Educational Links For Parents and Children


Your central “Hub” of information and products created for the network of Parent Centers serving families of children with disabilities.

All the materials found on the CPIR Hub have been created and archived for Parent Centers around the country to help them provide support and services to the families they serve. The CPIR employs a user-centered process, gathering the perspectives of our experienced audience—Parent Center staff members and other experts—every step of the way, to create products and services that increase Parent Centers’ knowledge and capacity in specific domains.

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This website has information for parents of children with special needs. Listed are Informational Tip Sheets on various topics that can be downloaded and printed.  In addition, there are sample letters for parents to be able to click on, print and use as a template for their own child's letter.  

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Sleeping Issues

Helping Children Fall Asleep: Sleep Onset Problems in Children

If you’re the tired parent of a young child, you may wonder if your child’s sleep problems are normal. Could your child have insomnia? Can toddlers have sleep disorders? These concerns are perfectly legitimate, because many infants, toddlers and preschoolers have difficulty falling and staying asleep.

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Sleep Disorders in Children

Kids are particularly prone to parasomnias.  Some can be scary to the child and to the parents, although many are not medically serious and disappear before adolescence.  Such phenomena as night terrors, sleepwalking, wetting the bed, and talking while asleep are more common in children, although they can occur at any age.

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Reading to Your Child

Bedtime Reading for Children

Bedtime stories play an important role in your child’s development. Not only do bedtime stories create an opportunity for parents to bond with their kids, but reading to a little one at the same time night after night can help them establish a healthy sleep routine. Child psychologists also point to the cognitive benefits for young people who are raised with bedtime stories, including higher-than-average literacy rates and an emotional connection to reading.

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Reading Is Fundamental is committed to a literate America by inspiring a passion for reading among all children, providing quality content to make an impact and engaging communities in the solution to give every child the fundamentals for success. As the nation’s largest children’s literacy non-profit, Reading Is Fundamental maximizes every contribution to ensure all children have the ability to read and succeed. 

Offering a world of information and ideas for books to read and activities to discover, including the Read Quest summer reading club. 

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Within it there are links to selected Web sites especially for kids and families. 

Educational Resources for Parents

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Khan Academy is a nonprofit organization with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Created by experts, Khan Academy’s library of trusted, standards-aligned practice and lessons covers math K-12 through early college, grammar, science, history, AP®, SAT®, and more. It’s all free for learners and teachers.

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Inspire a lifetime of learning and discovery with our free, fun educational program for children ages two to six. Kids can learn independently in the the Khan Academy Kids Library—a curated collection of activities, books, videos, and coloring pages. Our book reader allows students to follow along with recorded audio narration or read on their own across our fiction, non-fiction and fiction leveled books.

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A strong foundation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) will put your child on the road to success in school and beyond. Here are some resources from NSTA to help you support your child's learning in science at home and at school. 

The Math Forum has a rich history as an online hub for the mathematics education community. A debt of gratitude is owed to the dedicated staff who created and maintained the top math education content and community forums that made up the Math Forum since its inception. 

Get FREE math help on topics such as: Perimeter and Area of Polygons; Circumference and Area of Circles; Fractions and Mixed Numbers; Decimals; Integers; Probability; Pre-Algebra; Mean Median Mode; Set Theory; and Statistics. Interactive math lessons, homework help, worksheets and puzzles with a special section geared toward parents. 

Helping families enjoy mathematics outside school through a series of fun and engaging, high-quality challenges. Figure This! Mathematical challenges for families provide interesting math challenges that middle-school students can do at home with their families. 

The Lawrence Hall of Science helps teachers, schools, and districts with the Next Generation Science Standards. Our staff, programs, research studies, and curriculum materials are used to guide the development of these forward-thinking standards. With local, national, and international programs, Hall programs span the globe, serving more than 12 million youth in 21 countries on almost every continent. 

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)

PBS Parents is a trusted resource that’s filled with information on child development and early learning. It also serves as a parent's window to the world of PBS KIDS, offering access to educational games and activities inspired by PBS KIDS programs

PBS KIDS is committed to making a positive impact on the lives of children through curriculum-based entertainment with positive role models and content designed to nurture a child’s total well-being. With a 360-degree approach towards learning and reaching children, PBS KIDS leverages the full spectrum of media and technology to build knowledge, critical thinking, imagination and curiosity. PBS KIDS encourages children to interact as respectful citizens in a diverse society. 

Cincinnati’s public television station, offers programs for children and the CET Kids Club activities which will enable you to spend some quality fun, educational time with your children, grandchildren or other children in your care. 

Other Educational & Games Resources

Best Learning Websites for Toddlers and Preschoolers

The Internet isn't just for big kids anymore! With many sites now available for toddlers, learning colors, numbers, and letters has never been easier. Check out our list of the best websites for kids, and find fun games, printables, and more that help make learning early skills fun.

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Free Preschool Games

Help set the stage for a love of learning that will last a lifetime with these educational games geared toward your littlest learners. Watch your preschooler's eyes light up—along with their brains!—as they go on an alphabet photoshoot in space, create colorful shape mosaics, and practice measurement at a medieval castle. Increase the challenge and the fun by hopping over to our kindergarten games!

[Continue to full website]® opened in September 2002 as a free public service to teach children to read. Since then it has expanded to include language arts and mathematics for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and third grade. Starfall’s emphasis on phonemic awareness, systematic sequential phonics, and common sight words in conjunction with audiovisual interactivity has proven effective in teaching emergent readers. Starfall activities are research-based and align with Individual and Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics.

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Fun and Free Educational Websites for Kids

Your children can learn something new today in a safe online environment. These 20 free educational websites for kids are fun while offering online teaching games, printables, videos, and so much more.