Provider and Parent Resources
  • Dept of Children and Families (DCF)
  • Provider search  - Laws and requirements, Training, Director Credential and Gold Seal Info. 
  • FL Department of Education Office of Early Learning - Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Teacher Resources, Curriculum, Performance standards for VPK, Training, Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener      (FLKRS).
  • VPK Readiness Rate  - This site allows the public to access and compare the readiness rate of providers in their area.
  • Children’s Forum - Florida TEACH scholarships, WAGES, E-newsletter, resources, and publications.
  • Florida Kid Care - Health insurance for children from birth to 18 based on family income.
  • National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education  - All States licensing regulations, parent guide to choosing child care, A-Z child care info links, safety resource guides for out-of-home care.
  • National Association for Family Child Care  - NAFCC sponsors the only nationally recognized accreditation system, designed specifically for family child care providers.
  • Child Care Aware  - How to find child care from your local Resource and Referral (RR) and Military Child Care help.
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children  - The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children.
  • FL Association for the Education of Young Children  - The mission is to support early childhood professionals by providing leadership, advocacy, and professional development opportunities.
  • Pathfinders Unlimited, Inc. - Owners of the nationally recognized Second Helping and Cuatro Pasos Training (Spanish version of Second Helping), including the accompanying Train-the-Trainer program. Additionally, we administer the Master Provider Credential program and publish Getting It Right the First Time! Leadership series.
  • National Providers Appreciation Day -  Provider Appreciation Day is a special day to recognize child care providers, teachers and other educators of young children everywhere.
  • Redleaf Press - Redleaf Press is a leading nonprofit publisher of exceptional curriculum, management, and business resources for early childhood professionals.
  • Council for Professional Recognition & CDA  - The Council administers the Child Development Associate (CDA) National Credentialing Program.
  • Child Development Education Alliance - A professional early childhood organization offers educational equivalencies to the National CDA.
  • Dr. Becky Bailey’s Loving Guidance - Conscious Discipline® has been specifically designed to make changes in the lives of adults first. The adults, in turn, change the lives of children.
  • Lisa Murphy’s Ooey Gooey  - Supports the creation of child-centered environments where children are actively engaged in real, meaningful experiences.
  • Early Explorations by Jeff Johnson - Our primary focus is the promotion of child-directed and developmentally appropriate play in healthy emotional environments during the early years of life.
  • Boca Beth - Beth Butler's bilingual products have won several Parent Awards and have been listed on the US Department of Education's linked site Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) as a great resource for helping young children learn a second language - Spanish.
  • Patricia Dischler - Teaching the 3C's: Creativity, Curiosity and Courtesy - Activities that Build a Foundation for Success.  Patricia Dischler is a former family child care provider who writes books for providers.  


Advocacy for Children
  • FL Children's Campaign  - Children’s Campaign, Inc. is a cutting-edge and groundbreaking advocacy organization devoted to making children’s issues a legislative priority.
  • Children’s Defense Fund  - CDF is the foremost national proponent of policies and programs that provide children with the resources they need to succeed.