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Center of Excellence for Early Childhood Learning & Development

College of Education



Reach Out and Read - Reach Out and Read is a nonprofit organization that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.

Child Care and Early Education Research Connections ...launched in 2004, promotes high quality research in child care and early education and the use of that research in policy making.

STEM Resources for Early Childhood Educators available from NAEYC

Kids Count: The State of the Child in Tennessee ...from the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth   "....a directory of state-operated and state-funded services for children and families". The official weblog of the Association for Constructivist Teaching. Where constructivist authors post weekly on early childhood science, elementary science, high school English, models, interviews of ACT Board members, and articles from the field featuring constructivist theory in practice. - Providing "...educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials."

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs.

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) conducts academic research to inform policy
supporting high-quality, early education for all young children. Such education promotes the physical,
cognitive and social development needed for children to succeed in school and later life.

NAEYC The National Association of Early Childhood Educators. NAEYC promotes high quality early learning and gives tools for success in the classroom.

The Department of Education Early Learning Resources Information that ranges from dual language learners, early literacy, special needs, mathematics, and multicultural principals. Research articles and reports that educate parents and educators on specific needs of children. 

The Department of Education Early Childhood Resources for parents, teachers, and administrators.

Tennessee Child Care Resource and Referral Network A site for parents, childcare providers, and community members  who are involved with children.  Free professional development or trainings on how to care for specific needs of children and their environments.

Exceptional Child Online Professional Development System  Online professional development for ADHD, Autism, Behavior, Inclusion, IEP’s, and transitions for educators. Engaging online courses that help gain knowledge and strategies with special need children.

Council for Professional Recognition Advancing the professional development and recognition of early childhood educators.

Zero to Three Advancing the proven power of early connections. This site gives information on typical and atypical development in early childhood and where to find resources to further educate parents and childcare providers. Information, products, and ideas for parents and teachers.



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