A strong, independent voice for all children of America
A comprehensive resource tailored to meet educators’ specific needs and the needs of the children in their care. Early childhood teachers can find step-by-step activities, materials lists and outcomes all in one, convenient place.
The nation's largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through third grade.
Sponsors comprehensive and challenging research in order to help ensure that America's young children are successful in school and beyond and to enhance their quality of life and that of their families.
Disseminates timely information on major issues related to children's well-being.
Supports early childhood education initiatives by providing objective, nonpartisan information based on research.
One of the most significant findings to emerge from research on dropouts is that early identification is vital to effective prevention. Although we tend to think of students dropping out during their last years of high school, many are lost long before that. Social and task-related behavioral problems that develop into school adjustment problems can be identified at the beginning of the elementary grades. The dropout problem is not one that can be addressed exclusively at the middle or high school levels; by then it is too late for some students.
The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) is an international membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of young children with disabilities and other special needs. Their mission is to promote policies and advance evidence-based practices to support the optimal development of young children with special needs.