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Links to Additional Information About Child Development

Note: Links to the following websites are provided for your convenience and information and do not constitute official endorsement by the colleges of DCCCD.

  • American Associate Degree Early Childhood Educators is a national, nonprofit association that supports and advocates for associate degree programs that provide professional development to those who teach and care for young children through age 8.
  • Educational First Steps is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality and availability of early childhood education for disadvantaged children between the ages of birth to 5. The organization provides scholarship support and professional assistance for the development of quality instructional programs, and it affiliates itself with a number of preschools and child-care centers that “demonstrate genuine interest in improving the educational focus of their programs and have excellent potential.” Eastfield’s Child Development program provides college-credit classes for the staff of EFS affiliate centers.
  • Head Start of Greater Dallas has partnered with Brookhaven College to establish on the DCCCD college campus the first facility in the nation of its kind. Both Brookhaven and Eastfield colleges work with Head Start, providing college-credit classes for their staff. The local organization provides services to more than 4,000 low-income, preschool age children, and their families at 36 center locations throughout Dallas County each year and receives approximately $34 million from the federal government to manage the Head Start program within Dallas County.
  • The National Association for the Education of Young Children, founded in 1926, is the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children. It has nearly 90,000 members and a national network of more than 300 local, state and regional affiliates. Membership is open to all individuals who share a desire to serve and act on behalf of the needs and rights of all young children.
  • The Texas Association for the Education of Young Children is a state affiliate of NAEYC, which also provides an umbrella of support for the Dallas Association for the Education of Young Children.