Scholastic Learn at Home: Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!
Storyline Online is an award-winning, interactive children’s literacy site that features famous actors like Kevin Costner, Betty White, James Earl Jones, Eva Longoria, and others reading children’s books alongside minor animation elements.
Get Ready to Read! is a service of the National Center for Learning Disabilities. The website is designed to support educators, parents, and young children in the development of early literacy skills before entering kindergarten.
Read Kiddo Read has been assembled by the beloved author, James Patterson. The site provides tips and book ideas for reluctant readers.
Maker Camp: Family Maker Camp encourages making and hands-on learning at home. Making is fun and engaging for kids as well as adults.
Great Preschool Apps
Duck Duck Moose (iOS and Android) Free duckduckmoose.com
Toca Boca (iOS and Android) $2.99 tocaboca.com
Sago Mini (iOS and Android) $2.99 sagomini.com
Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame by Sesame Street Workshop (iOS and Android)
Build and Play; Build and Play 2 by Croco Studio (iOS and Android)
First Words Sampler by Learning Touch (iOS and Android) Free Ages 3 and up.
RelationShapes by VizuVizu (iOS and Android) Free Ages 3 and up.
Play and Learn Science by PBS Kids (iOS and Android) Free Ages 3 and up.
Entertaining Kids at Home
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium: Kids missing their furry friends at the zoo? Follow the zoo on Facebook to watch web cams of the animals, including the penguins.
Common Sense Media: When kids have earned some screen time or parents need a quick break, check out Common Sense Media for some direction on recommended apps, books, TV shows, movies and more. For those not familiar with Common Sense Media, reviews include tips on what parents need to know, talking points and ratings, keeping age levels in mind.
PBS Kids: PBS Kids has compiled a list of specific resources for talking to your child about coronavirus, including episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Sesame Street. The list is found here. In addition, parents can sign up for a special PBS Kids newsletter with daily tips and activities to try while the kids are at home. Sign-up at the PBS Kids website.
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh: Follow the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh on Facebook to see a throwback collection of DIY posts and videos from the MakeShop, including making a chair out of newspapers and a bag out of a t-shirt.
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden: The Cincinnati Zoo, home of Fiona the hippo, will host a Home Safari Facebook Live every day at 3 p.m. The zoo will highlight one of the animals and provide an activity for kids to do at home.
Atlantic White Shark Conservancy: The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is conducting a shark storytime every day this week at 10 a.m. There will be a shark story and time for shark Q & A.
Source: Lane, C. (2020, March). Allegheny County Library Association.
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Digital Media & Learning Resources: Fred Rogers Center
Bergen Resources provides a wide range of information about support, resources, and services for families in Bergen County. They are sponsored by Bergen's Promise.
Partnership for Maternal and Child Health: The Partnership for Maternal & Child Health of Northern New Jersey is a non-profit organization that is committed to improving the health of women, children, and families.
Meadowlands Family Success Center: The Meadowlands Family Success Center (MFSC) is a family oriented, community-based, neighborhood gathering place for all residents in Little Ferry, Moonachie, as well as the surrounding communities.
Bridges Family Success Center: A community-based, family-centered neighborhood gathering place where community residents can go for family support, information, and services. The Family Success Center’s goal is to enrich the lives of children and adults by making families stronger and empowering them to succeed.
HIPPY Program: Their mission is in the partnering with parents to help prepare their children for success in school.
Family Support Organization of Bergen – Their mission is to:
provide support, advocacy, and education to families, caregivers, and providers of children with mental, emotional, and behavioral needs;
ensure that the highest quality child–centered & family friendly approaches to service delivery are created and maintained throughout Bergen County;
provide a forum in which families, caregivers, providers, and other concerned individuals work collaboratively to identify needs, service barriers, resources, and appropriate, effective, and timely ways to intervene; and
provide the resources necessary to support strong, community–based support programs.
The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources - The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources, a Program of Children’s Aid and Family Services, provides substance abuse prevention, education, information, and referral services to county residents, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, municipal alliances and social service agencies.
Kinship – Care Plus - Provides two programs:
provides caregivers (having custody of a child that is not yours/not adopted) with financial assistance (up to $500 annually)
legal guardianship assists caregivers in obtaining guardianship through family court
Greater Bergen Community Action - At GBCA Head Start/Early Head Start, our goal is to not only get your child ready for kindergarten, but to prepare your entire family for life beyond the program. Our extensive services and resources range from early childhood education to health, nutrition, parent education, family counseling, financial counseling, and more
Contact: 201-384-9885; BergenfieldHS@greaterbergen.org
Bergen County Office for Children - http://www.childcarenj.gov/
Early Intervention = Infant/Toddler (birth – 3 years old), Our Time Class (20-36 months old), and Intact (case management, counseling services, training's for parents with disabilities)
Family Support = Information and referral, companion program, respite, case management, support group, autism respite, after school programs, Saturday programs, service funding
Recreation = Canteen dances & Rainbow Summer Day Program
Contact = (201)343-0322; Arc@arcbp.com
Updated 4/29/2020 dfagnan