Free Distance Learning Resources for Parents

General Education Resources:

Khan Academy Kids! Resources to help families start the school year strong. KAK offers a library of lesson plans and lesson activities for multiple subject areas including math, science and engineering, arts and humanities, economics, grammar, computing, and English language arts. Includes daily schedules by age group, resources for multiple subjects, and daily live streams. 

UnboundEd - a robust collection of open source resources with CCSS-aligned curriculum for Pre-K–12. Includes resources for English language arts and math.

BrainPop Short animated videos that explain difficult concepts in simple, kid-friendly terms. Topics include science, social studies, English, math, arts, music, health, and technology. (Also in Spanish.)

Learning Heroes A tool that gives parents an accurate picture of their child’s learning needs along with concrete actions and curated learning resources. (Also in Spanish.)

Support for children with disabilities

Understood.org Information and online tools to help kids and adults with learning and attention differences.

Bookshare.org Online library of over 800,000 titles to support reading for students with dyslexia, blindness, cerebral palsy, and other barriers.

Edutopia Resource for educators offers list of apps for students with special needs.

Story Mentors Digital classroom designed to support struggling readers.

National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools Resource guide to help parents, educators, and school leaders develop learning plans for students with disabilities.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Advice for parents and caregivers of children ages 0–3 who were receiving early intervention services by a speech-language pathologist (SLP) and whose services have been interrupted.

Paths to Literacy Offers free daily lessons for students with visual impairments. Qualified teachers from around the country present a range of lessons. You can call in via Zoom or connect via the Internet.

Essential needs: We know it's a tough time for all parents and we're working on building a more comprehensive database to provide resources and potential financial outreach, as well.

YMCA Provides emergency child care for health care workers and first responders; provides food for children without access to school meals; and does outreach to seniors who face social isolation. Ys are also providing holistic health and wellness support for people of all ages through virtual programming.

Blessings in a Backpack Works to ensure that kids are fed during this crisis, initiatives vary by community and align with local school food distribution solutions and/or other local programs.

Feeding America Nationwide network of food banks, food pantries, and meal programs throughout the country that provide families with food and/or meals.