National Organizations

FARE is an organization that offers helpful decoding of food labels and strategies for preventing serious reactions for individuals allergic to specific types of foods. Publications include training kits, handouts, lists of hidden ingredients in many foods.

The FNIC federal website of the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides a directory to credible, accurate, and practical food and nutrition resources for consumers, nutrition and health professionals, educators and government personnel. You will find links to current obesity prevention websites on the home page of FNIC - Dietary Guidelines for Americans, core messages about healthy eating, Let's Move, My Plate Super Tracker and more. 12/2012

The Healthy Child Care America (HCCA) Child Care Health Partnership website is maintained by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Early Education and Child Care Initiatives. It has a well populated resource library about health and safety as well as self-learning modules and workshop curricula about safe sleep for infants, preventing infectious disease and medication administration. Updated 2-2016. 

This website was launched by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the public and for professionals. It presents trustworthy, evidence-based (scientifically evaluated) information about vaccine-preventable diseases and their vaccines. The website is organized by age group — Infants / Children, Preteens, Teens, and Adults. The website offers timely, accurate, and proven information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent. It features hundreds of valuable resources, accessed by easy key word searches. The website has about 100 vaccine-related videos. Also, it has public service announcements, educational materials and personal stories about suffering and death when people go without being immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases. 2/28/2013

The website of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners has handouts to download on topics such as Nutrition and Feeding, Flu, and Coping with Disasters and Traumatic Events. Also listed are websites for parents and caregivers which provide useful information on topics such as Vesicouretural Reflux (VUR), Pediatric Tracheostomy Care, Keeping Track of Medications, and many more. A few of the older handouts and links need to be updated. For example, the recommended amount of juice that children should be allowed to have is now less than 4 ounces in a day. However, most of the information is clear, current and easy for teachers and parents to use. Many of these handouts are available in English and Spanish. 12/2012

The National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement delivers technical assistance to support State and Territory Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) grantees in their efforts to develop and enhance quality improvement efforts, including quality rating and improvement systems, QRIS. The foundation of QRIS systems is strengthened licensing and health and safety standards. Expert staff members work with CCDF grantees (states and terriorial govenment agencies) to help them reach their quality goals. They also identify and share research-based promising practices and work with Child Care Technical Assistance Network Partner staff and Office of Head Start personnel to address cross-sector system issues ine early childhood programs. To learn more, contact the center at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network seks to improve the quality of care and access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities in the U.S. This website is for parents, caregivers, educators and other professionals. To do their work, the NCTSN collaborates with health, mental health, education, law enforcement, child welfare, juvenile justice and military family service systems. Pertinent information for families and early education and child care providers includes information and suggested activities for families and educators to help children cope when they have experieced a traumatic event. 9/02/12

The website for the National Head Start Association for news, services and resources for Head Start grantees and programs. 12/2012

This organization provides updated, practical information on the management of lice and scabies infestations, emphasizing the need to avoid harmful applications of pesticides. Click here for the website with practical tips and tools to address a lice outbreak in group care. 12/2012

Click here to learn how HPPS fosters supervision, age-appropriate design, maintenance and inspections of playgrounds to prevent injuries and promote childhood development. 12/2012