Your child is more likely to do well in school if she is healthy and well-rested and has interesting experiences in her family and community.

Click on a grade level below to find ways to prepare your child to do well in school.

Preschool and Kindergarten

Articles

  • Attendance Works
    Attendance Works promotes better policy and practice around school attendance. This article suggests tips for parents to promote good school attendance.
    (2016) Attendance Works
  • Back to School Resources for Parents
    Find resources to help children begin school with a positive mindset.
    (2016) Edutopia
  • CDC: Raising Healthy Children (ages 4-11 yrs.)
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide a number of resources for helping children (ages 4-11 yrs.) lead a healthier life.
    (2016) Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Family Field Trip in the Community
    Help your child learn about your community while taking a fun family field trip.
    (2015) Illinois Early Learning Project
  • Great Schools! Parenting Cue Cards
    These Parenting Cue Cards offer suggestions for what to do in tough parenting situations.
    (2016) Great Schools!
  • Mental Health Information
    This organization provides information about a variety of mental health topics in English and Spanish.
    (2016) Mental Health America
  • Parenting 24/7
    Parenting 24/7 is a “one-stop” source of news, information, and advice on parenting and family life from University of Illinois Extension. Designed for parents and grandparents of children from birth through the teens, it provides feature articles with research-based information, video clips of parents and experts, breaking news and commentary, newsletters, and recommendations to the best parenting resources on the web.
    (2017)
  • Tips for Raising Safe and Healthy Kids
    Tips for parents to help raise safe and healthy kids.
    (2016) Centers for Disease Control

Videos / webinars

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Parent Topics
    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention provides a list of resources that include videos/webinars, articles, and podcasts on a variety of topics of interest to parents of children infants through teens.
    (2016) Center for Disease Control
  • Great Schools! Emotional Toolbox
    Children who develop emotional intelligence are kinder, happier, healthier, and more successful. These resources can help you assist your child to develop emotional intelligence.
    (2016) Great Schools!
  • Parenting 24/7
    Parenting 24/7 is a “one-stop” source of news, information, and advice on parenting and family life from University of Illinois Extension. Designed for parents and grandparents of children from birth through the teens, it provides feature articles with research-based information, video clips of parents and experts, breaking news and commentary, newsletters, and recommendations to the best parenting resources on the web.
    (2017)
  • Understanding the Illinois Early Childhood System: Video Series
    Video resources and fact sheets describing the eight early childhood programs available to parents of young children in Illinois.
    (2016) Partner *Plan *Act

Podcasts

Websites

  • Absences Add Up
    School attendance is important. Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success in life.
    (2016) Ad Council
  • CDC-Milestones in Action
    This is a FREE library of photos and videos showing young children’s developmental milestones.
    (2016) Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • College Illinois!
    Information about the College Illinois 529 Prepaid Tuition Plan that helps lock in the cost of college by allowing Illinois families to prepay for future tuition at today’s plan rates.
    (2016) College Illinois!
  • Illinois State Board of Education for Families: Health & Wellness Immunization Requirements
    A listing of the minimum immunization requirements for those entering a child care facility or school in Illinois.
    (2016) ISBE
  • stopbullying.gov
    Information and resources for parents about preventing and responding to bullying.
    (2016) U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services
Elementary School

Articles

  • A Guide to Protecting Your Child’s Personal Data on the Internet
    This article provides tips for keeping children’s identity private on the Internet.
    (2015) The Daily Dot
  • Attendance Works
    Attendance Works promotes better policy and practice around school attendance. This article suggests tips for parents to promote good school attendance.
    (2016) Attendance Works
  • Back to School Resources for Parents
    Find resources to help children begin school with a positive mindset.
    (2016) Edutopia
  • CDC: Raising Healthy Children (ages 4-11 yrs.)
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide a number of resources for helping children (ages 4-11 yrs.) lead a healthier life.
    (2016) Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Great Schools! Road to College
    This website provides information about preparing your child for college.
    (2016) Great Schools!
  • Great Schools! Parenting Cue Cards
    These Parenting Cue Cards offer suggestions for what to do in tough parenting situations.
    (2016) Great Schools!
  • Mental Health Information
    This organization provides information about a variety of mental health topics in English and Spanish.
    (2016) Mental Health America
  • Parenting 24/7
    Parenting 24/7 is a “one-stop” source of news, information, and advice on parenting and family life from University of Illinois Extension. Designed for parents and grandparents of children from birth through the teens, it provides feature articles with research-based information, video clips of parents and experts, breaking news and commentary, newsletters, and recommendations to the best parenting resources on the web.
    (2017)
  • Tips for Raising Safe and Healthy Kids
    Tips for parents to help raise safe and healthy kids.
    (2016) Centers for Disease Control

Videos / webinars

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Parent Topics
    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention provides a list of resources that include videos/webinars, articles, and podcasts on a variety of topics of interest to parents of children infants through teens.
    (2016) Center for Disease Control
  • Express High Expectations
    Demonstrate to your child that you support her and have high expectations for her. (Also available in Spanish)
    (2015) Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Parental Information and Resource Center, and Georgia Public Broadcasting
  • Great Schools! Emotional Toolbox
    Children who develop emotional intelligence are kinder, happier, healthier, and more successful. These resources can help you assist your child to develop emotional intelligence.
    (2016) Great Schools!
  • Parenting 24/7
    Parenting 24/7 is a “one-stop” source of news, information, and advice on parenting and family life from University of Illinois Extension. Designed for parents and grandparents of children from birth through the teens, it provides feature articles with research-based information, video clips of parents and experts, breaking news and commentary, newsletters, and recommendations to the best parenting resources on the web.
    (2017)

Podcasts

  • Bridging the Gap Between School & Home
    It’s important to talk to your child about his/her school day. This podcast provides tips about bridging the gap between school and home.
    (2016) Healthy Children
  • Consistent Bed Times: Important for Many Reasons
    In this 10-minute podcast, a doctor discusses ways that parents can make sure children get enough sleep, so they will be ready for school. Click Download to avoid pre-podcast commercial.
    (2014) Radio MD
  • Go to Bed: New Sleep Guidelines
    A pediatrician discusses new sleep guidelines from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine in a 10- minute podcast. Click the Download button to avoid pre-podcast commercial.
    (2016) Radio MD
  • Healthy Children Radio: Does Your Child Hate School?
    In this 10 minute podcast, a pediatrician addresses what parents can do to help a child who dislikes, or even avoids, attending school. Click on Download to avoid pre-podcast commercial.
    (2013) Radio MD
  • Healthy Children Radio: Getting Your Kids to Play Outside
    A pediatrician discusses the importance of getting children outdoors to play in a 10-minute podcast. Click the download icon to avoid pre-podcast commercial.
    (2016) Radio MD

Websites

  • Absences Add Up
    School attendance is important. Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success in life.
    (2016) Ad Council
  • Chicago City of Learning
    This website provides opportunities for parents to support their child’s learning at home and in the community. The focus is on families living in the city of Chicago.
    (2016) City of Chgo,, DePaul U., Chicago Public Schools, The Chicago
  • College Illinois!
    Information about the College Illinois 529 Prepaid Tuition Plan that helps lock in the cost of college by allowing Illinois families to prepay for future tuition at today’s plan rates.
    (2016) College Illinois!
  • Illinois State Board of Education for Families: Health & Wellness Immunization Requirements
    A listing of the minimum immunization requirements for those entering a child care facility or school in Illinois, Fall-2016.
    (2016) ISBE
  • stopbullying.gov
    Information and resources for parents about preventing and responding to bullying.
    (2016) U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services

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Middle School

Articles

  • A Guide to Protecting Your Child’s Personal Data on the Internet
    This article provides tips for keeping children’s identity private on the Internet.
    (2015) The Daily Dot
  • Attendance Works
    Attendance Works promotes better policy and practice around school attendance. This article suggests tips for parents to promote good school attendance.
    (2016) Attendance Works
  • Back to School Resources for Parents
    Find resources to help children begin school with a positive mindset.
    (2016) Edutopia
  • CDC: Resources for Raising Healthy Teens (ages 12-19 yrs.)
    The Centers for Disease Control provide a number of resources about health issues for parents of teens (ages 12-19 yrs.)
    (2016) Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Great Schools! Road to College
    This website provides information about preparing your child for college.
    (2016) Great Schools!
  • Great Schools! Parenting Cue Cards
    These Parenting Cue Cards offer suggestions for what to do in tough parenting situations.
    (2016) Great Schools!
  • Mental Health Information
    This organization provides information about a variety of mental health topics in English and Spanish.
    (2016) Mental Health America
  • Parenting 24/7
    Parenting 24/7 is a “one-stop” source of news, information, and advice on parenting and family life from University of Illinois Extension. Designed for parents and grandparents of children from birth through the teens, it provides feature articles with research-based information, video clips of parents and experts, breaking news and commentary, newsletters, and recommendations to the best parenting resources on the web.
    (2017)
  • Tips for Raising Safe and Healthy Kids
    Tips for parents to help raise safe and healthy kids.
    (2016) Centers for Disease Control

Videos / webinars

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Parent Topics
    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention provides a list of resources that include videos/webinars, articles, and podcasts on a variety of topics of interest to parents of children infants through teens.
    (2016) Center for Disease Control
  • Express High Expectations
    Demonstrate to your child that you support her and have high expectations for her. (Also available in Spanish)
    (2015) Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Parental Information and Resource Center, and Georgia Public Broadcasting
  • Great Schools! Emotional Toolbox
    Children who develop emotional intelligence are kinder, happier, healthier, and more successful. These resources can help you assist your child to develop emotional intelligence.
    (2016) Great Schools!
  • Parenting 24/7
    Parenting 24/7 is a “one-stop” source of news, information, and advice on parenting and family life from University of Illinois Extension. Designed for parents and grandparents of children from birth through the teens, it provides feature articles with research-based information, video clips of parents and experts, breaking news and commentary, newsletters, and recommendations to the best parenting resources on the web.
    (2017)

Podcasts

  • Bridging the Gap Between School & Home
    It’s important to talk to your child about his/her school day. This podcast provides tips about bridging the gap between school and home.
    (2016) Healthy Children
  • Consistent Bed Times: Important for Many Reasons
    In this 10-minute podcast, a doctor discusses ways that parents can make sure children get enough sleep, so they will be ready for school. Click Download to avoid pre-podcast commercial.
    (2014) Radio MD
  • Go to Bed: New Sleep Guidelines
    A pediatrician discusses new sleep guidelines from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine in a 10- minute podcast. Click the Download button to avoid pre-podcast commercial.
    (2016) Radio MD
  • Healthy Children Radio: Does Your Child Hate School?
    In this 10 minute podcast, a pediatrician addresses what parents can do to help a child who dislikes, or even avoids, attending school. Click on Download to avoid pre-podcast commercial.
    (2013) Radio MD
  • Healthy Children Radio: Getting Your Kids to Play Outside
    A pediatrician discusses the importance of getting children outdoors to play in a 10-minute podcast. Click the download icon to avoid pre-podcast commercial.
    (2016) Radio MD

Websites

  • Absences Add Up
    School attendance is important. Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success in life.
    (2016) Ad Council
  • Chicago City of Learning
    This website provides opportunities for parents to support their child’s learning at home and in the community. The focus is on families living in the city of Chicago.
    (2016) City of Chgo,, DePaul U., Chicago Public Schools, The Chicago
  • College and Careers Readiness
    College and Career Readiness (CCR) is a dedicated team of education professionals working to provide high-quality educational programs, resources, and training for all Illinois students, teachers, and administrators.
    (2016) Illinois State Board of Education
  • College Illinois!
    Information about the College Illinois 529 Prepaid Tuition Plan that helps lock in the cost of college by allowing Illinois families to prepay for future tuition at today’s plan rates.
    (2016) College Illinois!
  • Illinois State Board of Education for Families: Health & Wellness Immunization Requirements
    A listing of the minimum immunization requirements for those entering a child care facility or school in Illinois, Fall-2016.
    (2016) ISBE
  • Illinois Student Assistance Commission
    Information about before and after college planning for students and parents. The site includes information about loans, scholarships, FAFSA forms, and other relevant information about funding for college.
    (2016) ISAC
  • stopbullying.gov
    Information and resources for parents about preventing and responding to bullying.
    (2016) U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services

Modules

High School

Articles

  • 10 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in High School
    This article provides a range of detailed suggestions for ways parents can help their teens do well in school.
    Kids Health
  • A Guide to Protecting Your Child’s Personal Data on the Internet
    This article provides tips for keeping children’s identity private on the Internet.
    (2015) The Daily Dot
  • Attendance Works
    Attendance Works promotes better policy and practice around school attendance. This article suggests tips for parents to promote good school attendance.
    (2016) Attendance Works
  • Back to School Resources for Parents
    Find resources to help children begin school with a positive mindset.
    (2016) Edutopia
  • CDC: Resources for Raising Healthy Teens (ages 12-19 yrs.)
    The Centers for Disease Control provide a number of resources about health issues for parents of teens (ages 12-19 yrs.)
    (2016) Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Great Schools! Road to College
    This website provides information about preparing your child for college.
    (2016) Great Schools!
  • Great Schools! Parenting Cue Cards
    These Parenting Cue Cards offer suggestions for what to do in tough parenting situations.
    (2016) Great Schools!
  • Mental Health Information
    This organization provides information about a variety of mental health topics in English and Spanish.
    (2016) Mental Health America
  • Parenting 24/7
    Parenting 24/7 is a “one-stop” source of news, information, and advice on parenting and family life from University of Illinois Extension. Designed for parents and grandparents of children from birth through the teens, it provides feature articles with research-based information, video clips of parents and experts, breaking news and commentary, newsletters, and recommendations to the best parenting resources on the web.
    (2017)
  • Promoting Self-Regulation in Adolescents and Young Adults
    This brief article describes the importance of self-regulation for adolescents and young adults and provides guidelines for supporting self-regulation development for 14-25 year olds.
    (2017) U.S. Office of Planning, Research, & Evaluation
  • Tips for Raising Safe and Healthy Kids
    Tips for parents to help raise safe and healthy kids.
    (2016) Centers for Disease Control

Videos / webinars

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Parent Topics
    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention provides a list of resources that include videos/webinars, articles, and podcasts on a variety of topics of interest to parents of children infants through teens.
    (2016) Center for Disease Control
  • Express High Expectations
    Demonstrate to your child that you support her and have high expectations for her. (Also available in Spanish)
    (2015) Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Parental Information and Resource Center, and Georgia Public Broadcasting
  • Great Schools! Emotional Toolbox
    Children who develop emotional intelligence are kinder, happier, healthier, and more successful. These resources can help you assist your child to develop emotional intelligence.
    (2016) Great Schools!
  • Parenting 24/7
    Parenting 24/7 is a “one-stop” source of news, information, and advice on parenting and family life from University of Illinois Extension. Designed for parents and grandparents of children from birth through the teens, it provides feature articles with research-based information, video clips of parents and experts, breaking news and commentary, newsletters, and recommendations to the best parenting resources on the web.
    (2017)

Podcasts

  • Bridging the Gap Between School & Home
    It’s important to talk to your child about his/her school day. This podcast provides tips about bridging the gap between school and home.
    (2016) Healthy Children
  • Dating Violence in Teens
    This podcast has advice for parents of teens who may be in unhealthy dating relationships.
    (2016) Healthy Children
  • Healthy Children Radio: Does Your Child Hate School?
    In this 10 minute podcast, a pediatrician addresses what parents can do to help a child who dislikes, or even avoids, attending school. Click on Download to avoid pre-podcast commercial.
    (2013) Radio MD

Websites

  • Absences Add Up
    School attendance is important. Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success in life.
    (2016) Ad Council
  • Chicago City of Learning
    This website provides opportunities for parents to support their child’s learning at home and in the community. The focus is on families living in the city of Chicago.
    (2016) City of Chgo,, DePaul U., Chicago Public Schools, The Chicago
  • College and Careers Readiness
    College and Career Readiness (CCR) is a dedicated team of education professionals working to provide high-quality educational programs, resources, and training for all Illinois students, teachers, and administrators.
    (2016) Illinois State Board of Education
  • College Illinois!
    Information about the College Illinois 529 Prepaid Tuition Plan that helps lock in the cost of college by allowing Illinois families to prepay for future tuition at today’s plan rates.
    (2016) College Illinois!
  • Illinois State Board of Education for Families: Health & Wellness Immunization Requirements
    A listing of the minimum immunization requirements for those entering a child care facility or school in Illinois, Fall-2016.
    (2016) ISBE
  • Illinois Student Assistance Commission
    Information about before and after college planning for students and parents. The site includes information about loans, scholarships, FAFSA forms, and other relevant information about funding for college.
    (2016) ISAC
  • stopbullying.gov
    Information and resources for parents about preventing and responding to bullying.
    (2016) U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services

Modules

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