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American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

Seeking resources on the benefits of knowing another language, starting or expanding a local school program, or student success stories?

A public awareness campaign by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), Lead with Languages aims to make language learning a national priority, creating a new generation of Americans competent in other languages and cultures and fully equipped to compete and succeed in a global economy. Learn more.

Lead with Languages

At Your Own Risk

Parents, teachers and community leaders are often the primary advocates for the health and safety of children. Help ensure your youth athletes can play, have fun and enjoy sports safely by downloading our Parent Checklist to find out the 7 questions all parents should ask before a child begins sports.

At Your Own Risk

Bricks4Kidz

Providing an environment where learning is celebrated, friendships are made and future scientists and mathematicians are created is at the forefront of what we believe at Bricks 4 Kidz. Our high-quality, unique learning experience is delivered using one of the world’s favorite toys: LEGO® Bricks. We take steps to further children's understanding of the world through concepts such as physics and engineering, while engaging in activities that stimulate creativity and develop new skill sets. In our diverse programs, students learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and how it applies to their own lives. We aim to inspire students to pursue careers in STEM fields as research shows that adults working in the engineering field are more successful and receive a salary of 20% more than their peers. They also report greater life satisfaction, and we at Bricks 4 Kidz love that!

Bricks4Kidz

Code Wizards HQ

Computer programming is a very valuable skill but many students do not have access to a computer programming education through their school unfortunately.  CodeWizardsHQ solves this problem by bringing a high quality coding education right to the home of bright young minds.  We offer live, online classes led by exceptional teachers for elementary, middle, and high-school students. Students learn popular programming languages like Python, Scratch, HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Java and more from the convenience of their home!   Get your child a headstart in this digital age and sign them up for our coding classes for kids. Learn more.

Code Wizards HQ

Funds2Orgs

Rethink fundraising by collecting gently worn, used and new shoes. With this youth-friendly fundraiser, there’s no need to ask anyone to open their wallets, they can support your school just by cleaning out their closet!

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Funds2Orgs is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and we provide everything from start to finish at no cost to you. Once we receive the shoes, a check is issued to you within 2 business days of receipt and processing. The shoes from your fundraiser go on to support micro-enterprises in developing nations. It’s a WIN-WIN!

We also provide free Micro-Enterprise Curriculum at four different levels to coincide with your fundraiser and help demonstrate the impact your group is making!

Learn more about shoe drive fundraisers.

Funds2Orgs

Generation 180

Generation 180 is a nonprofit organization that provides resources to help schools make the switch to solar. Solar energy is a solution that can help to enhance learning, save money and protect the health of our children. Parents, students, teachers, and community members can lead the charge. You can spark the interest of decision makers, encourage them to make clean energy a priority, and gather community support for the project. Visit GoSolarSchools.org to find resources you need to lead the way to a brighter future.

Generation 180

Gorilla Glue

Gorilla® Kids School Glue and Glue Sticks are safe, non-toxic and washable making it perfect for kids. They are Gorilla Strong and versatile bonding popular materials including; paper, wood, construction paper, sequins, felt, googly eyes and more. Learn more.

Gorilla Glue

International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association

The International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) is a non-profit, membership, trade association that represents and promotes an open market for manufacturers of playground equipment and surfacing. Its Voice of Play initiative promotes growth in the quality and quantity of children’s free play and the use of playgrounds, with a goal to increase education about the benefits of play. Learn more at voiceofplay.org.

International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association

Magination Press

Looking for sensitive, fun books that will engage kids and help them grow? An imprint of the American Psychological Association, Magination Press® publishes picture books, workbooks, middle grade chapter books, graphic novels, and teen self-help resources to help kids develop in socially and emotionally healthy ways. Each book includes a note to caregivers with practical advice and suggested activities. Visit our Magination Press Family site for free tips and resources on managing stress and anxiety and promoting mindfulness in children and teens!

Magination Press

Meet Meningitis

Teens and adolescents are at risk for contracting meningococcal disease. Find out about two vaccines that can help protect them against this uncommon, but serious disease at MeetMeningitis.com. This is sponsored in partnership with Pfizer.

Meet Meningitis

National Geographic Explorer Magazine

Explorer magazine builds student literacy with engaging nonfiction photographs and stories delivered to your classroom throughout the school year. With six grade-specific editions, Explorer's Lexile-leveled content supports supports national reading, science and social studies standards. Subscriptions include access to the interactive digital magazine and teacher's guides with lesson plans, assessments and Blackline Masters activities. Learn more and subscribe today!

National Geographic

VIPKid

A global online K12 education leader, VIPKid has created a live, one-on-one online learning platform that matches motivated kids studying English in China with inspiring teachers. We are seeking passionate parents and educators to teach English online to over 600,000 students in China – with the flexibility to teach from anywhere and earn competitive pay of $14-$22/hour. Chinese language skills are not necessary since it's an immersive experience.

VIPKID

Articles

Our Children Magazine is a great source for parents who are always on the go and looking for the best parenting, wellness, education and PTA community info to help their child excel at school and in life.