Helpful Links for Parents


  • 50States.com. Link to the web page of any college or university in the United States from this site.
  • American Job Center - Check out tools to help you explore careers, investigate salary and benefit information, plan a job search and browse job sites, and write and improve resumes and cover letters.
  • App Annie - Though intended primarily for app developers and marketers, you can use the site to see rankings for free and paid apps. Here's a tip: the dollar sign marker on free apps denotes in-app purchases to pay for additional content or functionality beyond the basic app. 
  • App Lists for Education - This directory of apps for education addresses a variety of grade levels, instructional strategies and classroom settings. Nearly 2000 apps are organized according to various curriculum frameworks and approaches to teaching and learning. Here's a tip: to find apps cataloged by subject area, look under Themes and then select Apps by Subject Area from the drop-down menu. 
  • CampusTours.com. Go to this site to take a 'virtual' tour of many of this country's colleges.
  • Center for Children's Advocacy Fighting for the legal rights of Connecticut’s most vulnerable children: The Center’s attorneys represent children who have been abused and neglected; children and youth in CT’s poorest cities addressing factors that influence their ability to succeed in school; prevents and diverts children and youth from involvement in the juvenile justice system by helping them access education, mental health and related services; partner with doctors to help improve children’s health. Leon Smith is the Director of Alternative Schools Project and can be reached at 203-223-8975 or lsmith@kidscounsel.org. The Bridgeport Office is located at 2470 Fairfield Avenue.
  • CollegeCareerLifePlanning.com This comprehensive web site provides free materials to students, parents, teachers, career counselors and others interested in helping young people plan a meaningful future.
  • Connecticut Students for a Dream Connecticut Students for a DREAM is a statewide organization of DREAMers and allies that seek to empower undocumented students and their families by advocating for their rights and raising awareness about issues they face. Please contact Guadalupe Ramirez at info@ct4adream.org.
  • ECMC Foundation. The organization's mission is to assist low-income, first generation college students in their journey to get to college. There are many helpful resources on the site that you can download, including "College Tips for Parents" and "Paying for College" which explains all the different types of financial aid available.
  • Empowering Parents School Box. The U. S. Department of Education has developed a publication, "Empowering Parents School Box: A Tool To Equip Parents For the School Year," that it is distributing free of charge. The school box contains three booklets: What Parents Need to Know, Taking a Closer Look, and Learning Checklists; a brochure: Examples of Resources; a poster: Empowered Parents Stay Involved With School; a bookmark; and a door hanger. The school box provides tips on working with children from birth to high school; guidelines for taking advantage of free tutoring opportunities; steps for selecting a high-quality school; ways to get involved in children's schools; information about financial aid and scholarships; and resources for improving learning. It also includes success stories of schools where parent involvement made a difference.
    First in the Family provides advice for first generation college students and their families.
  • Girls Science Investigations is a program at Yale to encourage girls to focus on science and math. This link will lead to the page of resources for parents and teachers.
  • Helping Your Child  The Helping Your Child publication series aims to provide parents with the tools and information necessary to help their children succeed in school and life. These booklets feature practical lessons and activities to help their school aged and preschool children master reading, understand the value of homework and develop the skills and values necessary to achieve and grow. Booklets covering academic as well as social areas are available in PDF on this site. Most booklets are available en español.
  • High School Hub The on-line learning center for high school students
  • How do you know when your child is ready for a smartphone? This article offers useuful advice and tips.
  • How to Graduate With a Job - This Washington Post Magazine article provides a look a "The Steps to a Job: Learn What a Robot Can't" with five specific steps that students may want to consider at they begin their college adventure. 
  • Internet Essentials from Comcast offers low-cost Internet service, computer equipment and free digital literacy training to families with at least one child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program.
  • Janus Center for Youth in Crisis The Janus Center primarily serves Greater Bridgeport youth, ages 11-17, who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and are not under the supervision of the CT Department of Children and Families (DCF). Please contact Veronica or Stephanie at 203.374.9473 or stephaniem@ccgb.org.
  • National Council on Educating Black Children. The Mission of the National Council on Educating Black Children is to improve the assessment, the academia of rigor and relevant instruction, and prepare the African American learner for a competitive global society through the promotion of the Blueprint for Action. 
  • NFTE. National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship: Teaching Youth to Build Businesses. Through entrepreneurship education, NFTE helps young people from low-income communities build skills and unlock their entrepreneurial creativity. 
  • The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund  (MALDEF)  implemented a program in 1989 specifically designed to train Latino parents on how they can effectively participate in their children’s academic endeavors. MALDEF’s Parent School Partnership Program recognized that parents are children’s best advocates. The participants, many of whom are recent immigrants, overcome many language and cultural barriers, gain an in-depth understanding of their rights, their children’s rights and what their responsibilities are as parents.
  • The Parent Academy. This is a model Parent Advocacy program from Montgomery County, Maryland.
  • The Parent Toolkit - This toolkit will help you navigate your child's journey from pre-kindergarten through high school. It is designed to help you track and support progress at each stage.
  • PrincetonReview.com Explore schools and careers, improve scores and skills, find out about scholarships and financial aid, as well as more education news.
  • The Real Game Series. This link will take you to a web site that offers a demonstration of the Real Games Series where students can assume and explore adpects of adult life in a safe, supportive environment.
  • School Matters. A website for parents researching information about public schools.
  • Success4Students Success4Students seeks to equip students to maximize their study time, improve study skills and provide time for students to live a balanced life outside of academics while achieving their long-term goals. We are dedicated to providing these tools in a creative and interesting format that will make a lasting impact on each student's life.
  • TCEA Innovative Teaching and Learning - Provides a giant table of educational apps organized by subject and grade level. Both paid and free apps are included. Here's a tip: free selections are shaded in the table.
  • Advice for Parents: Helping Your Child Succeed in School - And Life - This guidebook can be used as part of an organized outreach to parents, engaging them in discussion and learning about how they can help their children do their best in school and beyond.