Parents

Helpful links articles and websites just for parents! 

Where should my child go to daycare? How do I talk to my kids about coronavirus? Here we gather some of our favorite resources for parents. There’s even help for teens learning to drive, all online!

Local Preschool and Camp Information

Local Preschool/Daycare Directory (updated 2019) Find contact information for preschools and daycare in York and the surrounding area.

York Parks & Recreation (summer camps) Find information about the York Parks & Recreation summer camps and youth programs.

Local & State Resources - parenting, mental health, support, homeschool and more!

Children’s Services Portal Information about adoption, childcare, child welfare, child support, juvenile justice, behavioral health, parent resources, and WIC benefits.

Choose to Be Healthy Coalition: Offering resources and services to promote healthy youth in York county.

Kids Free to Grow: Offering programs for parents, kids, teens, and professionals to build community, healthy habits and provide supportive environments for families.

Maine Department of Education Homeschool Maine homeschool forms, requirements, laws, and FAQs for parents.

Homeschool Support Brochure

NAMI Maine: NAMI Maine is our state’s and the nation’s largest grassroots support, education and advocacy organization committed to the issue of mental illness. With seven affiliates and hundreds of members, NAMI Maine is an active voice for families, individuals and professionals whose daily lives are impacted by mental illness.

Parenting Younger Children

Educational Databases for Elementary Students Access educational databases to help your child learn through the Digital Maine Library!

PBS Online Education Create a free account to access educational content provided by PBS. Sort by grade and/or topic.

PBS for Parents Read articles written specifically for parents discussing child health & wellness, education, tips and more.

Talking to Your Children About Coronavirus (Covid-19) Advice from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) about helping children cope with changes caused by the pandemic.

Zero to Three Read parenting articles about developmental needs, healthy habits, play ideas and more for children up to three years of age. The mission of Zero to Three is to  ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life.

Parenting Tweens and Teens - Study materials, college information, scholarships, test prep and more

College Admissions Test Prep Use Learning Express to prepare for a variety of college admissions exams using these online practice tests.

College Financial Aid Toolkit  Consolidates Federal Student Aid resources into a searchable online database. Provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

Fill out your FAFSA online!

College Navigator Compare Colleges and Universities with the U.S. Department of Education website tool. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations.

Test Prep and Scholarships with Mometrix  Mometrix offers free online resources, flashcards, books, and practice tests for over 1500 different standardized exams.

Educational Databases for Middle School Students Access ProQuest and Gale educational databases for project resources, information and more through the Digital Maine Library!

Educational Databases for High School Students Access ProQuest and Gale educational databases for project resources, information and more through the Digital Maine Library!

Learn to Drive: Teens preparing for their driving test have access to practice Maine driving tests online. The site also includes an FAQs section about Maine driver’s licences and permits.

Maine Early College Program Explore the Early College (EC) program within the University of Maine System (UMS). Learn about courses, eligibility and how to enroll as a high school student.

Books and Media Resources You Should Know About

Book and Media Awards Discover the winners and nominees for a variety of notable book and media awards.

Book Lists from Association for Library Service to Children The Association for Library Service to Children promotes reading and books through recommendations, compilations of lists, and related services.

Common Sense Media  Is it appropriate for my child? Collections of reviews by other parents and kids to help you make informed decisions about what your children read, watch and play.

Ebsco NoveList A tool to help you or your child find your next book! Use this online tool through the Digital Maine Library to find read-alikes, read professional reviews and story descriptions, or filter books based on age, genre, topic, and more.

Mighty Girl  A collection of books, toys and movies featuring strong, inspirational and empowered female characters. Sort by character, both fictional and real, or by topic.