Child Care Provider Links
The internet is a wonderful resource for information for both child care providers and parents. Below is a list of internet links accompanied by a brief description. The list is divided into a section for parents and a section for child care providers, though links may be helpful to everyone.
American Academy of Pediatrics
Dedicated to the health of all children. Committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
Cerebral Palsy Guide
Provides free educational information, financial options and emotional support for parents and children affected by cerebral palsy.
Child Abuse Prevention
If you have a concern, call the child abuse hot line at 1-800-342-3720. If you believe a child is in immediate danger, call 911.
A local agency that has a mission to strengthen children’s social and emotional health through prevention and early intervention initiatives.
Products for early care and learning environments.
Consumer Products Safety Commission-CPSC
is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. A list of all children’s recall items is available.
Council for Professional Recognition
Home of the Child Development Associate (CDA) National Credential Program and related professional improvement opportunities that contribute to the field of early childhood education.
Promoting Professional Development and High Quality Early Childhood and School. It is designed to provide a one stop source of information for those exploring careers in early childhood and school age-age programs as well as those already working in the field and looking to advance their careers.
Educational Incentive Program (EIP)
EIP is a scholarship program which helps pay for high quality training and education that child care providers need to provide quality care to children.
Lead poisoning damages children’s brains and bones for life. Throughout this site you’ll find specific things you can do to protect our entire community. See how easy it is to have your house or apartment inspected for lead, get your child tested for exposure to lead or make your home safer.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
NAEYC, Promoting excellence in early childhood education
Information on: Accreditation, Conferences, Public Policy, Global Alliance and Publications.
National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)
NAFCC is dedicated to advocating for the family child care profession by collaborating with other local, state and national organizations who contribute to the family child care field to increase awareness about and improve the quality of family child care.
Early Care and Learning Council
ECLC works to make quality affordable child care available to New York’s families. Rooted in a statewide network of child care resource and referral agencies, the membership of ECLC includes wide representation from child care providers, parents, businesses, community organizations and other individuals.
Kids Count Data Center
Access hundreds of measures of child well being data. Information is available for local communities, state and national.
NYS Department of Health
Information for a Healthy New York Current issues, Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, Immunizations and Daily, Health News updates.
Quality Stars New York
QUALITYstarsNY is a voluntary quality rating and improvement system that is designed to increase quality in early learning settings.
Regional Early Childhood Direction Center (RECDC)
RECDC provides information, referral, technical assistance and training for parents and providers of children birth through five, who are identified as having special needs or at risk for developmental delays.
Rochester Association for the Education of Young Children (RAEYC)
RAEYC supports the positive development of children birth to age 8, through professional development, community outreach and promotion of high quality childhood standards.
Radon is a cancer-causing natural radioactive gas that you can’t, see, smell or taste. Heed the Surgeon General’s warning. Take action now to reduce your family’s risk of lung cancer from radon!
Rochester Parent Network
292-BABY Administered by Monroe Community College Greater Rochester Early Educators’ Network Information for: Parents-pre-pregnancy through age 3, Grandparents, Foster/Adoptive parents, Multiple birth parents.
Office of Children and Family Services
NYSOCFS networks NY families to information on the following topics, just to name a few: Adoption, Americorps, Child Abuse Prevention, Child Care, Foster Care, Legislative and Regulations.
OCFS Bureau of Early Childhood services links licensed/registered child care providers/programs to needed Child Care Forms.
Zero to Three
Zero to Three builds, prepares and inspires professionals – Center for Training Services. Zero to Three advances policy and builds systems – Policy Center. Zero to Three raises awareness and informs parents
Scouting provides year round family programming designed for boys: Cub Scouts – boys 7-10 years old, Boy Scouts – boys 11-17 years old and Venturing is sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America is a youth development program for young men and women 14-20 years of age.
Car Seat Check
Motor vehicle crashes are the No.1 killer of children. Have your child’s safety seat inspected. Use booster seats to make seat belts fit kid’s right.
Child Care Aware
Child Care aware is committed to helping parents find the best information on locating quality child care and child care resource in their community. Child Care Aware is a program of the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies.
Child Health Plus
New York State has a health insurance plan for children. Depending on your family’s income, your child may be eligible to join either Children’s Medicaid or Child Health Plus. Both programs are available through dozens of providers throughout the state.
Community Events and Recreation
KidsOutAndAbout.com is a free community web service for anyone looking for great stuff to do with kids in Western New York.
Daystar for Medically Fragile Children
Daystar is New York State’s only pediatric day-respite program designed specifically to meet the needs of families with children as young as six months through age five who are coping with serious medical conditions and developmental complexities.
Links to Pathways Awareness Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the benefit of early detection and early therapy for children with early motor delays.
Early Intervention Program (EI)
EI offers a variety of therapeutic and support services to eligible infants and toddlers (must be under 3 years of age) with confirmed disabilities or established developmental delay and their families.
Genesee Valley Parent Magazine
A free family magazine produced for the greater Rochester area.
Discover the fun, friendship and power of girls together and you can be part of it. The possibilities are endless. Find out more about different types of membership: Girl, Adult and Lifetime.
Use MyPlate to help yourself and your children eat well, be active, and be healthy.
New York Child Support
This site offers information on child support programs: Child Support Services, Teen parents, Who is Eligible, How to Apply, Paternity Establishment and Support Enforcement. These services are available whether the non-custodial parent lives in or outside of New York State.
National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRA)
NACCRRA is a leading voice for child care. It works with state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to ensure that families in every local community have access to high quality, affordable child care.
Their mission is to prevent unintentional injury for populations at particularly high risk: children, older adults, and people with disabilities. They also provide fire and safety education to parents and providers.
See our Parent Resources page for more links!
CDA Resource File Websites (in addition to the above links)
Zero to Three
Child development milestones, including brain development.
Child development milestones.
Center for Disease Control- milestones and red flags for delayed development.
Special education law, resources for children with disabilities.
Regional Early Childhood Direction Center- an agency that provides resources for children with disabilities.