Bright Futures offers a variety of resources for health care and public health professionals, parents, advocates to use in improving and maintaining the health of children and adolescents.

Center for Child & Human Development, was established over four decades ago to improve the quality of life for all children and youth, especially those with, or at risk for, special needs and their families.

Center for the Developing Child, Harvard University, generates, translates, and applies knowledge in the service of improving life outcomes for children in the United States and throughout the world

Centers for Disease Control, Learn the Signs, Act Early Campaign, provides information about social and emotional developmental milestones by age, check-lists and additional resources for professionals and parents.

Center for Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning, focuses on promoting the social and emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices for early childhood programs across the county.

Child Care Aware® of Missouri assists families when they are looking for quality child care, pre-school or after-school programs

Desired Results Developmental Inventory (DRDP) The State Board of Education recently adopted an instrument for early childhood readiness in Missouri after reviewing the results of a year-long pilot. The recommended voluntary early childhood readiness tool is the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) instrument developed by the California Department of Education. This instrument will provide useful information to parents, child care providers, teachers and administrators about the learning and development of each student.

Missouri Coordinating Board for Early Childhood, is the state’s public/private entity for coordinating a cohesive system of early childhood programs and services intended to support the healthy development and school readiness of all Missouri children from birth through age five.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network was established to improve access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events. This section of provides information about the Network itself.

ParentLink has professionals available to provides parents and providers with access to resources, referrals and creative problem solving support, for all ages and states of children’s lives.

Parents as Teachers provides the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.

Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) is a grant program of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that seeks to promote the wellness of young children birth to age eight. Project LAUNCH focuses on improving the systems that serve young children with the goal of helping all children reach physical, social, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive milestones. This web site is a resource for Project LAUNCH grantees and others interested in learning about how to promote young child wellness.

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit is the educational organization behind Sesame Street and much more. Sesame Street toolkits help parents and providers tackle topics like divorce, resilience, incarceration and grief.

Zero to Three is a national non-profit organization that provides parents, professionals, and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development.