Online Resources

Birth to Three  A private non-profit organization that provides parenting education and support to families with young children to: share parenting experiences; increase their knowledge of early childhood development; learn about community resources; and create support networks among themselves.

Born Learning  Everyday life is a learning experience for children. Born learning is a public engagement campaign that helps parents, grandparents, and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities.

211  A searchable database used to access information and resources in Mid-Michigan. The database has information on the program and services of over 600 agencies located in Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Genesee, Hillsdale, Lenawee, Livingston and Jackson, and Shiawassee Counties.  This website also has information on over 200 regional, state and national agencies. Information can be found by listings of agency names, keywords or by categories. Each agency listed includes links to the agencies websites and maps of service locations. 

Committee for Economic Development  Engaged in an aggressive national campaign to build the momentum surrounding investment in early education. The report calls for free, high quality preschool education for all children age 3 and over who have not yet entered kindergarten.

The Every Child Matters Education Fund  Provides opportunities for focusing public attention on important children’s issues including the prevention of child abuse and neglect, improving the health of low-income children, and finding solutions in child care, early childhood education, after-school programs, and responsible decisions on federal budget and tax issues.

Families and Work Institute (FWI)  A nonprofit center for research that provides data to inform decision-making on the changing workforce, changing family and changing community.

Michigan's Children  A statewide, independent voice for children and there families. We work with law makers, business leaders and communities to make Michigan a place where all children have the opportunity to thrive.

Michigan Office of Great Start  Offers information on Michigan's Great Start System and the Michigan Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC).

National Center for Families Learning  Envisions a world where every child in every community receives the literacy support he or she needs from responsible, caring adults in order to succeed in school and in life. NCFL's services include professional development for practitioners who work in children's education, adult education, English as a Second Language, and related literacy fields; model program development; policy and advocacy support to sustain and expand literacy services for families; and the Family Literacy Alliance, a membership program.

The North American Reggio Emilia Alliance  A network of educators, parents, and advocates seeking to elevate both the quality of life and the quality of schools and centers for children inspired by the Reggio approach.

Parenting Counts  A Focus on Early Learning, co-developed by Talaris and KCTS Seattle/Television, brings the research on best parenting practices into parent’s daily lives through a series of television spots and workshops to: Stimulate greater awareness of early learning (birth to five years);Promote more effective parenting and caregivers techniques ; and Enhance parent-child relationships.

Parents' Action for Children  A non-partisan organization founded by actor/director Rob Reiner, is mobilizing parents to stand up for policies that put children and families first. It offers a wide range of information for parents, from discipline to sleep, from child care to health information.

Parents As Partners  Designed for educators who want to help parents help their children. When parents are involved with their children grades improve; behavior improves; motivation increases; and school attendance goes up.

Parents as Teachers (PAT)  An international early childhood parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten, usually age 5. The program is designed to enhance child development and school achievement through parent education accessible to all families.

The Parent Institute  Encourages parent involvement in the education of their children and publishes a variety of materials including newsletters, booklets, brochures, and videos.

Partnership for Learning  A nationally award-winning, non-profit that helps schools and communities work together to boost learning from birth through the transition to college. The Partnership publishes reports, conducts trainings, and coordinates programs as a non-position-taking collaborative resource.

Project Great Start  Encompasses both immediate action and creating a blueprint, or strategic plan, for Michigan's early childhood system of programs, services, and supports for all children from birth to age five. Whether you are a parent, a professional, or anyone involved in the life of a child, the governor invites you to participate in Project Great Start.

Ready4K  This organization has developed policy proposals that integrate the early childhood system, enhance parent education, and improve professional early care and education.

Safe Sleep  A Michigan Department of Human Services website with information regarding crib standards, safe sleep checklists, product recalls and more.

The School Readiness Indicators Initiative  Works with 17 states to develop a comprehensive set of school readiness indicators to inform public policy for young children and their families. It uses child well-being indicators to build a change agenda in states and local communities in order to improve school readiness and ensure early school success.

SECPTAN  A network of experts on early childhood issues available to help state decision makers (governors and their staff, legislators and their staff, and agency heads) design early childhood policies. SECPTAN is a network of early childhood researchers, consultants, policy makers and practitioners.

Terrific Transitions  This website is a collaborative effort of the SERVE Regional Educational Laboratory and the National Head Start Association, to provide a wide variety of transition information and resources for families, professionals, and community partnerships to use as they address children’s transitions into kindergarten.