Early Childhood Development, Literacy and Education
Baridge, Betty. At a Loss for Words: How America is Failing Our Children and What We Can Do About It. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2005. ISBN: 1592133932
Bardige, Betty. Building Literacy with Love. Washington DC: Zero to Three, 2005. ISBN: 0943657822
Birckmayer, Jennifer, Anne Kennedy, and Anne Stonehouse. From Lullabies to Literature: Stories in the Lives of Infants and Toddlers. Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children, 2008. ISBN: 1928896529
Bardige, Betty. Talk to me, baby! : How Parents and Teachers Can Support Young Children's Language Development.. Baltimore, Md. : Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co., 2009. ISBN: 1557669775
Crane William. Reclaiming Childhood: Letting Children Be Children in Our Achievement-Oriented Society. New York: Times Books, c2003. ISBN: 0508075135
Ezell, Helen K. Shared Storybook Reading: Building Young Children's Language and Emergent Literacy Skills. Baltimore, MD: P.H. Brookes Publishing, 2005. ISBN: 1557668000
Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy. Einstein Never Used Flash Cards: how our children really learn and why they need to play more and memorize less. Rodale, New York: St. Martin's Press, c2003. ISBN: 1594860688
LeComer, Laurie. A Parent's Guide to Developmental Delays : Recognizing & Coping with Missed Milestones in Speech, Movement, Learning, and Other Areas. New York : Perigee, 2006. ISBN: 0399532315
McGuinness, Diane. Growing A Reader From Birth: Your Child’s Path from Language to Literacy. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2004. ISBN: 0393058026
Rogers, Crosby and Janet Sawyer. Play in the Lives of Children. Washington, D.C. : National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1998. ISBN: 0935989099
Rosenkoetter, Sharon E. and Joanne Knapp-Philo. Learning to Read the World: Language and Literacy in the First Three Years. Zero to Three, 2006. ISBN: 0943657865
Singer, Dorothy G. et al. Play=Learning: How Play Motivates and Enhances Children's Cognitive and Social-Emotional Growth. Oxford University Press, 2006. ISBN: 0195304381
Zigler, Edward F., Dorothy G. Singer & Sandra J. Bishop-Josef, eds. Children's Play: The Roots of Reading. Washington, DC: Zero to Three, 2004. ISBN: 094365775X
Erika Christakis and Nicholas Christakis.
Orenstein, Peggy. Kindergarten Cram. New York Times Magazine. May 3, 2009.
Henig, Robin Marantz .
National Scientific Council on the Developing Child.
Ginsburg, Kenneth R., M.D., MSEd.
Alliance for Childhood
Association for Library Services to Children
Autism Society of America (ASA)
Brazelton Touchpoints Center
The Center for Early Childhood Research at the University of Chicago
Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood
Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
The Early Years Institute
The Institute is serves a catalyst for new ideas, partnerships and resources that ensure all children have what they need to succeed and to expand the public will to increase investments in young children.
Get Ready To Read!
Get Ready to Read! (GRTR!) is an early literacy program designed to help parents and early child care providers ensure that young children are equipped with the fundamental skills necessary for learning to read. Literacy activity cards, a free newsletter, and other valuable information are provided on this interactive and usable website.
Harvard Family Research Project - Family Involvement in Early Education
Healthy Children.org from the American Academy of Pediatrics
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its member pediatricians dedicate their efforts and resources to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. The AAP has approximately 60,000 members in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and many other countries. Members include pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists. More than 45,000 members are board-certified and called Fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP).
In Defence of Childhood
The purpose of this organization is to “broaden and refocus public conversation about early childhood and its long-term implications for a child’s life and for society; to restore imaginative play and hands-on, experiential learning as central activities in kindergartens and preschools; and to support stable, loving relation-ships with all adults in children’s lives.” This website also links you to many research articles on children and play, as well as other useful website links.
The Hanen Centre
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Largest organization of early childhood professionals dedicated to improving education for children birth to age eight. Features professional development, parent information, accreditation, public policy, week of the young child, and their own monthly journal – Young Children.
National Center for Family Literacy
National Center for Learning Disabilities
Provides categories for information on early childhood development which includes: ages and stages, language and communication, emotional, social, and brain development. Also includes Spanish resources.
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
Pathways Awareness Foundation
The School Readiness Playbook
This Playbook is a compendium of the latest thinking and best practices on community-level, collaborative efforts to increase school readiness for all young children. It builds on the knowledge and experiences of many communities throughout the country that are weaving together networks of formal and informal re-sources and funding to increase the number of young children who are ready to succeed in school.
Schwab learning is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing reliable, parent-friendly information from experts and other parents dealing with learning disabilities in their child.
Tufts University- Child & Family Web Guide
The Child& Family Web Guide describes reputable websites on topics of interest to professionals and parents. All the sites listed on the WebGuide have been evaluated by graduate students and faculty in child development for quality assurance. There are five main categories of information: family/parenting, education/learning, typical child development, health/mental health, and resources/recreation. These categories are neatly organized, making it easy to navigate through a plethora of information.
Zero to Three
Website of the national center for infants, toddlers, and families. Offers information for professionals and parents. Parent section includes information on play, early literacy, and child development, with a special section on the development of the brain.
Zero to Three- Brain Map
You can start by selecting an age range from the pull-down menu . Depending on the age range, different hotspots on the brain will appear. Click on a hotspot to reveal questions to find out how a baby's brain develops during this period of brain growth. You'll also learn what you can do to enrich a very young child's development.