Chapter 17: Human Growth and Development across the Lifespan

by Julie Leventhal

National Association for the Education of Young Children

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is "a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research," according to its website.

National Association for Family Child Care

The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) is a membership organization that represents professional family child care providers in the U.S., and aims to promote quality child care by strengthening the profession.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is dedicated to promoting healthy development for children and adolescents, as well as for their families. The organization provides research findings, trainings, and information regarding prevention, diagnoses, and treatments.

American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics is a professional organization of pediatricians who are "committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults," according to the organization's website.

American Educational Research Association

The American Educational Research Association's (AERA) mission is "to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good."

American Psychological Association

The goal of the American Psychological Association (APA) is to promote insight, research, and application from psychology to individuals and professionals in society. Psychology resources are provided for psychologists, educators, and practitioners as well as information regarding APA writing style.

Association for Childhood Education International

The Association for Childhood Educatoin International (ACEI), "is interested in sharing new approaches to the education of children and ensuring that these approaches are delivered in ways that enhance children's individual skills and abilities and provide opportunities for success in life," according to its website.

Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health

The Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health provides education concerning prenatal and perinatal psychology that covers the time periods of conception to birth (prenatal) and the time right after birth (perinatal).

Babble

Babble is a parenting and lifestyle website by Disney that features posts written by parents about parenting, food, entertainment, fitness, and more.

Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

The mission of the Center on the Developing Child, according to its website, is "to drive science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — Facts About Child Development

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information on child development, health screenings, parenting, and disabilities. The Child Development Fact Sheet located at their site includes developmental milestones from infancy to adolescence.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — Healthy Living

The Centers for Disease Control provides information and resources in numerous topic areas about how to promote health in various life stages.

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning

From the center website: "The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning is a five-year project designed to strengthen the capacity of Head Start and child care programs to improve the social and emotional outcomes of young children."

Child Care & Early Education Research Connections

Child Care & Early Education Research Connections "promotes high quality research in child care and early education and the use of that research in policymaking," according to its website. It offers data and research resources for researchers, practitioners, and policymakers.

Child Trends

Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that studies children at all stages of develop. Their mission is to improve outcomes for children by providing research, data, and analysis to the people and institutions whose decisions and actions affect children, including program providers, the policy community, researchers and educators, and the media.

Cognitive Development Society

The Cognitive Development Society (CDS) provides "a unified voice for the wide range of scholars, practitioners, and others who are interested in change and continuity in the intellectual processes that support mental life," according to its website. Member interests include cognitive development at all stages of life.

Council for Exceptional Children

The Council for Exceptional Children is committed to providing assistance with the educational needs of students with disabilities and/or giftedness. This organization provides professional and academic resources to assist with education, advocacy, and family engagement.

Erikson Institute

Erikson Institute is the premier U.S. graduate school in child development, working to improve the care and education of children from birth to age eight.

Facts for Life

Facts for Life is a resource that covers child development and growth, child protection, nutrition, and a variety of illnesses and injuries that children are at risk for. The primary goal of the organization is prevention of health problems for children.

Foundation for Child Development

The Foundation for Child Development "has supported research, policy development, and advocacy to ensure that all families have the social and material resources to raise their children to be healthy, educated, and productive members of society," according to its website. It supports a preK-3 education program, a young scholars program for new-professional researchers, and a child well-being index.

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute

The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute is one of the oldest and largest multidisciplinary centers for the study of young children and their families. 

Herr Research Center for Children and Social Policy

The Herr Research Center for Children & Social Policy melds policy and research perspectives to promote the well-being of young children from birth to age eight and their families, according to its website.

International Society on Infant Studies

This organization focuses on promoting knowledge and research on infant development.

International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development

The International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development is an international organization that promotes research on human development throughout the lifespan.

Jean Piaget Society

The Jean Piaget Society is an international, interdisciplinary membership organization of scholars, teachers and researchers interested in the developmental construction of human knowledge.

KidsHealth

KidsHealth provides lay-friendly information about kids' and teens' health, behavior, and development.

National Association for Child Development

The National Association for Child Development (NACD) offers resources about methods and techniques to help parents guide their children's development and education.

National Black Child Development Institute

The mission of the National Black Child Development Institute is "to improve and advance the quality of life for Black children and their families through education and advocacy," according to its website.

PBS Parents — Child Development

This resource provides information regarding stages of growth from infancy to adolescence. For younger children, areas such as language, literacy, math, science, physical development, and social/emotional development are covered. For older children, information on media and health is also included.

Society of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology

The Society of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, which is Division 53 of the American Psychological Association, is a membership organization focused on providing clinical care based on psychological science to children, adolescents, and families.

Society for Research in Adult Development

The Society for Research in Adult Development promotes and supports research on positive adult development and aging, from late adolescence to the end of life.

Society for Research in Child Development

The Society for Research in Child Development is one of the leading organizations in the field of human development. The organization's goals include promoting research across multiple related disciplines, providing an information exchange for professionals across those disciplines, and encouraging the dissemination and application of developmental research.

Zero to Three

Zero to Three is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. The mission of Zero to Three is to promote the health and development of infants and toddlers.

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