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Most of us have used Google to find something in the past 72 hours and often in our googlized ways we believe we can find everything we need freely on the open web but much academic content is actually behind a pay-wall, it is not freely available, so libraries' buy access for library users in the form of print books, e-books, online database articles from journals and other periodicals--those resources can be accessed from libraries webpages.
But there are some freely available credible resources on the web if you know how and where to google it
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California Early Childhood Educator Competencies
"The California Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Competencies describe the knowledge, skills and dispositions that early childhood educators need in order to provide high quality care and education to young children and their families. The California ECE Competencies are organized into twelve overlapping areas: (1) Child Development and Learning; (2) Culture, Diversity and Equity; (3) Relationships, Interactions, and Guidance; (4) Family and Community Engagement; (5) Dual-Language Development; (6) Observation, Screening, Assessment, and Documentation; (7) Special Needs and Inclusion; (8) Learning Environments and Curriculum; (9) Health, Safety, and Nutrition; (10) Leadership in Early Childhood Education; (11) Professionalism; and (12) Administration and Supervision. The term early childhood educator includes everyone responsible for the care and education of young children."
Early Childhood and Parenting (ECAP) Collaborative
Free online publications in English and Spanish on early childhood and parenting.. "The Clearinghouse on Early Education and Parenting (CEEP) is part of the Early Childhood and Parenting (ECAP) Collaborative within the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. CEEP (a content provider) and the ECAP Information Technology Group (ECAP/ITG) work closely to build print and online resources for the worldwide early childhood and parenting communities. "
First 5: San Mateo County
Resources, reports, and data for parents and educators in San Mateo County.
National Association for the Education of Young Children
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children with nearly 80,000 members, a national network of more than 300 state and local Affiliates, and a growing global alliance of like-minded organizations.
American Montessori Society
Advocates for Montessori education and principles
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Community Needs Assessment: Selected Online Resources
Birth to Kindergarten: The Importance of the Early Years
Literature review and policy options from the California Research Bureau, California State Library, February 1998.
California Child Care Resource & Referral Network
The California Child Care Portfolio presents a compilation of California statewide and county-by-county statistics on child care. The California Child Care Resource & Referral Network is an "advocate for a quality childcare system that supports the diversity of families and children in every community and California."
Kaiser Family Foundation's State Health Facts Online
Find the latest state-level data on demographics, health, and health policy, including health coverage, access, financing, and state legislation to support proposals and program needs.
Making Ends Meet: How Much Does it Cost to Raise a Family in California?
The California Budget Project (CPB) is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization based in Sacramento that works to improve public policies affecting the economic and social well-being of low- and middle-income Californians. It serves as a resource to the media, policymakers, and state and local constituency groups seeking accurate information and analysis of a range of state policy issues.
San Mateo County Child Care Partnership Council
In 1991 the state legislature established Local Child Care and Development Planning Councils in every county in California. In San Mateo County, the Child Care Partnership Council is the Local Planning Council. Find links at the bottom of the web page to the Council's S.M. County Strategic Plan for2000-2005, the county's Child Care Needs Assessment report, and the county's survey of child care centers.