Useful Links

The Arkansas Early Childhood Association offers the following list of internet links as potential resources for early care and education professionals.

For the most part, these links connect to sites hosted by reputable, non-profit entities. As with all internet and published materials, please use common sense and caution when selecting and using the information listed on these and any internet sites.

While each site was selected after carefully consideration, AECA is not responsible for the content listed on any of these links.
This is only a partial list for any of the categories listed.

Arkansas Related Resources

Arkansas Department of Education

Arkansas Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education

Child Care Licensing Regulations

Early Childhood Frameworks (PDF)

Infant/Toddler Framework (PDF)

Kindergarten Readiness (PDF)

Center for Effective Parenting

State of Arkansas



Assessment Links


American Education Research Association Position Statement on High-stakes Testing in PreK – 12 Education

Early Childhood Research & Practice (online journal)

Linking Standards and Engaged Learning in the Early Years

Three Approaches from Europe: Waldorf, Montessori, Reggio Emilia

National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Position Paper on Curriculum, Assessment and Program Evaluation

National Institute for Early Education Research Assessment Data Base

North Central Regional Educational Library (NCREL) Critical Issues in Assessment

Southern Early Childhood Association Position Paper on Assessing Development and Learning in Young Children (PDF)

Zero to Three New Visions for Parents


Child Development Links


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Child Development Institute: Child Development and Parenting Information

Medline Plus (NIH): Child Development

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

PBS: ABC’s of Child Development

Speech and Language Development

Tufts University Child & Family Web


Curriculum Development/Milestones Links


Curriculum Disputes in Early Childhood (ERIC Digest)

Dialogue on Early Childhood Math, Science and Technology Education

Early Childhood Building Blocks Computers: Tools for Intentional Teaching and Learning (PDF)

What Does Research Say About Early Childhood Education (NCREL)

The Project Approach

Te Whariki – New Zealand’s Approach to Early Childhood Curriculum


General Resource Links

Cerebral Palsy Guide 

Child Care Aware

Child Care Law Center

Child Care Bureau (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Clearinghouse on Early Education and Parenting

Council for Professional Recognition (CDA)

Good Start, Grow Smart (President Bush’s Early Care and Education Initiative)

Family Support America

Head Start Bureau

National Center for Early Development and Learning

National Child Care Information Center

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education

Pre-K Now

Safe Kids USA

Small Business Administration’s Child Care Modules (PDF)

Success By Six

Zero to Three (National Center for Infants, Toddlers & Families


Guidance Links


Center on the Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning

Dealing with Biting Behaviors in Young Children/Clearinghouse on Early Education and Parenting

Discipline Methods for Teachers

Functional Behavior Assessment

Positive Guidance and Discipline (appropriate for both parents and teachers but parent focus)


National Professional Organizations Related to Early Care and Education


American Association for the Child’s Right to Play

American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

Association for Childhood Education International

Child Care Workforce/American Federation of Teachers

Council on Exceptional Children/Division for Early Childhood

National After School Association

National Association for the Education of Young Children

National Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies

National Child Care Association

National Head Start Association

Society for Research in Child Development

Southern Early Childhood Association