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Resources for Parents

Parents, you have the power to change your child's life. Just 20 minutes a day is all you need.

By reading books, cereal boxes, road signs, ads on a bus you will help your children increase the number of words they know, recognize the shapes of letters, become aware of how words are formed on a page, understand the sounds letters make, learn how to connect the sounds to the correct letters, and much more.

This page provides you with links to information that will get you started. Just click the heading below that is most interesting to you.


Milestones, a free online collection of videos aimed at helping parents understand grade-level expectations in grades K-5. Milestones shows students what success looks like in reading, writing and math, grade by grade. 

Tips for parents of dual language learners

New research from brain scientists and linguistic experts tells us that a child who learns many words in her native language will have a stronger foundation for learning a second language, like English.


A reading and language arts resource for parents and educators—in and out of school time.

The Urban Child Institute

A nonprofit organization dedicated to the health and well-being of children from conception to age three in Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee, consisting of researchers, strategists, practitioners, parents, and community members dedicated to turning knowledge and research into measurable change.

Education Website

This parenting education website begin with the belief that "Our children are born competent, whole people. Let trust and belief in your babies guide your parenting."

Zero To Three

ZERO TO THREE is a national nonprofit that provides parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development. Their mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life.

Words That Cook

Quality resources for professional development and parent education

Talk to Me, Baby

Playful, engaging talk with young children is much more than a social activity: it's the foundation of language, intellectual, and social-emotional development, and it's also the key to narrowing the achievement gap between children from different socioeconomic backgrounds. Now there's a practical, easy-to-read guidebook that shows professionals and parents how to talk to and play with young children in ways that directly support their emerging language skills.


Seussville - the official home of Dr. Seuss on the Web - is the place for children of all ages to play and learn with Dr. Seuss' wonderfully whimsical books and classic characters. The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Oh, the Places You'll Go! and all of the Dr. Seuss books leap to life through interactive games and activities that will enrich each child's reading experience.

More Than Baby Talk: 10 Ways to Promote the Language and Communications Skills of Infants and Toddlers

Nicole Gardner-Neblett and Kathleen Cranley Gallagher of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute have written a brief guide that describes ten practices that early childhood teachers (and parents) can use to foster language and communications skills among infants and toddlers.

Home Literacy Environment Checklist

Is your home literacy-friendly? You are your child's first teacher. Your home is where your child will get his or her first experiences with books and reading. Use this checklist to see what you can do for and with your child to develop a love of reading.

Get Ready to Read!

Get Ready to Read! is designed to support educators, parents, and young children in the development of early literacy skills in the years before kindergarten. Intended for use with all children, the resources and information provided on this site promote skill-building, communication between adults, and ways to address concerns.

Six skills kids need to know to become successful readers.

Young children need a variety of skills to become successful readers. A panel of reading experts has determined that six specific early literacy skills become the building blocks for later reading and writing.

How to helps kids with reading skills while grocery shopping.

Shopping for groceries is a routine activity that is sometimes boring for children. You can make it interesting by asking your child to help you pick out items, put them in the cart, and check them out at the register.

Tips for parents of Preschoolers and K - 3rd grade children

Read early and read often. The early years are critical to developing a lifelong love of reading. You can't start reading to a child too soon! The tips below offer some fun ways you can help your child become a happy and confident reader.

How to make reading interesting

Parents can make reading with their children part of the daily routine. Reading together in the evening can become an important part of the bedtime ritual. Here are some additional suggestions for making reading together a pleasurable experience.

What kind of books do kids like? 

INFANTS 6-12 MONTHS LIKE: • Board books with photos of babies • Brightly-colored board books to touch and taste • Books with pictures of familiar objects - balls, bottles, etc.

Books to read with your kids this summer

Books - traditional, audio, or eBooks - tell lots of tales. These stories can be true or imagined; they can be historical or contemporary; they can be illustrated with photographs or with paints. And most important, they can be shared at home, on vacation, in the car, on a plane or boat, here or there - anywhere, actually!

Web Site of Reading Expert Jim Trelease

Since writing his million-copy bestseller, The Read-Aloud Handbook, in 1982, Jim Trelease has traveled to all 50 states and abroad, advocating the benefits of reading aloud to children