Parent Resources
This page includes links to information on parent involvement, suicide prevention, childcare, healthy and safe schools, academic standards, internet safety, and much more. These resources have not been vetted by the WSPTA.
ArtsEd Washington
ArtsEd Washington creates enduring system-wide change to ensure that the arts play an integral role in the education of every child in every school in Washington State. Learning the arts keeps students engaged in school, improves their academic success, and ignites the creativity that develops them into leaders in work and life. ArtsEd Washington acts to ensure that arts education is incorporated equitably and sustainably into the basic education program of every school district in the state. Visit smARTS For Students, developed through the partnership of ArtsEd Washington and the Washington State PTA, for more information. Download the Act for the Arts flier to learn how to advocate for the arts.

Our Kids, Our Future
The Our Kids, Our Future campaign is led by a group of Washington education organizations. The goal is to highlight excellence in Washington State public schools.
Multidistrict Online Providers
Recent legislation requires that online schools that contract to serve students from more than one district be approved by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Check here to see how various online schools scored on the OSPI assessment process.

Center for the Improvement of Student Learning
The legislature reactivated CISL in 2006 with the purpose of facilitating access to information and materials on education improvement. website

Governor's Office of the Education Ombudsman (OEO)
OEO helps families and schools be informed about the K-12 public school system and collaboratively resolve conflicts that affect student achievement. OEO offers trainings to family, community, and educator groups. OEO also provides referrals to other education-related resources in Washington state. Its website has a range of materials on important education topics, such as special education and discipline.

Dictionary of Education Terms
The Office of the Education Ombudsman published this first edition in 2010 to help parents unravel the mysteries of the language used by educators. It lists acronyms and their meanings as well as the meanings of many current terms used in Washington State’s education system. Click to Download

South Sound Parent to Parent
The Where to Seek Help tool can be used to locate and identify early childhood support services for both children and families.
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Action for Healthy Kids
Healthy students are better able to develop and learn. This website is designed to help you learn more about ways to support positive changes in children's fitness and nutrition in your community whether at a local, state or national level.

ADD Resources
Articles and information intended to help people with attention deficit disorder reach their full potential.

Bright Futures
Bright Futures is a national health promotion initiative dedicated to the principle that every child deserves to be healthy and that optimal health involves a trusting relationship between the health professional, the child, the family, and the community as partners in health practice.

Child & Family WebGuide
Operated by Tufts University, the WebGuide is a directory that evaluates, describes and provides links to hundreds of sites containing child development research, parenting information, and practical advice.

Child Care Resource & Referral Network
Finding the right caregiver for your child means thinking about the needs of both your child and the family when deciding if a particular setting meets those needs. This website offers up-to-date referral information on licensed child & youth care.

Crisis Clinic
An array of support services, immediate and confidential assistance, including information and linkage to community resources, for people in emotional distress and in need of help.

Edge Foundation
The Edge Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that works to help students with ADHD, as well as students with executive functioning challenges that have not been diagnosed with ADHD, to achieve their full potential. The Edge Foundation provides life coaches who are trained in Edge’s specialized ADHD coaching model, which has been scientifically proven to effectively improve students’ self regulation and approach to learning. Edge Foundation coaches help students address issues such as transition to college, organizational skills, time management, goal setting and focus. The Edge Foundation also trains coaches and school personnel in its proven coaching model.

Parent involvement articles and resources from the George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF), a nonprofit operating foundation that documents and disseminates information about exemplary programs in K-12 schools to help these practices spread nationwide.

FCC Parents' Place
This website, created by the Federal Communications Commission, has an array of information to help parents deal with, decipher, and monitor the communications that their children can access.

Getting School Ready
This website, created by Project Lift-Off, is dedicated to "helping our children to be ready for school, and our schools be ready to meet the needs of our children."

Great Schools
This website helps you choose the right schools and discover how to make the school system work for you.

Making getting into college simpler
Find your school, build a strong application, get expert advice. Totally free. Developed by a guidance counselor.
You can contact the web site creator, Susanna Cerasuolo, at:

National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education
NCPIE serves as a clearinghouse for resources created to help build and facilitate effective family-school partnerships.

National College Access Network (NCAN)
Early awareness programs typically begin in middle school and start the college conversation early, so students can make the right choices before high school that will lead them to the college of their choice. The National College Access Network (NCAN) decided to connect college access programs with the tools they need to develop or enhance early awareness strategies. NCAN created a new toolkit specifically pertaining to early awareness resources, which expands on our previous collection of resources for grades 9 and 10, and includes resources for the middle grades. The toolkit contains three aspects: a list of resources, descriptions of the resources, and a table regarding more comprehensive early awareness programs.
Early Awareness Middle Grades
Early Awareness Grades 9-10

Partnership for Learning
Find out about the changes in Washington's schools and how you can help your child excel. Partnership for Learning produces a variety of resources to help raise awareness about Washington's school improvement efforts.

PTA Take Your Family to School Week
As part of its ongoing efforts to strengthen family engagement in education, National PTA® is pleased to announce the launch of a digital toolkit to empower parents, teachers and administrators with resources to help build family-school partnerships. The toolkit, available at, is aimed at supporting PTAs and schools across the country in participating in PTA Take Your Family to School Week®.

Smithsonian Education
Educational activities, interactive lessons, teaching tools and tips for making museum visits fun and educational.

For emergency preparedness resources, fire safety resources, and neighborhood watch resources, go to SafeWise for their Washington Safety Directory and Crime Prevention page.

Start Talking Now
The StartTalkingNow website educates parents about their important role in preventing alcohol and marijuana use by their children and teens, as one way to help them stay healthy and succeed in school.

Teen Workers
From the Department of Labor and Industries, the Teen Worker website covers information about Hiring Minors, the Hours of Work Allowed, Prohibited Hazardous Occupations, and safety topics such as Construction, Agriculture, Noise Exposure, Ergonomics, and Use of Lawn-care equipment, among others.

The Washington Poison Center
The Washington Poison Center, a 501 c 3 non-profit, is available 24/7 to answer your calls concerning medications, drug interactions, chemicals, plants, and other poison concerns for people of all ages. All calls are confidential and free with the exception of calls concerning pets ($30 charge). Call 1-800-222-1222 for questions or emergencies and for information.

Washington Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities
A reliable source of information and support including government programs, grassroots organizations, and parent support groups.

Youth Suicide Prevention Program
The YSPP mission is to reduce suicide attempts and deaths among Washington State youth. This website provides tangible ways to build a safety net for the youth of your community, and to change the staggering youth suicide statistics in our state.

Zero to Three
Ideas and information about all areas of a young child's development from the National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families.

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