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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

ADA compliance regulations, technical assistance, and general information

Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES)

DES works with families, community organizations, advocates and state and federal partners to realize our collective vision that every child, adult, and family in the state of Arizona will be safe and economically secure.

Arizona Departmen of Education

Resource for information pertaining to education in the state of Arizona.

Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS)

The Arizona Department of Health Services promotes and protects the health of Arizona's children and adults. Its mission is to set the standard for personal and community health through direct care, science, public policy, and leadership


Food and Nutrition Service, United States Department of Agriculture

FNS provides children and low-income people access to food, a healthful diet, and nutrition education.

Food Research and Action Center

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and under-nutrition in the United States.

Community Agencies

Child & Family Resources

Child & Family Resources, Inc. is a private, nonprofit, community-based organization providing services to the children and families of Southern Arizona.

Southwest Human Development

Southwest Human Development operates over 40 programs in four primary areas: child health and welfare, disabilities, Head Start and training and education.

United Way of Northern Arizona

UWNA is a local nonprofit organization that brings our community together and focuses resources on the most critical human-care needs in Northern Arizona.

United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona

"Building A Better Community in Tucson and Southern Arizona."

Valley of the Sun United Way

Valley of the Sun United Way is working to advance the common good by focusing on education, income and health, and creating long-lasting and measurable changes that improve the quality of life for individuals, families and children throughout Maricopa County.

Early Childhood Education

Alliance for Family, Friend and Neighbor Child Care

AFFNCC "advocates for equal access to early childhood services for children in all types of child care settings."

Arizona Child Care Association (ACCA)

ACCA is a non-profit professional trade organization governed by membership through a representative Board of Directors. ACCA is the ONLY organization supporting the specific interest of licensed, private childhood care and education communities in Arizona.

Association for Early Learning Leaders

The Association for Early Learning Leaders (formerly known as the National Association of Child Care Professionals) is committed to excellence by promoting leadership development and enhancing program quality through the National Accreditation Commission's standards.

Child Care Aware

A program of the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA), Child Care Aware helps families learn more about the elements of high-quality child care and how to locate programs in their communities. Child Care Aware also provides child care providers with access to resources for their child care programs.

Child Care Services Association

Child Care Services Association (CCSA) is a nationally recognized nonprofit working to ensure affordable, accessible, high quality child care for all families through research, services and advocacy.

First Things First

Giving Arizona children the opportunity to start school healthy and ready to succeed.

National After School Association

The National After School Association is the leading voice of the afterschool profession dedicated to development, education, and care of children and youth during their out of school hours.

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies

NACCRRA leads projects that increase the quality and availability of child care professionals, undertake research, and advocate child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families.

National Association for the Education of Young Children

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8.

National Association for Family Child Care

The National Association for Family Child Care is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care.

National Early Childhood Program Accreditation

NECPA is a non-profit, early childhood program accrediting organization.

Reading is Fundamental (RIF)

The nation's largest children's literacy organization.

Zero to Three

Zero to Three is a national non-profit organization that informs, trains and supports professionals, policymakers and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

Child and Family Advocacy

Children's Action Alliance

Children's Action Alliance is a non-profit, non-partisan research, education and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting the well-being of Arizona's children and families.

Children's Defense Fund

"The Children's Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities."

Child Trends DataBank

The Child Trends DataBank examines and monitors more than 100 indicators that focus on risks and positive developments for children, and provides links to state, local, and international data.

Child Welfare League of America

Child Welfare League of America is a powerful coalition of hundreds of private and public agencies serving vulnerable children and families since 1920. CWLA's expertise, leadership and innovation on policies, programs, and practices help improve the lives of millions of children in all 50 states.

Families and Work Institute

Families and Work Institute is a nonprofit center dedicated to providing research for living in today's changing workplace, changing family and changing community.

National Women's Law Center

NWLC takes on the issues that cut to the core of women's and girls' lives in education, employment, family economic security, and health -- with special attention given to the needs of low-income women and their families.

Protecting Arizona's Family Coalition (PAFCO)

The Protecting Arizona's Family Coalition (PAFCO) is a historic, diverse, non-partisan alliance of hundreds of social services, health, community service agencies, advocacy groups, citizen advocacy, and faith-based associations working together to stop drastic state budget cuts that threatened the very capacity and existence of the health and human services sector serving vulnerable populations in Arizona.

Health and Safety

Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

AZAAP is comprised of "more than 900 pediatric and allied health professionals supporting and championing key child health programs, services and issues from all regions of the state. Efforts include early childhood literacy, fighting childhood obesity, ensuring that all Arizona children are immunized against infectious diseases, and guaranteeing that our children have the best health care available to them by providing the highest quality of continuing education to the professionals who care for them."

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

Safe Kids Worldwide

Safe Kids Worldwide (formerly Safe Kids USA) is a worldwide network of organizations working to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability for children ages 1 to 14.

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