Resources to empower
Children in kindergarten build their independence, self-reliance and self-confidence. These skills begin developing at home as children take more responsibility for simple tasks such as dressing themselves with less outside help. Being prepared for school includes academic knowledge such as recognizing their first and last name but children also will also need to be able to communicate their needs, feelings and interests.
This website provides resources and information to support strong fathers and families.
Parent Toolkit is a one-stop resource developed with parents in mind. It’s produced by NBC News Education Nation and supported by Pearson and includes information about almost every aspect of your child’s development, because they're all connected. Healthy, successful children can excel in many areas – in the classroom, on the court, and in their relationships with peers and adults. The Parent Toolkit also supports children's social and emotional development by providing tips to help children with self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationships, and responsible decision-making.
Scholastic discusses the grade-level social skills that teachers tend to look for and how to teach it. Skills range from sharing and being polite in Pre-K to accountability and perspective in Grades 4-5.
This webpage provides a series of links to assist parents communicating with their children. Resources detail verbal and non-verbal communication, as well as some best practices for handling conflict and anger.
Common Sense supports K–12 schools with lesson plans, educational technology reviews, and everything else educators need to empower a generation of digital citizens.
This article explains the changes in federal nutrition standards for school lunches.
NEA's research spotlight on community schools including descriptions and additional related links.
Children can play games featuring characters from their favorite Nick Jr. shows, some of which engage children's math, reading and social-emotional skills.
Short article detailing why Kindergarten readiness is important and what it looks like.
A detailed readiness indicators guide for students entering kindergarten. Includes, how to create an Early Learning Passport for your child, as it is helpful to have a portfolio containing checklists, documents, and work samples organized for the teacher in a meaningful way.
The Attendance Works website contains information and resources to reduce chronic absenteeism and improve student outcomes.
This website discusses the importance of children's first five years, provides activities and resources for parents and educators to support whole child development, and identifies steps community members and businesses can take to support early child development. (Birth - K)
California Department of Education's (CDE) webpage with information for parents and families on how to be involved in the education of their children.
The purpose of the California Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Foundations is to describe research and evidence-based expectations for the way most infants and toddlers make progress. This 128-page document discusses developmental foundations to ensure that early childhood development programs offer appropriate developmental support and care for young children.
Perhaps no other issue appears so frequently and dominantly in parents’ discussions of school readiness or school districts’ readiness policies as that of the age at which children are eligible (or required) to start kindergarten. This research report presents its findings from a study following more than 900 children from kindergarten through third grade.
This article by PBS Kids provides information to parents about their role and ways to positively interact with their children.
This web page contains information for parents about what chronic absenteeism is and how it prevents students from receiving consistent instruction they need.
Every child has the power to succeed in school and in life and every parent, family member and caregiver can help.
This toolbox is a research-based social-emotional learning curriculum that provides resources for educators and parents. It teaches critical social competencies necessary for academic and life success such as: resiliency, self-management, and responsible decision-making skills.
This article discusses 10 ways to engage in lifelong learning.
Great Schools.org provides information regarding school quality to help parents find the right school for their family.
This is a network that provides Social and emotional Learning resources.
The American Institutes for Research (AIR) has conducted extensive research in early childhood, K-12, and higher education settings. AIR offers resources and research publications for educators.
This is the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) Social-Emotional Learning Roadmap for reopening schools.