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Free Childcare For Disaster Victims

One of the Big Questions
Emotional Support For Children Who Are Disaster Victims
Helping Children

Support from the National Association of School Psychologists
Tips for Parents and Teachers in Spanish, Urdu, Korean, Arabic, and English
Age-Appropriate Guide to Talking About Tuesday to Kids
Helpful Handouts Ready to Print
Pastoral Training And Financial Support
Help for New York City Children in Need
Temporary Daycare For Victims Of Crisis

Make $39,000 and Get Free Child Care
Free Child Care When Training Or Looking For A Job
One-Call For Choosing & Funding Child Care
Assistance For Rescue And Foster Care Of Victims' Pets
Website To Help Our Nations Children
Make Sure Your Kid's School Is Getting A Discount On Internet Connections
Free Computers For "Homeschoolers"
Free Computer Chips and Video For Learning Computers
Free Computers For Educators
Science Websites
Families Can Get Free Computers and Training
Computer Repair and Training
Free Learning Guide To Ellis Island
Stamp It!!
Volcano Information Center
Money, Money, Money
Endangered Species
Everything Kids Want To Know About Earthquakes
Free Coloring Books
Ask A Geologist
Preschool Choices
Why Do Leaves Change Colors?
Free Poster On How Things Grow
Free Coloring Books On Water Safety
What Does The Coast Guard Do?

What is Water?
Gifts That Are Flown Over The U.S. Capitol
Have Your Kids Do A Family Oral History
How To Create Your Own Family Tree
We The People
More Than Just Digging In The Dirt
Homework Helpers Online
Libraries Online
Ask An Expert
Bring A Cast-Iron Umbrella
Wetlands And Water
Help Students Clean-Up
The Next Thomas Edison
Free Videos On Famous Artists
Free Course Material For Teaching Energy
Learn About Solar Energy
Sprocket Man!

Go To Mars
Free Or Low-Cost Rocks
Free Information On Outer Space
Take Your Kids On an Archeology Expedition
Hoot, Man!
Backyard Conservation
Look What Followed Me Home!
Weather Happens
Bring The Birds To You
International Studies
What To Read
Free Speakers For Your School
Help Your Daughters Gain Self-Esteem Through Sports
The History Of The Automobile
Make Cyberspace A Safe Place For Your Kids!
Toys For You
Free Help For Kids To Overcome Crisis
Find Your Child & Get Free Transportation and Lodging To Go Pick Them Up
Grants and Loans For Adoptions
Free or Low Cost Health Insurance for Children
Free Wheelchairs
Free Health Care For Connecticut Residents
Free Orthopedic and Burn Care for Children
Website for Children
Mental Health Services for Children in New York
Grants to Assist with Adoption of Children Orphaned by Terrorist Attacks
Low Interest Loans to Help with Adoption
Counseling and Referral Service for Kids
Foster Grandparents Offer Support for Your Child
Free Information on Helping Children Deal With Fear
Free Summer Camp for Spouses and Children of Police Officers Killed in the Line of Duty
Free Emergency Housing and Childcare in NYC
Free Help Locating Missing Pets
Pets 911
Free Flights for Kids
Free Counseling for Children
Free Information for Grandparents Raising Grandkids
Free Pre-school and After School Programs for NYC Residents
Free Childcare Referral Service for NYC Parents
Help Finding Your Pet In The "Hot" Zone
Free Counseling for Children in PA, NJ, and DE
Help for Grieving Teens
Free Support Groups for Grieving Children and Teens
Free Information for Helping Children Deal with Grief
Free or Low-Cost Healthcare for Children
Opportunity for Teens to Study with Nobel Peace Laureate


Free Childcare For Disaster Victims
Adventist Community Services provides trained volunteers who participate in the Cooperative Disaster Child Care (CDCC) program, an interagency collaborative that provides temporary day care centers for victims of disasters as they deal with reorganizing their lives. Contact Adventist Community Service, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20910; 301-680-6438; {www.adventist.communityservices.org}.

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One of the Big Questions
facing parents and teachers is how to talk to children about the recent terrorist events in New York and Washington. Some terrorism-specific information is available at: {www.fema.gov/kids/terrism.htm}. Other general guidelines about helping children in a disaster are also helpful. Go to: www.fema.gov/kids/tch_after.htm. If your children or students would like to submit artwork of support or sympathy to first responders or victims, go to: {www.fema.gov/kids/k2k_form.htm} for information on how to submit.
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Emotional Support For Children Who Are Disaster Victims
The Virginia Disaster Stress Intervention Site is a service of the Psychology Department of James Madison University. The site provides an online printable version of a ten page, illustrated workbook for children, entitled "My Disaster Diary". This workbook provides an opportunity for children, who are victims of disaster, to share their thoughts and feelings and begin to recognize that they are survivors. Contact The Virginia Disaster Stress Intervention Site, James Madison University, Department of Psychology, 800 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22807; 540-568-62118; {ep.jmu.edu/vadisaster/disdiary.htm}.
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Helping Children
The National Institute of Mental Health offers a very extensive document titled "Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters," that describes how young people react to trauma, how to help them, the condition known as post-traumatic stress disorder and its treatment, and the most recent research findings. You can find it on the web at [www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/violence.cfm], along with other, less detailed fact sheets. Contact National Institute of Mental Health, 6001 Executive Blvd., Room 8184, MSC 9663, Bethesda, MD 20892; 301-443-4513; {www.nimh.gov}.

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Support from the National Association of School Psychologists
Many American children first learned of Tuesday's disaster while they were at school. The National Association of School Psychologists, whose members were on the front lines of delivering the horrendous news, has prepared an excellent web site full of great links. This is an excellent resource for parents and all those who will be supporting the nation's children in the coming weeks and months. You can find them at National Association of School Psychologists, 4340 East-West Highway, Suite 402, Bethesda, MD 20814; 301-657-0270; {www.nasponline.org/NEAT/crisis_0911.html}.
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Tips for Parents and Teachers in Spanish, Urdu, Korean, Arabic, and English
Imagine how much harder this already unthinkable tragedy would be if you or your family had only limited understanding of the English language. Prepared by the National Association of School Psychologists and translators from the Fairfax, Virginia, Public Schools, this very specific PDF-formatted handout is superb not only in content but also for the fact that it has been translated into Spanish, Urdu, Korean and Arabic. Contact National Association of School Psychologists, 4340 East-West Highway, Suite 402, Bethesda, MD 20814; 301-657-0270;{www.nasponline.org/NEAT/crisis_0911.html}.
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Age-Appropriate Guide to Talking About Tuesday to Kids
Judy Myers-Walls, a child development specialist at Purdue University, has prepared these guidelines to help parents and teachers frame their discussions about the terrorist attack in ways that children can understand. She also points out ways in which children can misunderstand these events and offers suggestions for how to redirect their reactions into positive outlets for their emotions. www.ces.purdue.edu/terrorism/children/numbers.html
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Helpful Handouts Ready to Print

The University of South Dakota Disaster Mental Health Institute offers concise, helpful handouts specially formatted to be printed from your computer on the following subjects: Coping in the aftermath of a disaster, coping in the aftermath of an aviation disaster, helping children and adolescents deal with grief, and coping with the aftermath of witnessing a major disaster. These can be found at {www.usd.edu/dmhi/Pubs/availability.html}.

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Pastoral Training And Financial Support
Church World Service is focusing its response to this unprecedented disaster on immediate and long-term pastoral care for families and disaster survivors. CWS is acting as a coordinating body and will match up the expertise of member denominational disaster teams with needs in affected communities. CWS will also provide training in pastoral care and financial support to help mobilize the Church of the Brethren Child Care Aviation Incident Response (CARE) teams to provide childcare and emotional support services to children of the families and victims of the disasters. Contact Church World Service at 888-CWS-CROP (888-297-2767).

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Help for New York City Children in Need
The Children's Aid Society provides medical services (physical and mental), adoption and foster care services and emergency family services for children in New York City. The medical services include exams and screenings, dental, well-baby care and mental health programs. The adoption and foster care services provide placement with carefully screened and trained foster parents while working with the birth parents or seeking adoptive parents. The Emergency Family Services is there when eviction, serious illness or unemployment strike. Services include providing safe, clean, private housing for 160 homeless families, providing funds so families can avoid eviction or termination of utility service and distributing thousands of pounds of food, clothing, school supplies, prescription medications and other necessities. Contact The Children's Aid Society
105 East 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010; 212-949-4800; {www.childrensaidsociety.org}.
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Temporary Daycare For Victims Of Crisis
The Jewish Child Care Association (JCCA) is offering temporary daycare for children in Brooklyn and Queens. Please contact Rebecca Koffler at 718-793-7890. Counseling for children and families is also available. Call: Judy Berman at 718-859-4500.

Shorefront YM-YWHA of Brighton-Manhattan Beach is offering additional day care for preschool children; extended after-school programs for families whose commuting time has been increased; and has extra office space for displaced workers from other network agencies whose facilities were forced to close. For more information, please call 718-646-1444.

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Make $39,000 and Get Free Child Care
In Connecticut your income can be $39,168 and you can get $640 a month for child care. Make $25,332 in Indiana and get $1,260 a month for infant care. Earn $38,244 in Alaska and receive $583 a month for child care. The Child Care and Development Block Grant gives money to states to help families meet their child care needs. Parents may choose from a variety of child care providers, including center-based, family child care and in-home care, care provided by relatives, and even sectarian child care providers. You can even get money to start a day care center! Income qualifications vary from state to state, and each state operates their programs slightly differently. To find out how to take advantage of this program in your state and to learn the eligibility requirements, contact National Child Care Information Center, 243 Church St., NW, Vienna, VA 22180; 800-616-2242; {nccic.org}.
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Free Child Care When Training Or Looking For A Job
Welfare reform, called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), does more to help people not wind up on welfare. The new program includes free training, education, child care, and transportation assistance necessary to help you obtain employment. Child care is an important part of the program. Eligibility requirements vary from state to state, so contact your TANF office nearest you to learn what options are available to you. For more information, contact Office of Family Assistance, Administration for Children and Families, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW, Washington, DC 20447; 202-401-9215; {www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/opa/facts/tanf.htm}.
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One-Call For Choosing & Funding Child Care
There are over 600 Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies around the country that maintain local databases of information on child care providers in your area. They can give you locations, hours of care, ages of children accepted, fees and more. They can also tell you about local rules and regulations that centers have to follow, tips on choosing the best place for your child, as well as information about sources of money for paying for child care. Most of the services are free, but check if there is a fee first. To find your local referral agency, contact Child Care Aware, 1319 F Street, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20004; 800-424-2246; {www.childcareaware.org}.
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Assistance For Rescue And Foster Care Of Victims' Pets
The events of the September 11th attacks have left a large number of people dislocated and injured. While the fate and welfare of victims must take priority, concern for the well -being of companion animals will be an important part of the emotional healing of those who were victims of this tragedy. Many of the injured will look to their pets for comfort in the weeks ahead. In addition, many owners will not be able to care for pets due to displacement or injuries. The ASPCA and the Humane Society are coordinating efforts with local and private organizations to provide temporary shelter and long-term foster care for companion animals affected by these attacks.
New York City Shelters:
-Center for Animal Care and Control-Bronx, 464 East Fordham Road, 718-733-0743
Open from 8am to 4pm, Tuesday thru Sunday
-Center for Animal Care and Control-Brooklyn, 2336 Linden Blvd., 718-272-7200
-Center for Animal Care and Control-Manhattan Shelter, 326 East 110 Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues), 212-722-3620
-Center for Animal Care and Control-Staten Island, 3139 Veterans Road West, 718-984-6643
Open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week
-Center for Animal Care and Control-Queens, 92-29 Queens Blvd., Rego Park, 718-997-6330
Open from 8am to 4pm, Tuesday thru Saturday
Washington, D.C. Shelters:
-Animal Welfare League of Arlington, 2650 S. Arlington Mill Drive, Arlington, VA 22206,
703-931-9241
-Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, 910 S. Payne St., Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-838-4775
-Fairfax County Animal Control, 4500 West Ox Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030, 703-830-3680
-Washington Humane Society, 7319 George Ave NW, Washington DC 20012, 202-723-5730
-Montgomery County Humane Society, 14645 Rothgeb Dr, Rockville MD 20850, 301-279-1823
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Website To Help Our Nations Children
Connect for Kids, an award-winning multimedia project of the Benton foundation, helps adults make their communities better places for families and children. This Website offers a place on the Internet for adults-parents, grandparents, educators, policymakers and others-who want to become more active citizens, from volunteering to voting with kids in mind. Connect for Kids has compiled some of the Web's strongest resources for parents, teachers and community members, to help all of our nation's children work through the tragic and unprecedented events of September 11, 2001. Contact {www.connectforkids.org}.
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Make Sure Your Kid's School Is Getting A Discount On Internet Connections
Elementary and secondary schools are eligible for up to 90% discounts on Internet connections according to the Passage of the Snowe-Rockefeller-Exon-Kerry Amendment Universal Service section of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. See if your school is eligible by contacting: Federal Communications Commission, 1919 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20554; 888-203-8100; {www.fcc.gov/learnnet/}.
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Free Computers For "Homeschoolers"
Not only home schools, but any school or community group that are trying to educate kids from pre-K through grade 12, can be eligible to receive used computers from the government through its surplus property program. Contact Computers for Learning, P.O. Box 4410,Washington, DC 20026-4100; 888-362-7870; {www.computers.fed.gov/}.
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Free Computer Chips and Video For Learning Computers
Educators can get everything they need to know about the inner workings of a computer including lesson plans, student materials, overheads, colorful posters of a Pentium Processor, as well as an actual silicon wafer, a microprocessor, processor chips, transistors, diodes, connecting wires and batteries for hands-on use. This free package is available to teachers for grade five through nine. Homeschoolers are also eligible for this program! Get your kid's teacher to get one. Just like a computer, free upgrades are also available. Contact The Journey Inside: The Computer, Education Programs; P.O. Box 5937; Denver, CO 80217; 800-346-3029; {www.intel.com/education/index.htm}.
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Free Computers For Educators
There are a number of organizations that offer free, second hand computers to educational or non-profit organizations. See a bunch of them at: {www2.edc.org/themes/specific.asp?4}.
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Science Websites
Need an answer to the question about the size of the sun? Want to find a cool experiment for the science fair? You just need to go online and all your science questions will be answered.
{http://www.ipl.org/youth/projectguide}
{http://www.biologylessons.sdsu.edu/index.html}
{http://www.neat-schoolhouse.org/science.html}
{http://www.eecs.umich.edu}
{http://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks}
{http://step.sdsc.edu/personal/vanderschaegen/home}
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Families Can Get Free Computers and Training
In 1997, over 75% of those with incomes over $75,000 have a home computer but only 23% of those making less than $25,000 have home computers according to the National Telecommunications & Information Administration
{www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/net2/charts.html}. There are hundreds of organizations helping families so they will not fall through the net. Tech Corps of Georgia (1514 E. Cleveland Ave., Suite 110, East Point, GA 30344; 404-768-9990; {www.techcorpsga.org}) provides refurbished computers and training to low income families with school age children for a very low cost. Mindshare Collaborative in Massachusetts recycles computers for non-profits who work with kids, those physically impaired or adults trying to get a job {world.std.com/~cmt/}. If you have trouble finding a local center near you, there is an association of these organizations called: Community Technology Centers' Network, 55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA 02158; 617-969-7100, ext. 2727; Fax: 617-332-4318; {www.ctcnet.org}.
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Computer Repair and Training
Tech Corps is a non-profit organization designed to address the technology needs of the K-12 education group. There are branches in 42 states where volunteers train teachers and students in computer technology. They also repair and install computers, offer seminars, and work with teachers to improve use of computers in the classroom. For more information, contact Tech Corps, Two Clock Tower Place, Suite 230, Maynard, MA 01754; 978-897-8202; {www.ustc.org}.
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Free Learning Guide To Ellis Island
What would you bring to America? How would it feel to travel in steerage? What do all the symbols on the Statue of Liberty mean? These and other questions are answered in activity sheets distributed by the National Park Service. In addition educators can request a two week free loan of "Park In A Pack" which is a kit containing a teacher's guide, several videos, and educational activities dealing with Ellis Island. For more information, contact Statue of Liberty National Monument, Liberty Island, New York, NY 10004, Attn: Superintendent; 212-363-7620; {www.nps.gov/stli/prod02.htm}.
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Free Gifts And Letters From The President
Speak your mind and let the President know how you feel about the issues! Whether it's about more money for your school or your solution to problems with the environment, all you need to do is send a note to the White House. You will receive a response on official White House stationary that will also include a picture of the President. Or you can simply write and ask for an 8x10 of the President and/or First Lady. Just make sure to include the name and address of where the note or pictures should be sent. You would never guess how many people forget to do that! If the mail is not quite fast enough for you, then check out the White House website. You can e-mail the President, Vice-President, or First Lady. If you can't make the trip to Washington, you can take a virtual tour of the White House, as well as view pictures and biographies of past presidents. There is even a special White House web page for kids! Contact The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20500; {www.whitehouse.gov}.
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Stamp It!!
Dolls, monsters, airplanes, football stars. Whatever your interests may be, there is a stamp for you. Stamp collecting is the most popular hobby throughout the world, and now is your chance to get in on the ground floor. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has a wonderful program for kids that explains how to start a stamp collection, the history of stamps, and stamp trivia. When you sign up for the United Stampers of America, you will receive free items such as Stampers magazines, posters, book covers, and other educational items to help you start your very own stamp collection! For more information, contact Stampers Cool-lectibles, U.S. Postal Service, 8300 NE Underground, Pillar Q10, Kansas City, MO 64144; 888-STAMP-FUN; {www.stampsonline.com}.
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Volcano Information Center
Volcanoes can erupt at any time, and are one of the most destructive forces on Earth. Why and where they erupt, and what happens is the focus of extensive research and scientific observation.
You can request several free publications from the U.S. Geological Survey that describe volcanoes and volcanic activity, including;
* Volcanoes
* Volcanoes of the United States
* Volcano Information for General Public
These publications are also available online at the addresses below. With a visit to the website, you can download how to make a paper volcano, and you can be connected with the volcano observatories in Alaska, the Cascade Mountains, and Hawaii. For more information, contact U.S. Geological Survey, P.O. Box 25286, Denver, CO 80225; 800-USA-MAPS; {http://volcanoes.usgs.gov}; {www.usgs.gov/education.html}.
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Money, Money, Money
Did you know that 95% of the notes printed each year are used to replace notes already in circulation; and that 48% of the notes printed are $1 notes? You can learn a lot about your money from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Some information sheets available include:
* Changes in $1 From July 1929, that describes the value of $1
* Engravers and Engraving, that gives the history of the printed dollar
* Fun Facts about Dollars, that contains money trivia
* The Story of Money
All these are free and may help when the kids argue for a raise in their allowance. Contact Bureau of Engraving and Printing, U. S. Department of the Treasury, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20220; {www.treas.gov}
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Endangered Species
The time that threatened or endangered plants or species have left in this world is limited, but there are steps you can take to help them continue. The cutting down of forests, loss of habitat, pollution, and pesticides all impact upon plant and animal life, as do natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions. It is important to teach children about endangered animals, so they can learn how their actions effect wildlife, as well as how to protect these animals from extinction. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has several publications that explain how a plant or animal becomes endangered, and what is being done to protect them. Publications include Endangered Species and Why Save Endangered Species? For your copies or more information, contact Publications Unit, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, National Conservation Training Center, Conservation Library, Rt. 1, Box 166, Shepherdstown, WV 25443; 304-876-7399, Fax: 304-876-7231; {endangered.fws.gov/index.html}.
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Everything Kids Want To Know About Earthquakes
The chance of an earthquake occurring somewhere in the world today is almost a sure thing. The National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) locates approximately 20,000 earthquakes each year, but these are only the most important of the many million earthquakes that are estimated to occur each year. To learn more about epicenters, the Richter scale, and seismology, contact the NEIC, as it is the foremost collector of rapid earthquake information in the work and is responsible for publications and dissemination of earthquake data. You can learn where the largest earthquakes occurred in the U.S. and the world, as well as receive free publications on the severity of earthquakes and safety and survival in an earthquake. For more information, contact National Earthquake Information Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Box 25046, MS 967, Denver, CO 80225; 303-273-8500; {www.neic.cr.usgs.gov}.
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Free Coloring Books
Teach your kids about the environment in a fun way. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has several coloring books to help you increase your child's awareness of the Earth and recycling. Titles include: The Adventures of the Garbage Gremlin and Save Our Species, as well as others. For your copies, contact National Center for Environmental Publication and Information, P.O. Box 42419, Cincinnati, OH 45242; 800-490-9198; {www.epa.gov/kids}.
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Ask A Geologist
The Earth is made of rock, from the tallest mountains to the floor of the deepest ocean. Thousands of different types of rocks and minerals have been found on Earth. By studying how rocks form and change, scientists have built a solid understanding of the Earth we live on and its long history. The U.S. Geological Survey has several publications that explain rocks and fossils, including: Collecting Rocks, Fossils, Rocks, and Time
The online address listed below also has a wonderful feature where you can ask a geologist a question by e-mail, although it does state that they will not write your class report for you! You can request and view these publications by contacting U.S. Geological Survey online {http://geology.usgs.gov/gip.html}.
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Preschool Choices
Many parents worry about what elementary or high school their child will attend, but don't overlook the importance or preschool. These are very important developmental years and a wonderful preschool can help your child grow emotionally, socially, and intellectually. The National Academy of Early Childhood Programs is an accrediting organization of early childhood programs. The accreditation process looks at the teacher training, planned activities, teacher-child ratios, environment, communication with parents, and more. To locate early childhood accredited programs in your area or for more information contact National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1509 16th St., NW, Washington, DC 20036; 202-232-8777; 800-424-2460; {www.naeyc.org}.
Choosing The Right Preschool And School
* How To Choose A Good Early Childhood Program
* A Good Primary School for Your Child
* A Good Kindergarten for Your Child
* A Good Preschool for Your Child
For your copies or more information, contact National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1509 16th St., NW, Washington, DC 20036; 202-232-8777; 800-424-2460; {www.naeyc.org}.
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Why Do Leaves Change Colors?
Kids ask the best questions. Why Leaves Change Color booklet can be used to learn why leaves change to yellow, orange, and red each fall. It also contains instructions on how to copy leaves with crayons and how to make leaf prints with a stamp pad. For more information, contact Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 12th and Independence Aves., SW, P.O. Box 96090, Washington, DC 20090; 202-205-0957; {www.fs.fed.us}.
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Free Poster On How Things Grow
The poster "How A Tree Grows" teaches about photosynthesis, enzymes, and the various parts of a tree. There is also a booklet that goes along with the poster that explains more about a tree's growth. For more information, contact Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 12th and Independence Aves., SW, P.O. Box 96090, Washington, DC 20090; 202-205-0957; {www.fs.fed.us}.
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Free Coloring Books On Water Safety
Spending a lot of time on your boat this summer? Make sure you follow all the boating safety rules, so your fun-filled summer is accident free. To help educate your kids on water and boating safety without sounding like you are lecturing, contact the Boating Safety Hotline. They have two coloring books for kids called Water 'N Kids and Boats 'N Kids that explain the basic concepts of water and boat safety. You can even sign them up for very inexpensive boating classes. For more information, contact Boating Safety Hotline, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Branch, (G-NAB-5), Auxiliary, Boating and Consumer Affairs Division, Office of Navigation Safety and Waterways Services, U.S. Coast Guard 2100 2nd St., SW, Room 1109, Washington, DC 20593; 800-368-5647; {www.uscgboating.org}.
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What Does The Coast Guard Do?
Our Day With The Coast Guard provides a fun way to learn about the U.S. Coast Guard. This coloring book allows you to learn what it's like to be in the Coast Guard. It includes activities such as a maze and connect-the-dots. Contact Public Affairs, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC 20593; 202-267-2596.
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What is Water?
How much water does the average person use each day? How many baths could I get from a rainstorm? The U.S. Geological Survey has developed a Water Science for Schools webpage at {wwwga.usgs.gov/edu/} that provides a wealth of information on the Earth's water, water basics and more. They have also developed a series of posters for grades K-5 and grades 6-9 that provide basic knowledge of water resources and cover topics such as wastewater, wetlands, groundwater, water quality, and navigation. Contact: U.S. Geological Survey, Branch of Distribution, Box 25286, Denver Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225; 800-435-7627; {http://water.usgs.gov/public/outreach/order.html}.
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Gifts That Are Flown Over The U.S. Capitol
If you are at a loss as to what to give someone, then what about purchasing an American flag? These flags are flown over the Capitol and cost between $14.05-25.30 depending upon the size and material. The flags also come with a certificate, listing name of the person for whom the flag was flown and the date. You can request a specific day, such as a birthday, anniversary, or even the day someone was discharged from the military. The flags are available for purchase through your representatives in the House or Senate. Contact your senators or representative, The Capitol, Washington, DC 20510; 202-224-3121.
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Have Your Kids Do A Family Oral History
Words of wisdom make more of an impression when you get them directly from the source. The Grand Generation: Interviewing Guide and Questionnaire ($1.50) lists guidelines for collecting folklore and oral history from older tradition-bearers. It includes a general guide to conducting interviews, a list of sample questions, and examples of ways to preserve and present findings. Family Folklore Interviewing Guide and Questionnaire ($1.75) is a guide to collecting family folklore, including background information on the importance of recording it, details on techniques and presentation, and a sample questionnaire. There is $4 shipping charge total per order. Contact Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services (SITES), Publications Department, Department 0564, Washington, DC 20073; 202-357-3168 ext. 117; {www.si.edu/}.
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How To Create Your Own Family Tree
There is nothing like bringing a family together and showing them they all share the same roots. The Archives maintains ship passenger arrival records dating back to the 1820s, and its staff will even do research for you if you supply some basic information, such as the port of entry, passenger name, and date of arrival. If they find your ancestor, they will send you a notice. The manifests consist of 2-by-3 foot sheets, listing passengers' age and occupations, and if after 1906 the information will include amount of money, language spoken, even height and weight. If you want to purchase a copy of the page of the manifest, the cost is $10. For more information or a copy of Form 81 titled "Order for Copies for Ship Passenger Arrival Records," contact Reference Services Branch, National Archives and Records Administration, Eighth St. and Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20408; 202-501-5400; {www.nara.gov}.
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We The People
We all had to memorize the Preamble of the Constitution during our school years. It might be fun to see the whole text of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and The Declaration of Independence. You could test your bridge group's knowledge of each of the amendments, or show your grandchildren how our nation was formed. The documents can be found on the United States Information Agency's website. Their mission is to teach other countries about the United States, and their website provides a wealth of information. To view the documents, go to the United States Information Agency's website at {usinfo.state.gov/usa/infousa/}.
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More Than Just Digging In The Dirt
If archeology is your thing, then check out the National Park Service. They have the Archeology and Ethnography Program that has developed fascinating materials about our country's past and can help spur on your interest. Want to know what to read or where to visit? What about archeology sites in a particular area of the country? They have several publications available including Participate in Archeology and Archeology and Education, and the website includes links to other archeology resources. For more information, contact Publications, Archeology and Ethnography Program (2275), National Park Service, 1849 C St., NW, Washington, DC 20240; 202-343-4101; {www.cr.nps.gov}.
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Homework Helpers Online
Stumped by "new math"? Need to know all the presidents and vice-presidents? The following websites provide answers and resources to help your kids correctly complete their homework and have fun doing it!
Kidinfo - http://www.kidinfo.com
WKBW Homework Home Page - http://www.wkbw.com/hwhp/
Homework Central - http://www.homeworkcentral.com
Baltimore County Public Library - http://www.bcpl.lib.md.us/centers/education/homework.html
Online Homework Helpers - http://www.searchgateway.com/ online_homework_helpers.htm
Yahooligans - http://www.yahooligans.com/School_Bell/ Homework_Help/
Kids Click! - http://www.kidsclick.org
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Libraries Online
Of course your daughter forgot to tell you about the research paper due tomorrow! And naturally your local library is closed or been completely wiped out of insect books by the rest of the class. Never fear, the Internet is here! The library is as close as your fingertips. All you need to know are the following web addresses and click away!
Internet Public Library - http://www.ipl.org
Library in the Sky - http://www.nwrel.org/sky
Study Web - http://www.studyweb.com
Library Spot - http://www.libraryspot.com
Awesome Library - http://www.awesomelibrary.org
Kids Web - http://www.kidsvista.com/index.html
Information Please - http://www.infoplease.com
Homework Help - http://www.startribune.com/homework/
Encyclopedia.com - http://www.encyclopedia.com
Encarta Online - http://encarta.msn.com
Multnomah County Library - http://www.multnomah.lib.or.us/lib/kids
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Ask An Expert
Sometimes the questions your kids ask are too technical or complicated to answer. We have searched the web and found experts on a variety of topics who will gladly answer kids questions by e-mail. Visit the following websites and submit your question to the appropriate expert.
National Park Service, American History: http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/askhist.htm
Dr. Math: http://forum.swarthmore.edu/dr.math/
Grammar: http://www.grammarlady.com
Construction: http://www.siue.edu/ENGINEER/CONSTRUCT/conclub.htm
Health: http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/index.html
Science: http://sln.fi.edu/tfi/publications/askexprt.html
Earth Scientist: http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/GG/Ask/askanerd.html
Science Whatzit: http://www.omsi.edu/online/whatzit
Astronomer: http://image.gsfc.nasa.gov/poetry/ask/askmag.html
Mad Scientist: http://www.madsci.org
Geologist: http://walrus.wr.usgs.gov/docs
Ask Jeeves: http://www.ask.com
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Bring A Cast-Iron Umbrella
You don't want to get wet. Acid Rain: A Student's First Sourcebook is a great way to teach kids about the environment and what needs to be done to protect it. Designed for grades 4-8 and their teachers, the sourcebook describes the effects of acid rain, solutions, experiments, and activities. The website also has links to other acid rain resources. For more information, contact Acid Rain Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 401 M St., SW, 6204J, Washington, DC 20460; 202-564-9620; {www.epa.gov/teachers/curriculumair.htm}.
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Wetlands And Water
What are wetlands and why are they so important? Wetlands play an important role in the food web with many birds and mammals relying on wetlands to provide food, water and shelter. To learn more the role of wetlands contact the Wetland Hotline and request several free publications including: EPA Wetlands Fact Sheets; Wetlands are Wonderlands Student Activity Packet; Wetlands Reading List; and The Young Scientist's Introduction to Wetlands. Contact Wetlands Protection Hotline, Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds, 1355 Beverly Rd., Suite 250, McLean, VA 22101; 800-832-7828; {www.epa.gov/OWOW}. Check out the kid's website at {www.epa.gov/kids} for resources, links, games, and more!
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Help Students Clean-Up
Kids intuitively grasp recycling and the need to keep the earth green and clean, so what's with their own rooms? Let's Reduce and Recycle: Curriculum for Solid Waste Awareness provides lesson plans for grades K-12, and includes activities, skits, bibliographies, and other resources. Other booklets include A Resource Guide of Solid Waste Educational Materials; School Recycling Programs; Recycle Today!; and more. For these publications or more information, contact RCRA/Superfund Hotline, Office of Solid Waste, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 401 M St., SW, Washington, DC 20460; 800-424-9346; {www.epa.gov/epaoswer/osw/teacher.htm}.
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The Next Thomas Edison
If your kid loves to take things apart and create new things, then he/she has the inventor's spirit. Project XL is an outreach program designed to encourage the inventive thinking process through the creation of unique inventions or innovations. The Patent and Trademark Office has developed an educator's resource guide, video, and a special curriculum. To request your free copy of the Inventive Thinking Project, contact Office of Public Affairs, Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. Department of Commerce, 2011 Crystal Dr., Room 208B, Washington, DC 20231; 703-305-8341.
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Free Videos On Famous Artists
You don't need to leave the comfort of your home or school to view great works of art. The National Gallery of Art's Extension Program is an attempt to develop awareness in the visual arts and make its collections accessible to everyone, no matter how far away from the Gallery they may live. The Gallery offers free loans of over 150 videos, slide sets, films, teaching packets, and videodiscs, covering a wide variety of topics and time periods. The Gallery's website also lets you tour the gallery and hear audio recordings regarding many of the works. Contact Department of Education Resources, Education Division, National Gallery of Art, 4th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20565; 202-842-6875; {www.nga.gov}.
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Free Course Material For Teaching Energy
Want to learn about energy conservation, renewable energy, energy sources, or earth science? The Energy Information Administration's National Energy Information Center can help. Its publication, Energy Education Resources: Kindergarten Through 12th Grade, is an annual directory of low-cost or no-cost energy information resources. The current edition has 160 entries ranging from curriculum guides, fact sheets, brochures, films, kits, tours, and software. The publication is also available online. For more information, contact National Energy Information Center, EI-30, 1000 Independence Ave., Washington, DC 20585; 202-586-8959; {www.eia.doe.gov}.
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Learn About Solar Energy
With the right stuff, the sun can power your Playstation and many calculators already come solar equipped. You can learn more about alternative sources of energy through the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clearinghouse. They have many publications just for kids including: Learn About Renewable Energy; Solar Heating; Learn About Saving Energy; and even Solar Power Science Experiments. For more information and other links contact Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clearinghouse, P.O. Box 3048, Merrifield, VA 22116; 800-363-3732; {www.eren.doe.gov/kids.html}. The website even has a link where you can ask an energy expert your tough questions!
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Sprocket Man!

Your kids may be too young to drive a car, but they can easily go 20mph on their bikes. So there are risks involved when your child is bike riding. In fact, over 500,000 emergency room visits are for bicycle related injuries. How can you help your child ride safely? The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has several free publications targeting bicycle use. Sprocket Man is a comic book that teaches your child how to ride safely and provides important tips on dealing with traffic and pedestrians. Ten Smart Routes To Bicycle Safety gives ten rules everyone should follow while riding. Kids Speak Out On Bike Helmets provides facts on bike safety and the importance of wearing a helmet. And Bicycle Safety: Message to Parents, Teachers and Motorists is a two page fact sheet urging parents and teachers to teach proper bicycle riding skills and habits to children. For your free copies, contact the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, DC 20207; 800-638-2772; {www.cpsc.gov}.
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Go To Mars
Not actually, but the Mars Millennium Project provides a poster and activity kit that challenges students to design a community for the planet Mars. This project will connect educators, community leaders and professionals to weave the arts, sciences and humanities into an exploration of their own communities. For information on how to participate in the project and to receive your poster and activity kit, contact Mars Millennium Project, c/o U.S. Department of Education Publications Center, P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794; 877-4-ED-PUBS; {www.mars2030.net}.
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Free Or Low-Cost Rocks
Lots of fourth graders across the U.S. study about rocks and minerals. How do you help your kids grasp the subject with some enthusiasm? Contact your state geologist located in your state capital. They have informational sheets, brochures, videos, slides, and activities designed to bring rocks alive to kids. Some states even have field trips for teachers and kids to learn more about the rock and mineral sin their region. Many states, like Ohio, offer free rock samples to give kids that hands-on experience at rock and mineral identification and classification. If you have trouble locating your state geologist, the Association of American State Geologists has a website that will link you directly to your geologist. Visit them at {www.kgs.ukans.edu/AASG}.
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Free Information On Outer Space
Want to help your child build a solar system? "Solar System Puzzle Kit" is an activity where kids are asked to assemble an eight-cube paper puzzle, and when solved, they can create a miniature solar system. Information on rockets, the moon, all the planets, current Space Shuttle information, space exploration, and more is available through NASA's incredible educational resources system for educators and students. You can download hundreds of publications, chat with experts, and look at the latest pictures from space. Each state has an Educators Resource Center that can provide you with information as well. To learn more, contact NASA Education Division, Code FEO, NSAS Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546; {http://spacelink.nasa.gov}.
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Take Your Kids On an Archeology Expedition
Never liked staying on the sidelines? Well then, dig in. "Passport In Time" helps you open a window to the past by allowing you to join activities such as archaeological excavation, site mapping, drafting, laboratory and art work, collecting oral histories, restoration, and much more. Projects vary in length and there is no registration fee. Kids are allowed on many of the projects. For information on upcoming opportunities, contact Passport In Time Clearinghouse, P.O. Box 31315, Tucson, AZ 85751; 800-281-9176; {www.passportintime.com}.
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Hoot, Man!
One of America's most beloved mascots is now one of America's most beloved authors! The Woodsy Owl Activity Guide is jam-packed with ideas for classroom activities, list of kid's books, coloring pages, and more! Contact Smokey Bear-Woodsy Owl Center of Excellence, 402 SE 11th St., Grand Rapids, MN 55744; 651-296-6006; {www.fs.fed.us/spf/woodsy}.
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Backyard Conservation
Want to bring wildlife into your backyard? Backyard Conservation is a free booklet where you can learn how to help improve the environment, help wildlife, and more just in your own backyard. You can learn about composting, attracting birds and butterflies, backyard ponds, and other ideas to help improve your yard, as well as your community. For your free copy, contact Backyard Conservation, USDA NRCS, 7515 NE Ankeny Rd., Ankeny, IA 50021; 888-LANDCARE: {www.nrcs.usda.gov}.
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Look What Followed Me Home!
When a child wants a dog, he or she may promise to walk him and feed him, but do they really know what's involved in caring for a pet? A household pet needs special care, and no one knows this better than the Center for Veterinary Medicine. For this reason, they have published several fact sheets that help explain to children how to care for pets properly. So, write today. Your dog (cat or even horse) will thank you. Center for Veterinary Medicine, Food and Drug Administration, 7500 Standish Place, HFV-12, Rockville, MD 20855; 301-594-1755; {www.fda.gov/cvm}.
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Weather Happens
Whether you like it or not! High pressure, low pressure, barometric pressure; if you feel the pressure to explain the differences to your little meteorologist, let the experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration help. They can provide you with information on keeping a weather log, weather warnings, and much more! Watch Out...Storms Ahead! Owlie Skywarns' Weather Book, is a fun way to learn about different weather conditions. Publications also include information on hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and other weather disasters. You can contact your local weather service office for information, or Educational Programs Branch, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1325 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910; 301-713-0090, ext. 118; {www.nws.noaa.gov}.
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Bring The Birds To You
Kids love to look at pictures of birds in books. Why not teach them to go outside and look at the real thing? The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has published the booklet, For the Birds. It details various types of bird food, nests, and plants that attract birds. For your copy, contact Publications Unit, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Conservation Training Center, Rt. 1, Box 166, Shepherdstown, WV 25443; 304-876-7203; {www.fws.gov}.
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International Studies
What is the leading export from Ireland? How many people live in Ethiopia? The federal government has two websites that can provide enough information for a two page country report, and it doesn't even involve going to the library! Check out {http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html#about} and {www.state.gov/www/backgound_notes/index.html}.
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What To Read
Sometimes choosing a book is difficult, and sometimes kids need a little encouragement to keep reading. The Sylvan Learning Foundation has a website where you can plug in a child's reading level, types of books the child finds interesting, and the computer will do a search for you. You will be able to print a list of books, including grade level and subject focus, to take with you to the library. Your kids can take quizzes on books they read, as well as earn points and prizes. To sign up, check out Sylvan Learning Foundation at {www.bookadventure.com}.
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Free Speakers For Your School
Need someone to help bring your study unit alive? Have an astronaut come to your class, or a Peace Corps volunteer, or even an endangered species specialist. Many of the government programs offer speakers to schools and other groups to help with their education mission. All you need to do is ask. To locate a speaker, contact any of the listings above and ask for the address and phone number of the office in charge of your state. Each government office has a regional and state office that is responsible for their area. You can also look in the blue pages of your phone book. Kids love to hear from the experts!
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Help Your Daughters Gain Self-Esteem Through Sports
Studies have shown that most women who hold leadership positions in the workplace have at one time participated in sports. Sports instill a sense of discipline, teamwork and the development of strong communication and leadership skills. However, girls should also participate in sports because it is fun! Currently, YWCAs around the country provide opportunities for girls to develop their social, athletic and leadership skills through various sports programs, focusing on tennis, soccer, softball, field hockey, aquatics, artistic and rhythmic gymnastics. The YWCA/NIKE Sports Program presently implements over 30 basketball and over 15 volleyball programs throughout the country. The program targets girls of diverse backgrounds, ages 9-14, as girls in this age group are more likely to drop out of sports due to outside influences. The YWCA/NIKE Sports Program provides an alternative to negative influences such as teenage pregnancy, or becoming involved with gangs or drugs. The program has been successful in providing girls with the opportunity to discover their potential, make friends and have fun. Contact your local YWCA or YWCA of the U.S.A., Empire State Building, Suite 301, 350 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10118; 212-273-7800; Fax: 212-465-2281; {www.ywca.org}.
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The History Of The Automobile
Yes there were cars in the olden times. Henry Ford built the Model T and the Model A, and was instrumental in developing the mass production of the automobile. His goal was to produce the largest number of cars at the lowest cost. For information on Ford history and the evolution of the automobile, contact Ford Motor Company, Educational Affairs Department, P.O. Box 1899, Dearborn, MI 48121; 313-322-3000; {www.ford.com}.
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Make Cyberspace A Safe Place For Your Kids!
If you're concerned for your children's well being on the Information Super Highway, get a free copy of Parents Guide to the Internet, or read it on the Internet. The American Academy of Pediatrics worked with the U.S. Department of Education to develop this brochure, which showcases the Internet as an educational tool and gives tips on Internet safety for children, and highlights web sites for families and parents. Contact: American Academy of Pediatrics, 141 Northwest Point Boulevard, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007-1098; {www.aap.org}; 800-USA-Learn - for free booklet; {www.ed.gov/pubs/parents/internet} - to download booklet.
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Toys For You
Children like to have new toys to play with and you may even want to see if they like something before you invest your hard-earned dollars. Many communities have toy lending libraries like the one listed here for some areas of California {www. childcarelinks.org/toylending/toylendi.html}. Contact your local library or child care resource agency to learn what may be available to you.
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Free Help For Kids To Overcome Crisis
KidsPeace has a set of parenting brochures, including:
* 7 Standards for Effective Parenting,
* 15 Ways to Help Your Kids Through Crisis,
* 24 Ways You Can Prevent Child Abuse and
* What Every Preteen Really Wants You to Know... But May Not Tell You
To receive your FREE set, please print out the form on the KidPeace website, and mail to: KidsPeace Fulfillment Department, 5100 Tilghman Street, Suite 028, Allentown, PA 18104; 800-8KID-123; {www.kidspeace.org}.
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Find Your Child & Get Free Transportation and Lodging To Go Pick Them Up
If your child ran away from home or is missing for some other reason, you can get immediate help from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Whether desperate parents are seeking help to find their child, a police officer needs case assistance, or a citizen is asking for information on child safety, all it takes is one call, to the High-Tech Search Network of NCMEC. United States and Canada: 800-THE-LOST (800-843-5678); Mexico: 001-800-843-5678; Europe: 00-800-0843-5678. This is a 24-hour Hotline that operates every day of the week. They will also assist your family in the reunification process by arranging for free transportation and lodging, once a missing child is found. NCMEC's private-sector partners, American Airlines, Greyhound, and Choice Hotels International provide these services free of charge to the families in need of financial assistance when picking up their child, and the programs are coordinated exclusively through NCMEC. Contact: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, 2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 550, Arlington, VA 22201-3077; 703-235-3900. Fax: 703-235-4067. The NCMEC Hotline has also successfully established a system of networking calls to the National Runaway Switchboard (NRS) in Chicago, IL. Call them toll free at 800-621-4000; 800-621-0394 (TDD) for the hearing impaired. This sharing of information ensures that both agencies talk with the caller about the runaway child.
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Grants and Loans For Adoptions
The National Adoption Foundation (NAF) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial support, information, and services for adoptive and prospective adoptive families. They recently announced the expansion of its programs to include home equity loans, as well as unsecured loans and grants for adoption expenses. A grant program to cover adoption expenses is also available on a limited basis for prospective adoptive parents. Other sources of money for adoption include:
* Ask your employer for employee adoption assistance benefits. Approximately 65 percent of Fortune 500 companies now offer some kind of adoption benefit.
* Take advantage of the new adoption expense tax credit in advance by modifying your income tax withholding to reflect your tax savings when you file your return. This frees up cash for adoption expenses due now.
Contact: National Adoption Foundation, 1415 Flag Ave., So. , Minneapolis, MN 55426; 800-448-7061; Fax: 612-544-6698; {Email: SFreivalds@aol.com}.
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Free or Low Cost Health Insurance for Children
Insure Kids Now!, a national campaign sponsored by the Health Resources and Services Agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, links children from birth to 18 years of age to free or low-cost health insurance. Although eligibility differs for each state, most states require a family of four to earn up to $34,100 a year to be eligible for the program. Contact Health Resources and Services Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857; 877-KIDS-NOW (877-543-7669) - Toll-free number; {http://www.insurekidsnow.gov/}; {http://www.insurekidsnow.gov/states.htm}: for New York Web Site: {www.health.state.ny.us/}.
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Free Wheelchairs
The Easter Seals, and other organizations provide free wheelchairs and other related medical equipment, like walkers, commodes, bathtub rails, crutches, transfer benches, electric wheelchairs and scooters, on a short-or long-term basis. Some programs may require a refundable deposit. Contact Easter Seals, 230 West Monroe Street #1800, Chicago, IL 60606; 312-726-6200; 800-221-6825; {www.seals.com}.
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Free Health Care For Connecticut Residents
AmeriCares Free Clinics are open to individuals who are uninsured or underinsured and who are without the financial resources to afford medical care. Services include minor injuries, various tests, school and pre-employment exams, episodic and chronic illnesses, as well as general outpatient services. AmeriCares operates three clinics in the Connecticut area. For a listing of locations check the following website; {www.americares.org/FreeClinics}.
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Free Orthopedic and Burn Care for Children
The Shrine Of North America is an international fraternity of approximately 515,000 members throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada and Panama. The Shrine's official philanthropy is Shriners Hospitals for Children, a network of 22 hospitals that provide expert, no-cost orthopedic and burn care to children under age 18. In light of the recent attacks, emergency burn treatment will be provided by the Shriners Hospitals with burn centers in Boston, Galveston, Cincinnati, and Sacramento. The orthopedic Shriners Hospitals are also prepared to provide emergency medical assistance. Although Shriners Hospitals are dedicated to treating children, Shrine leaders have stated that in the light of the scope of this tragedy, Shriners Hospital will provide assistance to adult victims as well. Contact Shriners Hospitals, P.O. Box 31356, Tampa, FL 33631; 800-237-5055; {www.shrinershq.org}.
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Website for Children
The Virginia Disaster Stress Intervention Site is a service of the Psychology Department of James Madison University. The site provides an online printable version of a ten page, illustrated workbook for children, entitled "My Disaster Diary". This workbook provides children, who are victims of disaster, an opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings and begin to recognize that they are survivors. Contact The Virginia Disaster Stress Intervention Site, James Madison University, Department of Psychology, 800 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22807; 540-568-62118; {http://cep.jmu.edu/vadisaster/disdiary.htm}.
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Mental Health Services for Children in New York
Families Together in New York State is a nonprofit organization that serves the families of children with special emotional, behavioral, & mental health needs. Their mission is to ensure that every family has access to needed information, supports and services. They provide support, advocacy, information, technical assistance and training to families across New York State. Contact Families Together in New York State, 15 Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207; 888-326-8644; {www.ftnys.org}.
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Grants to Assist with Adoption of Children Orphaned by Terrorist Attacks
The National Adoption Foundation (NAF) offers grants, ranging from $500 to $4,000 to assist individuals with the actual cost of adoption. To begin the grant process, a comprehensive financial assistance application is submitted by the prospective adoptive parent(s). The Board of Directors of the Foundation evaluates each application, and awards financial assistance to qualified applicants. Applications are available online at the following address: {www.nafadopt.org/pdf/adoption.pdf}. Contact National Adoption Foundation, 100 Mill Plain Rd., Danbury, CT 06811; 203-791-3381; Fax: 203-791-3801; {www.nafadopt.org/NafGrants.htm}.
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Low Interest Loans to Help with Adoption
The National Adoption Foundation (NAF) helps adoptive parents and prospective adoptive families with costs of adopting and raising a child by providing financial support, information and services, through the NAF GoldOption Loan Program. This program, available through the MBNA Bank America, is designed to help with any adoption-related costs, including travel expenses, setting up the child's nursery, school tuition, or the everyday costs of raising children. Families can borrow from $1,500 to $30,000, without required collateral. The current interest rate is 12.9 %, with fixed monthly payments, and terms up to 84 months. Applications are available online at the following address: {www.nafadopt.org/pdf/NAFLoanProgram.pdf}. Contact National Adoption Foundation, 100 Mill Plain Rd., Danbury, CT 06811; 888-627-8767 (toll-free); 203-791-3381; Fax: 203-791-3801; {www.nafadopt.org/LoanPrograms.htm}.
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Counseling and Referral Service for Kids
KidsPeace, a private, non-profit organization, provides a comprehensive range of mental and behavioral health treatment programs, crisis intervention services and public education initiatives with the goal of helping kids anticipate and avoid crisis whenever possible. Kids Peace's offers one-on-one counseling by phone as well as a National Referral Network -- a free referral service that helps callers locate treatment services in their own community. Contact KidsPeace; 800 8KID-123; For KidsPeace Emergency Help line 1-800-334-4kid; {www.kidspeace.org}; {Website for teens:www.teencental.net}.
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Foster Grandparents Offer Support for Your Child
Foster Grandparent Program is a non-profit volunteer program sponsored by the Corporation for National Service. Foster Grandparents offer emotional support and enrich the lives of children in need. The programs are made up of Senior Corps Volunteers that by offering their friendship, encouragement and time make a tremendous difference in life of a child. For more information on program sites in your state contact Jackie Aker; 202-606-5000 x304; {E-mail: jaker@cns.gov}; or Jan Newsome; 202-606-5000 x325; {E-mail: jnewsome@cns.gov}; {www.cns.gov/stateprofiles/highlights}.
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Free Information on Helping Children Deal With Fear
On their website, a prominent Purdue University Child Development and Family Studies expert offers insight into children's feelings about the recent disasters. Strategies and advise are offered on ways for adults to help children cope with their fear, based on studies researching children's' reactions to disaster and war. There are many useful child help related articles on this Website. Contact Purdue University Child Development; 888-398-4636; {E-mail: extensions@aes.purdue.edu}; {www.ces.purdue.edu/terrorism/children/index.html}.
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Free Summer Camp for Spouses and Children of Police Officers Killed in the Line of Duty
C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors) Kids Summer Camp provides surviving spouses and children the opportunity to work with professional counselors and trained mentors to work through grief issues together while strengthening the family's ability to communicate. During the week-long camp there are organized activities along with counseling to encourage team building and shared fun experiences all to help families cope with their grief. Program applications are available on-line at the web site listed here. Contact Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc, S. Highway 5, Camdenton, MO 65020; 573-346-4911; Fax: 573-346-1414; {E-mail: cops@nationalcops.org}; {www.nationalcops.org}.
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Free Emergency Housing and Childcare in NYC
The YMCA is an international community services organization that promotes positive values through programs that build spirit, mind and body welcoming all people with a focus on youth. The YMCA of Greater New York is offering emergency housing, childcare and grief counseling at select branches. (There are over 20 branches in the New York City area). Call 1-877-NYC-YMCA for details. Contact YMCA of Greater New York, 333 7th Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10001; 212-630-9600; {www.ymca.net}; {www.ymcanyc.org/ygny/response.html}.
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Free Help Locating Missing Pets
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has set up a hotline and is in the process of compiling a database of animals stranded in and around the evacuated areas affected by the attacks. The hotline number is designed to provide support and guidance to concerned pet owners. The database will be used to contact owners once the ASPCA receives clearance to enter the area where the owners' pets are located. Contact The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 424 East 92nd Street, New York, NY 10128, Hotline: 212-876-7700 ext. 4PET (4738); {E-mail: information@aspca.org}; {www.aspca.org/body_index_wtc.asp}.
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Pets 911
Pets 911 is a comprehensive on-line service provided in partnership with the Humane Society of The United States. The site provides a detailed list of private and local facilities by geographic region where missing pets can be located or injured pets reported. Also included are listings for rescue services for special-needs and exotic pets. Contact Pets 911; 888-738-7911; {www.1888pets911.org}.
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Free Flights for Kids
Miracle Flights for Kids is a nonprofit organization that arranges for free, comfortable flights for children that need to receive specialized medical care not available to them locally. The organization has offered to also provide this service to adult victims of the terrorist attack. Their website has an online application. Contact Miracle Flights for Kids, 2756 N. Green Valley Parkway #115, Green Valley, NV 89014; 702-261-0494; Fax: 702-261-0497; {www.miracleflights.org}.
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Free Counseling for Children
Precious Gems Counseling Services, a community-based non-profit organization that provides bereavement support, has offered its services free to families who were impacted by the September 11th terrorist attacks. Services offered include individual and group counseling, specialized workshops focusing on grief, loss, and transition, and telephone consultations and referrals. They primarily focus on serving ethnic minorities and children, but service is rendered to all. Their geographic focus is the Philadelphia area, but they provide services to parts of other counties in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware as well. Contact Precious Gems Counseling Services, P.O. Box 27431, Philadelphia, PA 19118; 215-224-5655; Fax: 215-927-5790.
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Free Information for Grandparents Raising Grandkids
The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) has developed the Grandparent Information Center (GIC), providing information about programs and services, such as legal referrals and the Grandparents Support Database, to help improve the lives of grandparent-headed households. Contact AARP Grandparent Information Center, 601 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20049; 800-424-3410; Fax: 202-434-6470; {Email: gic@aarp.org}; {www.aarp.org/grandparents}.
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Free Pre-school and After School Programs for NYC Residents
Goddard Riverside Community Center serves all ages from pre-school to the elderly. Some of the services are: pre-school programs, day care centers, a youth center (after school and evening programs for children and youth), options program (career and educational counseling for teens and adults), and holiday meals on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Contact Goddard Riverside Community Center, 593 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024; 212-873-6600; {www.goddard.org}.
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Free Childcare Referral Service for NYC Parents
Child Care Inc. Information and Referral Service offers New York City's parents (throughout the 5 boroughs) free consultation and referrals to help them find after school programs, family child care, pre-kindergarten programs, infant/toddler programs and other forms of childcare. Child Care Inc.'s trained counselors also provide information about how to access childcare subsidies and tax credits to help pay for childcare needs. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 P.M. Monday through Friday. Contact Child Care Inc., 275 Seventh Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10001; 212-929-7604; {www.childcareinc.org}.
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Help Finding Your Pet In The "Hot" Zone
The Suffolk County Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals (SPCA) is a non-profit all volunteer humane society with the mission of protecting the rights, safety and well being of all animals, as well as upholding and enforcing the laws of the State of New York. The Suffolk County SPCA is in the process of rescuing all pets of stranded owners who are unable to gain access to their home because it is located in the restricted "Hot" Zone near the site of the World Trade Center attacks. If your pet is missing or in need, call their 24-Hour Hotline with your name, address, and phone, cell, pager, etc and SPCA agents will make arrangements to rescue your pet and give medical treatment at their Mobile Animal Hospital Command Center located within the restricted zone. Contact Head Quarters Of SPCA, 363 Route 111, Smithtown, NY 11787; Hot Zone #: 631-382-SPCA; {Email: webmaster@suffolkspca.org }; {www.suffolkspca.org/}.
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Free Counseling for Children in PA, NJ, and DE
Precious Gems Counseling Services, a community-based non-profit organization that provides bereavement support, has offered its services free to families who were impacted by the September 11th terrorist attacks. Services offered include individual and group counseling, specialized workshops focusing on grief, loss, and transition, and telephone consultations and referrals. They primarily focus on serving ethnic minorities and children, but service is rendered to all. Their geographic focus is the Philadelphia area, but they provide services to parts of other counties in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware as well. Contact Precious Gems Counseling Services, P. O. Box 27431, Philadelphia, PA 19118; 215-224-5655; Fax: 215-927-5790; E-Mail: preciousgemsco@aol.com; {http://preciousgems.org}.
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Help for Grieving Teens
The non-profit organization Teen Age Grief (T.A.G) specializes in providing resources and information that addresses grief issues specific to teenagers. There is information on basic grief responses, and how to deal with spiritual questions as well as the anger that comes after a loss. T.A.G publishes books and videos on the subject as well as holding workshops on caring for a bereaved teenager. Contact TAG: Teen Age Grief, Inc., P.O Box 220034, Newhall, CA 91322-0034; 661-253-1932; Fax: 661-253-1932; {www.thevine.net/~tag}; {Email: tag@thevine.net}.
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Free Support Groups for Grieving Children and Teens
The Dougy Center for grieving children and their families operates on the peer support-group model on which it was founded. Children, aged three through eighteen, are grouped by age and the circumstances of loss. The Dougy Center is based in Oregon where it provides families and their children with support for loss of a family member. The National Center for Grieving Children and Families is an extension of the Dougy Center and provides training nationally and internationally to individuals and organizations. A list of organizations using the Dougy method across the nation and other countries is available on their Website. The site also has resources for parents and their children including activities for grieving children of different ages. The we-site contains an article specifically written on the subject of how to talk to children about the September 11 attacks. Contact The Dougy Center, P.O. Box 86852, 3909 SE 52nd Ave. Portland, OR 97286; 503-775-5683; Fax: 503-777-3097; {www.grievingchild.org}; {Email: help@dougy.org}.
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Free Information for Helping Children Deal with Grief
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has published a variety of articles on their Website, free for duplication for personal and educational purposes, to help parents and children deal with the events of September 11 and other grief-producing incidents. There are articles in both English and Spanish. Topics include how to handle children's grief, how to answer children's questions about disaster, the news media, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and restoring hope. There is also a resources link on the homepage of the Website that can provide information on numerous national organizations and agencies serving the physical and mental health needs of children. Contact The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 3615 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016-3007; 202-966-7300; Fax: 202-966-2891; Disaster Kit {www.aacap.org/publications/DisasterResponse/index.htm}; Resources Link {www.aacap.org/resource/index.htm}.
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Free or Low-Cost Healthcare for Children
Insure Kids Now! is a national campaign to link the nation's 10 million uninsured children--from birth to age 18--to free and low-cost health insurance. For little or no cost, this insurance pays for doctor visits, prescription medicines, hospitalizations, and much more. Most states also cover the cost of dental care, eye care, and medical equipment. When you call their toll free and confidential hotline, you will be directly connected to your state's program. Each state has different eligibility rules, but in most states, uninsured children 18 years old and younger whose families earn up to $34,100 a year (for a family of four) are eligible. Contact Insure Kids Now!; 877-KIDS-NOW (1-877-543-7669); {Email: jkauffman@hrsa.gov or lmorris@hrsa.gov}; {www.insurekidsnow.gov}.
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Opportunity for Teens to Study with Nobel Peace Laureate
The PeaceJam Foundation is an educational program that seeks to teach youth the leadership skills to help make a positive contribution to their local communities as well as to the world. The one-year program is designed for high school aged youth to study in-depth with a leading Nobel Peace Laureate. At the end of the curriculum, 4 students from each local PeaceJam organization meet with the visiting Nobel Peace Laureate. Additionally, personal statements from many Nobel Peace Laureates about the events of September 11 can be found on the PeaceJam Website. Contact PeaceJam Foundation, 2427 West Argyle Place, Denver, CO 80211; 303-455-2099; Fax: 303-455-3921; {www.peacejam.org}; {Email: PeaceJam@aol.com}.
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