Links and Resources
Pacer Center: www.pacer.org
An advocacy group founded by parents of children and youth with disabilities to help other parents and families facing similar challenges. This group works in cooperation with 20 disability organizations.
Center for Inclusive Child Care: www.inclusivechildcare.org
The Center for Inclusive Child Care is a comprehensive resource network for promoting and supporting inclusive early childhood and school-age programs and providers. This network provides leadership, administrative support, training, and consultation to early care and education providers, school-age care providers, parents, and the professionals who support providers and parents of children with special needs.
The Minnesota Budget Project: http://www.mnbudgetproject.org
An initiative of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, provides independent research, analysis, and outreach on state budget and tax policy issues, emphasizing their impact on low- and moderate-income persons and the organizations that serve them.
Search Institute: www.search-institute.org
Practical Research benefiting Children and Youth
Early Childhood Resource and Training Center www.ecrc1.org
This program seeks to train childcare providers and community members in the importance of respect and celebration of culture in the healthy development of all children. Each training seeks to offer participants the chance to: develop a greater awareness of their own culture, learn how to help children grow up with healthy attitudes about cultural differences, develop skills in cross-cultural communication, recognize and address discrimination before it starts.
Center for Early Education and Development (CEED):
The Center for Early Education and Development provides information regarding young children (birth to age eight), including children with special needs, in the areas of education, child care, child development, and family education.
Neighborhood House: www.neighb.org
Minnesota Alliance with Youth: http.mnyouth.net
The Minnesota Alliance with Youth is a statewide alliance of communities, non-profits, businesses, faith communities, families, and young people. It is the Minnesota's initiative in the America's Promise movement.
MN Center for Democracy & Citizenship http://www.augsburg.edu/democracy
SA/Youth Quality, Programming and Training Links and Resources
The Finance Project: www.financeproject.org
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation: www.mott.org
National Afterschool Association: www.nAAweb.org
National Institute on Out-of-School Time: http://www.niost.org
National Network for Child Care: www.nncc.org
School-Age Notes: www.schoolagenotes.com
Food, Research and Action Center: www.frac.org
Promoting Education and Child Development with Nutrition Resources
Child Care Aware of America: http://childcareaware.org
National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities: www.nichcy.org
The Forum for Youth Investment: www.forumforyouthinvestment.org
National Center for Learning Disabilities, Inc.: :
The Forum for Youth Investment (the Forum) is dedicated to increasing the quality and quantity of youth investment and youth involvement by promoting a "big picture" approach to planning, research, advocacy and policy development among the broad range of organizations that help constituents and communities invest in children, youth and families.
Promising Practices in Afterschool: www.afterschool.org
Search for promising practices and share your own good work with others to help build the field of afterschool.
Child Trends: www.childtrends.org
Guide to effective programs for children/youth.
An extensive knowledge base of programs that "work" to enhance children's development, presented in a user-friendly format for policy makers, program designers and funders.
Offers a growing set of activities that incorporate video and the internet to help make learning fun.
Learning Point Associates
A new website containing examples of high-quality academic enrichment activities gathered from afterschool programs across the country.
The National Mentoring Partnership: www.Mentoring.org/Afterschool
Children’s Defense Fund: www.childrensdefense.org
University of Minnesota Children, Youth and Family Consortium: www.cyfc.umn.edu
National Institute on Media and the Family:www.mediafamily.org
Children, Youth, and Families Education and Research Network: www.cyfernet.org
The Future of Children: www.futureofchildren.org
Families and Work Institute: www.familiesandwork.org
The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress Trauma Response: www.crisisinfo.org
Organizations Links and Resources
Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota: www.mpmn.org
Child Care Bureau:
America’s Promise: The Alliance for Youth: www.americaspromise.org
National Recreation & Parks Association: www.nrpa.org
The Mission of the National Recreation and Park Association is: To advance parks, recreation and environmental conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people. This site provides a number of programs promoting and supporting "healthy living, and active lifestyles"
The Child Care Bureau has a strong commitment to inclusive child care and has focused attention and resources on expanding and improving inclusive child care services throughout the country.
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC): www.cec.sped.org
Minnesota State Council on Disability: www.disability.state.mn.us
A professional organization dedicated to improving education outcomes for exceptional individuals.
Disability advocacy worldwide
Kids Included Together (Kit): www.kitonline.org
A non-profit organization that exists to provide training and technical assistance in inclusion.
The Childcare Law Center: www.childcarelaw.org
Provides several free downladable items, including a flowchart for admitting a child with a disability into your program.
Arc Greater Twin Cities: www.arcgreatertwincities.org
Serves the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families across the lifespan. Arc services include early intervention, education, assistance during the transition to adulthood, health care, housing, employment, guardianship and more. For more than 60 years, Arc has been changing attitudes, changing policies and changing lives. For more information call 952.920.0855.
Diversity Links and Resources
Teaching Tolerance: www.tolerance.org
Educational Equity Center at AED: www.edequity.org
Promoting bias-free learning.