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Parenting the Preschooler
These free newsletters are designed for parents and caregivers of preschool-age children.  The goals are to enhance the parent/caregiver-child relationship; increase parent/caregiver confidence while reducing parent/caregiver stress.  Topics include discipline, feeding and nutrition, health and safety, school readiness, and much more.

Compact for Reading Guide and School-Home Links (English and Spanish)
The Compact for Reading Guide offers tips on creating community and family-school partnerships with the purpose of improving children's reading (for grades K-3).  School-Home links are 100 School-Home Links activities for each level - kindergarten thru grade three.  The activities are organized by grade level along with the reading and literacy skills appropriate to that grade.

Free Online Video Series
In this 15 part, free video series parents learn how to encourage their children to read and how to create a reading program for their kids.
In this 10 part, free video series parents learn how to soothe and quiet a crying baby.

The Learning Community Parenting Help
The Learning Community (TLC) provides you with free parenting resources such as Tips for Parents, parenting videos, and hundreds of links to really useful parenting websites.

Parenting and Child Development Fact Sheets (English & Spanish)
This site provides ready to hand out bulletins for parents of babies from birth to 12 months. Also other topics of interest to parents such as Tackling the Bullying Issue, Grandparents as Parents, and Preparing for Parent-Teacher Conferences.

Parent Involvement/Family Literacy Backpacks or Bags
Family fun and learning are promoted through take-home, theme-focused literacy backpacks, or bags. How can teachers encourage reading at home and support the role of parents as educators? One way is through the use of family literacy bags a paired set of theme-based fiction and nonfiction books and related interactive activities that kids bring home from school to share with their family. Just assemble everything into a two-gallon zip-top bag or backpack, and they're ready to go! You can browse 19 themes that include family activities and resources at a minimal cost. All instructions are included. For home use in grades PreK-2.

Health and Safety Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics
Tips that can easily be used in your communications with families.

Free Printables
Free Printables - Best online Resource for free printables, Printable music, games, puzzles, cards, calendars, and much more.

ZERO TO THREE Child Development Handouts (English and Spanish)
On their web site, ZERO TO THREE offers Healthy Minds: Nurturing Children's Development from 0-36months, a series of seven reproducible handouts for parents addressing brain and child development over the first 36 months of life.  These handouts were developed to help parents better understand the science of early development and how to apply the information in meaningful ways to nurture young children's development.

Nibbles for Health: Nutrition Newsletters for Parents of Young Children
Nibbles for Health was developed for child care center staff and parents of young children enrolled in child care centers.  This free kit offers child care center staff guidance on conducting discussions with parents in three "sharing sessions".  Also contained in the kit and available to download immediately are 41 reproducible newsletters that staff can provide to parents about healthy eating for their families and fun activities families can do to promote health like growing a family garden.

Baby's First Wish Newsletter Program
Colorful 8-page newsletters for each new month.  Topics cover all baby and new parents' needs and are laid out so all or just part of each newsletter can be printed and used.  Starts at month one and goes to month 36.  Also available in Spanish.

Ed Extras
Ed Extras is a free monthly service that offers preschool programs, elementary schools, and PTAs articles about learning that you can include in your parent newsletters.  The one-page articles are available either as a formatted PDF or as a Word document in both English and Spanish.

A Parent Newsletter for Toddlers, Preschoolers, and beyond!
TODDLER TOPICS PLUS is a learn-at-home parent newsletter created by Penn State Cooperative Extension.  This newsletter is designed to assist parents, grandparents, caregivers, and all adults who care about and for children in all their interactions with children.  You will find good parenting tips and techniques to improve the family's time together while providing information that will enrich children's learning process.

Attractive Colorful Pamphlets
As a part of The Parenting Network's mission to strengthen parenting, they provide articles and related information for parents and caregivers of children to help deal with the stresses of parenting.  These attractive pamphlets help parents with discipline and guidance, toilet learning, and temper tantrums.
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English and Spanish Guide   Put Reading First: Helping Your Child Learn to Read - A Parent Guide  LA LECTURA ES LO PRIMERO: COMO AYUDAR A SU HIJO A APRENDER A LEER
The Partnership for Reading is pleased to announce the Spanish translation of the popular "Put Reading First: Helping Your Child Learn to Read. A Parent Guide." This brochure provides a quick overview of the findings of the National Reading Panel for parents and gives ideas for what to expect from a school's reading program based on evidence from the research (preschool through grade 3).  The brochure also suggests ways parents can reinforce reading instruction at home with everyday activities and interactions.  The Partnership is a collaborative effort of the National Institute for Literacy and its federal partners, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Guides to Help Latino Parents Improve Their Children's Education
The Education Trust recently released Improving Your Child's Education: A Guide for Latino Parents.  This guide offers Latino parents a number of suggestions on how they can get involved in and be better advocates for the education of their children.  Information is also offered so that Latino parents have the tools to exercise their rights.

Helping Your Child Series
The Helping Your Child publication series aims to provide parents with the tools and information necessary to help their children succeed in school and life.  These booklets feature practical lessons and activities to help their school-age and preschool children master reading, understand the value of homework, and develop the skills and values necessary to achieve and grow.  Many teachers find the series to be a very helpful tool for increasing parental involvement and give copies to their students' parents.  Copies of the series may be viewed online at

Finding a Good Pre-school for your Child
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) provides a search function to assist parents in finding names, addresses, and contact information for all early childhood programs currently accredited by the NAEYC.  Visit to download Adobe pdf articles.

Multilingual Tips for Parents and Practitioners
Multilingual Tips for Parents and Practitioners to Help Children Develop Good Talking and Listening Skills [Source: Reading Rockets News, Apr 2005] The Literacy Trust in the UK has developed several one-page "Talk to Your Baby" tip sheets on how parents and caregivers can help children develop good speaking and listening skills.  Each is bilingual.  They are available in Chinese, Arabic, Urdu, French, Tamil, and other languages.
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Reading Tips for Parents
This bookmark (available in both English and Spanish) lists suggestions for teaching children how to read.  It also includes contact information for both the Partnership for Family Involvement in Education and the Department of Education's Information Resource Center, which offers a host of materials for developing literacy skills.  For your copy call 1.877.4ED.PUBS and request product # EKH0063M.

A Child Becomes a Reader, proven Ideas for Parents
Kindergarten through Grade Three - This booklet offers advice for parents of children from grades K-3 on how to support reading development at home, and how to recognize effective instruction in their children's classrooms.  

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Also available Birth to Preschool

Good parenting tips from the Illinois State Board of Education
Great free parenting tip sheets (in both English and Spanish) can be printed and used as hand-outs. Parenting tip sheet topics include THE CURIOUS CHILD and DON'T SPANK! HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO INSTEAD! plus many, many more -- 54 in total.

The Magic of Everyday Moments
These booklets show parents how everyday moments can be rich opportunities to encourage their baby's development.  They show how a parent's attention to and interaction with their child can support the baby's social, emotional, and intellectual growth.  It's the special interplay between parent and child that makes this material so meaningful.  Phone 877.565.5465 to order.

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