Helpful links and resources


Ohio’s Guide to Early Care and Learning
This is a great article that everyone should read.  It answers questions frequently asked by parents of children in every age groups and even some provider related material.  Take some time and please read this document.

Ohio Employer Tool Kit of Child Care Options
This resource describes what is “quality child care” as it relates to children, parents, businesses, and communities.

Early Childhood Mental Health Resources and Tools to Support  Social and Emotional Development
The resources provided include websites, publications, and books offering ideas and support in your quest to support children’s mental growth.

Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Resources
This document list every county in the COAD region and how to get in touch with an agency in that region that provides ECMH services.  It also lists the services provided, where that service can be provided, comments, and if there is a fee included.

Athens County Child Care Directory
This is a great resource for families in Athens County. The child care directory provides a listing and description of all of the center based child care options available to families in Athens County. This directory was made possible by funding from Ohio University, Athens.

2014-15 Appalachian Region Head Start Report

You’ve heard of Head Start, but do you know about the broad range of services it provides? Or the tremendous impact that Head Start has on the lives of children, families, early childhood professionals and local economies? Take a few minutes to read this report regarding the Head Start Agencies in the counties that COAD serves and learn how Head Start is working to improve lives in your community.


Ohio links

Ohio After School Network (OAN)
Works to ensure that all Ohio families to have access to high quality afterschool experiences.

Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children (Ohio AEYCV)
The voice of Ohio’s early childhood professionals.

The Ohio Benefit Bank
Connecting communities to resources. An Internet-based, counselor assisted service that connects low and moderate income families and individuals to the support they need where they live, work, play, and pray.

Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association (OCCRRA)
A statewide association promoting the positive development of all children, especially those in out-of-home environments.

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
Information for parents and providers on Ohio programs and policy.

Ohio Head Start Association (OHSAI)
Dedicated to advocacy, training and providing support which enhances and fosters growth of our individual members, member agencies, partners, and others who impact the lives of children and families.

Ohio Parent Information Network (OH-PIN)
Designed to provide essential information to Ohio parents on early education and care issues.

Red Treehouse
Ohio’s online resource promoting and supporting the physical, emotional, intellectual and social development of children and young adults, prenatal-25.

Report Child Abuse and Neglect

If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected you can call your local Public Children Services Agency. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services provides a directory of local agencies and a national child abuse Hotline.  You can find out what information you need to file a report, what happens after a report is made and information regarding who is a mandatory reporter.

T.E.A.C.H. provides  scholarships for early childhood and child care professionals working to improve their credentials through higher education and training. To learn more about this opportunity and to see a list of colleges and universities in Ohio that have Early Care & education programs please visit their website.


Ohio child care resource and referral agencies

Action for Children
Serving Central Ohio

Child Care Connection
Serving Northern Ohio

4C for Children
Serving Southwest Ohio

Child Care Resource Center
Serving Northcentral Ohio

Starting Point
Serving Northeast Ohio

YWCA Child Care Resource and Referral
Serving Northcentral & Northwest Ohio


National links

Child Care Aware
The nation’s most respected hub of information for parents and child care providers—a program of the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA).

Children’s Defense Fund
A strong, effective, independent voice for all the children of America.

First Candle
A national nonprofit health organization working to increase public participation and support in the fight against Stillbirth, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other causes of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID).

Kids Count: The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Helping vulnerable kids and families succeed.

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)
A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care.

National Center for Early Development and Learning (NCEDL)
Focuses on enhancing the cognitive, social, and emotional development of children from birth through age eight.

National Head Start Association (NHSA)
Seeks to be the untiring voice that will not be quiet until every vulnerable child is served with the Head Start model of support for the whole child, the family and the community.

National Resource Center for Health and Safety
in Child Care and Early Education (NRC)

The NRC’s primary mission is to promote health and safety in out-of-home child care settings throughout the nation.

National Safe Kids Campaign
Preventing injuries: at home, at play and on the way.

Parenting 24/7
Raising children and managing family life.

Parents’ Action for Children
Producers of the “I Am Your Child” video series.

Parents as Teachers
Parents as Teachers serves as a voice for early childhood development and champions the critical role of parental involvement and early intervention in the childhood development and education continuum.

PBS Parents
Information and resources for parents.

USDA Food Program

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides funds to reimburse to sponsor organizations for serving healthy meals and snacks to children and adults enrolled in day care. The Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP) is administered by the Ohio Department of Education. The goal is to provide well balanced meals and encourage healthy eating habits. This program is available for eligible child care providers.

Zero to Three
A national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers—part of the National center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families.