Family Literacy Related Websites
Each listing contains a key indicating what component(s) it is most applicable to. Adult Education (AE), Parent Education (PE), Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Interactive Literacy Activities (ILA)
ACT Against Violence: PE, ECE
Adults and Children Together (ACT) Against Violence is a project striving to educate families on how to create safe, nurturing, healthy environments that protect children from violence and its consequences. They provide a variety of resources, parent handouts and curriculum. Visit this wonderful resource at: http://actagainstviolence.apa.org/
CELL: PE, ILA, ECE
Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) is a wonderful resource focusing on research to practice. Visit their website at: http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/
Children's Picture Book Database: ILA, ECE
The Children's Picture Book Database at Miami University, offers a collection of picture book abstracts searchable by topic, concept or skill. Access the database at: http://dlp.lib.miamioh.edu/picturebook/
COABE Repository: AE
COABE's online repository so that all members can access and share the best practices garnered from the national conference. To access, visit: http://adultedresource.coabe.org/
CSEFEL: PE, ILA, ECE
Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) website contains a plethora of resources related to the impact the social emotional domain has on all areas of learning. You can visit the site at: http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/
Distance Learning Project: AE
Some programs provide Distance Learning as a means to reach more remote students or provide more instruction time. To learn more about the project, visit: http://www.padistancelearning.org/
Early Childhood Today: ILA, ECE
Check out Scholastic's Early Childhood Today online resource for activities, information on behavior and development, home-school tips and more. Locate the site at: http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/ect/
ELE: Early Learning Environment: PE, ECE
The Fred Rogers Center Early Learning Environment™ Ele (pronounced “El-Lee”) is an innovative new web experience targeted at families, family child care providers and teachers. The site features videos, ebooks, games, music and other interactive tools that support early literacy and learning and is FREE! Check it out at:
eXtension.org: PE, ILA, ECE
eXtension.com presents a variety of parenting related resources including developmental milestone newsletters, handouts and free webinars. Visit their site at: http://www.extension.org/parenting
Family Communications Inc.: PE, ILA, ECE
More commonly referred to as the Mr Rogers' website, Family Communications Inc. is a wealth of information for educators and parents. Check out what they have to offer at: http://www.fci.org/
Family Time Machine: PE, ILA
NCFL and Toyota teamed up to develop Family Time Machine™ intended to turn moments of togetherness into family time by learning, imagining and playing.
Check it out at: http://familytimemachine.com/
Family Involvement Network of Educators (FINE) is a community of thousands of educators, practitioners, policymakers, and researchers dedicated to strengthening family–school–community partnerships. To peruse what they have to offer or obtain a free membership, visit: http://www.hfrp.org/
GED Testing Service is a joint venture of the American Council on Education and Pearson VUE.
Goodling Institute: AE, PE, ECE, ILA
The Goodling Institute provides national leadership that promotes the value of family literacy and supports program improvement through research and its application to practice and professional development. To check out what they have to offer, visit them at: http://www.ed.psu.edu/goodlinginstitute/
Grow Up Great: PE, ILA, ECE
Founded by PNC Bank, Grow Up Great is a bilingual, $350 million, multi-year initiative that began in 2004 to help prepare children, particularly underserved children, from birth to age five for success in school and life. Grow Up Great emphasizes the importance of the first five years of life, which research has shown is critical to long-term achievement, by helping families, educators and community partners provide innovative opportunities that enhance learning and development in a child's early years. Check out the great resources targeted at parents, caregivers and educators by visiting: http://www.pncgrowupgreat.com
The Imagination Tree: ECE, ILA
This site makes me want to be a preschool teacher again. Lots of great info that can be used in the PE, ILA and ECE classroom. Click here to access the site.
International Literacy Association: PE, ECE
The IRA, committed to worldwide literacy, supports literacy professionals through a wide range of resources, advocacy efforts, volunteerism, and professional development activities. To access online resources, check them out at: http://www.reading.org/
Keystone Kids Go!: ECE
Keystone Kids Go! is an initiative in Pennsylvania focused on improving young children’s nutrition and physical activity. The initiative is targeted towards early childhood practitioners from childcare, Head Start, early intervention, family literacy, and pre-kindergarten programs. Check them out at: www.panen.org/keystone-kids-go
Let's Move!: PE, ECE
Let's Move is part of First Lady, Michelle Obama's, effort to address the childhood obesity epidemic. To hear more about it and access resources, visit: http://healthykidshealthyfuture.org/welcome.html#
The Literacy Center Education Network: ILA, ECE
This site provides free online literacy activities, printables and more. Materials are available in English, Spanish, French and German. To check it out, visit: http://www.literacycenter.net/
Mind in the Making: PE, ECE, ILA
Wonderful resource for anyone interested in learning more about child development research and neuroscience. It also contains some great videos of research in practice. Visit their site at: www.mindinthemaking.org
Mother Goose Program: PE, ILA, ECE
This website states it i is "under construction," but if you participate in Facebook check out and “like” their page to learn more on Mother Goose Programming.
Mother Goose Vermont Center for the Book - Facebook Page
My Learning Plan: AE, PE, ECE, ILA
Interested in finding out what professional development opportunities are available to you? Visit: www.mylearningplan.com
NCFL: AE, PE, ECE, ILA
The National Center for Families Learning website contains lots of resources and information related to Family Literacy. You can access at: http://www.famlit.org/
Ooey Gooey, Inc.: ILA, ECE
Ooey Gooey, Inc. is dedicated to the creation of child-centered, hands-on, play-based environments for young children. Visit their website and click on "Resources" to access articles handouts and cool ooey gooey recipes. You can access the site at: http://www.ooeygooey.com/
One Book Every Young Child: PE, ECE, ILA
Through this program, adults with preschoolers in their lives will learn how they can support the development of literacy in preschool children. Because it is important for children to be prepared for school, One Book, Every Young Child will provide opportunities for adults to read aloud and share books, stories and related activities with preschoolers. Check out their website at: www.paonebook.org
US Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) OVAE has taken over the role of The National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) and is a great resource for the most up-to-date research based materials related to literacy. Visit their site at: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/pi/AdultEd/resources.html
PA Center for the Book: PE, ECE, ILA
The PA Center for the Book provides book lists, educational guides, lesson plans and resources for families of young children and those who work in language and literacy development, including the Baker’s Dozen: Top 13 books supporting Family Literacy. To see their resources, visit: http://www.pabook.libraries.psu.edu/
Be Your Child’s Champion can help parents through four parts of communicating on behalf of their child. A printable version of the steps and communication guide is available for free as well!
· My Thoughts can help you identify, organize and prepare your thoughts before you begin a conversation.
· Our Conversation can provide helpful phrases you might want to use during a conversation to assist you in telling your child’s story.
· My Reflections can help you determine how you feel about what occurred during a conversation and how you felt a conversation went, as well as questions or concerns you have.
· Next Steps can help you outline what needs to be done next.
Pintrest Bookworm: PE, ILA, ECE
Check out this Pinterst page created by PA Promise for Children. Great breakdown of quality children's books and ways to use them. Check it out here.
The Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership (PEAL) is an organization of parents of children with disabilities reaching out to assist other parents of children with disabilities and special health care needs, and professionals. The Visit their site at: http://www.pealcenter.org/
Penn State Better Kid Care: PE, ECE
Offering a variety of resources and distance learning opportunities for educators and parents. To access their site and peruse their offerings, visit: http://betterkidcare.psu.edu/
Phonological Awareness: PE, ECE, ILA
This website was created for parents, teachers, and speech pathologists as a resource for phonological awareness. The site includes activity ideas, materials where applicable, links to other resources, and suggestions for the implementation of activities. Visit the site at: http://phonologicalawareness.org/
Pennsylvania Parent Information and Resource Center (PA PIRC) provides resources and professional development to Pennsylvania schools and families. Check out their website at: http://www.center-school.org/pa-pirc/
PBS Kids: ILA, ECE
The PBS Kids site is chock full of resources and multimedia activities for parents and children focusing on school readiness and learning. You can see what they have to offer at: http://pbskids.org/
Reading is Fundamental (RIF): PE, ECE, ILA
Reading Rockets: PE, ECE, ILA
Reading Rockets is a national multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.Check out what they have to offer by visiting: http://www.readingrockets.org/
Ready Freddy: PE, ECE
Pittsburgh Office of Child Development's Ready Freddy project presents wonderful parent resources such as handouts on a variety of topics including: aggression, children's fears, lying, toilet accidents, TV and much more. To locate their resources, visit: http://www.readyfreddy.org/
Results Matters: ECE
The mission of the Results Matter program is to positively influence the lives of children and families by using child, family, program and system outcomes data to inform early childhood practices and policy.
Shared Source PA: ECE
A new initiative that brings Pennsylvania early childhood professionals cost-saving and time-saving tools, best practice resources and a shared commitment to quality improvement. Visit the site, create a free account and you are ready to roll. You can locate them at: http://www.sharedsourcepa.org/
Teach Thought: AE, PE
Lots of teaching tips and resources. Check the site out at: http://www.teachthought.com/
Strengthening Families: PE
Strengthening Families Program is a nationally and internationally recognized parenting and family strengthening program for high-risk and regular families. SFP is an evidence-based family skills training program found to significantly reduce problem behaviors, delinquency, and alcohol and drug abuse in children and to improve social competencies and school performance. Check out their resources at: http://www.strengtheningfamiliesprogram.org/
TLC: AE, ECE
Tutors of Literacy in the Commonwealth provides technical assistance to volunteer adult literacy education instructors through the use of qualified and trained consultants. Visit their blog at: http://tutorsofliteracy.blogspot.com/
We Give Books: ILA, ECE
We Give Books is a new digital initiative that enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of children who don't have them, simply by reading online.
We Give Books combines the joy of reading with the power of helping others, providing a platform for caregivers and educators to inspire children to become lifelong readers and lifelong givers.
Check them out at: www.wegivebooks.org
Wonderopolis: PE, ECE, ILA
Wonderopolis®. It’s a place where wonder and learning are nurtured through the power of discovery, creativity and imagination. Wonderopolis is brought to life by the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL). To check the site out, visit: http://wonderopolis.org/
Zero to Three: PE, ECE, ILA
Zero to Three is a well recognized, research based resource for parents and professionals with with families of children ages birth to three. Check out what they have to offer at: www.zerotothree.org
What are the effects of disengaging from children? Check out their Still Face video which makes a great discussion point for the parents in your program. Click here to access.