Child Development Student Resources

Child Development and Education Resources:

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing - The major purpose of the agency is to serve as a state standards board for educator preparation for the public schools of California, the licensing and credentialing of professional educators in the State, the enforcement of professional practices of educators, and the discipline of credential holders in the State of California. 

CDE - California Department of Education

California Preschool Learning Foundations - The foundations outline key knowledge and skills that most children can achieve when provided with the kinds of interactions, instruction, and environments that research has shown to promote early learning and development.

California Preschool Curriculum Frameworks - The California Preschool Curriculum Frameworks, a partner to the Preschool Foundations, include ideas for how to intentionally integrate learning into children's play; implement child-directed and teacher-guided activities; plan environments, interactions, routines, and materials that engage children in learning; and individualize curriculum based on children's knowledge, skills, needs and interests.

CCC to CSU Transfer Programs This resource provides students who are pursuing an Early Childhood Education AS-T, Elementary Teacher Preparation AA-T, or Child and Adolescent Development AA-T with an overview of the CSU programs with similar degrees. It is organized by degree, and then by the CSUs that have similar degrees.

Child and Family Data - The Child & Family Data Archive (C&F Data Archive) is the place to discover, access, and analyze data on early care, education, and families.C&F Data Archive hosts datasets about young children, their families and communities, and the programs that serve them.

Child Care Exchange – Publication specifically for directors.  You may wish to sign up to “Exchange Everyday” and receive a free daily link not ideas and research of interest.

Child Development Training Consortium - CDTC provides services, training, technical assistance, and resources to students and professionals working with and for children. In doing so, we help promote professionalism and high quality early care and education programs that benefit California’s children and families.

OCDE - Orange County Department of Education

Research Connections - Offers a comprehensive, up-to-date, & easy-to-use collection of more than 14,000 resources from the many disciplines related to child care & early education.

Title 22 Childcare Regulations for California (direct link to the page on the California Dept of Social Services website).

The Program for Infant and Toddler Caregivers -This is is a great resource for information on working with infant and toddlers.  Click on “library” and you will find some free articles and resources.

Zero to Three - Ensuring that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. 


Professional Organizations: 

American Federation of Teachers (AFT) – The Center for the Child Care Workforce,  A Project of the American Federation of Teachers, Educational Foundation (CCW/AFTEF) site has many great resources for working conditions, curriculum, national standards and advocacy for our field. 

CAEYC- The California Association for the Education of Young Children. 

CTA - Student California Teachers Association is for anyone aspiring to be a teacher, school librarian, social worker, psychologist, school nurse or college faculty member. 

NABE - The National Association for Bilingual Education

NAEYC -The National Association for the Education of Young Children.

NEA - The National Education Association is committed to advancing public education from preschool through university graduate programs. Their website include curriculum and research articles for all ages. 

OCAEYC - The Orange County Association for the Education of Young Children

OER Textbooks

Understanding the Whole Child: Growth and Development Conception through Adolescence