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Activities & Education

Activity TV - Features free step-by-step video instructions with printables for a wide array of fun activities for children, including crafts, cooking, puppets, science, and more.

Free Kids Crafts


National Association for the Education of Young Children

PBS Parents

Preschool Education

Preschool Express - Preschool activities and ideas for parents and teachers.

Zero to Three - A guide for families of children birth to age three. The site includes parenting, health, learning, and fun. Sponsored by the National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families.

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Early Learning

Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library

Meet the Creators of PBS SUPER WHY

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Family & Parenting

Al-Anon/Alateen - Al-Anon’s purpose is to help the families and friends of alcoholics. Alateen is a recovery program for young people. These programs of recovery are adopted from Alcoholics Anonymous and are not affiliated with any other organization or outside entity.

American Academy of Pediatrics

Baby Place - Information about pregnancy, babies, baby products and parenting babies and toddlers.

Better Baby Care - Zero to Three

Dr. Michael Fenichel’s Teaching Tools

Facts for Families - Concise and up-to-date information on issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families from the AACAP (American Academy of Child and Adolesent Psychiatry)

Go Driver - Encourage teens to take the practice driving test at this site so they can find out what they know about driving and what they need to know. Also included are tips on car purchase, insurance, maintenance, and repair.

Healthy Child Online

Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Washington

Keep Kids Healthy

National Association for the Education of Young Children

National Parent Information Network - Parenting information located in a virtual library, question and answer service and an email discussion list for parents. A project funded by ERIC system of the U.S. Department of Education.

Northwest Baby and Child

Parent News

Parenting Matters

Parents Helping Parents - A site with information and support groups for parents of special needs children.

Positive Parenting

Pregnancy Resource Center, Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia

Zero to Three - A guide for families of children birth to age three. The site includes parenting, health, learning, and fun. Sponsored by the National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families.

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Finding Good Books

Reading Rockets - Teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle

Teaching Books - The comprehensive site offers useful links -- original multimedia information about authors, tour schedules, reading guides, and more arcane bits.

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Finding Good TV, Movies & Music

In the Mix - Reality TV for teens explores issues affecting teens’ lives. Follow the Educators’ link to lesson plans and discussion guides.

Screen-It - Parent-oriented reviews of popular movies, music, and videos.

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Finding Good Web Sites

Great Web Sites for Kids - The Association for Library Service to Children’s comprehensive index to web pages of interest to children. It has a great section for parents and teachers. All sites have age categories labeled.

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Health, Nutrition & Fitness

American Academy of Pediatrics - AAP’s web page includes information on children’s health current news stories, general health and development, preventative measures and specific diseases.

Change Your Mind - One out of five teens may experience some type of mental health problem in any given year. Sponsored by the American Psychological Association, this site includes awareness information at the Triggers and Signs link.

Food For Tots

Keep Kids Healthy

Kid's Health - Physical and emotional health information for kids and parents - Parenting tips.

LD Online - A very comprehensive guide to learning disabilities for parents, teachers, and children.

Zero to Three - A guide for families of children birth to age three. The site includes parenting, health, learning, and fun. Sponsored by the National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families.

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Tips from Mother Goose on Parents, Kids & Reading

Exploring Mathematics Everyday With Your Child

Exploring Science Everyday With Your Child

How Do Young Children Learn?

Open-Ended Questions and Why They’re Important

Parents: Reading and Talking With Your Preschooler

Parents: Reading and Talking With Your Toddler

Professionals: Exploring Language and Literacy Everyday With Children

Professionals: Exploring Science Everyday With Children

Professionals: Exploring the Senses Everyday With Children

Professionals: Infant and Toddler Development

The Importance of Rhythm and Rhyme

The Power of Picture Book Reading

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JumpStart Toddler Town - Visit Toddler Town, where you can Paint a picture, play Puzzle Pals or pop bubbles at Tub Time. Tub Time requires Shockwave.

Lil’Fingers - Spell your name with blocks, play a matching game, make a funny face, print a fun coloring sheet. Some games require Java.

Mister Rogers’ Build a Neighborhood - Design your own construction site, house, farm or neighborhood of make believe.

Sesame Street Workshop - All your favorite Sesame Street characters bring you games, stories, Elmo’s world, art, music and fun.

Thomas and Friends - Visit the Island of Sodor and play a game with Thomas and Friends.

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Websites for Teachers

A to Z Teacher Stuff

A teacher-created site designed to assist educators in finding resources more quickly.  Contains lessons, themed units, teacher tips, worksheets, and discussion forums

Digital Library

Read online over 900 children's books from many different countries written in 34 different languages at this free online library!

Don't Buy It

A website that offers lesson plans focusing on media literacy and responsible consumerism.

The Idea Box

This site contains a nice selection of education and activity resources for early childhood instructors.  Included are crafts, music exercises, recipes, games, and more.

The Gateway to Educational Material

A U.S. Dept. of Education-sponsored website designed to provide educators with lesson plans through a single search engine to thousands of lesson plans posted on the web.

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators

A categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth.

Lesson Plans for 2010 Census

Lesson plans, maps, teaching guides and other informational materials to help teachers and students learn about the importance of the Census.

PBS Kids: In The Classroom

Get inspired by lesson plans and extension activities based around popular PBS television shows.


This free public service website is designed to motivate children to read with phonics. This website targets preschool, kingergatren, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL). Starfall uses online word games, alphabet sounds and more to engage children in the learning process.

Teaching Comics

A good resource for art teachers and core class teachers interested in learning how to incorporate comics into the classroom. Provides a few lesson plans, previously used syllabi, drawing exercises and much more.

Teaching Tolerance

A wonderful resource for any teacher that wishes to impart the importance of tolerance to their students. Explore their website for lesson plan ideas suitable for Kindergarten through High School. The site also provides free teacher kits which can include books, cds, DVD's and vhs tapes.