Parenting Links

Your Child's Education

ARIS Parent Link
https://arisparentlink.org
Parents of public school students now have a powerful new online tool from the Dept. of Education, ARIS Parent Link. This resource allows parents to access a wealth of information on their child's school performance, including attendance, test scores, and grades, with information on interpreting the data.

Apply for Kindergarten
If your child was born in 2009, you can still apply to kindergarten by visiting an Enrollment Office (8am – 3pm, Mon – Fri) or by calling 718-935-2400. For Enrollment Office locations and additional information, see www.nyc.gov/schools/kindergarten

College for your child: It is possible!
Check out "Your Children Can Go to College. Yes They Can!". It's a handbook for immigrant parents, students, and educators to find different resources on higher education. Also available in Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Bengali and Haitian Creole.

NYC Department of Education School Calendar
http://schools.nyc.gov/Calendar/

Free/Reduced Price Meals
http://www.opt-osfns.org/osfns/

Parent and Family Resources on the Common Core Learning Standards
http://www.engageny.org/parent-and-family-resources

Digital Safety and Responsibility
Check out Edutopia's collection of articles, videos, and other resources on internet safety, cyberbullying, digital responsibility, and media and digital literacy.

insideschools.org
http://www.insideschools.org
Insideschools.org is a non-profit organization offering independent reviews of New York City public schools and advice for parents.

Reading is Fundamental (RIF)
http://www.rif.org/kids/leadingtoreading/en/leadingtoreading.htmx
RIF's "Leading to Reading" site provides booklists, online stories & songs, resources, and interactive activities to turn children in life-long readers.

Public & Private Schools & Programs: Grades K-12
BPL - EJIC: K-12 Schools & Program (pdf)
In this guide from our Education and Job Information Center, parents and students will find many websites to help choose and apply to public and private schools and programs, grades K-12.

Parents and Families at the Department of Education
http://schools.nyc.gov/ParentsFamilies/default.htm
This website offers helpful videos, tips and resources for making the most of your child's education and navigating the NYC school system.

Department of Education Alternative Schools and Programs
http://schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/AlternativesHS/
If the traditional classroom/school experience isn't the best fit for your teen, the Department of Education offers many options to help eligible students prepare for their futures, including day-time and evening programs located throughout the city. These schools and programs provide classes towards a diploma or GED, help explore college and career opportunities, and provide extra support with school work or issues that prevent regular school attendance.

Reading Levels in Your Child's School

Leveled Books Database
http://registration.beavton.k12.or.us/lbdb/
A great resource from the Beaverton School District in Oregon. Search by Guided Reading Level.

Leveled Books Database
http://home.comcast.net/~ngiansante/
Created by the McCarthy-Towne School in Acton, MA. Search by grade, author or title.

Lexile Book Database
http://www.lexile.com/DesktopDefault.aspx?view=fa&tabindex=3&tabid=68
Search by Lexile measure or your child's grade.