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The Top 22 Organizations That Help Children

March 29, 2021

Looking for more ways to help kids in your community? Here is an ultimate guide to organizations that help children:

1. ASPIRA Association, Inc.

 width=ASPIRA is a kids charity that benefits the Hispanic community exclusively. They work to help Hispanic youth develop educational and leadership skills in their own communities. Aspira is the Spanish word for Apire!

2. Association for Childhood Education International

 width=Since 1892 the Association for Childhood Education International has been fighting to provide education for children all over the globe. They create learning opportunities in areas where providing education can be difficult. The core belief of CEI is that education leads to inspiration, peace, community development and hope for the future.

3. Association of Children’s Museums

 width=An easy way to further youth education is to help children's museums. The Association of Children’s Museums is a network members and educators across 20 countries that benefit children through the collective knowledge provided through museums.

4. Child Care Aware of America

 width=Provide high-quality and affordable health care for children through Child Care Aware of America. This organization has over 600 care and referral agencies to make sure that all parents in the United States have the right healthcare for their children's needs.

5. Council for Exceptional Children

 width=Exceptional children need exceptional education. The Council for Exceptional Children provides tailored education to children that have, learning, developmental, and visual disabilities, as well as behavioral disorders.

6. Head Start


This charity works to empower kids through "Head Start" opportunities. The National Head Start Association helps over a million children through 1,600 Head Start grants across the U.S.. Providing a way for all children to be successful, no matter the circumstances.

7. International Literacy Association


Making literacy available for all children around the world is what The International Literacy Association does. Their advocacy for students around the globe is provided through grants and policies that support educational systems in under-funded areas and resources that can educate students, literacy professionals, and teachers.

8. National Center for Children in Poverty

 width=Looking for a way to help out with finances specifically? The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) works directly with low-income families and children of the U.S. on local levels as well as national. The NCCP advocates for policy and provides education to families intended to ensure positive outcomes for future generations.

9. National Center for Families Learning

 width=The National Center for Families Learning provides education for families as well as children to provide an intergenerational strategy to learning. This organization develops, implements, and documents to better understand how to benefit childhood education by breaking down intergenerational barriers.

10. National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

 width=This organization strives provides proper legal representation to every child in The U.S. The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) helps children and families with juvenile justice, family violence and domestic relations, and child welfare and juvenile law.

11. Kids Count Data Center

 width=This data center assess and distributes free information about the wellbeing of children across the U.S. KIDS COUNT provides intricate data to help educators and policy advocates do a better job of understanding the facts when it comes to the wellbeing of children within specific demographics.

12. National Education Association

 width=Operating in over 14,000 communities of America, The National Education Association (NEA) works on the local and national level to provide education opportunities through its nearly 3 million members. This program sponsors children and youths from early childhood development all the way through university graduate programs.

13. National Institute for Play

 width=The transformative power of play time is something that is commonly overlooked when dealing with childhood education. That's why this children's charity organization (National Institute for Play) is committed to researching, developing, and implementing play practices into the lives of kids in the U.S.

14. Puppeteers of America

 width=Another children's organization that focuses on playtime is the Puppeteers of America. This charity encourages kids through information and imaginative performances via puppets and puppet theatre.

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

 width=Focusing on the age range Zero To Three, this nonprofit organization helps policymakers, parents, and childhood professionals improve the lives of kids in the early developmental stages of their lives.

16. National Association for the Education of Young Children

 width=Focusing on a different age group, The National Association for the Education of Young Children benefits kids under the age of 8 years old to make sure that all children receive the opportunity of a quality education in their developmental years.

17. National Institute on Out-of-School Time

 width=Plenty of organizations help children experience a good education during school hours. The National Institute on Out-of-School Time works to provide all children with opportunities to have quality activities and programs that help them thrive after school.

18. National Council of Teachers of English

 width=Language teaching is a great way to help children understand and grow with each other. The National Council of Teachers of English is dedicated to enhancing English teaching in pre-school through graduate school.

19. National Science Teachers Association

 width=The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is an international organization committed to helping everyone learn about science. Being one of the largest science education organizations in the world, the NSTA helps children learn science through over 55,000 science educators.

20. Nurse Family Partnership

 width=Focusing on first-time mothers, the Nurse Family Parternship is an organization that offers free at home nursing and advice for mothers and families living beneath the poverty line. The goal of NFP is to make sure that all children have the opportunity to thrive with a first time parent. 

21. National Parent Teacher Association

 width=The National Parent Teacher Association has over 6 million members comprised of parents that want to make a difference in their child's school systems. They work to make sure that every child feels comfortable in their community through educational resources in the classroom and at home. Recently working with GLSEN to help teachers and students better understand how they can support the LGBTQ students of their community.

22. Wheels For Wishes


Help Make-A-Wish kids get their wishes granted by donating a car to Wheels For Wishes. You receive free towing, a tax deduction, and the joy of providing a wish to a child dealing with critical illness!


Your generous car donations provide wishes for kids like 4 year old Kate’s wish to go to Disney World.

How Do I Donate A Car?

Here's how you can donate a car to help Make-A-Wish kids:

  1. Call 1-855-278-9474 or fill out our easy online donation form. 
  2. We'll contact you within 24 hours of the next business day to set up your free towing.
  3. After we pick up your car, we'll mail you a receipt to use on your taxes within a month.

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