Helpful Links and Suggestions on Various Topics:
http://www.naeyc.org/ – 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.
http://www.healthychildcare.org/ -Everyday millions of young children leave home to spend part or most of their day in some type of child care setting. This site contains information to help parents make the best child care choice, as well as valuable resources specifically for child care providers.
http://www.starnet.org/ – Illinois STARnet -Illinois STARNET provides a variety of opportunities for personal and professional growth for those who touch the lives of young children, ages birth through eight, with an emphasis on children with special needs. STARNET supports family-centered, researched and effective practices in early childhood education and care.
http://www.naccrra.org/ – National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies – To promote national policies and partnerships to advance the development and learning of all children and to provide vision, leadership, and support to community Child Care Resource & Referral.
http://www.inccrra.org - The Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (INCCRRA) is a statewide organization which – in partnership with its 16 partner Child Care Resources and Referral (CCR&R) agencies – is a recognized leader, catalyst and resource for making high quality, affordable early care and education and school-age options available for children and families in Illinois.
For kids and families:
http://www.frecklescrafts.com - Freckles Craft Kits offer convenient, safe, educational and fun craft projects for children ages three and older. Along with our wide selection of everyday crafts, Freckles Crafts also specialize in a variety of crafts for holidays such as: Christmas, Hanukkah, Halloween, Valentines Day, Easter, and 4th of July. The finished crafts make perfect hand made gifts for children to give to friends and relatives.
http://www.kidperks.com - A resource for parents, teachers, educators, home school families and children from Mommy Perks. This site offers a safe place to browse and search for kid-friendly websites to visit – many of which offer an educational learning experience.