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Jessica Shields Flowers, parenting coach, reads to children in a classroom


Looking for information about parenting or teaching young children? We've listed some of the best online resources in the field—for parents, teachers, or preschool administrators—below.


Conscious Discipline® is a comprehensive classroom management program and a social-emotional curriculum. It is based on current brain research, child development information, and developmentally appropriate practices. Conscious Discipline® has been specifically designed to make changes in the lives of adults first. The adults, in turn, change the lives of children. Ripple's Jessica Shields Flowers is a Conscious Discipline® Certified Instructor.


Jessica Shields Flowers' North Carolina counterpart and retreat partner, Kim Hughes is a Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor who has worked with educators, thought leaders, and elected officials for 23 years and with children in the classroom for nearly three decades. In addition to working with teachers and speaking at teaching conferences across the US and Canada, Kim helps medical professionals improve the patient experience for clientele of all ages. She's wonderful!


Kim West, also known as The Sleep Lady, is a licensed family therapist who has successfully helped sleepless parents across the globe for more than 15 years. Her approach is a gentler alternative for families who resist letting their babies cry it out, families who tried “Ferber” but found it didn’t work, and families who have tried co-sleeping with their children but found their children aren't really sleeping well or who want the family bed to revert back the marital one.


Wiggle Giggle Learn is an innovative company dedicated to helping parents become their young child's first teacher. Their simple, easy-to-follow learning plans are based on the latest early childhood development research, helping "Gigglers" grow into happy, well-rounded children ready for success in school and beyond. For ages 0 to 5.


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.


ZERO TO THREE's mission is to support the healthy development and well-being of infants, toddlers and their families.


For 30 years, Childcare Exchange has promoted the exchange of ideas among leaders in early childhood programs worldwide through its magazine, books, training products, training seminars, and international conferences.


Tuft University's Child & Family Web Guide is a directory that evaluates, describes and provides links to hundreds of sites containing child development research and practical advice.


The Promising Practices Network (PPN) is dedicated to providing quality evidence-based information about what works to improve the lives of children, youth, and families.


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


ERIC provides free access to more than 1.2 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials and includes links to full text when available. Sponsored by the US Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (IES).


CCW/AFTEF’s mission is to improve the quality of early education and care of all children by promoting policy, research and organizing that ensure the early education and care workforce is well-educated, receives better compensation and has a voice in their workplace.


“Research Connections” is a unique resource that promotes high quality research and the use of that research in policy-making.


The National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center (NCCIC), a service of the Child Care Bureau, is a national clearinghouse and technical assistance (TA) center that provides comprehensive childcare information resources and TA services to Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) administrators and other key stakeholders.


The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) was established in 1933 by the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science. The history of the Society's origin and evolution parallels that of the academic specialty of child development.


The mission of Legacy of Caring is to improve the quality of early education and care for infants, children and their families by helping sponsors, administrators, and early childhood teachers acquire the resources they need to conduct effective and meaningful services.



Conscious Discipline® is a registered trademark of Loving Guidance™ Inc., (800) 842-2846.


EARLY CONNECTIONS: Join Jessica at the incredible Children's Museum of
   the Lowcountry at 10 AM the first Wednesday of each month. FREE for children from newborns to 3 years & their grown-ups. Learn more in this video!