Parent + Teacher Resources

Books

Children’s Book Council
News about children’s books and literacy.

 

Children’s Book Review
Book reviews for multi-aged children and children’s literacy topics.

 

Children’s Book Week
Celebrate your favorite books, authors and illustrators every May. Children’s Choice Award voting.

 

Kids’ Next Book List
Indie Bound Booksellers recommendations for multi-aged children.

 

Mass Children’s Book Awards
Children’ and young adult literature written by Massachusetts writers or about Massachusetts themes.

 

National Science Teachers Association
Outstanding Science Trade Books for K – 12 students.

 

Parents’ Choice Award-Winners
Books and materials awarded for their imaginative, creative and informative qualities.

Education/Technology Resources

Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts
A statewide, inclusive, nonsectarian nonprofit with a mission of education and support.

 

Cool Tools for Schools
A collection of free web tools developed by a school classroom.

 

Digital Public Library of America
All-digital library that collects metadata about digital objects held by libraries, museums, and archives around the country.

 

DuckDuckGo
This search engine does not collect or share personal information.

 

Edudemic: Connecting Education and Technology
Premier site for technology resource discovery among educators.

 

Elementary Tech: Wikis and Blogs
Teaching blogs and wikis in elementary school.

 

Free Tech 4 Teachers
Richard Byrne’s free technology resources for teachers.

 

Gloucester Public Schools
Gloucester Public Schools’ web site.

 

iSEEK Education
Search engine for educators and students offering lesson plans, activities and school subjects for K-12 grade levels.

 

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Outlines the goals, mission, and services of The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. School district and administrative profiles provided.

 

Massachusetts Home Learning Association
Advocacy and education organization, which endorses home learning as an alternative to public or private schooling.

 

U.S. Department of Education
Federal funding, national statistics, research, and educational policies

Internet Safety for Children and Families

ConnectSafely.org
Tips for families on ensuring safety, privacy, and security across tech devices.

 

iKeepSafeKids.org
Kids can learn about using the internet safely through the adventures of Faux Paw the web-surfing cat.

 

Mass.gov
“Keeping Young People Safe.” Resources on internet safety from the Massachusetts Attorney General.

 

NetFamilyNews.org
An important blog about developments in internet safety and technologies for children.

 

Safekids.com
“Kids’ Rules for Online Safety.” A list of suggested rules for young children on the internet. See also the “Parents’ Pledge”.

Resources for Children with Disabilities

Bookshare
An accessible online library for children and adults with print disabilities.

 

Chapel Hill Snippets
Communication boards and social stories for the non-verbal child.

 

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – Autism Spectrum Disorders
Health, financial, and assistive technology links for families with members on the autism spectrum.

 

4 Teachers.org
Assistive technology resources for teachers.

 

Glenda’s Assistive Technology Information
Communication boards, social stories, apps, and other support for children with disabilities

 

LD Online
Learning disabilities, ADHD, and technology

 

Reading Rockets: Assistive Technology
Assistive technologies for learning disabilities

 

Special Needs Apps
Special Needs app reviews.

 

Zac Browser
Free web browser designed for children on the autism spectrum. Includes access to The Autism News for parents and educators.

Community Organizations

Autism Eats
Provides autism-friendly, non-judgmental environments for family dining, socializing, and connecting with others who share similar joys and challenges.

 

Backyard Growers
A grassroots organization reshaping Gloucester’s relationship with food. Offerings include gardening programs, cooking workshops, and public events to get families and individuals excited about growing and cooking their own food.

 

Birth to Three Family Center
Programs and services to support parents and children from birth through age four.

 

Cape Ann Museum
An art museum with offerings for children including free art workshops, Young at Art playgroup, family tours on the last Saturday of every month, an activity center playroom, four floors of galleries and sculpture parks. Kids always visit free.

 

Cape Ann YMCA
The Cape Ann YMCA offers childcare services and youth, adult, and family programming.

 

Gloucester Health and Human Services
Community health care portal.

 

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Cape Ann
Led by Abby Sheridan and Daphne Congelosi
Email: 2018grandparents@gmail.com

 

Healthy Gloucester Collaborative.
Dedicated to preventing and reducing substance abuse for all residents.

 

North Shore Mother Visiting Partnership
Public health nurses offer a free, confidential, supportive, one-time home visit to mothers/caregivers and their babies for up to one year.
Gloucester, Kelley Hiland, 978-559-1784.

 

Northeast Arc/Cape Ann Early Intervention
Support for adults and children with disabilities.

 

Open Door Food Pantry
The mission of The Open Door is to alleviate the impact of hunger in the Gloucester community. The Open Door has food pantries, SNAP assistance, Family Supper, Mobile Markets, Second Glance Thrift Store, summer meals for kids, and On Your Mark youth job training program.

 

Pathways for Children
A leading early childhood education and social service agency.

 

SeniorCare
Provides and coordinates a range of home and community-based services for those age 60 and older. One of our grandparents as parents resources.

 

Wellspring House
Wellspring House provides individuals and families with basic needs assistance, education and job training.

 

WIC
WIC could help with food resources, nutritional advice, and referrals to other resources. Call 978-373-1971 ext. 259/Beverly Office: 978-922-2110.

 

Zero to Three
National, nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals and policymakers information on early development.