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Teachers can use these resources to help parents develop positive parenting skills.


  • Arlington Education and Employment Program (REEP) Family Literacy Curriculum
    http://www.arlington.k12.va.us/instruct/ctae/adult_ed/REEP/reepcurriculum/familylithomepg.html
      The REEP Family Literacy Curriculum is a component of the REEP ESL Curriculum for Adults and consists of three levels of instruction. Each level of the curriculum consists of 3 topic areas: Personal Identification, Understanding the School System, and Parents as Teachers. Each topic area provides level appropriate learning objectives, resources for teacher and student, and integration of structures to be taught. There is also a section on needs assessment that provides suggestions for assessing the learning needs of parents.

  • The Fairfax County Family Literacy Curriculum
    http://www.aelweb.vcu.edu/publications/famlitcurric/
      This piloted site for multi-level ESOL Family Literacy classes from Fairfax County, Virgina, includes four sections of four lesson plans each, and an appendix with recommended texts and web sites. Areas covered are Introduction (Self, Family, Community), Government (Schools, Community), Health, and Consumerism (Shopping, Budgeting).

  • The Parent Education Component from Show Me Family Literacy
    http://www.lift-missouri.org/resources/smfl/chapter06.pdf
      "Parenting Education provides parents with the information, instruction, and support regarding how to be their child's first teacher and partner in education. Children gain additional advances in their emerging literacy skills through the anticipated improvements to their home environment as their parents learn more about literacy and child development."

    Child Development

  • Learning and Growing Together
    http://www.ode.state.oh.us/GD/Templates/Pages/ODE/ODEDetail.aspx?Page=3&TopicRelationID=463&Content=11715
      This is an interactive resource for parents about early learning and literacy. A teacher tour guide orally presents the information. Captions for what the teacher is saying are available.

  • Building Strong Families
    http://unlforfamilies.unl.edu/Index.htm
      Based on research at the University of Nebraska which asked family members from all 50 states and 27 countries, "What makes your family strong?" this site provides resources to strengthen your family.

  • Get Ready To Read
    http://www.getreadytoread.org/
      "Get Ready To Read is a national initiative to build the early literacy skills of preschool-age children. This Web site is a part of NCLD's (National Center for Learning Disabilities) initiative to provide parents, educators, health-care professional and advocates with information to help build early literacy skills by integrating emergent literacy screening and learning activities into routine early childhood education, child-care and parenting practices."

  • Playing "better than lessons"
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/4456131.stm Young children can learn more if they are allowed to play in the sand at school, rather than sitting still in formal lessons, suggests research.

  • Pennsylvania's I am your child initiative training resource manual
    http://www.pafamilyliteracy.org/pafamilyliteracy/lib/pafamilyliteracy/iaycmanual.pdf
      An online training manual written by the Pennsylvania Governors Office with the help of various Pa. literacy agencies and is meant to accompany the "I Am Your Child" set of videos. The training resource manual is designed to help families understand the direct connection between the loving support and education of a young child and the child's healthy brain development.

  • The Magic of Everyday Moments by Zero to Three
    http://www.zerotothree.org/magic/
      The information at this site focuses on how, through interactions with your baby during everyday moments, you can support your baby's social, emotional, and intellectual development. This can be read in Spanish, too.

  • Developmental Assets
    http://www.search-institute.org/assets/
      "Developmental assets are concrete, common sense, positive experiences and qualities essential to raising successful young people. These assets have the power to influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible adults."


    Health and Wellness

  • Building Strong Families
    http://unlforfamilies.unl.edu/Index.htm
      Based on research at the University of Nebraska which asked family members from all 50 states and 27 countries, "What makes your family strong?" this site provides resources to strengthen your family.
  • Family Health and Literacy
    http://www.worlded.org/us/health/docs/family
      This guide to easy-to-read health materials and websites lists resources to teach health to families with lower literacy skills, and also discusses how to integrate health and literacy education, how to get started and engage adult learners, and how to build connections between literacy programs and local health services.

  • Rosalie's Neighborhood
    http://healthliteracy.worlded.org/docs/Rosalie/
      “Rosalie's Neighborhood is a parent awareness literacy series providing essential health care information for parents or primary caregivers of young children, ages birth to 6. The series includes three short books to help parents better understand the importance of providing preventive health and dental care for young children and of communicating with their children in ways that foster age-appropriate language development. This series can be used by teachers, tutors, health care providers, counselors, or anyone working with adults with limited literacy who may need guidance to fully comprehend and use vital health-related information. The materials were written to increase the parents' knowledge and skills in seeking comprehensive health care for their children - and in understanding its importance - as they develop literacy and problem-solving skills.”

  • KidsHealth
    http://www.kidshealth.com/
      Kid's Health is an award winning website with clear information on a variety of health related topics. Parents can find answers to questions about their own health and the health of their children. This site's jargon free information can help parents improve their health literacy and improve the health of their families.


    Parents as Teachers

  • Learning and Growing Together
    http://www.ode.state.oh.us/GD/Templates/Pages/ODE/ODEDetail.aspx?Page=3&TopicRelationID=463&Content=11715
      This is an interactive resource for parents about early learning and literacy. A teacher tour guide orally presents the information. Captions for what the teacher is saying are available.

  • Taking a Closer Look: A Guide to Online Resources on Family Involvement
    http://www.gse.harvard.edu/~hfrptest/content/projects/fine/resources/guide/resource_guide.pdf
      This is a resource guide that contains annotated Web links to recent (published in and after 2000) research, information, and tools about family involvement which covers resources about parenting practices to support children's learning and development, home-school relationships, parent leadership development, and collective engagement for school improvement and reform. Resource Guide sections include: Knowledge Development, Professional Development, Standards, Programs, Tools, Convening, Special Initiatives, Appendix: Resource Guide Organizations.

  • Building Strong Families
    http://unlforfamilies.unl.edu/Index.htm
      Based on research at the University of Nebraska which asked family members from all 50 states and 27 countries, "What makes your family strong?" this site provides resources to strengthen your family.

  • Reading is Fundamental for Teachers
    http://www.rif.org/educators/
      This section is designed especially for teachers, childcare providers, librarians, and other professionals to support your efforts to help children become lifelong readers.

  • Is There Something I Could Buy That Would Help My Child to Read Better?
    http://www.readingrockets.org/articles/56
      Jim Trelease tells parents the "Three B's" they can buy to help their children become better readers.

  • Book Bridges
    http://www.nald.ca/CLR/BookBridges/covers.htm
      Book Bridges is a community-based family literacy program that offers direct service to adults and indirect service to children. Patterned after an intergenerational program developed by Goldsmith and Handel (1990), which uses children's literature selections as a way of engaging students and exploring reading comprehension strategies, Book Bridges, in addition, incorporates process writing (Graves, 1983). Curriculum content is organized around themes, beginning with the reading of family stories, realistic and historic fiction, fables and folk tales, and concluding with an emphasis on informative text. In the writing workshops, participants first create biographies and then, in keeping with what they are reading, develop their own family stories.

  • Put Reading First: A Parent Guide Preschool through Grade 3
    http://www.yesican.gov/publications/first/
      When children become good readers in the early grades, they are more likely to become better learners throughout their school years and beyond. Learning to read is hard work for children. Fortunately, research is now available that suggests how to give each child a good start in reading.

  • 100 Tips for Parents
    http://www.missouri-pirc.org/parent_downloads/100tips-english.pdf
      The introduction states: "These tips have been created to help you become more involved in your child’s education. As a more involved parent, you improve your child’s chances to be successful in school. For each topic, you will find suggestions for how you can obtain additional information and assistance." Topics include computers, homework, parents' rights, reading, special education, testing, violence, and more.

  • Get Ready To Read
    http://www.getreadytoread.org/
      "Get Ready To Read is a national initiative to build the early literacy skills of preschool-age children. This Web site is a part of NCLD's (National Center for Learning Disabilities) initiative to provide parents, educators, health-care professional and advocates with information to help build early literacy skills by integrating emergent literacy screening and learning activities into routine early childhood education, child-care and parenting practices."

  • Tips for Parents to Encourage Writing
    http://www.ldonline.org/indepth/writing/parent_tips.html
      These ten tips are for children with learning difficulties but make sense for all children.

  • Colorín Colorado: A Web Site for Spanish-Speaking Parents
    http://www.colorincolorado.org
      "This resource from Reading Rockets is a bilingual Web site for Spanish-speaking parents. It provides information, activities, and advice on helping children learn to read and succeed."

  • Helping Your Child Become A Reader
    http://www.missouri-pirc.org/parent_downloads/hyc-english.pdf
      "This booklet includes activities for families with children from infancy through age 6. Most of the activities make learning experiences out of the everyday routines in which families participate."

  • Pennsylvania's I am your child initiative training resource manual
    http://www.pafamilyliteracy.org/pafamilyliteracy/lib/pafamilyliteracy/iaycmanual.pdf
      An online training manual written by the Pennsylvania Governors Office with the help of various Pa. literacy agencies and is meant to accompany the "I Am Your Child" set of videos. The training resource manual is designed to help families understand the direct connection between the loving support and education of a young child and the child's healthy brain development.


    Special Needs

  • Tips for Parents to Encourage Writing
    http://www.ldonline.org/indepth/writing/parent_tips.html
      These ten tips are for children with learning difficulties but make sense for all children.

  • Helping Your Child Become A Reader
    http://www.missouri-pirc.org/parent_downloads/hyc-english.pdf
      "This booklet includes activities for families with children from infancy through age 6. Most of the activities make learning experiences out of the everyday routines in which families participate."

  • Hello Friends
    http://www.hellofriend.org/parents/parents.html
      This site, sponsored by the Ennis William Cosby foundation, explores ideas for parents when faced with the challenge of being their child’s first teacher. Tips for interacting with children, encouraging language development, practicing organizational skills, and discovering how children learn are among the many helpful ideas parents will find on this site.

  • How To Study
    http://www.how-to-study.com/
      This study skills webpage helps students prepare to study, listen better, improve reading skills, keep track of assignments, and more. These study tips are for students from elementary grades up through adults.

  • Learning Disabilities Association of America - For Parents
    http://www.ldaamerica.org/aboutld/parents/index.asp
      "Here you will find a wealth of information on understanding learning disabilities, negotiating the special education process and helping your child and yourself." Teachers can use this information with parents who have children with learning differences.


    Multicultural Families

  • Learning and Growing Together
    http://www.ode.state.oh.us/GD/Templates/Pages/ODE/ODEDetail.aspx?Page=3&TopicRelationID=463&Content=11715
      This is an interactive resource for parents about early learning and literacy. A teacher tour guide orally presents the information. Captions for what the teacher is saying are available.

  • Colorín Colorado: A Web Site for Spanish-Speaking Parents
    http://www.colorincolorado.org
      "This resource from Reading Rockets is a bilingual Web site for Spanish-speaking parents. It provides information, activities, and advice on helping children learn to read and succeed."

  • Resources in Spanish
    http://www.ed.gov/espanol/bienvenidos/es/index.html
      Many family literacy programs serve native Spanish speaking parents who are developing their Spanish literacy skills. The U.S. Department of Education has developed a website with some of their most requested publications in Spanish. Have your staff and students explore http://www.ed.gov/offices/OIIA/spanishresources. Materials would be good addition to parenting education and adult education classes.

  • Hispanic Parental Involvement in Home Literacy
    http://www.ed.gov/databases/ERIC_Digests/ed446340.html
      The purpose of this ERIC digest site is to provide an overview of problems Hispanic parents encounter as they become involved in their children's literacy development, programs that help Hispanic parents become more effective partners with their children and their children's school, as well as resources that provide useful information for parents, teachers and administrators.


    General Information

  • Taking a Closer Look: A Guide to Online Resources on Family Involvement
    http://www.gse.harvard.edu/~hfrptest/content/projects/fine/resources/guide/resource_guide.pdf
      This is a resource guide that contains annotated Web links to recent (published in and after 2000) research, information, and tools about family involvement which covers resources about parenting practices to support children's learning and development, home-school relationships, parent leadership development, and collective engagement for school improvement and reform. Resource Guide sections include: Knowledge Development, Professional Development, Standards, Programs, Tools, Convening, Special Initiatives, Appendix: Resource Guide Organizations.

  • Building Strong Families
    http://unlforfamilies.unl.edu/Index.htm
      Based on research at the University of Nebraska which asked family members from all 50 states and 27 countries, "What makes your family strong?" this site provides resources to strengthen your family.

  • 100 Tips for Parents
    http://www.missouri-pirc.org/parent_downloads/100tips-english.pdf
      The introduction states: "These tips have been created to help you become more involved in your child’s education. As a more involved parent, you improve your child’s chances to be successful in school. For each topic, you will find suggestions for how you can obtain additional information and assistance." Topics include computers, homework, parents' rights, reading, special education, testing, violence, and more.
  • CDLP Adult Learning Activities
    http://www.cdlponline.org/
      The purpose of this site is to help adults improve basic skills like reading and spelling using real-life stories on topics of interest to adults. The stories are based on real life situations of interest to adults. Many came from television news stories. Some of the stories are now more than a year old, however, and things may have changed in that time. There is a separate section for teachers and adult educators that can be accessed by selecting the For Adult Educators link at the top of the homepage.

  • Consumer and Family Economics
    http://www.ace.uiuc.edu/cfe/index.html
      "This site's goal is to provide timely educational information to help individuals and families make informed consumer and financial decisions." A good resource to use in parent education classes for financial literacy.

  • The E-Square
    http://www.alri.org/esquare/
      Take a virtual tour of E-Square's three city blocks of useful, informative store fronts. Each store in E-Square covers a different topic on everything from getting a job to early child hood education to rental agreements and buying a home. E2 has links to family acitvities.

  • Positive Parenting Dot Com
    http://www.positiveparenting.com
      "Positive Parenting is dedicated to providing resources and information to help make parenting more rewarding, effective and fun!" The site includes an on-line newsletter for parents, tips and articles, and links to other parenting sites.

  • ParenTalk from The National Parenting Center
      The ParenTalk resources below feature "columns written by The National Parenting Center's child-rearing expert panelists. ParenTalk is filled with the advice and information that parents want most. With the goal of helping parents feel confident in their own abilities, the ParenTalk newsletter provides the latest in educational, medical, and behavioral information." Articles offer parents information they can use to prepare their children for school and help their children once they're in school.

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