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1   Link   MountainHeart Community Services, Inc.
MountainHeart Community Services, Inc. is a community Action agency incorporated in 1965. The purpose of the corporation is to encourage, coordinate, and administer services and programs for the improvement of living conditions for area residents. It is also the mission of the agency to mobilize community resources to combat poverty and to effect a permanent increase in the capacity of individuals and communities to deal constructively with their problems. MountainHeart Community Services, Inc. is a non-profit agency.
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2   Link   The Department of Health & Human Resources Bureau for Children and Families
The Department of Health & Human Resources Bureau for Children and Families includes information on starting a day care center, licensing, subsidy eligibility, resource and referral, regulations, and more.
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3   Link   West Virginia State Legislature
Designed to strengthen your connection to the legislators and laws that govern West Virginia, this site provides you with access to various resources, including contact information, reports, legislation and educational materials.
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4   Link   WV DHHR Bureau for Children and Families
The Bureau for Children and Families provides an accessible, integrated, comprehensive quality service system for West Virginia's children, families and adults to help them achieve maximum potential and improve their quality of life.
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5   Link   The Nation's Network of Child Care Resource and Referral
NACCRRA is the national network of more than 850 child care resource and referral centers (CCR&Rs) located in every state and most communities across the US. CCR&R centers help families, child care providers, and communities find, provide, and plan for affordable, quality child care.
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6   Link   West Virginia Birth to Three
WV Birth to Three is a statewide system of services and supports for children under age three who have a delay in their development, or may be at risk of having a delay, and their family. The Department of Health and Human Resources, through the Bureau for Public Health and the Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health, WV Birth to Three, as the lead agency for Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), assures that family centered, community based services are available to all eligible children and families.
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7   Link   Child Care Exchange
Promoting the exchange of ideas among leaders in early childhood programs worldwide through its magazine, books, training products, training seminars, and international conferences.
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8   Link   U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children.
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9   Link   Kinderstreet
Kinderstreet provides Internet-delivered software applications to Schools, Community Parks and Recreation Departments, Childcare Centers, Recreation Centers and other providers of Afterschool, Childcare, Preschool, Daycare and Camp programs.
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10   Link   Children's Defense Fund
For over 30 years, CDF has struggled to make sure no child in the United States gets left behind.
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11   Link   Child Care Aware
Child Care Aware is a non-profit initiative committed to helping parents find the best information on locating quality child care and child care resources in their community.
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12   Link   The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the nation's largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through third grade.
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13   Link   Prevent Child Abuse WV
PCA-WV offers information and advice about what we can do to support families and keep children safe. We maintain an on-line Resource Directory of West Virginia organizations that serve families and a Publications Center that features a variety of documents that can be ordered or downloaded.
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14   Link   The Child Care Bureau
The Child Care Bureau supports low-income working families through child care financial assistance and promotes children's learning by improving the quality of early care and education and afterschool programs.
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15   Link   Early Childhood Advisory Council of West Virginia
Early childhood collaboration was elevated to a new level in July 2010 when Governor Joe Manchin issued an executive order establishing the Early Childhood Advisory Council of West Virginia. The new council will replace and expand upon the work of the PIECES (Partners Implementing an Early Care and Education System) Advisory Council. PIECES was formed in 2002 as an interagency group staffed by the state’s Department of Education and Department of Health and Human Resources, with an independent chairperson appointed by the two sponsoring agencies. PIECES was instrumental in the implementation of the state law that established a universal pre-k program for four year olds, as well as other interagency efforts in early childhood. The new council is designed to better position the state to address pressing needs and emerging opportunities in early childhood, including the provision in the 2007 Head Start Act regarding the establishment of State Advisory Councils on Early Childhood Education and Care.
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16   Link   Early Childhood Health Project
Early Childhood Health Project (ECHP) is a collaboration of individuals and agencies working together to improve the health and safety of young children while in out-of-home care in West Virginia.
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17   Link   Zero to Three
ZERO TO THREE's mission is to support the healthy development and well-being of infants, toddlers and their families.
We are a national nonprofit multidisciplinary organization that advances our mission by informing, educating and supporting adults who influence the lives of infants and toddlers.
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18   Link   Parents' Action for Children
Parents' Action for Children is the voice of America's parents. It is a national non-profit dedicated to advancing the interests of families and young children. Parents' Action develops parent education materials, connects parents with one another, and fights for issues such as early education, health care, and high quality and affordable child care.
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19   Link   The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
Since 1968, CLASP has been a trusted resource, a creative architect for systems change, and one of the country's most effective voices for low income. CLASP's mission is to develop and advocate for policies at the federal, state and local levels that improve the lives of low income people. In particular, we seek policies that work to strengthen families and create pathways to education and work.
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20   Link   Reading Is Fundamental, Inc.
Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. prepares and motivates children to read by delivering free books and literacy resources to those children and families who need them most.
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21   Link   The West Virginia Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
The mission of the West Virginia Children’s Health Insurance Agency is to provide quality health insurance to eligible children in a cost-effective manner and to strive for a health care system in which all West Virginia children have access to health care coverage.
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22   Link   The Child and Adult Care Food Program Sponsor's Association (TSA)
TSA is dedicated to:
Assisting sponsors obtain the most up-to-date information and resources necessary to manage USDA's CACFP.
Informing sponsors of policies and regulations affecting their sponsorship that will affect their administration of the CACFP.
Providing a unified voice in directing CACFP policy in Washington DC.
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23   Link   Beansprout Networks
Beansprout Networks is a marketing services company that provides pediatric professionals and the families in their care with innovative tools, resources, and educational programs to enhance patient care and practice efficiency.
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24   Link   Assistivetech.net
Assistivetech.net provides increased access to information on assistive technology devices and services as well as other community resources for people with disabilities and the general public.
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25   Link   Poison Prevention
More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year to the 61 Poison Control Centers (PCCs) across the country. More than 90 percent of these poisonings occur in the home. The majority of non-fatal poisonings occur in children younger than six years old. And, poisonings are one of the leading causes of death among adults.
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26   Link   For Baby's Sake
This site is intended to inform and educate the public about the hazardous environment created by using many traditional baby products.
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27   Link   FPG Child Development Institute
For the past 40 years, FPG Child Development Institute research and outreach has shaped how the nation cares for and educates young children. FPG has a proud history of serving as an objective, knowledgeable force for social change to enhance the lives of children and families. Researchers focus on parent and family support; early care and education; child health and development; early identification and intervention; equity, access and inclusion; and early childhood policy.
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28   Link   The National Institute for Early Education Research
The National Institute for Early Education Research supports early childhood education
initiatives by providing objective, nonpartisan information based on research.
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29   Link   The University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development
The University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development is a public-private, regional resource and management facility that contributes to the welfare of children, youth, and families in greater Pittsburgh and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Office is a program of the School of Education.
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30   Link   Autism Society of America (ASA)
The Autism Society, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.
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31   Link   First Star
First Star works to change the U.S. child welfare system from one of abuse and neglect to one of protection and support and serves as a catalyst for meaningful reform through communication, education and legislation. Our nonpartisan, multidisciplinary approach fosters collaborative action among organizations, advocates, practitioners and policy-makers working to benefit children.
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32   Link   Center for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC's Mission is "to promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability."
CDC's Vision for the 21st Century is "Healthy People in a Healthy World"
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33   Link   The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS) is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.
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34   Link   West Virginia Early Childhood Training Connections and Resources
WVECTCR provides professional development opportunities for the WV early care and education community through information, training and technical assistance, resources and collaboration to improve the quality of services for young children.
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35   Link   The Day One Project
The DAY ONE project, an early intervention and parenting education program, was first developed in 1984 by New Horizons for Learning, a non-profit, international human resource network based in Seattle, Washington. It is based upon the work of researchers in neonatal education in the United States. The mission of Day One in West Virginia is to improve the health, education and economic status of the state by ensuring a healthy start in life for babies. DAY ONE is an investment in West Virginia’s children and families and is based on sound research and has been evaluated as an effective program.
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36   Link   Healthy Child Care America
A majority of young children are enrolled in out-of-home child care programs. High-quality early education and child care for young children improves their health and promotes their development and learning.

Partnerships among families, child care providers, and health professionals can ensure that all young children have access to quality child care within a nurturing environment and have a medical home. By working as a team, community partners can maximize resources, develop comprehensive services, and most important - nurture children so they enter school healthy and ready to learn.
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37   Link   4Parent.gov
4Parents.gov is part of a national public education campaign to provide parents with the information, tools and skills they need to help their teens make healthy choices, including waiting until marriage to have sex. Nothing is more important for a child, pre-teen, or teen than a caring parent. If pre-teens and teens are going to make the choices that will help them grow up to be healthy adults, they need parents to talk with them about important topics like sex and relationships. 4parents.gov is meant to give parents the information and guidance they need for having these conversations.
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38   Link   The Family Village
The Family Village is a web site for children and adults with disabilities, their families, and their friends and allies. Family Village brings together thousands of online resources in a organized, easy-to-use directory. The centerpiece of Family Village is the library, where visitors can find information on over 300 diagnosis. Visitors can also learn about assistive technology, legal rights and legislation, special education, leisure activities and much more.
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39   Link   Family Voices
Family Voices, a national grassroots network of families and friends, advocates for health care services that are family-centered, community-based, comprehensive, coordinated and culturally competent for all children and youth with special health care needs; promotes the inclusion of all families as decision makers at all levels of health care; and supports essential partnerships between families and professionals.
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40   Link   KinderStart
KinderStart is the largest (and most popular) indexed directory and search engine focused on children zero to seven on the 'net.
The mission of our small but dedicated staff is to provide parents, grandparents, foster parents and teachers with the most organized, and easiest to use index and search engine available.
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41   Link   River Valley Child Development Services
River Valley's mission is to be a leader in providing high quality early childhood care and education services for children, families, and communities.
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42   Link   The Down Syndrome Network of West Virginia
The mission of the DSNWV is to enhance the lives of individuals with Down Syndrome by providing information, resources and support to families and professionals and by promoting awareness and acceptance of individuals with Down Syndrome.
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43   Link   The West Virginia Head Start Association
The West Virginia Head Start Association represents twenty-four (24) Head Start programs statewide. Each Head Start program is unique in providing services to their families to meet the specific needs in the community.
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44   Link   The Office of Special Programs, Extended and Early Learning
The mission of The Office of Special Programs, Extended and Early Learning is to positively affect the lives of children with exceptionalities by developing and enhancing the capacity of stakeholders through positive proactive leadership
and collaborative partnerships.
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45   Link   Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist (ACDS)
The WV Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist is a training program for people who are employed in early care and education programs. Persons must complete 3,200 to 4,000 hours of on-the-job training and 300 hours of course work and related assignments in order to receive certification. Apprentices are assigned approximately 2 hours of related laboratory work each week.
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46   Link   The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.
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47   Link   The National AfterSchool Association
The National AfterSchool Association is the only national professional association for the afterschool field. With over 9,000 members and 36 state affiliate organizations, NAA represents the voice of the afterschool field in the areas of professional development, program quality, public policy and current issues affecting children and youth in their out of school time.
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48   Link   The 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.
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49   Link   The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC)
NECTAC will strengthen state and local service systems to ensure that children with disabilities (birth through 5 years) and their families receive and benefit from high-quality, evidence-based, culturally appropriate and family-centered supports and services.
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50   Link   National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care (NRC)
The NRC's primary mission is to promote health and safety in out-of-home child care settings throughout the nation.
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51   Link   The West Virginia Association for Young Children
The West Virginia Association for Young Children is dedicated to ensuring the availability of high quality Early Childhood Programs. Efforts are focused on supporting and expanding opportunities for early childhood professionals and being an effective leader in advocating early childhood issues.
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52   Link   West Virginia Childcare United
West Virginia Childcare United is an organization "dedicated to improving the quality of childcare in West Virginia."
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53   Link   Safe Kids Worldwide
Safe Kids Worldwide is a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer of children 14 and under.
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54   Link   Darkness to Light - Child Sexual Abuse Prevention
Our programs raise awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse by educating adults about the steps they can take to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse.
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55   Link   Be Humane
The “Be Humane” public service campaign is a public education effort of the American Humane Association, the only national organization dedicated to protecting both children and animals.
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56   Link   Imagine West Virginia
IMAGINE WEST VIRGINIA is an independent, objective policy research and development entity dedicated to identifying and researching bold policy issues and publishing policy recommendations that have the potential to significantly improve the lives of West Virginians.
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57   Link   WV 211
2-1-1 is an easy to remember telephone number that connects people with important community services, disaster information and volunteer opportunities. 2-1-1 brings together existing information and referral providers and crisis services into one coordinated system.
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58   Link   West Virginia Alliance For Sustainable Families
The WV Alliance for Sustainable Families (WVASF) was organized in December of 1996 under the name of the West Virginia Welfare Reform Coalition (WVWRC). It was created to initiate action in the areas of research, education, advocacy, and coalition building to ensure that West Virginia’s citizens, communities, and organizations successfully implement welfare reform. The Alliance has served as an important voice for West Virginia’s low-income children and families by identifying and acting upon a variety of issues impacting families who are primarily receiving public benefits. Current areas of focus for the organization are asset development, financial literacy and economic sustainability for working families.
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59   Link   CELL Center for Early Literacy Learning
The goal of the Center for Early Literacy Learning(CELL) is to promote the adoption and sustained use of evidence-based early literacy learning practices. This site has resources for early childhood intervention practitioners, parents, and other caregivers of children, birth to five years of age, with identified disabilities, developmental delays, and those at-risk for poor outcomes.
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60   Link   Technical Assistance Cencer on Social Emotional Intervention
The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children, also known as TACSEI, is a five-year grant made possible by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. TACSEI takes the research that shows which practices improve the social-emotional outcomes for young children with, or at risk for, delays or disabilities and creates FREE products and resources to help decision-makers, caregivers, and service providers apply these best practices in the work they do every day. Most of these free products are available right here on our website for you to view, download and use.
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61   Link   The WV Kids Count Fund
KIDS COUNT is determined to make West Virginia a great place to be a kid! To achieve that vision, for the past 21 years, KIDS COUNT has provided the most trusted data about the well-being of West Virginia's children and has built alliances to advocate for what kids need.
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62   Link   Consumer Affairs
ConsumerAffairs is a consumer news and advocacy organization founded in 1998 by James R. Hood, a veteran Washington, D.C. journalist and public affairs executive. Our website includes consumer news, recall information and tens of thousands of pages of consumer reviews.
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