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Parents play a vital role in a child's school success.  Research shows that children who have parents that are involved, have high expectations, and create a good learning environment in their home are more successful in school. The Family and Child Development Lab seeks to help parents create success for their child.  The lab offers free or low cost resources, trainings, and ideas to better the education of young children. 

Parent Resources

Preschool Curriculum

Access 36 weeks of scripted preschool lessons and materials from our products page. These 36 weeks cover 12 different themes to engage children and promote learning throughout the year.  Each thematic week of lesson plans is designed to build upon previous learning and prepare students for kindergarten.  Students will learn fundamental skills in alphabet, numbers, writing, phonemic awareness, conepts of print, language development, scientific discovery, and creative arts. Parents and educators can use the lesson plans in their entirety to teach a five day a week preschool or they can pick and choose what parts work best for their child.   

Beginning Fluency

Make sure your children are mastering the entire common core curriculum necessary for success throughout their education by using our kindergarten materials found on the products page. The book, "Beginning Fluency: A systematic approach to building fluency" is an engaging and thorough means to ensuring your children are able to be fluent readers by the end of kindergarten. 

The US Department of Education created the website ED to help parents and educators improve the education of our children. ED's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Helping Your Child Learn Mathematics is made up of fun activities, articles, and websites that parents can use with children from preschool age through grade 5 to strengthen their math skills and build strong positive attitudes toward math.

The Learning Community

The people that make up The Learning Community are here for one reason: your child’s success.You’ll find thousands of articles, tips, videos and web links to give you the parenting and school help you’re looking for.  But we know that as a parent, you don’t have hours and hours of leisure time to browse everything.  So we’ve organized our parenting resources by age, topic and format to make it quick and easy to get answers to your questions.

Reading Rockets

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.The National Institutes of Health estimates that one in five children has serious difficulties learning to read. These children are potentially among the most troubled kids in society. With early identification and a lot of help, however, children who struggle to read can flourish; without it they are at risk for failure in school and in life.

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