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Tools and Services to Help Empower Parents

National PTA wants to empower every parent to be able to best support their child’s needs and give them what they need to learn and thrive as they grow.

We teamed up with several businesses that offer tools and services that families can use to help their child reach their full potential.

Get support at home with these resources.

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APA’s Magination Press

An imprint of the American Psychological Association, Magination Press® publishes books that help kids and teens grow in socially and emotionally healthy ways—from everyday topics like building self-esteem and learning to be mindful to more complex topics like identity, social justice, and trauma. Most Magination Press books include an expert-written note with practical advice and suggested activities for parents, caregivers, or teachers. As a special thank you to all PTA leaders, members, and parents, please use code PTA20 to enjoy 20% off ALL Magination Press and Life Tools books when you order here.

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BD Veritor Plus System

Providing in-school rapid COVID-19 testing is made easy with the BD Veritor™ Plus System. Bring students and staff back with confidence by offering on-site COVID-19 testing, with clear results provided in just 15 minutes. Federal funding is available from your state’s Department of Health to fully cover testing costs. Learn more. Learn more.

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Internet Essentials from Comcast

The FCC's Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) is a $7.17 billion government program to help schools and libraries provide the tools and services needed for remote learning during the COVID-19 emergency period. For eligible schools and libraries, the ECF program will cover reasonable costs of Internet connectivity for students, school staff, and library patrons at locations other than schools or libraries between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

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Internet Essentials from Comcast is proud to support partners who apply for ECF. Eligible applicants can obtain high-speed Internet service on behalf of their students, school staff, and library patrons using ECF through our acclaimed Internet Essentials Partnership Program (IEPP). Leveraging IEPP, we have a streamlined process for eligible partners to seek ECF funds and quickly connect individuals in need to broadband access at home.

Comcast is on a mission to drive digital equity through connecting the unconnected. In 10 years, we have connected more than 10 million low-income Americans to the Internet at home, through Internet Essentials.

Our team provides dedicated support for partners. Learn more.

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National Online Safety

The most comprehensive online safety hub in the world! National Online Safety keep children safe online by providing online safety education, training and updates which empowers the whole school community. We provide parents and educators all over the world with the knowledge they need in order to effectively tackle new and evolving online risks. Download our free online safety app today and let’s work together to keep children safe online! Free resources available for parents & educators via our brand new mobile app

National Online Safety Offer Details
  • Free Online Safety Courses for Parents aged 4-18
  • Hundreds of Free Online Safety Guides/Posters providing tips for the latest apps, games, platforms and devices, including: TikTok, Xbox, PlayStation 5, Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube, WhatsApp, Minecraft, Fifa
  • Free Interactive Online Safety E-Book Story; Oscar’s Adventures in the Online World

Learn more and download the app today: 
Download via Apple Appstore
Download via GooglePlay

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Professional Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Professional Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education offers online workshops for families, caretakers, and educators. Using Harvard faculty research, these workshops are designed to give you the knowledge and practical guidance to help the children in your life with their learning goals.

Learn the latest on screen time use, using media for learning, fostering language skills through conversation, and more in upcoming workshops. Learn more.

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Thermo Fisher Scientific

Thermo Fisher Scientific supplies innovative solutions for the world’s life science industries. We are committed to enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer – which is why we partnered with Color Health to develop the Thermo Fisher Scientific ™ ReadyCheckGo™ Program, a simple, ready-to-use, cost-effective coronavirus testing solution for K-12 school districts of any size across the United States.The program provides schools with a simple process for ongoing testing from launching the program to self-swab testing to discreetly delivering results. Even after they’re vaccinated, children may be at risk to become ill with COVID-19 and/or spread it to others. Regular and comprehensive coronavirus testing remains the best “early warning system” to keep students, school staff and communities healthier. Learn more.

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