Alexandria Child Auto Restraint Education Services (CARES)
Alexandria CARES is a cooperative effort among community service groups, municipal organizations, and private citizens in Alexandria, VA, dedicated to helping families effectively use child seats in their cars. Our services include car seat safety inspections and education on selecting, installing, and using the right car seat for children of all ages.
Alexandria City Public Schools
On this page, you’ll find information about kindergarten at Alexandria’s public schools, including how to register, immunization requirements, the K-prep program, and before- and after-school care. The Attendance Zone Locator is a helpful tool that helps you determine which school your child will attend.
Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Founded in 1986, Bright Horizons Family Solutions is the world's leading provider of employer-sponsored child care, early education, and work/life solutions. Conducting business in the United States, Europe, and Canada, we have created employer-sponsored child care and early education programs for more than 400 clients, including 84 of the Fortune 500.
Child Find is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which requires states to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities, aged birth to 21, who are in need of early intervention or special education services. This Child Find Web site is mainly focused on Part C of the IDEA, the Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities. However, much of the information and many of the links listed on the Child Find Web site can be useful in conducting child find for all young children, not just child find for infants and toddlers.
DC Baby is a daily resource for parents in and around Washington, offering an extensive list of activities. The Web site was founded by and is updated by Sarah K. Masterson, author of DC Baby: A Handbook for Parenting In (& Around) the Capitol City.
A site devoted to good books and the joy that children's literature can bring to children and families.
I Am Your Child
The I Am Your Child Foundation is a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization that was founded in 1997 by actor/director Rob Reiner to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood development and school readiness. IAYC develops a wide variety of resources for parents, early childhood professionals, child advocates, health care providers, policymakers, and the media. IAYC also promotes public policies that help ensure that children have the physical well-being and the social, emotional, and cognitive abilities they need to enter school ready to succeed.
Infant and Toddler Connection of Virginia
The Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia provides early intervention supports and services to infants and toddlers from birth through age two who are not developing as expected or who have a medical condition that can delay normal development. Early intervention supports and services focus on increasing the child's participation in family and community activities that are important to the family. In addition, supports and services focus on helping parents and other caregivers know how to find ways to help the child learn during everyday activities. These supports and services are available for all eligible children and their families regardless of the family's ability to pay.
KidsHealth is the largest and most-visited site on the Web providing doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence. Created by The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media, the award-winning KidsHealth provides families with accurate, up-to-date, and jargon-free health information they can use.
MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 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 eight. Founded in 1926, NAEYC is the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children with more than 100,000 members, a national network of nearly 450 local, state, and regional affiliates, and a growing global alliance of like-minded organizations.
National Head Start Association
Head Start is the most successful, longest-running, national school readiness program in the United States. It provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families.
National Mental Health Association (NMHA)
The National Mental Health Association (NMHA) is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. With more than 340 affiliates nationwide. NMHA works to improve the mental health of all Americans, especially the 54 million individuals with mental disorders, through advocacy, education, research and service. NMHA focuses heavily on children and family issues. NMHA’s Prevention and Children’s Mental Health Services Department is actively engaged in public education, advocacy, and coalition building efforts.
Our Kids highlights activities that are fun for children and parent-friendly in the DC metro area. The activities are helpfully divided into four groups: outdoor activities, indoor activities, performing arts, and educational. A weekly e-newsletter is available for $24/year.
Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)
The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) assists the families of children with disabilities through education, information, and training. PEATC builds parent-professional partnerships to promote success in school and community life through:
- Information and assistance to families in understanding and negotiating the education and service systems for their children with disabilities
- Training for families and professionals that model partnerships and encourage active learning
- Collaboration with and technical assistance to schools, state and local agencies, parent resource centers, and community organizations
The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC)
The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC) provides programs that support our mission, which is to provide caring, high-quality, free education and related services to at-risk children and families in their own neighborhoods in order to prepare and empower them for success in school and life.
The Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (FFCMH)
The Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (FFCMH), a national family-run organization, is dedicated exclusively to helping children with mental health needs and their families achieve a better quality of life. FFCMH serves to:
- Provide advocacy at the national level for the rights of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges and their families
- Provide leadership and technical assistance to a nationwide network of family- run organizations
- Collaborate with family-run and other child serving organizations to transform mental health care in America
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. We are dedicated to advancing current knowledge; promoting beneficial policies and practices; communicating research and best practices to a wide variety of audiences; and providing training, technical assistance, and leadership development. ZERO TO THREE is a national non-profit organization.