Growth & Development

Children grow in the blink of an eye. Take a look at any of the links below to gather a little more insight into your child’s development:

PBS Parents: Child Development Tracker
Browse by age and developmental aspect to find useful information, tips, and activities.


Homeschool Resources

Homeschool World 
Calendar and contact information of local homeschools in Illinois.

Consumer Affairs Comparison Guide
The research team has created an online guide all about Online Homeschools for families researching options for educating their families.


Literacy & Education

Biblioboard:  Chicago Children's Museum
Inspired by Chicago Children's Museum's mission to improve children's lives by creating a community where play and learning connect, this anthology includes a variety of engaging and interactive books that are bound to spark kids' imagination, keep the pages turning, and help develop a love for learning. From classics to the hidden gems, from art to science, from bedtime stories to chapter books, activity books and more, these books are perfect for reading with your favorite tots, toddlers and tweens.

Digital Public Library of America
A one stop shop search engine unlike any other. This site is a special project that uses the digitization and resources from a variety of sources, including libraries, universities and government, all in this one location and accessible for free.
This site has lesson plans and activities starting at Kindergarten all the way through high school.

KDL What's Next 
The Kent District Library has a phenomenal site that will help you navigate the order of any series. Use this site to figure out the title of that next book in the series or to find out what others series the popular author of the moment has also written.

SuperSummary: Children's Literature Guide
A comprehensive resource for kids, teachers and parents, including websites that offer texts to read online and literature-themed games; resources for teaching literature to kids; and resources that help guide parents as they work to foster a love of reading in their children.

EduMed's Online Nursing Pathfinder
Whether you’re a seasoned NP looking to specialize or a high school graduate with little to no experience, finding the right nursing degree can be tough. This pathfinder can help you see which degree options can help you achieve your nursing career goals.

Best Online Healthcare Education Degrees
How does online and hybrid learning work in medical and healthcare education? Which schools and programs are the best? What do you need to know before you apply and enroll? Find the answers you need here.


ELL Resources

Colorín Colorado
Colorín Colorado is a free web-based service that provides information, activities and advice for educators and Spanish-speaking families of English language learners (ELLs).

Read Write Think
A collection of resources designed for Spanish-speaking parents to help support children and teens with literacy learning at home. Links are available in both English and Spanish.


Web Safety

Net Smartz Kids
Play interactive games that teach both safety online as well as offline.