Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scales (ITERS-R) http://ers.fpg.unc.edu/node/84 A comprehensive, reliable & valid tool to assess program quality & quantify what is happening in a classroom. Using this rating scale can play an important role in improving the quality of infant/toddler care.
Zero to Three http://www.zerotothree.org/ A national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, & supports professionals, policymakers, & parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants & toddlers.
Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-R) http://ers.fpg.unc.edu/ A comprehensive, reliable & valid tool to assess program quality & quantify what is happening in a classroom. Using this rating scale can play an important role in improving the quality of early childhood care.
Provide online access to unique & historically important content produced by the public television & radio station WGBH. The ever-expanding site contains video, audio, images, searchable transcripts, & resource management tools, all of which are available for individual & classroom learning.
Little Kids, Big Questions: A Zero to Three Podcast Series on Early Childhood Development http://www.zerotothree.org/about-us/funded-projects/parenting-resources/podcast/ Addresses some of the most common (and challenging) issues facing parents of babies & toddlers, such as: helping a baby learn to sleep through the night; dealing with a picky eater; & learning to set limits on children’s behavior.
Bright from the Start http://decal.ga.gov/ Bright from the Start:Georgia Department of Early Care & Learning (Bright from the Start) is responsible for meeting the child care & early education needs of Georgia's children & their families.
Georgia Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies http://www.gaccrra.org/provider.html In the Provider Information section, you will find training, professional development, classroom, special needs, & community involvement & education resources.
Georgia Association of Educators http://gae2.org/ A professional organization for public education professionals. Support, protect, & strengthen those who nurture Georgia’s children.
Georgia Association on Young Children (GAYC) http://www.gayconline.org/ The mission of the GAYC is to encourage & support healthy development in young children by working with others to increase public awareness of the importance of early childhood education & to improve the quality of programs for young children through learning opportunities for early childhood educators.
Georgia Dept. of Human Services Division of Family/Children Services http://www.dfcs.dhr.georgia.gov/portal/site/DHS-DFCS/ Investigates child abuse; finds foster homes for abused & neglected children; helps low income, out-of-work parents get back on their feet; assists with childcare costs for low income parents who are working or in job training; & provides numerous support services & innovative programs to help troubled families.
Georgia Learning Resources System (GLRS) http://www.glrs.org/ A network of 17 centers throughout Georgia that provide training & resources to educators and parents of students with disabilities.
Georgia Science Teachers Association (GSTA) http://www.georgiascienceteacher.org/ A non-profit organization that seeks to help expand the levels of student achievement. The premiere organization for sharing best practices in science education in the state of Georgia.
Georgia.gov - Educator Resources http://www.georgia.gov/00/channel_title/0,2094,4802_4999,00.html How to apply for a teaching job, information on educational technology centers, link to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission page, information on teacher certification, teacher & administrator salary schedules, & information on the Teachers' Retirement System of Georgia.
Professional Association of Georgia Educators http://www.pageinc.org/ The largest professional teacher organization in the state. Fosters greater professionalism in the classroom & other areas of the teaching & learning profession.
Smart Start Georgia http://smartstartga.org/ The Early Childhood Division of United Way Metro Atlanta. Smart Start's vision is that every child in Georgia will start kindergarten ready to succeed. Through innovative programs & outreach initiatives, Smart Start is working to improve the quality of early care & education for all children ages birth through five, promoting lifetime learning, & ensuring greater achievement throughout the child's education & beyond.
Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA) http://www.southernearlychildhood.org/ Since 1948 the SECA has brought together preschool, kindergarten, & primary teachers & administrators, caregivers, program directors, & individuals working with & for families, to promote quality care & education for young children.
First Things First https://www.firstthingsfirst.org/ First Things First is a voter-initiated, statewide organization that funds early education and health programs to prepare young children to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. Local regional councils, staffed by community volunteers, decide how funds are spent to support the healthy development and learning of Arizona’s young children.
VALLEY OF THE SUN – Building Leaders from the Start (VSECA) http://www.vseca.org/ VSECA is the foremost professional association for the early childhood field in Maricopa County. We provide professional development and foster NAEYC systems support for early child care and education professionals to advance their education and careers.
Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children (AZAEYC) http://www.azaeyc.org/ AZAEYC connects NAEYC members in the state of Arizona with continuing education options, scholarships, and both professional development and networking opportunities. AZAEYC advocate for the early childhood profession and high quality early education or al young children.
National & International Organizations & Associations
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) http://www.naeyc.org/ Founded in 1926, The NAEYC is the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children with nearly 80,000 members, a national network of more than 300 state & local Affiliates, & a growing global alliance of like-minded organizations.
National Collaboration for Families http://www.nassembly.org/fspc/ The Family Strengthening Policy Center (FSPC) is an initiative of the National Assembly, an alliance of leading national nonprofit health & human service organizations. The Center's objective is to influence how family policy is formulated & implemented.
Center for Parent Information and Resources http://www.parentcenterhub.org/ Offers information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, & youth, IDEA, (the law authorizing special education,) No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities), & research-based information on effective educational practices.
National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) http://www.pta.org/ The largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation. Working in cooperation with many national education, health, safety, & child advocacy groups & federal agencies, the national PTA organization collaborates on projects that benefit children & that bring valuable resources to its members.
National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS) http://www.uni.edu/playground/ The goal of this organization is to help ensure that all playgrounds are safe for children.
United States Department of Education http://www.ed.gov/ For the latest news on school reform, policies, and more.
Jean Piaget's theory of cognitive development suggests that children move through four distinct stages of mental development.
Cherry, K. (2019). What Are Piaget's Four Stages of Development? Retrieved from https://www.verywellmind.com/piagets-stages-of-cognitive-development-2795457