Websites

The following websites provide helpful information for parents on a wide variety of educational topics. The topics are listed alphabetically.

Bullying

https://drugrehabus.org/cyberbullying-addiction-and-suicide-among-youth/ - cyberbullying, addiction and suicide among youth guide with information on how children can get help.

www.nvisioncenters.com/education/childhood-bullying-glasses - information on the impact of childhood bullying due to wearing glasses with suggestions on its prevention.

www.pacerkidsagainstbullying.org. — information for elementary school students to learn about bullying prevention, engage in activities and be inspired to take action. Site is created by and for kids.

www.pacerteensagainstbullying.org. — a place for middle and high school students to find ways to address bullying, to take action, to be heard and to own an important social cause. Site is created by and for teens.

www.stopbullying.gov — information from various government agencies on what bullying and cyberbullying are, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.

www.sunshinebehavioralhealth.com/resources/preventing-cyberbullying -  information on dangers of cyberbullying, prevention, and warning signs of cyberbullying.

https://teach.com/online-ed/counseling-degrees/online-masters-school-co… - bullying prevention resource with tips, warning signs, and much more.

 https://www.vpnmentor.com/blog/us-schools-crime-statistics/ - statistics  on the prevalence of bullying on all school levels and on violence at schools.

https://www.wizcase.com/blog/a-comprehensive-cyberbullying-guide-for-pa… - really explains what cyberbullying is, how it affects kids. and how parents can handle a cyberbullying problem.

College

www.actstudent.org — ACT and PLAN test registration and preparation, financial planning, career and college planning for middle and high school students.

www.collegeboard.org — SAT and PSAT Test registration and preparation, college search, the application process, financial planning and AP resources.

www.fafsa.gov — Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed to receive financial aid.

www.finaid.org — an excellent guide to financial aid.

www.princetonreview.com — solid information on college admission test preparation, college admissions counseling, searching for a college and Best 387 Colleges book. 

www.studentaid.gov - information from the U.S. Department of Education on how to access and manage student aid beyond high school.

Covid-19

www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncom/community/schools-childcare — This CDC website has updated checklists and decision making tools on weighing the risks and benefits of children going back to school.

Drugs and Alcohol

addictionresource.com— Addiction resource  to help people struggling with substance abuse and to provide support to their loved ones.

https://www.alcoholrehabguide.org/Treatment/Teen-Alcohol-Rehab/ - Teen Alcohol Rehab - has information on the importance of treatment for teens who are abusing alcohol and how to get them the help they need.

https://medlineplus.gov – how to talk to teens and even younger children about drinking.

www.niaaa.nih.gov – how to talk to your children about alcohol, its risks, binge drinking, effects on health and where to get help for drinking problems.

https://www.rehabspot.com/alcohol/who-alcoholism-affects/teenage-alcoho… - REHABSPOT - information on recognizing signs of teenage alcoholism, how to prevent it, and the risks involved.

www.teens.drugabuse.gov – information on all types of drugs including marijuana and inhalants and how to recognize drug problems.

Federal Government Websites

www.ed.gov - Department of Education - a wide variety of resources including student loans, research, laws, and Covid

www.healthfinder.gov — Federal Resource - Department of Health and Human Service

Gifted

www.cec.sped.org — Council for Exceptional children – publications, federal education, gifted news and issues.

www.mensa.org — Mensa for Kids has loads of challenging games and activities for children.

www.nagc.org — National Association for Gifted Children with information for parents including support groups, advocacy, and legislation.

Handwriting

www.dnealian.com — D’Nealian – description, comparison to traditional methods.

www.zanerbloser.com — Zaner-Bloser – research, articles, information, resources.

Hearing

 https://www.intelligent.com/deaf-and-hard-of-hearing-student-online-college-guide - this guide helps deaf and hard of hearing students learn about online accommodations colleges offer, popular listening devices and applications and  college scholarships as well as best colleges for students with learning disabilities.

www.noisyplanet.nidcd.nih.gov/publications - National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) - information for parents on how to protect children's hearing and teach them healthy hearing habits.

Homeschooling

www.hslda.org — Home School Legal Defense Association – answers legal questions, state laws, support groups, useful tips on homeschooling.

www.nheri.org — National Home Education Research Institute – research facts on homeschooling.

Learning centers

www.huntingtonlearning.com — Huntington Learning Center – K-12 tutoring, locations, SAT/PSAT &ACT preparation.

www.kumon.com — Kumon – reading and math programs, method description, locations.

www.sylvanlearning.com — Sylvan Learning Center – tutoring and supplemental education sources (math, reading, writing study skills, homework help, test preparation, and more, locations.

Learning disabilities

www.adayinourshoes.com - IEP information related to preparing for an IEP meeting, learning about parental rights as well as some IEP goal ideas.

www.allkindsofminds.org — All Kinds of Minds – research, parent tip sheets, ask the expert.

www.interdys.org - The International Dyslexia Association - help for professionals and families dealing with individuals with reading disorders.

www.ldaamerica.org/audience/parents - Learning Disabilities Association of America - information on understanding learning disabilities, negotiating the special education process, and helping your child and yourself.

www.ncld.org - National Center for Learning Disabilities - essential information for parents of children with learning disabilities including children's rights, advocacy, publications, and IDEA tool kit.

www.wrightslaw.com — This website has information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities.

ADD/ADHD

www.add.org — National Attention Deficit Organization – information, support groups, treatment, resources, networking opportunities.

www.chadd.org — Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder – information, resources.

Media Advice for Parents

www.commonsensemediaorg —Common Sense Media is a non-profit organization that "provides education and advocacy to families to promote safe technology and media for children.

www.myvision.org/guide/screen-time.guide - discussion of effects of too much screen time on children's eyes and  offers rules to protect their eyes.

Montessori program information

www.amshq.org — American Montessori Society – school search, philosophy, basic information.

www.montessori-ami.org — Association Montessori International – school search, philosophy, basic information.

No Child Left Behind

www.ed.gov/nclb/landing.jhtml — No Child Left Behind – official government website with bill provisions and latest information.

Online Educational Resources

www.accreditedschoolsonline.org — This organization shows how to find online schools at all levels including vocational schools that are accredited and meet the standards of a quality education.

www.khanacademy.org — Khan Academy offers free exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empowers learners to study at their own pace.

Parent Organizations

www.actionforhealthykids.org — This national nonprofit brings together volunteers and partners to make schools healthier places where kids thrive.

www.pta.org — The PTA website is a forum and tool for parents to affect educational decisions locally and nationally that affect their children.

Reading

www.adlit.org — All About Adolescent Literacy – resources for parents and educators in grades 4-12.

www.getreadytoread.org — Get Ready to Read – activities and resources to strengthen reading skills, screening tool to check young children’s pre-reading skills.

www.readingrockets.org — Reading Rockets – reading research, techniques for teaching reading, shows on PBS, strategies to help struggling readers, step-by-step guide to raising a reader, tip sheets for parents.

www.readwritethink.org — ReadWriteThink – student materials, access to resources in reading and language arts.

www.literacyworldwide.org/— Founded as the International Reading Association (IRA), the International Literacy Association (ILA) has worked to enhance literacy instruction through research and professional development for 60 years.

Retention

https://apps.nasponline.org/search-results.asp?=retention — National Association of School Psychologists – Home Page.

Speech

www.asha.org — American Speech-Language-Hearing Association – facts about communications problems and children’s speech and language development.

www.stutteringhelp.org — Stuttering Foundation of America – service and support for those who stutter and their families, brochures, newsletters, and facts on stuttering.

www.stutteringspecialists.org — American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorders has lists of speech language pathologists who are Board Certified Specialists-Fluency.

Travel abroad programs

www.afs.org — American Field Service – hosting and participation opportunities in international exchange programs.

www.ciee.org — Council on International Educational Exchange – work, travel, study, and exchange programs for high school and college students.

www.csiet.org — Council on Standards for International Educational Travel – standards that travel programs should meet and list of reputable international travel organizations.

Vision

https://www.visioncenter.org/resources/pediatric-vision-care - information on pediatric eye care on when to schedule appointments and how to maintain your all important child's eye and vision health.

https://www.visioncenter.org/resources/teen-vision-care - a discussion of common teen eye conditions, handling vision problems and how to maintain good teen eyesight.