Helpful Websites

Local Websites:

Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC)

“ECAC is a private non-profit parent organization committed to improving the lives and education of ALL children through a special emphasis on children with disabilities.

ECAC affirms the right of all individuals, from all backgrounds and cultures, with or without disabilities, to an appropriate education and other needed services. We seek to make that right a reality by providing information, education, outreach, and support to and for families with children across the state of North Carolina”

Family Support Network of North Carolina

“Family Support Network of North Carolina promotes and provides support for families with children who have special needs. Families are in a unique position to offer information and support to other families. An experienced family member can share the most practical advice and help a parent navigate the complex service system. Having support can make it easier for families to experience the joy and satisfaction that can come from parenting a child with special needs. This Parent-to-Parent support is available through local, affiliated Family Support Network programs across the state and through the Central Directory of Resources.”


“MeckCARES is the system of care partnership among local child-serving agencies, families and the community. Its purpose is to improve outcomes for youth ages 10-21 who have a severe emotional problem and their families. MeckCARES adopts a unified approach across provider organizations. By enrolling in MeckCARES, families participate as partners in planning, delivery, and evaluation of services.”

NC Family to Family Information Center: Choosing a Service Provider

Instructions on how to get a list of providers and some questions to ask while interviewing them.

Prevent Child Abuse NC

NC Association for Play Therapy

Mental Health Association of Central Carolinas, Inc.

The MHA’s vision is to promote mental wellness, to reduce stigma, and to advocate for effective mental health services.

North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children

Information for teachers and families about Exceptional Children and trainings/conferences.

National Websites:

Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University

Information on the latest research regarding child development.

The Hard Facts Behind Soft Skills

Read about the importance of teaching young children “soft skills.”

Early Childhood News

Information for families and teachers of children zero-eight.

Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

NCAST (Nursing Child Assessment Satellite Training)

KIPS (Keys to Interactive Parenting Scale)

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Child Trauma Academy

California Evidence Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare

Infant-Parent Institute

Interdisciplinary Counsel on Development and Learning Disorders

Interdisciplinary Counsel of Development and Learning Disorders (Floortime/DIR model)

Kids Health

A website with information for parents, kids and teens. The link above will take you to a section titled, “Should my child see a therapist?” Other sections of the site address things such as growth and development, nutrition, and positive parenting.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Information for teachers and families about early childhood (ages zero-eight) issues and research — publications, articles, brochures, checklists, pamphlets, discussion boards.


“SupportWorks helps people find and form support groups and research medical information. It primarily serves folks in its hometown Charlotte NC, although people across the USA use its telephone support group program and organizational assistance services. It is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, all-volunteer organization founded in 1989 to help people empower themselves through sharing solutions to common problems with others (“self-help”) and by locating useful information (for medical and other issues).”


“ZERO TO THREE’s mission is to support the healthy development and well-being of infants, toddlers and their families. We are a national nonprofit multidisciplinary organization that advances our mission by informing, educating and supporting adults who influence the lives of infants and toddlers.”

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)

is focused on promoting the social 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 to early childhood programs across the country.

The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children,

also known as TACSEI, is a five-year grant made possible by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. TACSEI takes the research that shows which practices improve the social-emotional outcomes for young children with, or at risk for, delays or disabilities and creates FREE products and resources to help decision-makers, caregivers, and service providers apply these best practices in the work they do every day. Most of these free products are available on our website for you to view, download and use.