Organizations Serving Children and Youth

The ALSC Building Partnerships Committee works to build liaison relationships with national organizations who serve children and youth and who share similar goals to ALSC. Below you will find links to these national organizations and perhaps find a local chapter that can assist you in your work with children and youth in your area. Is your national organization focused on serving children and youth and are you interested in potentially entering into a liaison relationship with ALSC?  Tell us about your organization.

ASPIRA Association, Inc.

The ASPIRA Association, Inc. is the only national nonprofit organization devoted solely to the education and leadership development of Puerto Rican and other Latino youth. Since its founding in 1961, ASPIRA has provided a quarter of a million youth with the personal resources they need to remain in school and contribute to their community.

Contact Information: Ronald Blackburn-Moreno, President, 1444 I Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20005
Publications: ASPIRA News (free online newsletter)
Phone: (202) 835-3600

Association for Childhood Education International

The Association for Childhood Education International is to promote and support in the global community the optimal education and development of children, from birth through early adolescence. They hope to influence the professional growth of educators and the efforts of others who are committed to the needs of children in a changing society

Contact Information:  Sherry Levin, Public Relations Manager, 17904 Georgia Ave, Suite 215
Olney, MD 20832
Publications: Childhood Education (6x per year)
Journal of Research in Childhood Education (quarterly)
Phone: (800) 423-3563

Association of Children’s Museums

The Association of Children’s Museums manages several award programs as a means to celebrate and recognize individual and collective efforts that benefit child development and the children's museum's ability to make a lasting impact individuals, families and communities.

Contact Information: Association of Children's Museums, 2711 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 600, Arlington, VA 22202
Phone: 703-224-3100

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America

Big Brothers/Big Sisters matches one child, usually from a single-parent, low-income family, with one adult volunteer, who serves as a mentor, friend and role model. 500 independent locally run agencies provide counseling, referral, and family support services.

Contact Information: Judy Vredenburgh, President and CEO, 230 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Publications: The Correspondent (3/year)
Phone: (215) 567-7000

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

The mission of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. A Boys and Girls Club provides: a safe place to learn and grow; ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals; life-enhancing programs and character development experiences; and, hope and opportunity.

Contact Information: 1275 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309-3347

Child Welfare League of America

Founded in 1920, the Child Welfare League of America is the nation's oldest and largest organization devoted entirely to the well-being of American's children and their families. It is a nonsectarian, privately supported organization devoted to improving child care and services for deprived, neglected and dependent children and their families.

Contact Information: Steve Boehm, Executive Director, 440 1st Street N. W., 3rd Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001-2085
Publications: Child Welfare Journal (bimonthly); Children's Voice (9/yr), Children's Monitor
Phone: (202) 638-2952

Child Care Aware® of America

Child Care Aware® of America is our nation’s leading voice for child care. We work with more than 600 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to ensure that families in every local community have access to quality, affordable child care.

Contact Information: Tracey Schaefer, Media
Phone: (703) 341-4148

Children's Defense Fund

The Children's Defense Fund exists to provide a strong and effective voice for all the children of America, who cannot vote, lobby, or speak out for themselves. CDF focuses on health, education, child welfare, mental health, child care, adolescent pregnancy, family income, and youth employment.

Contact Information: Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and CEO, 25 E. Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001
Publications: various brochures
Phone: (202)628-8787

Council for Exceptional Children

The Council for Exceptional Children is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities. The organization's divisions cover many aspects related to exceptional children including learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, mental retardation & developmental disabilities, gifted, and visual handicaps.

Contact Information: Krista Barnes, Assistant Executive Director, 1110 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22201-5704
Publications: Teaching Exceptional Children
Phone: 703-264-9405

Girl Scouts of the USA

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and success in the real world. Founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low, Girl Scouts' membership has grown from 18 members in Savannah, Georgia, to 3.6 million members throughout the United States, including U.S. territories, and in more than 90 countries through USA Girl Scouts Overseas.

Contact Information: 420 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10018
Phone: 800-478-7248


GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community.

Head Start

The National Head Start Association is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in life. The opportunities offered by Head Start lead to healthier, empowered children and families, and stronger, more vibrant communities. NHSA is the voice for more than 1 million children, 200,000 staff and 1,600 Head Start grantees in the United States.

International Reading Association

The International Reading Association seeks to promote high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction through studying the reading processes and teaching techniques. The organization serves as a clearinghouse for the dissemination of reading research through conferences, journals, and other publications; and actively encouraging the lifetime reading habit.

Contact Information: Alan Farstrup, Executive Director, 800 Barksdale Rd, Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139
Publications: The Reading Teacher, et al
Phone: (302)731-1600

International Society for Technology and Education

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the largest nonprofit professional organization supporting a worldwide membership of technology-using educators. Their mission is to help K-12 classroom teachers and administrators share effective methods for enhancing student learning through the use of new classroom technologies.

Contact Information: Cheryl Williams, President, 480 Charnelton Street, Eugene, OR 97401-2626
Publications: Journal of Research on Computing in Education.
Phone: 800-336-5191

Learning Disabilities Association

The Learning Disabilities Association is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all individuals with learning disabilities and their families, to alleviating the restricting effects of learning disabilities, and to supporting endeavors to determine the causes of learning disabilities.

Contact Information: Jane Browning, Executive Director, 4156 Library Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15234-1349
Publications: Learning Disabilities (quarterly)
Phone: (412) 341-1515, ext. 202

National 4H Council

National 4-H Council is the national, private sector non-profit partner of 4-H and the Cooperative Extension System. National 4-H Council partners with 4-H at all levels--national, state, and local--providing training and support, curriculum development, fostering innovative programming, and facilitating meetings and connections within the 4-H partnership. National 4-H creates linkages fostering innovation and shared learning to advance the 4-H development movement, building a world in which youth and adults learn, grow, and work together as catalysts for positive change.

Contact Information: 7100 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone: 301-961-2800 

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 Association for the Education of Young Children

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the nation's largest organization of early childhood professionals and others dedicated to improving the quality of early childhood education programs for children birth through age eight. 

Contact Information: Dr. Mark Ginsberg, Executive Director, 1313 L Street, NW, Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20005-4101
Publications: Young Children, NAEYC Position Statements
Phone: (202) 232-8777; 800-424-2460

National Autism Association

The National Autism Association is a parent-run 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  Founded in 2003, NAA is a parent-run advocacy organization and the leading voice on urgent issues related to severe autism, regressive autism, autism safety, autism abuse, and crisis prevention.

National Black Child Development Institute

The The National Black Child Development Institute was established by the Black Women's Community Development Foundation to provide a national vehicle to meet the comprehensive developmental needs of black children, youth and families. 

Contact Information: Keami Harris, Director of Programs & Affiliate Relations, 1101 15th Street N. W., Suite 900, Washington, D.C. 20005 
Publications: Child Health Talk; Black Child Advocate
Phone: (800) 556-2234
Fax: (202) 833-8222

National Center for Children in Poverty

The mission of the National Center for Children in Poverty is to identify and promote strategies that reduce the number of young children living in poverty in the U.S., and that improve the life chances of the millions of children under six who are growing up poor.

Contact Information: Morris Ardoin, Director of External Affairs, 154 Haven Avenue, New York, NY 10032
Publications: NCCP Newsletter
Phone: (212) 304-7100

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) works to ensure justice for every family and every child in every court throughout this country.

National Council of Teachers of English

The National Council of Teachers of English is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education.

National Education Association

The National Education Association (NEA) is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA is a volunteer-based organization supported by a network of staff at the local and national levels.

Contact Information: Anita Merina, 1201 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20036
Phone: 202-822-7387

National Institute on Out-of-School Time

The National Institute on Out-of-School Time's mission is to improve the quantity and quality of school-age child care programs nationally through collaborative work with communities, individuals and organizations, and to raise the level of public awareness about the importance of children's out-of-school time.

Contact Information: Ellen Gannett, Co-Director, Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 
Publications: "Spotlight on Most" Newsletter
Phone: 781-283-2547

National Institute for Play

The National Institute for Play is a 501c(3) non-profit public benefit corporation committed to bringing the unrealized knowledge, practices and benefits of play into public life. It is gathering research from diverse play scientists and practitioners, initiating projects to expand the clinical scientific knowledge of human play and translating this emerging body of knowledge into programs and resources which deliver the transformative power of play to all segments of society.


National Parent Teacher Association

The mission of National PTA is to support and speak on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community, and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children. They also assist parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect their children and encourage parental involvement in the public schools. 

Contact Information: April Wainwright, Arts in Education Program Director, 541 North Fairbanks Ct., Suite 1300, Chicago, Illinois 60611 
Publications: Our Children
Phone: 202-289-6790

National Science Teachers Association

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership of more than 55,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education.

Contact Information: David Beacom, Associate Executive Director and Publisher, 1840 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201-3000 
Publications: Science and Children; Science Scope, The Science Teacher, Journal of College Science Teaching, a 52-page newspaper; NSTA Reports, and many other educational books and professional publications.
Phone: (703) 243-7100

National Storytelling Network

The vision of the National Storytelling Network (NSN) is to "Enrich the world through storytelling." The mission of the NSN is to: Bring together and nurture individuals and organizations that use the power of storytelling in all its forms." A service NSN offers is the awarding of numerous grants to members through their grant programs. NSN sponsors the National Storytelling Conference held annually in various locations throughout the United States. NSN is also a sponsor of the National Youth Storytelling Showcase (NYSS), which holds a national storytelling competition every February in Pigeon Forge, TN. One of NSN's most widely known programs is Tellabration!, night of storytelling around the world that was begun in 1988.

Contact Information: Kit Rogers, Office Manager, Karin Hensley, Events Coordinator, 132 Boone Street, Suite 8, Jonesborough, TN 37659
Publications: Storytelling Magazine
E-mail: or
Phone: 800-525-4514; 423-913-8201, ext. 306 or 303
FAX: 423-753-9331

North American Council on Adoptible Children

Founded in 1974 by adoptive parents, the North American Council on Adoptable Children is committed to meeting the needs of waiting children and the families who adopt them.

Prevent Child Abuse America

Prevent Child Abuse America, founded in 1972, is focused on changing the way our nation thinks about prevention, focusing on community activities and public policies that prioritize prevention from the start to make sure child abuse and neglect never occur. We work to ensure the healthy development of children nationwide while recognizing that child development is a building block for community development and economic development. Based in Chicago, Prevent Child Abuse America has chapters in 45 states and 385 Healthy Families America ( sites in 32 states.

Contact Information: Ben Tanzer, Senior Director of Strategic Communications, 228 S. Michigan Avenue, 10th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 312-633-3520, x823
FAX: 312-939-8962

Puppeteers of America

Puppeteers of America, a national nonprofit organization founded in 1937, provides information, encourages performances, and builds a community of people who love puppet theatre. 

Contact Information: Steve Abrams President, 4809 Warrington Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19143 
Publications: Puppetry Journal; Playboard Newsletter
Phone: 215-726-6793

Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.

Reading Is Fundamental

Reading is Fundamental (RIF) develops and delivers children's and family literacy programs that help prepare young children for reading and motivate school-age children to read. 

Contact Information: William E. Trueheart, President, Executive Officer, 1825 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20009 
Publications: READ ALL ABOUT IT
Phone: 1-877-RIF-READ


The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) serves as the U.S. national section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), which was founded to promote international understanding and good will through books for children and adolescents.

Contact Information: United States Board on Books for Young People, 5503 N. El Adobe Drive, Fresno, CA 93711-2363
Publications: Bridges
Phone: 559-351-6119

YMCA of the USA

Together, the nation's more than 2,400 YMCA's are the largest not-for-profit community service organizations in America, working to meet the health and social service needs of 17.9 million men, women and children in 10,000 communities in the USA. The YMCA strives to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities. Every Y makes it's own decision on what programs to offer and how to operate.

Contact Information: YMCA of the USA, 101 North Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 977-0031


The YWCA USA is the oldest multicultural women's membership movement in the world. The YWCA strives to create opportunities for women's growth, leadership, and power in order to attain a common vision: peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people. The YWCA will thrust its collective power toward the elimination of racism wherever it exists and by any means necessary. Hallmark Programs, although specific programs vary from one community to another, are Racial Justice and Women's Economic Advancement. These programs strive for meaningful change and direct impact.

Contact Information: Suite 1100, 1015 18th St., Northwest, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 467-0801
Fax: (202) 467-0802

Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families

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. 

Contact Information: Sheri Lacy, 2000 M Street, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036-3307 
Publications: Zero to Three
Phone: 202-638-1144