TNReady and Higher Standards
Tennessee has gone through a revision process to improve our standards beyond common core. This new version in TNReady, and these resources are for parents and teachers to help your students prepare.
Call 2-1-1 or Use DHS Locator Tool
Need help finding an afterschool program, summer program, or child care near you? If your child doesn’t have access to a school-based program, you can call 2-1-1 or link HERE. Or for child care, link to this TN Dept. Of Human Services SEARCH TOOL.
Resources for Parents
The road to educating our children is increasingly winding and often confusing. These resources have been culled from across the web, to help parents understand and prepare for the changing landscape.
- Afterschool Connects Kids to Future Careers (YouTube Video) – Afterschool Alliance, September 14, 2017. The things that students learn in their afterschool program can help connect them to future careers. In this video, a college-bound student shares his excitement about earning a college scholarship and his future career path as an electrician.
- Afterschool Gives Working Parents Peace of Mind (YouTube Video) – Afterschool Alliance, August 9, 2017. America’s hardworking parents rely on afterschool programs to keep their kids safe and engaged in fun learning activities. Afterschool gives parents peace of mind so they can focus on work and provide for their families.
- Afterschool Helps Build Confidence and Improves Grades (YouTube Video) – Afterschool Alliance, September 14, 2017. A single dad credits afterschool for helping his young daughter transform from a struggling below-average student to a confident, straight A student. Her afterschool program helped build her confidence and improve her grades.
- Afterschool Lets Parents Work Without Worry (YouTube Video) – Afterschool Alliance, September 8, 2017. Afterschool programs provide expanded learning experiences for kids in a fun, engaging and safe environment. Afterschool allows parents to focus on their work and helps them keep their jobs.
- Afterschool Works! (YouTube Video) – Afterschool Alliance, August 25, 2017. Afterschool programs engage young people in learning and get them excited about the future. These programs keep kids safe, give working parents peace of mind and help them keep their jobs. Afterschool works for students, parents, and the economy.
- Be a Learning Hero – . Be A Learning Hero helps parents navigate the changes happening in classrooms across the country so they can help their children be successful in school. They provide resources and information for parents from some of the nation’s most well-respected education and parent organizations including the National PTA, Common Sense Media and GreatSchools.
- Child Care Resource & Referral Search – Child Care Aware of America. There are more than 400 local Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agencies across the United States. Your local CCR&R can help families find child care options near your home or work. They can also assist child care providers with resources for their business.
- Finding the right afterschool program for your family (PDF) – Afterschool Alliance. Afterschool programs expand learning opportunities for young people of all ages. Afterschool is a creative, fun space that engages kids in hands-on activities, helps them explore new interests, and learn exciting new things. Quality programs are tailored to meet students’ different academic, physical, and social-emotional needs. Here’s a guide to help you pick the right program for your kids.
- KidCentralTN – . Health, education, development, and support for Tennessee families and children.
- Looking for a quality afterschool program? Here are some ideas: (PDF) – Afterschool Alliance. A guide with tips on how to find a local afterschool program and what to do if your community doesn’t have a program.
- Mastering the STEM MATH Olympiad and other Math Competitions – Maryville University. The Math Olympiad is a math problem solving competition designed to feed student’s love of math. Math competitions are a fun way to practice, refine, and show off one’s math skills. They bring together students from a variety of places and backgrounds. To prepare for the Math Olympiad, students need to practice, practice, practice, and practice some more. This resource from Maryville University provides a wealth of resources both to find and to help students practice for competitions. *** A big shout out to Katie and Michelle at Lexington Middle School for sharing this great resource!
- Photo IDs and Voting: How to Get a Photo ID in Tennessee – . All registered voters need to show a valid photo ID when they go to the polls. If you do not have a TN driver’s license or learner’s permit with a photo, you will need an alternative ID. A student ID from a high school, college, or university is NOT acceptable for voting purposes.
- Photo IDs and Voting: Tennessee Affidavit for Voter Photo ID – . Individuals who are registered Tennessee voters who do not possess valid government issued photo identification are entitled to receive a free voter photo identification license. This affidavit is required to be completed, signed, and submitted with your application.
- Reading Bear – . Reading Bear is a fun way to learn to read. They teach more than 1,200 vocabulary items and have 50 presentations cover all the main phonics rules. All free and nonprofit.
- Summer Learning Day Resources for Families – National Summer Learning Association (NSLA). Summer Learning Day is an annual national advocacy day led by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) to elevate the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy every summer.
- United Way’s Raise Your Hand TN – . Raise Your Hand Tennessee is a statewide effort to recruit volunteers to read, tutor, and mentor children. Anyone with passion and commitment can help children and youth succeed in school and in life.
- United Ways of Tennessee – . United Ways of Tennessee is spearheading the statewide, collaborative Tennessee Afterschool Network, which is working hard to improve access to high quality afterschool experience for children and youth. UWTN also sponsors Raise Your Hand Tennessee to recruit volunteers to read to, tutor and mentor children and youth.
- Watch Know Learn – . Free educational videos.
- Working Parents Rely on Afterschool Programs (YouTube Video) – Afterschool Alliance, August 12, 2017. America’s hardworking moms and dads rely on afterschool programs to help them keep their jobs and advance in their careers. Afterschool keeps kids safe and gives parents peace of mind, so they can focus on work and provide for their families.