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Resources for Families & Educators

One of our most central functions and greatest joys is to serve the families and educators who are irreplaceable in young children's lives. We hope this list of resources is useful to you as you walk with your children on their path to literacy.

NYC-focused resources during the COVID-19 public health emergency

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This is the main page for NYC's coronavirus support services and resources.

Visit NYC's support page for assistance related to dating, domestic, or gender-based abuse and violence.

Head this way for support related to mental and emotional well-being. 

Visit the NYC Department of Education's resource page for remote learning.

Visit NYC's main support page for resources for families with children of all ages.

Visit NYC's main resource page for food assistance during the public health emergency.

Virtual Story Time Library

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Whether schools and libraries are open or closed, we're bringing the books and stories to you! Check out our virtual library of read-alouds and bonus activities, all performed by our one of a kind Library Specialists. Incorporating songs, movement, conversation and questioning, our PreK Story Times are nothing short of magical.

Did you know your public library offers incredible free resources online? Your library card opens up many features, but you don't have to be an NYC resident to take advantage of much of what our city and borough libraries have to offer.

New York Public Library

Queens Public Library

Brooklyn Public Library

BFK Printouts & PDFs

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Additional Resources

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Story time Online Collection from Jbrary

"This is an evolving list of online story time resources for families, preschools, and day cares. It includes videos, websites, and podcasts to support those who cannot make it to the library for any reason. The focus is on early literacy support online – songs, rhymes, movement, and stories."

Tag: Story time, PreK and up
Author and Illustrator Master Classes

"We are delighted to share this brand new SECOND SERIES of creative, inspiring and interactive films for you to screen in class at ANY TIME that suits you. These 12 new films have been created to inspire all students aged 5-12, whether they’re reluctant readers or aspiring authors and illustrators! Featuring a sensational line-up of authors and illustrators..."

Tag: Online classes and workshops, creativity, art
Virtual Summer Camp and Day School from
Varsity Tutors

"Free half-day summer camps are a week long, with enrichment-based classes in subjects like foreign languages, chess, theater, coding, Minecraft, how to be a detective, photography and more. These live, interactive camps will be taught by expert instructors vetted through Varsity Tutors' platform. We already have 300+ camps scheduled for the summer and 2,000 families per day signing up." Click through to learn about the camp and about the Day School offerings as well!

Tag: Classes and courses, various subjects, PreK and up
PBS Kids Youtube Channel

"Providing the highest-quality programming and learning environment for children, PBS’ children’s media invites kids on a journey to explore the world around them with non-violent, age-appropriate content that offers positive role models for children to learn from and grow with."

Tag: Story time, PreK and up
#SaveWithStories Read-a-Longs

Join some familiar faces for Story Time! #SaveWithStories is made in partnership with No Kid Hungry and Save the Children.

Tag: Story time, PreK and up
Thank You Thursdays! with Mo Willems at the Kennedy Center

"May is THANK-O-RAMA month with Mo Willems! As part of the monthlong celebration, Disney Publishing Worldwide is joining the Kennedy Center for a special video series, Thank You Thursdays! Tune in every Thursday in May any time after 1 p.m. ET to see who Mo (and viewers) will thank each week. " You can also view Mo's lunchtime doodles!

Tag: Arts, Storytelling, PreK and up
"Write. Right. Rite." with National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Jason Reynolds

"Welcome to the “Write. Right. Rite.,” a “GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story” video series! The “Write. Right. Rite.” is meant to be an entertaining and inventive way to engage with the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Jason Reynolds. According to Reynolds, the “Write. Right. Rite.” is all about learning the ritual of “authentic”—not to be confused with “correct” or “exact”—expression. Throughout the series, he will share his passion for storytelling while discussing topics like creativity, connection, and imagination."

Tags: Story Telling, Creativity, Self Expression, Grade School and up
Children' Museum of the Arts LIVE!

"Bring CMA’s renowned programming into your own home with our online series, CMA Live! Hosted by CMA staff members and guest educators, these interactive sessions take place over Zoom and invite children of all ages to participate in sing-alongs, create their own artworks, explore creative movement and dance, learn theater arts, and much more."

Tags: Arts, PreK and up
Panorama Education

"Virtual Learning for Educators, Students, Families. Join this community for free virtual learning offered daily."

Tags: Parent and Educator resources
Khan Academy

"For every student, every classroom. Real results.

Khan Academy is nonprofit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere."

Tags: Course work, Education resources, test prep, Kindergarten and up
TED Talks

"3400+ talks to stir your curiosity"

Tags: All subjects, Family and Educator Resources, Grade School and up
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