing and disseminating research, information, and resources that enrich Head Start program delivery.
- National Association for the Education of Young Children - The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8. NAEYC is committed to becoming an increasingly high performing and inclusive organization.
- National Family Child Care Association - NAFCC is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to strengthening the profession of family child care.
- California Department of Education - The mission of the California Department of Education is to provide leadership, assistance, oversight, and resources so that every Californian has access to an education that meets world-class standards.
- Los Angeles County Office of Education - LACOE operates the largest Head Start-State Preschool program in the nation by contracting with 27 agencies who employ a staff of more than 3000 people. LACOE Head Start-State Preschool provides essential services directly to children and their families within multiple diverse communities throughout the county. LACOE Head Start-State Preschool office provides program oversight, program monitoring, technical assistance, and staff training to each delegate to ensure there are excellent learning programs, parent participation, community organizations and resources available to help enrich children academically and socially, while strengthening the entire family.
- Los Angeles Universal Preschool - Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) is an independent public benefit corporation created in 2004 and funded by First 5 LA – the commission established by Proposition 10. LAUP’s goal is to make voluntary, high-quality preschool available to every 4-year-old child in Los Angeles County, regardless of their family’s income, by 2014.
- Los Angeles County Children’s Planning Council - The Los Angeles County Children’s Planning Council – a countywide public/private collaborative – is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families by encouraging partnerships, promoting the use of data, developing resources and tools, and emphasizing the importance of outcomes and results. Our goal is to build stronger and more effective systems that serve families and children, build linkages between government and community, and improve planning efforts so that we increase the probability of successful actions that enhance child and family well-being throughout Los Angeles