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Activity Sites
DLTK's Printable Crafts for Kids:
Find printable craft projects, coloring pages, and greeting cards to share with your child.
Leading to Reading:
Discover the joy of reading with your child on this site provided by RIF (Reading is Fundamental.)
Lil' Fingers:
Contains online storybooks, games and coloring sheets for toddlers and preschoolers.
Starfall:
Help your child learn important reading skills, while playing fun phonics-based games. It has levels for preschool through second grade.
Storyblocks:
These 30-60 second videos contain songs and rhymes that build readers.

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Development
Get Ready to Read!:
Contains early literacy information for parents of preschoolers with an on-line screening tool, printable activity cards, and ideas for creating a literate home.
Great Parents Web Site:
This site lists local resources by county for parents of children ages 0-5. It includes parenting information and links to local resources for day care, activities for children and community services.
Greatschools:
Provides data about public and private schools by zip code, city or school district.
PBS Parents:
Find information about your child's development from birth through the early elementary years provided by PBS.
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General Parenting
Baby Names from Think! Baby Names:
A site with searchable baby names and statistics to show the popularity of that name over multiple years and throughout various countries.
Behind the Name:
Discover the etymology and history of first names at this commercial site.
Children's Software Revue:
Online critical reviews of children's CDs, video games, and toys.
Family Fun:
This Disney-affiliated site offers practical parenting advice, articles, and interactive discussion boards.
Get Net Wise:
Learn online safety tips for the whole family.
Kids Count:
A statistical portrait, national and state-by-state, on the educational, social, economic, and physical well-being of children. Information compiled by The Annie E. Casey Foundation a private charitable organization dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States
Media Wise:
This site from the National Institute on Media and the Family studies the impact of electronic media on families. It offers movie, television and video game reviews geared toward educating and empowering parents.
MIChild - Insurance Program:
This resources provides information on MIChild, a health insurance program for uninsured children of Michigan's working families. MIChild services are provided by many HMOs and other health care plans throughout Michigan.
National Adoption Information Clearinghouse:
This comprehensive site offers a wealth of resources for prospective and adoptive parents, adopted persons and birth parents including an adoption directory, laws and publications.
Reading Rockets: Launcing Young Readers:
In conjunction with a PBS television series this site looks at the skills kids need to read and offers reading strategies that work.
Screen It:
Entertainment reviews for parents.
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Safety and Kids
Being a Good Cyber Citizen:
The Cybercitizen Awareness Program educates children and young adults on the danger and consequences of cyber crime
Child Safety:
Tips and prevention strategies to help keep children safe
Childhelp USA:
This organization helps to treat and prevent child abuse and neglect. The site includes a toll-free abuse hotline, programs and services, and information on how you can help.
Don't Buy It:
Here you'll find a PBS site that looks at the influence of media on kids and teens. You can read about the differences between entertainment media (tv, radio, magazines) and real life values.
FBI Kids Page:
Find out the history of the FBI and safety tips for staying safe online and in daily life.
FDA Kids' Homepage:
Take a food safety quiz, learn about animal safety or how vaccines work.
Get Net Wise Kids:
A safety guide where you can learn tips to help you stay safe online.
Merit Badge Research Center:
On this page devoted to scouting advancement, you'll find tons of information and resource links to help you work on your advancement requirements.
NetSmartz Workshop:
Tips for kids, teens, and parents on Internet safety
Safe Kids: My Rules for Online Safety:
A must read for kids who use the internet! Learn to be a safe web surfer.
Smokey Bear Kids:
Smokey helps you learn forest and campfire safety.
What Makes a Web Site Good?:
A librarian teaches you the skills needed to evaluate a web site.
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