Strong Families from the Start

Professional Resources

A community that fosters healthy, resilent families requires many things, and one of the most important is qualified, dedicated, early childhood professionals. This includes child care providers, nurses, doctors, teachers, social workers, and more. THANK YOU to all the people who have dedicated their professional lives to serve young children and their families! And for those considering entering the profession, we'd like to encourage you to enter this challenging, rewarding, crucially important area of work. 

Get Knowledge2ABC Cayuga is a consortium of professionals and parent leaders in the area of early childhood development and education. We have meetings as needed to explore ways to coordinate efforts and to support and learn from each other. To be part of the group, contact us and let us know! We'd love you to join us. is mostly focused on connecting to and communicating with new mothers, and the families and nonprofessional caregivers of young children ages 0 to 5. 

But we also want to use the platform to provide some basic information and resources to professionals and students with an interest in this area. So we asked Below are several links and resources we hope you find useful. They've bee

Professional Organizations

NAFCC- National Association for Family Child Care:
The National Association for Family Child Care is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care.

NAEYC- National Association for the Education of Young Children:
NAEYC's mission is to serve and act on behalf of the needs, rights and well-being of all young children with primary focus on the provision of educational and developmental services and resources.

NYSAEYC- New York State Association for the Education of Young Children's:
The New York State Association for the Education of Young Children's (NYSAEYC) mission is to promote excellence in early care and education services for NYS children and families, through education, advocacy and the support of the profession.

SAEYC- Syracuse Association for the Education of Young Children:
The SAEYC is the local affiliate of the NAEYC serving the following counties:  Onondaga, Cayuga, Oswego, Madison, Oneida, Herkimer. 

Early Child Expert Resources

Child Care Solutions:
Child Care Solutions is the Child Care Resource & Referral agency that serves Onondaga and Cayuga County. CCS works to connect Central NY parents to care that meets their needs and to give child care providers the resources and tools they need to provide high-quality care.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library - Local:
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library - National:
In 1996, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee, USA. Dolly's vision was to foster a love of reading among her county's preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, she wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could insure that every child would have books, regardless of their family's income. The Imagination Library is available to Cayuga County residents from birth to 5 years of age.  

Success by 6 National:
Success by 6 is a nationwide community initiative that works to ensure that children are ready for success in school and life. SB6 is Cayuga County works in partnership with many local business, non-profits, and community members. Whether you're a childcare provider, a preschool teacher, a parent or a grandparent, Success By 6 is your link to resources about childcare, early childhood education and child development. 

Early Intervention Program- Local:
Early Intervention Program - State:
The New York State Early Intervention Program (EIP) is part of the national Early Intervention Program for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.  The program is administered locally by Cayuga County Health & Human Services,  (315) 255-1560.

Child Protective Services (315-253-1207):
The purpose of the Child Protective Services Act of 1973 is to encourage more complete reporting of child abuse and maltreatment. The law established a Child Protective Service in each county in New York. Each Child Protective Service is required to investigate child abuse and maltreatment reports, to protect children (under 18 years old) from further abuse or maltreatment, and to provide rehabilitative services to children, parents, and other family members involved.  The program is administered locally by Cayuga County Health & Human Services. 

NYS Child Abuse Hotline  (800-342-3720) 

Educational Resources

Cayuga Community College: Academically, financially, and geographically accessible to a diverse student population, Cayuga Community College offers a variety of degree programs for those interested in a career in Early Childhood. Offerings include courses for Education Majors, an A.A.S. in Early Childhood, Accociates Degree with an  Early Childhood Concentration, and Early Childhood Certificate program. 

Free early childhood courses through the Community Education and Workforce Development program:
Cayuga Community College's Office of Community Education & Workforce Development offers a wide variety of credit-free opportunities including leisure learning courses, career training, business services, online learning, professional development for teachers and adult education.

Kinder Camp:
Held at the College every summer. 

Child Development Associate(CDA):
The Council for Professional Recognition promotes improved performance and recognition of professionals in the early childhood education of children aged birth to 5 years old. The Council works to ensure that all professional early childhood educators and caregivers meet the developmental, emotional, and educational needs of our nation's youngest children.

Growing Together Early Childhood Conference:
An annual conference for early childhood professionals that is held each October at Cayuga Community College.  The Conference is co-sponsored by the College, SB6, the SAEYC, and the United Way.

Early Childhood Websites

National Child Care Information Center NCCIC is a national clearinghouse and technical assistance center linking parents, providers, policy-makers, researchers, and the public to early care and education information.

Pre-K Now:
Pre-K Now's mission is to collaborate with advocates and policymakers to lead a movement for high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten for all three- and four-year olds.

ZERO TO THREE's mission is to support the healthy development and well-being of infants, toddlers and their families. This multidisciplinary organization advances its mission by informing, educating, and supporting adults who influence the lives of infants and toddlers.

Exchange Everyday:
Exchange is committed to supporting early childhood professionals worldwide in their efforts to craft early childhood environments where adults and children thrive - environments that foster friendship, curiosity, self-esteem, joy, and respect; where the talents of all are fully challenged and justly rewarded.

Baby Talk:
Baby TALK reaches families through collaboration with hospitals, schools, libraries, health clinics and literacy programs to deliver services to which are accessible and meaningful to families' needs. Baby TALK provides encouragement, information, activities and children's books through a variety of service delivery methods

Children's Defense Fund:
The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) is a non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. We champion policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education and a moral and spiritual foundation. Supported by foundation and corporate grants and individual donations, CDF advocates nationwide on behalf of children to ensure children are always a priority.

Champions for Children:
A listserv available through the NAEYC which is designed to provide early childhood professionals with information about advocacy for issues affecting early childhood.   This listserv is available to all interested; NAEYC membership is not required. 

Winning Beginning:
Winning Beginning NY is a statewide coalition working to inform policy makers and the public about the many benefits of early care and learning including home visiting, child care and Pre-K. The coalition aims to build a broad-based constituency to make investment in quality early care and learning a top public priority in New York State.

Books and Additional Resources

Supply Catalogs:
There are all types of supply catalogs that you can use to purchase developmentally appropriate materials and equipment. Some of the more popular ones are from Kaplan, Lakeshore, Discount School Supply, and Hatch.

Resource/Curriculum Books:
There are all types of resource books available that provide activities for use by early childhood professionals. Some of our favoriates that are available on Amazon include The Giant Encyclopedia of Circle Time & Group Activities, Math in the Garden, Preschool Math, Felt Board Fun, Creative Activities for Young Children, The Ooey Gooey Handbook, The Giant Encyclopedia of Science Activities, Creative Resources for Infants & Toddlers, Learning Activities for Infants & Toddlers, Story Stretchers for Infants & Toddlers, Teaching Math with Favorite Picture Books, Creative Resources for the Anti-bias Classroom, Jump Into Science. 

NYS Early Learning Guidelines
A resource developed for early childhood professionals in NYS.  Provides information about how children develop and learn and ideas for activities.  

ITERS(Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale):
A great resource to determine the quality of a program serving infants and toddlers.


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