Resources for Parents
No one gave you a guidebook about how to be a parent? We don’t have all the answers but we can help you find the resources you need to be a better parent. Check out the links below to help your child with their homework assignment, develop healthy habits, safely navigate the Web, and develop a love of reading.
- Reading Levels While it is most important to select books that your child enjoys to develop a love of reading, learning and libraries, the library system has plenty to offer that is appealing to both children and their teachers. Choosing books on the right level can help boost children's confidence and reading skills. Search for books by Lexile or Guided Reading levels here!
- Child Care Resource and ReferralChoosing good child care is one of the most important decisions you will make for your child. Includes links to: tips for selecting quality child care, how to navigate child care options, as well as access to the Health Department's provider search of licensed facilities.
- Every ParentGet tips and advice from local experts, personalized parenting news and connections to people who can help.
- Get Help FloridaFind several federal and state web-sites with help for you and/or your family members, including information on Newborns, Safety, Medical, Crisis, Food, Education, Child Care, Legal, and Recreation.
- Helping Children Deal with Tragic Events in the NewsA collection of web-sites to help parents talk to children about war and terrorism.
- Zero to ThreePromotes the healthy development of our nation's infants and toddlers by supporting and strengthening families, communities, and those who work on their behalf.
Internet Safety & Guidelines
- Child Safety on the internetSimple rules for children to follow while using the Internet.
- Navigating the 'Net with your KidsOnline brochure that gives parents information to help them navigate the internet with their children.
- NetSmartz for ParentsProvides learning activities for parents to start discussing internet safety with children and teens. This educational safety resource is from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC).
Kids & Teen Health
- American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and ImmunologyIncludes online "Tips to Remember" covering various topics in asthma, allergy, and immunology in both Spanish and English.
- American Academy of PediatricsThe mission of the American Academy of Pediatrics is to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
- Consumer Health Information Service A selection of websites for kids and teens to learn more about health and safety issues.
- Get Help Florida: MedicalFind several federal and state web sites with help for you and/or your family members, including information on Newborns, Safety, Medical, Crisis, Food, Education, Child Care, Legal, and Recreation.
- KidsHealth.orgFor parents, kids, and teens from the medical experts at the Nemours Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to children's health and the largest physician practice delivering subspecialty pediatric care in the United States.
Education & Reading
- Education in FloridaOfficial website of the Florida Department of Education.
- Favorite BooksFind recommended books, as well as award-winners.
- Florida Standards AssessmentExplore information about the Florida Standards Assessment test and how you can help your child prepare for it.
- Get Help Florida: EducationFind several federal and state web-sites with help for you and/or your family members, including information on Newborns, Safety, Medical, Crisis, Food, Education, Child Care, Legal, and Recreation.
- Helping Your Child SeriesThe Helping Your Child publication series aims to provide parents with the tools and information necessary to help their children succeed in school and life. Information provided by the U.S. Department of Education.
- Home Schooling ResourcesA wealth of resources to help parents who home school their children.
- LexilesFrequently asked questions about lexiles, which test the reading levels of text and students.
- Live Homework HelpCertified tutors help with math, science, social studies, and language arts. For Grades K - 12, College Intro, and Adult Learners. Available Sunday-Thursday from 3:00-9:00 pm, and Saturday from 2:00-7:00 pm. Assistance provided in Spanish for Math and Science, Sunday-Thursday from 2:00-10:00 pm. You'll Need Your Library Card. It starts with a D and is followed by 9 numbers.
- The School District of Palm Beach County Official website. Includes information on local schools, as well as the official school year calendar.
- Reading CountsAn incentive-based reading program where students can read a book of interest, whether fiction or nonfiction, and then take a short quiz to test comprehension.