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Resources For Families

Helpful Resources

  • National Child Care Information Center —The NCCIC is a national clearinghouse and technical assistance center that provides a wealth of early care and education information.
  • National Child Care Association —The NCCA is active in national childcare issues and works in Washington to balance the quality, affordability, and availability of licensed, private childcare and education programs.
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children —NAEYC administers an accreditation system to improve the quality of education and care provided in programs for young children. Its Web site provides information for families concerning early childhood development and childcare issues.
  • National Network for Child Care —NNCC unites the expertise of many of the nation's leading universities to share knowledge about children and childcare. The site offers over 1000 publications and childcare resources, an e-mail discussion group, a quarterly newsletter, and more.
  • Almanac of Policy Issues: Child Care Issues —The Almanac offers background information, archived documents, and links on childcare issues in the U.S.
  • Administration for Children and Families —The ACF is a federal agency that funds state, territory, local, and tribal organizations to provide family assistance (welfare), child support, childcare, Head Start, child welfare, and other programs relating to children and families.
  • National After School Association —The NAA is a professional association dedicated to the development, education, and care of children and youth during their out-of-school hours. Its site offers publications, articles, and numerous other resources for parents.
  • HealthyKids.com —The companion Web site to the magazine. It provides expert advice on health and safety, food and nutrition, family issues, enriching activities, recipes, and more.
  • Healthy Child —This informative Web site features hundreds of reliable, in-depth articles, resources, and quality information about natural, holistic parenting plus carefully selected natural, non-toxic products for keeping your babies and kids safe and healthy.
  • National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care —The NRC Web site offers links to a variety of childcare resources, state licensing agencies, and guides to choosing a childcare program.
  • Awesome Library - A terrific search engine for lots of topics, including education and parenting.
  • Child Care Aware - Sponsored by National Association of Child Care Referral Agencies (NACCRA), Child Care Action Campaign (CCAC), and the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC). The web site has links to child care provider resources, tips on choosing care and ways to measure quality.
  • Foundation for Early Learning - Supporting the youngest learners, children birth through age five, by providing grants, publications, and resources.
  • National Center for Learning Disabilities - Their mission is to ensure that the 15 million children, adolescents, and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work, and life.
  • Get Ready to Read - Home of the national initiative that seeks to build the early literacy skills of preschool-age children by providing parents, educators, health-care professional and advocates with literacy screening and learning activities as part of early childhood education, child-care, and parenting practices.
  • Preschool California - Preschool California is a nonprofit advocacy organization working to increase access to high-quality preschool for all of California's children, starting with those who need it most.
  • National Institute for Early Education Research - Supports early childhood education initiatives by providing information based on research. News, events, resources, forums, FAQs and state databank.
  • Starfall.com - Where children have fun learning to read!  Great games and activities for young children.

     

Child Care Referral Services

If space at the Children’s Center is not available or you prefer child care closer to your home, CONCERN, a benefit provided to LLNL employees, can refer you to other licensed child care providers. CONCERN also assists with after-school and summer programs and specialized care for dependents with special needs. Refer to CONCERN’s Parenting and Childcare Resources Web page (http://concern-eap.com/) or call them at 1-800-344-4222 during business hours, 6:30 AM to 5:00 PM (PST), Monday through Friday. A CONCERN referral specialist will assist you.

In addition to CONCERN, there are no-cost regional child care referral services available to the public that assist in locating quality, affordable, and convenient licensed child care. 
 
Alameda County
Child Care Links: (925) 417-8733;
www.childcarelinks.org
Bananas: (510) 658-0381; www.bananasinc.org
4C’s: (510) 582-2182; www.4c-alameda.org
 
Contra Costa County
Contra Costa Childcare Council: (925) 676- 5437;
www.cocokids.org
 
San Joaquin County
Family Resource and Referral Center: (209) 948-1553;
www.frrcsj.org