Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement
The Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement is a consortium of universities that are working together on early reading research. Their Web site has a nice collection of research summaries and links, found at www.ciera.org/links/index.html
Educational Resources Information Center Elementary and Early Childhood Education
ERIC Elementary and Early Childhood Education is a gold mine when it comes to learning more about child development. One such nugget comes from "Pretend Play and Young Children's Development" by Doris Bergen, found at www.ericeece.org/pubs/digests/2001/bergen01.pdf. "...recent emphasis on accountability in education seems to have led to a decline in the general understanding of the contribution that high-quality play can make to children's cognitive development in the early years."
American Psychological Association
The American Psychological Association's Web site offers valuable information. We discovered a great article by Beth Azar called "The Power of Pretending" at www.apa.org/monitor/mar02/pretend.html
North Central Regional Educational Laboratory
The North Central Regional Educational Laboratory's Web site is a bit like reading the crib notes on a wide range of subjects. There's a nice collection of links on dramatic play at www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/content/cntareas/reading/li1lk28.htm