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Links for Professionals

bullet Resources for Early Childhood Educators (RECE)
A resource lab located in the Akron-Summit County Main Library. Materials, books, and videos are available. Videos and accompanying forms can be used for in-service credit. See a flyer, Training DVD list and form.

bullet Early Childhood Resource Center (ECRC) Library and Production Lab
The ECRC located in Canton has an extensive collection of children's fiction and non-fiction books, Big Books, storytelling kits, videos, CD's and tapes. The Production Lab also features equipment, consumable items, and resources that members may use to create developmentally appropriate materials for children’s learning.

bullet Ohio Early Childhood Core Knowledge and Competencies aims to increase the quality and professionalism of Ohio's early childhood programs. This document identifies the knowledge and skills that early childhood professionals must strive for if children in their care are to thrive.

bulletThe Standards of Care & Teaching for Ohio's Infants and Toddlers identifies six program standards that are essential for early care and education programs to establish and maintain to support the development and learning of infants/toddlers.

bulletOhio's Early Learning and Development Standards Ohio’s new Birth to Kindergarten Entry Early Learning and Development Standards in all domains of school readiness to reflect the comprehensive development of children beginning at birth through entry into kindergarten.

bulletOhio’s Core Knowledge & Competencies for Program Administrators addresses additional knowledge and competencies needed for those in administrative positions.

bulletAfterschool Initiative (ASI) Afterschool Core Knowledge and Competencies aims to increase the quality and professionalism of Ohio's afterschool programs. This document identifies the knowledge and skills that afterschool professionals must strive for if children in their care are to thrive.

bulletOhio’s Kids on the Move: Physical Activity for Afterschool Programs These guidelines are not requirements, but are rather recommendations designed to support afterschool programs as they address the critical issue of childhood obesity. This document aims to identify and define the areas of physical activity in which staff and caregivers of children grades K-12 can strive to gain knowledge and skill.

bullet Ohio's New Learning Standards for Academic Learning Kindergarten to Grade 12 Common Core State Standards adopted by the State Board of Education

bullet NAEYC
National Association for the Education of Young Children is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8.

bullet NAFCC
National Association for Family Child Care A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting quality childcare by strengthening the profession of family childcare.

bullet NAA
National After School Association is the leading voice of the after-school profession. We are dedicated to the development, education, and care of children and youth during their out-of-school hours.

bullet Aftershool Alliance

The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for quality, affordable programs for all children.


bullet Akron Area AEYC
The Akron Area Association for the Education of Young Children is the recognized authority in Early Childhood Education in Summit, Portage and Medina counties, helping to ensure quality programs for young children, birth to age eight.

bullet Ohio AEYC

Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children - Serving as a voice for Ohio’s Children

bullet OCCRRA
The Ohio Child Care Resource & Referral Association [OCCRRA] promotes the positive development of all children, especially those in out-of-home learning environments.

bullet Zero to Three
ZERO TO THREE's mission is to promote the healthy development of our nation's infants and toddlers by supporting and strengthening families, communities, and those who work on their behalf.

bullet Oh Wow! Childrens Science & Technology Museum
Their mission is to foster independent thinking and enrich the lives of all children by creating a welcoming environment where they can develop learning skills and knowledge through the exploration of HANDS-ON interactive exhibits and educational programs which are rooted in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

bullet PBS 45/49
A trusted community resource, PBS 45 & 49 uses the power of noncommercial television and related services to enrich the lives of people through high-quality programming and educational services that teach, illuminate and inspire.

bullet Bureau of Child Care & Development
Through public and private partnership, the Bureau of Child Care and Development will work to improve the availability and quality of child care for Ohio's children and families and enhance the delivery of service to families eligible and in need of child care, especially subsidized care.

bullet Step Up to Quality
Information about Voluntary Star Rating System for licensed programs

bullet The Ohio Professional Registry
The Ohio Professional Registry is a centralized information system for early childhood and afterschool professionals.

bullet Ohio Afterschool Network
The Ohio Afterschool Network supports children, youth, families, and communities by advocating with a unified voice for sustainable investments in safe, healthy, nurturing afterschool learning experiences.

bullet U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Keep current on product recalls and safety news from CPSC

bullet Early Childhood Ohio

This site has been designed to provide early childhood professionals with the latest resources and updates to promote school readiness for the children in Ohio.

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