The following organizations provide valuable resources to early childhood educators. They are not structured as membership associations.
ACF Office of Child Care (replaced the former Child Care Bureau)
"The Office of Child Care supports low-income working families through child care financial assistance and promotes children's learning by improving the quality of early care and education and afterschool programs."
ACF Office of Head Start
"Head Start promotes the school readiness of young children from low-income families through agencies in their local community. Head Start and Early Head Start programs support the comprehensive development of children from birth to age 5, in centers, child care partner locations, and in their own homes."
Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA)
This Licensed Provider Resources page offers information for those who are licensed and those interested in becoming licensed.
Great Start to Quality: Wayne-Oakland-Macomb Resource Center
This local branch of the Great Start to Quality organization provides an abundance of support for your early childhood education program. From their Lending Library of materials to Training Events for staff, they are available to enrich your program.
Help Me Grow
Create and sustain a collaborative and coordinated community effort that provides culturally relevant and high quality services that support, empower and engage ALL Oakland County families and children as active members of the community from the prenatal period to age eight.
Parents as Teachers
"Parents as Teachers helps organizations and professionals work with parents during the critical early years of their children's lives, from conception to kindergarten." It provides curricula development, training, and advocacy in early childhood policy.
"Reggio Children - International Center for the Defense and Promotion of the Rights and Potentials of All Children - is a mixed public-private company established in 1994 on the initiative of Loris Malaguzzi and the commitment of a group of local citizens, with the aim to manage the educational and cultural exchange initiatives that had been taking place for many years between the municipal early childhood institutions of Reggio Emilia and a large number of educators and researchers from around the world.
The company aims and purposes are inspired by the contents and values of the educational experience of the Municipal Infant-toddler Centers and Preschools of Reggio Emilia, and its mission is to carry out experimental research, to promote and disseminate high quality education worldwide."
Zero to Three
ZERO TO THREE is a national nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and the know-how to nurture early development.