Resources for Parents & Guardians
Statistics in School Parent/Caregiver Toolkits
To help parents and caregivers support students with distance learning, the Statistics in Schools program has developed four toolkits that provide tips, best practices, and instruction on how to use and adapt our activities and resources for at-home use.
Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media rates movies, TV shows, books, and more so parents can feel good about the entertainment choices they make for their kids. We offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based ratings and reviews.
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.
The College Board is a not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success.
The National Education Association has a dedicated section for family support.
WGBH and PBS Learning Media
WGBH and PBS have curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more just for Massachusetts teachers, but parents may want to use them too!
WGBH Distance Learning Center for Families
WGBH’s Distance Learning Center was created to support parents/ and the kids and teens in their care with high-quality, trusted, and engaging digital education resources.
25 Best Podcasts for Kids
Entertaining, informative, and kid-friendly podcasts for bedtime, road trips, and more. Best part? They're screen-free.
Podcasts for Tweens and Teens
These fantastic screen-free series are age-appropriate (and cool enough) for older kids.
Smithsonian Virtual Tours
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History virtual tours allow visitors to take self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits and areas within the museum from their desktop or mobile device.
The NASA website allows visitors to explore topics such as “Humans in Space”, ‘Moon to Mars” and “Space Tech” through videos, photos and other media resources.
New York Times Learning Network
Free access; provides daily writing prompts based on NYT articles, pictures and data visuals for students 13 and older. Moderated comments feature for class or open discussion.
Free parent and teacher accounts with reading and writing resources for grades 3-12, appropriate for multiple subjects.
- Information about Setting Parental Controls at Home (Xfinity)
- Free Internet for Some Families through Comcast
- Disclaimer & Privacy Options for Remote Video Learning
- How to add the Google Translate to the Google Chrome browser
Taking Care of Yourself and Your Family
Essex County Asset Builder Network - COVID-19 Family Resources
Using a positive youth development approach Essex County Asset Builder Network builds assets (protective factors) in youth and in their communities to help young people make healthy decisions.
Parental Stress Line- All Languages Available
Trained volunteer counselors offer a way to relieve stress in an environment which is non-judgmental along with being sympathetic. They offer support to anyone seeking it no matter how big or small.
Ten Percent Happier
The meditations, podcasts, blog posts, and talks on this page will help you build resilience and find some calm amidst the chaos.
Center for Children & Youth Blog Posts
- Healthy Eating Habits during COVID-19: Building Strong Bones with Non-dairy Sources of Calcium
- Taking Care of Your Mental Health & Talking to Kids about Coronavirus
- Finding Peace at Home
- Living with Stress: COVID-19 and Our Mental Health
- Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Outbreak
- Tips on How to Help Kids Feel Safe and Manage Stress
- Supporting Our Children in Difficult Times