Federal Government Sites
IDEA Website – Building the Legacy IDEA 2004
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.
Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSER)
OSERS is committed to the broad values of Inclusion, Equity and Opportunity for infants, toddlers, children, youth and adults with disabilities to actively participate in all aspects of life. OSERS promotes inclusion, ensures equity and creates opportunity as we strive to improve results and outcomes for children and adults with disabilities.
The ARC of the United States
The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
The Associaton of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
AUCD is a network of interdisciplinary centers advancing policy and practice for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities.
Division for Early Childhood (DEC)
DEC is one of 17 divisions of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the largest professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.
Family Village is a global community that integrates information, resources, and communication opportunities on the Internet for people with cognitive and other disabilities, for their families, and for those that provide them services and support.
IDEA Infant Toddler Coordinators Association
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association is organized as a not-for-profit corporation to promote mutual assistance, cooperation, and exchange of information and ideas in the administration of Part C and to provide support to state and territory Part C coordinators.
National Information Center for Children & Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)
Provides free information on disabilities and disability related issues, focusing primarily on ages 0-22. Also has printed materials in Spanish.
Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA)
The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs to improve state early intervention and early childhood special education service systems, increase the implementation of effective practices, and enhance the outcomes of these programs for young children and their families. Their website includes information about The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and State Part C & 619
The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)
The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country.
A Parent's Resource Guide to Social and Emotional Learning
Edutopia published a curated list of resources for parents and other caregivers about fostering kindness, empathy, resilience, perseverance, and focus in children.
Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive — Families
Every family looks forward to seeing a child’s first smile, first step, and first words. Regular screenings with the support of early care and education providers help raise awareness of a child’s development, making it easier to celebrate milestones and identify possible development concerns as early as possible. With early and regular screening, you can make sure that your children get the support they need to succeed in school and thrive alongside their peers.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)- Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers
Parenting is hard work! But it can also be fun and rewarding. There are many things you can do to help build a safe, stable, and nurturing relationship with your child. This website will help you handle some common parenting challenges, so you can be a more confident parent and enjoy helping your child grow.