Healthy Children, The American Academy of Pediatrics web site, offers families access to a wide range of information on child health and development, including ages and stages, healthy living, family life, safety and prevention, a symptom checker and ask-the-pediatrician feature.
While promoting a broad range of policies and practices essential to children’s well-being, the Alliance for Childhood works intensively on a few critical issues, including the loss of creative play and hands-on activities in children’s lives, excessive time spent in front of screens instead of in face-to-face engagement with other human beings and the natural world, the commercialization of childhood, the misuse of high-stakes testing, and increasing levels of childhood obesity.
Harvest Resources Associates, founded by Margie Carter and Deb Curtis, designs training and creates resources to actively engage early childhod teachers in ideas and reflective practices that bring theory to life and real life to theory, seeking diverse perspectives and helping teachers and children become emotionally and intellectually engaged with each other in learning. Training, conferences, consultations, books, videos and more.
Maryland SAIL--the Maryland State Dept. of Human Resources Services Access and Information Link----is a web-based system where citizens can learn about social service programs, screen for eligibility, and submit an application. Services include food stamps, child care subsidies, Md. Children's Health Program, medical, cash and disability assistance and more.
The Maryland State Dept. of Education Division of Early Childhood Development is responsible for early care and education in Maryland. Its Office of Child Care is responsible for licensing child care programs, the Child Care Credentialing System, and Child Care Subsidies. Its Early Learning Branch is responsible for Early Childhood Accreditation, the Maryland Model for School Readiness, Preschool Curriculum Project and more.
Access the Montgomery County, Maryland website for information about county
government, public schools, child care and more. Surf to the Department of
Health & Human Services to learn about Montgomery County's subsidy programs
for child care. Get important agency information, hours of service, fees,
accessibility information and transportation updates.
The National AfterSchool Association (NAA) is the leading voice of the afterschool
profession. NAA members represent the entire array of public, private and
community-based providers of after-school programs. NAA promotes national standards
of quality school-age care for children ages 5 to 14 years, and accredits programs
meeting those standards.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a
membership organization committed to fostering the growth and development
of children from birth to age eight. NAEYC provides educational services
and resources to adults who work with children, and accredits early childhood programs.
The National Child Care Information Center is a national clearinghouse and
technical assistance center that links parents, policymakers, researchers
and the public to early care and education information.
St. Matthew Presbyterian Church has a long history of community outreach. In 1971 St. Matthew helped establish Montgomery Child Care Bel Pre, and to this day, provides its home on church property.
Teaching Strategies is the online home of The Creative Curriculum, a research-based comprehensive curriculum and assessment for early childhood education, approved by the Maryland State Dept. of Education, and implemented in Montgomery Child Care Association infant through preschool programs.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission web site provides comprehensive
up to date reports on unsafe products and product recalls. The site can
also be used to report a dangerous product or product related injury.
Zero to Three is the nation's leading resource on the first years of life,
aiming to strengthen and support families, practitioners and communities to
promote the healthy development of babies and toddlers. They communicate
research through books, training, consultations, advocacy, and a professional