Child Care Websites

Great Websites for Parents, Teachers and Day Care Providers

The websites listed below are great resources to use whether you are a parent looking for after school activities, a teacher looking for lesson ideas, or a day care provider looking for fun, educational sites. This list was compiled by a member of our children’s staff.

A to Z Teacher Stuff

www.atozteacherstuff.com

A to Z is a teacher-created site designed to help teachers quickly and easily find online resources such as lesson plans, thematic units, tips, forums, and more.

Afterschool Alliance

www.afterschoolalliance.org

The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programming and advocating for quality, affordable programs for all children.

Brain Connection

www.brainconnection.com

This site contains cutting-edge information on brain development as it pertains to child development, early reading, education, and thinking and problem solving from the embryonic stage through adulthood.

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Child and Family WebGuide

www.cfw.tufts.edu

An essential directory to hundreds of sites containing child development research and practical advice on topics selected on the basis of parent recommendations, professional feedback, as well as support from noted child development experts.

Child Fun

www.childfun.com

Child Fun is a family website with many things of interest to adults and kids—craft ideas, coloring pages, newsletters, and forums.

Create-A- Reader

www.create-a-reader.com

Technology, online games, and exercises are combined to encourage the development of early literacy skills.

Early Reading First

www.ed.gov/programs/earlyreading/index.html

The overall purpose of Early Reading First is to prepare young children to enter kindergarten with the necessary language, cognitive, and early reading skills to prevent reading difficulties and ensure school success. The site contains features such as parent checklists, tips for parents, and a toolkit for Hispanic families.

Everything Preschool

www.everythingpreschool.com

This site really does have everything—thematic units, lesson plans, alphabet ideas, coloring pages, message boards, and much more of interest to educators, caregivers, and parents.

4H Afterschool

www.4hafterschool.org

4H Afterschool works with urban, suburban and rural communities to identify their areas of need and interest and build customized learning-by-doing programs to meet those needs.

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Fun Lesson Plans

www.funlessonplans.com

This is a comprehensive compendium of lesson plans and ideas for teachers to use for curriculums from preschool through selected middle and high school subject areas.

Great Ready to Read

www.getreadytoread.org

A web site that provides parents, educators, health-care professionals, and all advocates for children with information to build early literacy skills by integrating emergent literacy screening and learning activities into routine early childhood education, child care, and parenting practices.

Homeschool Central

www.homeschoolcentral.com

Homeschool Central is a website that provides links to home schooling questions concerning curriculums, textbooks, software, videos, record keeping, and much more.

 

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Kids Health

www.kidshealth.org

Kids Health is an all encompassing site that will appeal to parents, kids, and teens. Practical parenting information, homework help, teen advice and straight talk from professionals throughout the world as well as doctor-approved health information about kids from birth through adolescence make up the core of this site.

Kids in Danger

www.kidsindanger.com

This is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting children by improving children’s product safety. Links to product recalls and hazards are included

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National Center for Learning Disabilities

www.ncld.org

NCLD.ORG contains essential information about learning disabilities, early literacy, learning resources, and support for children and adults with LD. Parents, educators, child care providers and advocates will find this a useful tool in making informed decisions, understanding LD warning signs, and promoting educational rights and opportunities for individuals with learning disabilities.

National Childcare Information Center

www.nccic.org

NCIC is a national clearinghouse and technical assistance center that links parents, providers, policy-makers, researchers, and the public to early care and education information.

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National Home Education Network

http://www.nhen.org/home.html

NHEW  exists to encourage and facilitate the work of state and local home school groups and individuals by providing information, fostering networking, and promoting public relations on a national level. The site features articles, legal and legislative information, events, conferences, message boards, and more.

The Parent Hub

www.parenthub.com

This is a one-stop directory of great sites about parenting and family life which includes fun sites for parent and child to explore together, as well as, sites about health  and shopping information.

ParentTime

www.parenttime.com

Offers comprehensive parenting tips on pregnancy, newborns, and infants.

PBS Parents

www.pbs.org/parents/issuesadvice

PBS, the world’s leading authority in children’s television programming, presents a site dedicated to parenting. Parent guides to children’s media, early math, and raising boys are just a few of the ones available online. Click on Fun and Games for a wealth of activities to do with your child.

Preschool Express

www.preschoolexpress.com

From Jean Warren, one of the best known publishers of children’s songs and activities, comes a website designed for parents, teachers, and grandparents of young children. It is an online activity newsletter of activities, games, music, rhymes, etc…

Preschool Rainbow

www.preschoolrainbow.org

Preschool Rainbow provides information and resources on preschool activities and lessons, as well as, parenting tips and products.

RIF-Reading is Fundamental

www.rif.org

RIF prepares and motivates children to read by delivering free books and literacy resources to those children and families who need them the most. Parents can click on topics such as motivating your child to read, choosing good books, reading aloud, activities and articles. Kids can find games, online books, and activity labs.

Safe Youth

www.safeyouth.org/scripts/facts/afterschool.asp

The National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center presents an after school facts site full of excellent resources and links for parents and educators. NYVPRC contains links to federal programs and publications concerning the importance of quality after school care for all children.