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Helping Children to Read and Learn
Media and Children
Parenting Teens

Popular Parenting Books


Childcare in Dearborn
This listing is from the online Yellow Pages and is not Dearborn Public Library generated or endorsed.

Daycare/Childcare in Michigan Licensing Check 

Great Start
A guide to finding high quality child care and preschools.


College Savings Plans
Provides information on Michigan’s 529 plan.
Common core state standards

Dearborn Public Schools
An education and child development site for parents. 

Financial Aid
FAFSA is the application used by nearly all colleges and universities to determine eligibility for federal, state, and college-sponsored financial aid, including grants, educational loans, and work-study programs. Nearly every student is eligible for some form of financial aid.
A book search for titles based on lexile measure.  Please check the library catalog for availability of titles. 

MEAP Exam Information and Practice
Michigan education testing schedule and data. 

MEL – Michigan Electronic Library
Online resource for educators. 

Themes and activities for preschool classrooms. 

PTSA – Parent Teacher Association

Scholarship Scams
The Federal Trade Commission provides information for parents and students to avoid scholarship scams.

Scholarship Search Site
FastWeb is a site that matches the information you enter in your profile to scholarship, college, job and internship opportunities.

State of Michigan Department of Education

Wayne RESA – Regional Educational Services Agency 


Children’s Health/National Institute of Health 
The ABC’s of raising safe and healthy children.

Child Protective Services
State of Michigan Department of Human Services

Dearborn Area Health Resources

Flu : Know what to do about the Flu
Michigan Department of Community Health provides information on Influenza.

Information on family health from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
This website is sponsored by Nemours, a unique health care system dedicated to achieving higher standards in children’s health.

Local Department of Human Services Offices
Support for financial relief, foster care and adoption, and child support.

Poison Control Call Number Children’s Hospital Detroit
1-800-222-1222 Toll free; 24 hours a day; seven days a week. 

United States Food and Drug Administration
Food, drug, vaccine, home safety information for parents.

Helping Children to Read and Learn

American Library Association Great Websites for Children and teens
Websites of interest to children.

Early Literacy Research and Handouts
Handouts and activity sheets about early literacy compiled by literacy consultant Saroj Ghoting.

Good Family Reads
The American Library Associations children’s book and media recommendations and awards including the Newbery and Caldecott.  

NLS Kids Zone.Welcome! 
National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped website for children.  Find audio, Braille and print/Braille material for preschool through grade 8 in the NLS catalog at this website.

PBS Kids Raising Readers
Tips for how to make reading a fun part of everyday life.

Reading is Fundamental
Literacy and reading tips from RIF the oldest and largest children’s and family nonprofit literacy organization in the United States.

Reading Tips in Many Languages
This website provides a variety of information for parents about early literacy. Some material is available in over twenty different languages.

Six Early Literacy Skills
A panel of reading experts has determined that these six skills form the basis for reading and writing.

YALSA Book Awards and Booklists
Book recommendations for middle schoolers and teens from the American Library Association. 

Media and Children 

Common Sense Media
This site reviews movies, music, video games, television shows, and websites.  Also discusses online safety.

Kids in Mind
Reviews and recommendations for kid friendly media.

MCLS eReading Room – Kids
Download and enjoy ebooks and eaudio books right from your computer or mobile device.  

Parent Previews
Movie reviews for kids and parents.

Parents Television Council (PTC)
The PTC’s primary mission is to promote and restore responsibility and decency to the entertainment industry in answer to America’s demand for positive, family-oriented television programming.  The PTC does this by fostering changes in TV programming to make the early hours of prime time family-friendly.

PBS Children and media


Disney Family Fun
Fun activities for families.

PBS Parents
Information on child development, education, healthy kids, fun and games, issues and advice, and parties.

Online magazine for women and mothers.

Sesame Street Parents
Online videos and advice on topics such as happy hygiene, bedtime routine, sharing, feelings, games and more.

State of Michigan Parent Resources
This web page is designed to provide links to information, resources and/or services available to parents from various State of Michigan agencies.   

Talking About Current Events
Use this New York Times tool to explore what is happening in the news with your children.

Zero to Three
Provides information and tools designed to support parents in developing their own ways to promote their children’s growth and development.

Parenting Teens 

Go Ask Alice
Health and safety answers for teens. 

Parenting Teens
A site that allows parents to share their experiences of parenting teens.  All articles are written by parents for parents.  Includes a blog to exchange information.

Safe Teens
Safety tips for teens and their families.  Covers areas such as social networking, highway driving, cell phone use, cyberbullying and sex.


Baby Products Recalls

Child Passenger Safety
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website covering topics such as child restraint in moving vehicles, correct usage of car seats, and car seat recalls.

Fire Safety for Children

Free Child Safety PublicationsProvided by the CPSC.

Internet Safety for kids of all ages

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Safety and prevention for information including online safety and child identification.
A “one stop shop” for U.S. Government recalls.

Stop Bullying
Advice for children, teens and adults about being a victim or bystander of bullying or cyber bullying. 

Violence Prevention
Bullying, gang activity and youth violence prevention. 

US Consumer Product Safety Commission
Help keep your family safe by checking product recalls and safety news from CPSC.