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Your children will face many big events as they go through school. These resources will help you and your children as they get ready for kindergarten, move through middle and high school, choose a career or college, and prepare for testing.

Kindergarten Readiness

Kindergarten Readiness Kindergarten Readiness Checklist. Ohio Department of Education’s site to help parents determine what skills their children need to be ready for kindergarten.
Home to School Helping Your Child Make Successful Transitions: Home to School. Ohio Department of Educations site with tips for parents to help their children transition successfully to preschool or kindergarten.
Preschooler So You're Parenting a Preschooler. This flyer gives you helpful activities and tips to prepare your child for Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee.
Kindergartener So You're Parenting a Kindergartener. This flyer gives you helpful activities and tips to prepare your child for Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee.
Reading Round the Clock - Reading for a Purpose Reading Round the Clock - Reading for a Purpose. This video introduces caregivers to the many ways they can help children with reading skills, whether reading for fun or to find information.
Reading Round the Clock - Reading on the Go Reading Round the Clock - Reading on the Go. This video introduces caregivers to the many ways they can help children with reading skills while on the go, such as spotting all the places where you see letters and words in a city block, at a store, or on the road.
Reading Round the Clock - Reading on the Screen Reading Round the Clock - Reading on the Screen. This video introduces caregivers to the many ways that they can help children with reading skills while using handheld devices, watching television, or in front of a computer.
Parent Reading Tips Parent Reading Tips. This flyer gives parents 10 ideas for helping their young children learn to love reading.
Books to Read in Kindergarten Books to Read in Kindergarten. Includes a list of books for parents to share with children with information about reading readiness skills, activities and book skills.

Moving to Middle School

Explora for Grades PreK-5 Explora for Grades PreK-5. Search for information on a specific career path or general information on Career Planning or College Prep
Your 4th to 5th Grader Your 4th to 5th Grader. Ohio Department of Education’s site with links for parents on 9-11 year old child development and tips to help their elementary school age children transition successfully to middle school.

Transition to High School

Explora for Grades 6-8 Explora for Grades 6-8 (EBSCO) Search for information on a specific career path or general information on Career Planning or College Prep
Your 6th to 8th Grader Your 6th to 8th Grader. Ohio Department of Education’s site with links for parents on middle school age child development and tips to help their middle school age children transition successfully to high school.

Ready for College and Career

CCP INFOhio Guide: College Credit Plus Library Resources. This guide includes tools and strategies for parents of any college-ready students in grades 7-12 who are interested in participating in College Credit Plus.
OhioMeansJobs K-12 OhioMeansJobs K-12. Programs to learn, practice, and prepare for tests on a variety of subjects in elementary, middle and high school. Includes career exploration for Ohio's in-demand career fields.
Ohio Resources for College and Career Planning Ohio Resources for College and Career Planning. Ohio Department of Education’s site with links to college and career resources available only in Ohio. Additional links are located in the left column.
Transitioning to College Transitioning to College. Learn how college is different from high school. Produced by Kent State University.

Improving Tech Skills

Tech Skills Tech Skills for Online Testing. Flyer and link for INFOhio Pearltree which identifies tech skills required for online testing and provides various ways for students to practice these skills in order to become proficient.
OhioMeansJobs K-12 OhioMeansJobs K-12. Programs to learn and practice computer skills.

Testing Preparation

OhioMeansJobs K-12 OhioMeansJobs K-12. Programs to learn, practice, and prepare for tests on a variety of subjects in elementary, middle and high school. Includes test prep for ACT, SAT, AP, and occupations.
Ohio Assessment Systems Ohio Assessment Systems
Tech Skills Tech Skills for Online Testing. Flyer and link for INFOhio Pearltree which identifies tech skills required for online testing and provides various ways for students to practice these skills in order to become proficient.

Home School and Online Education Resources

E-schools E-schools. Ohio Department of Education’s site with information on Ohio’s online schools.
Home Schooling Home Schooling. Ohio Department of Education's site with information on home schooling and links for frequently asked questions and online resources.
Red Treehouse Red Treehouse. Resources for the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development of children and young adults. Includes organizations and events matching specified needs/topics, age ranges, locations. For Ohio families and professionals from Ronald McDonald House and Ohio Family and Children First.

Summer Learning Activities

Police Beach Bag (K-3): Explore the World of Work: Police Officer. This "beach bag," offered free to all Ohio families and schools by INFOhio and the Ohio Department of Education, gives parents and teachers an easy way to help children practice their reading skills and combat the summer slide while learning about what it's like to be a police officer.
President Beach Bag (K-3): Explore the World of Work: President. This "beach bag," offered free to all Ohio families and schools by INFOhio and the Ohio Department of Education, gives parents and teachers an easy way to help children practice their reading skills and combat the summer slide while learning about what it's like to be the President or other elected official.
Vet Beach Bag (K-3): Explore the World of Work: Veterinarian. This "beach bag," offered free to all Ohio families and schools by INFOhio and the Ohio Department of Education, gives parents and teachers an easy way to help children practice their reading skills and combat the summer slide while learning about what it's like to be a veterinarian.
Transportation Beach Bag (K-3): On the Move. This "beach bag," offered free to all Ohio families by INFOhio and the Ohio Department of Education, gives parents and teachers an easy way to help children practice their reading skills and combat the summer slide with fun activites and free printable books.
Pets Beach Bag (K-3): Perfect Pets. This "beach bag," offered free to all Ohio families by INFOhio and the Ohio Department of Education, gives parents and teachers an easy way to help children practice their reading skills and combat the summer slide with fun activites and free printable books.
Food Beach Bag (K-3): The Foods We Eat. This "beach bag," offered free to all Ohio families by INFOhio and the Ohio Department of Education, gives parents and teachers an easy way to help children practice their reading skills and combat the summer slide with fun activites and free printable books.
Weather Beach Bag (K-3): Weather, Weather Everywhere. This "beach bag," offered free to all Ohio families by INFOhio and the Ohio Department of Education, gives parents and teachers an easy way to help children practice their reading skills and combat the summer slide with fun activites and free printable books.
Neighborhood Beach Bag (K-3): What's in Your Neighborhood? This "beach bag," offered free to all Ohio families by INFOhio and the Ohio Department of Education, gives parents and teachers an easy way to help children practice their reading skills and combat the summer slide with fun activites and free printable books.
Garbage Beach Bag (K-3): Where Does the Garbage Go? This "beach bag," offered free to all Ohio families and schools by INFOhio and the Ohio Department of Education, gives parents and teachers an easy way to help children practice their reading skills and combat the summer slide while learning about recycling.
Camp Grade 4-5: Camp INFOhio. Camp INFOhio contains five days of reading, activities, and experiments centered on STEAM topics. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math. Kids can try their hand at code breaking, conduct science experiments with items they find in the kitchen, learn about roller coasters before designing their own, and create their own musical instruments. It's offered free to all Ohio families and schools by INFOhio and the Ohio Department of Education.