Organizations Serving Children and Youth

ALSC 's former Building Partnerships Committee developed the following list of 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., a 501(C)(3) organization, is the only national Hispanic organization dedicated exclusively to developing the educational and leadership capacity of Hispanic youth. Since 1961, ASPIRA has been working at the grass-roots level to provide programs that encourage Hispanic students to stay in school, prepare them to succeed in the educational arena, develop their leadership skills, and to serve their community.

Contact Information: 1444 I Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20005


Phone: (202) 835-3600

Association for Childhood Education International

The Association for Childhood Education International exists to promote innovative solutions to education challenges and inspire action that creates positive, sustainable futures for children and youth worldwide.

Address: 1200 18th St, NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20036


Phone: (800) 423-3563

Association of Children’s Museums

The Association of Children’s Museums is the world's foremost professional member service organization for the children’s museum field. With more than 400 members in 48 states and 20 countries, we leverage the collective knowledge of children's museums through convening, sharing, and dissemination.

Address: 2711 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 600, Arlington, VA 22202


Phone: (703) 224-3100

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America

Big Brothers/Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

Address: 2202 N. Westshore Blvd, Suite 455, Tampa, FL 33607


Phone: (813) 720-8778

Child Care Aware® of America

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

Address: 727 15th Street NW, 12th floor, Washington, D.C., 20005
Phone: (800) 424-2246, (202) 688-4200

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 for themselves. CDF focuses on health, education, child welfare, mental health, child care, adolescent pregnancy, family income and youth employment.

Address: 25 E. Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001

Council for Exceptional Children

The Council for Exceptional Children is the largest international professional organization devoted to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalitites. Covering many aspects related to exceptional children including learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, mental retardation & developmental disabilties, gifted, and visual handicaps.

Address: 2900 Crystal Dr., Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22202
Publications: Teaching Exceptional Children
Phone: (888) 232-7733

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.

Address:: 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.

Address: 110 William Street, 30th Floor, New York, NY 10038

Phone: (212) 727-0135


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.

Address: 1651 Prince St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone: (703) 739-0875


International Literacy Association

ILA's mission is to empower educators, inspire students, and encourage leaders with the resources they need to make literacy accessible for all. They publish cutting-edge research translated into practical resources for educators and students; set standards for literacy professionals and teacher education programs; appreciate educators through awards and grants; and vigorously advocate for funding and policies supporting the literacy needs of school systems, teachers, and students across the globe.

Address: PO Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139


Phone: (800) 336-7323

Kids Count Data Center

KIDS COUNT is a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and a premier source of data on children and families. Each year, the Foundation produces a comprehensive report — the KIDS COUNT Data Book — that assesses child well-being in the United States. The indicators featured in the Data Book are also available in the Data Center. Data is available for each state and U.S. Territory.
Address: Baltimore, MD 21202


Phone: (800) 336-7323

National Association for the Education of Young Children

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

Address: P.O. Box 97156, Washington, D.C. 20090-6261


Phone: (800) 424-2460, (202) 232-8777

National Center for Children in Poverty

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) is one of the nation’s leading public policy centers dedicated to promoting the economic security, health, and well-being of America’s low-income families and children. NCCP uses research to inform policy and practice with the goal of ensuring positive outcomes for the next generation. It promotes family-oriented solutions at the state and national levels.

Address: 215 W 125th St, 3rd fl., New York, NY 10027


Phone: (646) 284-9600

National Center for Families Learning

NCFL advances literacy and education by developing, implementing, and documenting innovative and promising intergenerational strategies. Below is an overview of the areas in which we focus our work and how you or your organization can get involved: Two-generation practices,Tools to assist literacy, learning efforts, Professional development and networks, Community and coalition building, Research

Address: 325 West Main St, Suite 300, Louisville, KY 40202


Phone: (502) 584-133

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.

Address: P.O. Box 8970, Reno, NV 89507


Phone: (775) 507-4777

National Council of Teachers of English

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

Address: 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801

Phone: (217) 328-3870, (877) 369-6283

National Education Association

The National Education Association (NEA) is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA’s 3 million members work at every level of education - from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States. NEA is a volunteer-based organization supported by a network of staff at the local and national levels.

Address: 1201 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20036

Phone: (202) 833-4000

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.

Address: P.O. Box 1398, Carmel Valley, CA 93924


National Institute on Out-of-School Time

The National Institute on Out-of-School Time's mission is to ensure that all children, youth, and families have access to high quality programs, activities, and opportunities 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.

Address: Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481


Phone: 781-283-2547

National Parent Teacher Association

Parent Teacher Association's mission is to make every child’s potential a reality

by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. Working in partnership with a wide array of individuals and organizations to broaden and enhance our ability to serve and advocate for all children and families

Address: 1250 N. Pitt St, Alexandria, VA 22314


Phone: (800) 307-4782, (703) 518-1200

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.

Address: 1840 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201-3000


Phone: (703) 243-7100

Nurse Family Partnership

Through Nurse Family Parternship, first-time moms who are pregnant 28 weeks or less, meet income requirements, live in a service area are eligible for free help from a personal nurse who will come to your home to offer advice, support and a good laugh when you need it most through your pregnancy and until your baby is 2 years old. The mission of Nurse-Family Partnership is to positively transforms the lives of vulnerable babies, mothers and families. They invision a future where all children are healthy, families thrive, communities prosper and the cycle of poverty is broken.

Address: National Service Office, 1900 Grant St, 4th Fl., Denver, CO 80203

Phone: (844) 637-6667

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.

Contact Information: 228 S. Wabash Avenue, 10th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604

Phone: (800) CHILDREN, (312) 633-3520

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.

Phone: (612) 821-2382

YMCA of the USA

Together, the nation's more than 2,400 YMCAs 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: 1015 18th St., Northwest, Ste. 1100, Washington, DC 20036

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: 2000 M Street, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036-3307

Publications: Zero to Three

Phone: (202) 638-1144