Resources for Parents & Teachers

Child Care And School Resources
  • Accelerated Reader BookFinder - Search for the right Accelerated Reader book for your child with this free online tool.
  • ALA Great Web Sites For Kids - Excellent sites for young people evaluated by the Association for Library Service to Children.
  • Great Start for Kids - Michigan's initiative to foster school readiness and life success for children. Sign up to receive Great Starts Here an online quarterly emagazine.
    • Great Start CONNECT - Find child care and preschool providers that meet the needs of your family. All providers are licensed or registered in the State of Michigan.
    • Great Start CONNECT Lending Library - Theme boxes, story stretchers, books, CDs, and DVDs available for free check out to parents, preschool teachers, and day care providers.
  • Home Access Center - Allows MPS parents and students to view student registration, scheduling, attendance, assignment, and grade information.
  • MeL Books and Reading Gateway - Collection of resources to enhance reading choices for adults and children.
  • MeL Kids Gateway - Collection of resources to enhance reading and provide resources for kids homework assignments.
  • Michigan Department of Human Services Statewide Childcare Search - Search this statewide database for child day care centers and homes.
  • Picture Parent Online - Everything you need to support your Picture Parent teaching experience.
  • Starfall Kindergarten Reading and Language Arts - A phonics approach to teaching children to read. Perfect for preschool, K-2, special education, homeschool, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL).
  • Storyline Online - Online videos featuring Screen Actors Guild members reading popular children's books aloud. Includes accompanying activities and lesson plans.
Early Literacy
Health & Development
  • American Academy Of Pediatrics - Child and adolescent health information. Guidelines, publications, and other health resources from leading child health experts.
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health - National Institute of Mental Health. Brochures and comprehensive booklets about many mental health problems of childhood.
  • - Trustworthy, up-to-the-minute health care information and guidance for parents and caregivers from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Your Child: Development and Behavior Resources - Reliable parenting information from the University of Michigan on child development and behavior.
  • Zero To Three - Learn more about young children and their early health and development. Early experiences matter!
 Grace Dow Library Resources
  • Big Books - Same story, same number of pages, but these books measure 14" by 18" or larger. Please see the librarian before taking Big Books to checkout.
  • Booklists: Our Lists Of Recommended Books - Grace A. Dow Memorial librarians have created booklists for children, parents, and teachers. Get ideas for great books to read on a variety of topics or by reading level.
  • Books With Multiple Copies - Are you interested in checking out multiple copies of the same title? Before planning your next group book discussion, take a look at quality children's literature available in multiple copies.
  • Educator Cards - See your school administrator for information about a library account and related policies.
  • Book Baskets - Check out a bright yellow book basket - along with your books - to store library materials at home or at school. Baskets may be renewed up to five times.
  • Library Visits - Library tours are available to schools in our service area as well as to other groups in the community. Call the Youth Services desk 989-837-3466 or return the printable form at least two weeks in advance to schedule your visit.
  • Online Databases - Encourage your students to use our databases! We subscribe to educational databases that are available for use in the library or from home with a library card.
  • Magazines - Supplement your curriculum with ideas from parent and professional magazines. Back issues of: Book Links, Family Fun, Home Education Magazine, Home School Digest, Library Sparks, Mailbox, Old Schoolhouse, Practical Homeschooling; all circulate for 28 days.
  • eClassroomNews - Information on how today's educators use technology to advance learning.
  • Education World - Lesson plans, practical information for educators, information on how to integrate technology in the classroom, and articles written by education experts.
  • K-12 TechTools - Free online tech resources grouped by subject and device. Kid-friendly website to direct your students to during centers, or new tools to engage your students in learning.
Internet Safety
Homeschooling Resources