Resources

EDUCATION
Early Childhood and Learning Knowledge Center (ECLKC)– On this site you can find everything you would like to know about the Head Start Program and services. http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc
WaKIDS– From the State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). This page has helpful information on Kindergarten’s participating in WaKIDS and data about your local school district. http://www.k12.wa.us/wakids/
U.S. Department of Education- If you are interested in learning more about what is taking place within education nationwide, laws, and even information about grants and going back to school. http://www.ed.gov/
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)– The nation’s leading voice for high-quality education for children from birth through age 8. A website that has a variety of educational topics and information. http://www.naeyc.org/
Education.com- Bringing learning to life with 6 million visitors each month, Education.com is the fastest growing site in its class and the go-to destination for involved parents. From kindergarten readiness through college prep, Education.com gives parents the information they need and the ideas they want to help their kids reach their full potential and make learning fun. http://www.education.com
ZERO TO THREE- Is a national, nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development. Our mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life.
The “Love. Talk. Play.” Campaign– Aims to surround parents of children birth to age 3 with simple messages about three key things all parents can and need to be doing with their children every day: love, talk and play. http://lovetalkplay.org/
Head Start Center for Inclusion- Our website contains a wealth of information on supporting and including children with special needs in the classroom and home. home.http://depts.washington.edu/hscenter/families
PAVE– An advocacy group who provide information, support, advocacy and training for Parents. PAVE, a non-profit organization, exists to share information and resources with people whose lives are linked to children and adults with disabilities. http://www.wapave.org/
The Boston Children’s Museum -has great resources for STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) in Early Childhood. http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/stem-sprouts
Investing In Children’s Coalition South Central Washington- Is an Early Learning Coalition serving Yakima and Kittitas Counties, here you can access  information on Early Learning partnerships within our communities  http://investinginchildren.org/
PLAYDATE Magazine- We’re all about community events and happenings, activities and recreation; about where to locate educational opportunities and fun; and about how to find useful products and services specific to the needs of busy young families http://www.playdatemagazine.com/

HEALTH AND SAFETY
Parent Help 123– Helping families in Washington State find programs and resources. http://www.parenthelp123.org/
SAFE KIDS– An informational site dedicated to keeping children of all ages safe. The site is filled with resource safety topics and regular updates important for children, parents, families and the community. http://www.safekids.org/
LET’S MOVE– A campaign promoting physical well being in schools and home.  It is also an initiative to promote physical activity throughout all schools across the nation. A resource for families to help in planning, cooking and activities for a healthier lifestyle. http://letsmoveschools.org/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)– Increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. http://www.cdc.gov/
The Washington Poison Center (WAPC) is a statewide provider of immediate, free*, and expert treatment advice and assistance on the telephone in case of exposure to poisonous, hazardous, or toxic substances. All calls are confidential. *There is a $45 fee for all animal calls. Poison Emergency? Call 1-800-222-1222 http://www.wapc.org/
Children’s Alliance- We’re advocates for kids. We ensure that laws, policies and programs work for kids, and we hold our leaders accountable until they secure the resources required to make all children safe and healthy. http://www.childrensalliance.org/
The School Safety Center -(Also from the State of WA OSPI) Provides resources to schools and parents on a broad spectrum of safety related topics such as bullying, internet safety, substance abuse prevention, suicide prevention, discipline and truancy. We also help schools develop comprehensive safe school plans that prepare schools for on-campus emergencies, security issues, and large scale disasters. https://www.k12.wa.us/safetycenter/default.aspx
E-Cycle Washington -Wait don’t throw that away, many items that can become hazardous in your household are also hazardous in the landfill and out in the environment. You can help to have a healthy and lasting impact on our future generations. Are you looking for a place to take items to be recycled? E-Cycle Washington can help. They have links to direct you to several drop of locations in Yakima County. For specific information on what is accepted and where, visit http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/swfa/eproductrecycle/ and click on the (Where Can I Recycle?) tab on the left side of the webpage.
National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW)- Is an unprecedented public safety resource that provides the public with access to sex offender data nationwide. NSOPW is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Justice and state, territorial, and tribal governments, working together for the safety of adults and children. http://www.nsopw.gov/ and also Yakama registry http://yakama.nsopw.gov/

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