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Organizations and Web Sites

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Early Identification

The following organizations and web sites focus on the early identification of children who have a difficulty with learning. Click on the name below to go to the organization's web site.

Clinical Center for the Study of Development and Learning, University of North Carolina

The CDL provides clinical services, training and technical assistance, research, and educational programs for professionals.

Early Childhood and Parenting Collaborative, University of Illinois

The Early Childhood and Parenting Collaborative at the University of Illinois is home to more than a dozen projects focused on the education, care, and parenting of young children.

Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development

A division of Georgetown University's Department of Pediatrics, the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development brings to bear its unique capacity on critical social issues of our time that affect children, families and individuals with disabilities of all ages

Get Ready to Read!

Get Ready to Read!'s program vision is that all preschool children will have the skills they need to learn to read when they enter school. This site is part of NCLD's initiative to provide parents, educators, health-care professionals, and advocates with tools to help build early literacy skills, including a bilingual early literacy screening tool.

Mailman Center for Child Development /University of Miami School of Medicine

The Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami is an integral part of the School of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics. The Center offers extensive research facilities for education and contains everything needed to fulfill its mission of research, training, and services to children with special needs and their families.

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.

National Black Child Development Institute

Since 1970 The National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) a nonprofit organization has provided and supported programs, workshops, and resources for African American children, their parents and communities. Through hands-on service and community-outreach programs, NBCDI initiates positive change for the health, welfare, and educational needs of all African American children.

National Center on Accelerating Student Learning, Vanderbilt Univeristy

The Center on Accelerating Student Learning (CASL) is designed to accelerate learning for students with disabilities in the early grades and thereby to provide a solid foundation for strong achievement in the intermediate grades and beyond. CASL is a five-year collaborative research effort supported by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Participating institutions are the University of Maryland, Teachers College of Columbia University, and Vanderbilt University.

Phonological Awareness and Literacy Screening (PALS)

PALS is funded through Virginia Reads grants and the University of Virginia. The PALS website includes: 1) a section where teachers return their class scores to UVA and receive an immediate summary report, 2) a page where principals and district representatives can receive summaries of their schools' PALS scores, and 3) more than a hundred instructional suggestions and activities, based on PALS screening sections.

Zero to Three

Zero to Three is the nation's leading resource on the first three years of life. Zero to Three is a national nonprofit charitable organization whose aim is to strengthen and support families, practitioners and communities to promote the healthy development of babies and toddlers.