Resources/Links

Head Start

Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center
This comprehensive website is produced by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start and offers resources for Head Start programs and families.

Office of Head Start
The Office of Head Start is part of the US Dept. of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families and is a direct federal to local program serving low-income children. The program promotes comprehensive education, health, nutrition, dental, mental health, social services and parental involvement opportunities.

National Head Start Association
This nonprofit membership association (of which Virginia Head Start Association is a member) is dedicated to meeting the needs of Head Start children and their families by providing support to its Head Start members.

Virginia Head Start Collaboration Office
The Virginia Head Start State Collaboration Office is part of the Department of Social Services and oversees the head start program and represents its interests on the state level.

Head Start Center for Inclusion
Part of the Center for Quality Teaching and Learning, the Head Start Center for Inclusion is a great new resource on inclusion of children with disabilities. Its goal is to increase the competence, confidence and effectiveness of personnel in Head Start programs to include children with disabilities.

Education and Learning

Baby Sign Language
Baby sign language is a great way to help you communicate with your pre-verbal baby. Baby sign language helps babies that are ready to communicate, but can’t quite bridge the gap to full speech.

Health and Safety

Child Care Weather Watch Chart
Guide produced by Iowa Department of Public Health, Healthy Child Care Iowa to help explain weather conditions.

Virginia Health Information Project
The VHIP is a one-stop source for Reliable, non-commercial Virginia health information.

Early Childhood Mental Health Virginia
Training, Technical Assistance & Resources for Families, Caregivers and Providers of Children, Birth to Age Eight in Virginia

Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO)
The ECHO Initiative serves Early Head Start as the National Resource Center on Early Hearing Detection and Intervention.

1in5kids.org -- Campaign for Children's Mental Health
The Campaign for Children’s Mental Health is a 3-year sustained effort to make mental health services more available and accessible to the children in Virginia who need them, regardless of where the children live or what “system” identifies their needs.

Virginia's Family Nutrition Program
Funded under NIFA (National Institute of Food and Agriculture), and part of Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Family Nutrition Program helps low income families and children learn to eat healthier and move more throughout the state of Virginia in a variety of ways.

ConsumerWatch Children's Section
ConsumerWatch website is supported by The Consumer Product Safety Commission, an independent government agency created to protect Americans from harmful products that could result in serious injury or death. The agency creates product safety standards and guidelines for companies and manufacturers to follow when creating consumer goods.

Baby Proofing and Kids Home Safety Guide
A safety guide, which includes chapters on common household hazards for children of all ages, tv and internet safety for kids, firearm and gun safety for kids, and home childproofing tips.

Nutrition and Fitness Guide for students of all levels
A guide to help students of all ages and their families better understand the effects of poor nutrition and obesity, and how best to eat well, exercise, and live a healthy life.

Blue Ridge Poison Control Center
The Blue Ridge Poison Center (BRPC) is staffed by nurses and doctors specially trained to handle all sorts of poisonings: from medicines, plants, household products, industrial chemicals, snake bites, carbon monoxide, and more. They offer free to print materials, magnets and quarterly newsletters.

Protecting Children’s Privacy – A Guide for Parents, Carers and Educators
Information on how to better protect your child's internet privacy online and social media.

General Early Child Care and Development

NACCRRA Army and Navy Partnerships (PDF)
NACCRRA, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, works with more than 600 state and local Child Care Resource & Referral agencies to ensure that families in every local community have access to quality, affordable child care.

The Soho Center
The Soho Center promotes quality child care nationally with a special focus on early children's literacy, school readiness, and school success, while also providing a variety of reliable web-based health, nutrition, and safety resources.

Virginia Child Care Aware of Virginia
Child Care Aware® of Virginia is a community-based network of early care and education specialists whose purpose is to deliver services to families, child care professionals and communities to increase the accessibility, availability, and quality of child care in Virginia.

Zero To Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families
ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. Our mission is to promote the health and development of infants and toddlers.

Advocacy

Center for Law and Social Policy
CLASP seeks to improve the lives of low-income people. It is a nonpartisan organization that develops and advocatse for federal, state and local policies to strengthen families and create pathways to education and work.

National Women’s Law Center
The National Women's Law Center's mission is to protect and advance the progress of women and girls at work, in school, and in virtually every aspect of their lives.

Family Resources

Virginia Earned Income Tax Credit
EITC is a federal tax credit for low-to-middle income working individuals and families. To qualify you must file an income tax return -- even if the IRS doesn't require filing taxes for your income level. Virginia specific information provided by the Dept. of Social Services.

Family Access to Medical Insurance Security
FAMIS is Virginia's health insurance program for children. It makes health care affordable for children of eligible families. FAMIS covers all the medical care growing children need to avoid getting sick, plus the medical care that will help them get better if they do get sick or get hurt.

211Virginia
2-1-1 is an easy to remember phone number connecting people with free information on available community services. When you dial 2-1-1, a trained professional listens to your situation and suggests sources of help using one of the largest databases of health and human services in Virginia. It also offers resources via the internet on their website.

Lifeline
Lifeline is a government benefit program that provides a discount on monthly telephone service for eligible low-income subscribers to help ensure they can connect to the nation's communications networks, find jobs, access health care services, connect with family and their children's schools, and call for help in an emergency. Lifeline is supported by the federal Universal Service Fund (USF).