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Local Information
Find out what's going on around Chicago for kids and families.

Family Action Network of New Trier Township Schools (FAN)
Programs and information on social concerns and issues facing families in our community.
Resources for Illinois families and schools, sponsored by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Museum Adventure Pass Program
Free passes to Chicago-area museums such as the Chicago Botanic Gardens, Legoland Discovery Center, and the Brookfield Zoo, available at the Youth Desk to Wilmette and Kenilworth patrons.

Oaklee's Family Fun Guide for Chicagoland Kids
All the fun local activities of the season right at your fingertips.

Parent Education Consortium (PEC) Newsletter
Stay current with educational programs created for all New Trier Township parents.

Wilmette Park District
Recreational programs and classes for the entire family.

General Information

Child & Family WebGuide
Links to hundreds of sites containing child development research and practical advice.

Family Education Network
Access pages on children's movies, sports, safety, and many other subjects.

Parents' Choice Foundation
Independent reviews of children's books, videos, toys, audios, computer software, television, and magazines.

Parent's Guide to Internet Safety
Help keep your children safe online with this guide from the FBI.

PBS Parents
Advice on issues from your child's behavior and development to work and family. You will also find educational activity ideas using characters from PBS television.

Zero to Three
Answers questions about your child's health and development in the first three years of life.

Literacy Resources

Book Adventure
Free reading motivation program for children in grades K-8. Some features require registration.

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site
Children's book reviews and ideas on how to use children's books in the classrooms.

Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
Informational and educational services for librarians, teachers, child care providers, and researchers.

Guys Read!
Literacy program to connect boys with books they will want to read.

Jim Trelease, Read-Aloud Expert
Learn about the benefits of reading aloud to children of all ages.

Planet Esme
Learn how to help children to love reading with advice from local librarian and author Esme Raji Codell.

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) Kids
Build literacy skills with these online activities. "Leading to Reading" is for kids aged 0-5, and "Reading Planet" is for kids aged 6-15.
Online activities that prepare young children for reading and bolster reading skills.

Homeschool Resources

A to Z Home's Cool
Guide to useful websites and articles about homeschooling.

Accredited Online Schools
Learn about accredited online schools ranging from kindergarten through college.

Home Oriented Unique Schooling Experience (HOUSE)
Links and information about starting support groups, sports participation, organizations, field trip ideas, curriculum providers, and more.

Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
Famiarize yourself with local laws and your rights regarding homeschooling.

Home School World
Advice from experts, information about events and contests, forums, organization information, and a catalog from which you can purchase educational materials.
Information about all things homeschooling, including links to accredited "schools" for homeschoolers.

Homeschool Central
Regional information, message boards, a homeschool mall for educational merchandise, and resources for preK-12 children.
Free online newsletters, discussion boards, a networking list, and articles for homeschooling families.

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