Useful links: Early Childhood and TK-12 Education


California Teacher is the CFT's all-union news magazine and contains information relevant to all members as well as a page specific to the issues of early childhood educators and K-12 teachers. The newsletter is mailed to all CFT members.


California Commission on Teacher Credentialing The government agency that regulates teaching credentials.

California Department of Education Regulating K-12 education in California.

TEACH California How to get a teaching credential in California from the California Department of Education.

Educational Data Partnership Fiscal, demographic, and performance data on California's K-12 schools.

Speaker's Commission on Labor Education, News from departments that deal with labor issues, and list of links to other labor and related sites.

U.S. Department of Education The national home of regulations for early childhood and K-12 schools.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) Makes hundreds of Internet-based education resources supported by agencies throughout the federal government easier to find.


California State PTA The largest organization of parents of school children statewide, with local chapters in virtually every K-12 school district.

Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning A public, not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening teacher development policy and practice.

Center for Teaching Quality The Center for Teaching Quality improves student learning through developing teacher leadership, conducting practical research, and engaging various communities.

Center on Education Policy National, independent advocate for public education and for more effective public schools.

Child Development Policy Institute CDPI is a non-partisan, independent organization whose mission is to help establish sound public policy that benefits the children of California.

Civic Mission of Schools "Educating for Democracy," the California Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, sponsored by the California Coalition for Civic Renewal, seeks to enlist support of education, business, law, veterans, labor, parents, and service groups around the state to promote civic education in California.

EdSource Nonprofit analysis and information source for CA K-12 public schools.

Education Week "American Educators' Online Newspaper of Record"

Institute for Research on Education Policy IREPP supports "high quality, multi-disciplinary empirical research that is informed by collaboration with stakeholders and practitioners and that, in turn, informs the improvement of education policy and practice.” Produced the “Getting Down to Facts” studies.

Kappan Magazine Professional journal for education.

Learning First Alliance A permanent partnership of 18 leading education associations dedicated to improving student learning in America's public schools and work toward the continual and long-term improvement of public education based on solid research.

National Committee on Teaching and America’s Future A nonprofit organization "dedicated to providing every child with competent, caring, qualified teachers in schools organized for success.”

Preschool California Preschool California wants every child in California to have access to effective pre-kindergarten. Education reform begins with effective pre-K.

Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) California education policy research center.

Rethinking Schools National publisher of educational materials, written by activists, that focus on urban schools, and issues of equity and social justice.

Special Education Guide The go-to online resource for parents and educators who want to master the terminology, procedures, and best practices in special education.

CFT's School-to-Career Professional Development Toolkit/Website - CFT's brand new one-stop website for educators, counselors and career staff, supporting integrated teaching strategies and principles of school-to-career.

Teaching for Change provides teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write and change the world.

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Protecting our students
For educators, students, families affected by immigration actions
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Join the movement
Make your voice heard with millions on May 1 Day of Action
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State of the Union
Read President Josh Pechthalt's annual address
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Convention 2017: Find a quick recap here, in words and pictures
SOTU: The State of Our Union as presented by President Pechthalt
New report: Racial equity for Black males in California
Protecting our students: Resources you need to create sanctuary
Legislative Update: New sponsored bills, budget and audit requests
California Teacher: Read our special reports in the union magazine
Fair accreditation: City College of San Francisco accredited again!


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