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Child Development: Online Resources

Where to begin.

Other Guides

Child & Family Web Guide
Tufts University offers the WebGuide as a directory that evaluates, describes and provides links to hundreds of sites containing child development research and practical advice. Tufts also has a guide like this one, to research on Child Development.

Tests and Testing Information
Assessment is an element of much of child development research. This MSU Libraries guide will get you started.

Your Child: Development & Behavior Resources
A Web site for parents. It is a clearinghouse for comprehensive information on children's development and behavior. University of Michigan experts have evaluated all information and links.

Organizations/Professional Associations/Research Centers

Children, Youth and Family Consortium
Located at the University of Minnesota, the Consortium's web site is a bridge to a wide range of information and resources about children and families. Not just a source of informative reports, it also identifies expertise and connects people and projects.

Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development
International issues in early childhood.

FPG (Frank Porter Graham) Child Development Institute
FPG is one of the oldest multidisciplinary centers devoted to the study of children and families. Most of the institute's work addresses young children ages birth through eight years. FPG has a special focus on children who experience biological or environmental factors that challenge early development and learning.

The Montessori Foundation
A nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of Montessori education in the United States and abroad. Website provides an online library of reading materials.

National Association for the Education of Young Children
Founded in 1926, NAEYC is the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children. It is dedicated to improving the well-being of young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8.

National Institute for Early Education Research
Based at Rutgers and funded by a wide assortment of major grantmakers NIEER  "conducts and communicates research to support high quality, effective, early childhood education for all young children."

Society for Research in Child Development
A multidisciplinary, not-for-profit, professional association with a membership of approximately 5,500 researchers, practitioners, and human development professionals from over 50 countries. Aims to promote multidisciplinary research in the field of human development, to foster the exchange of information among scientists and other professionals of various disciplines, and to encourage applications of research findings.

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