Here are some resources that parents may find useful for engaging your kids in activities to assist them in their own stages of development.

We recommend that parents use a combination of the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards and the ECASD 4 Year Old Benchmark to approximate where their child is developmentally. Each document linked above provides different levels of depth in understanding how to best help your child get to a place where they are ready to succeed in Kindergarten. These tools are not intended to be evaluation resources, simply a way for parents to get a feel for state standards and expectations moving into Kindergarten. 

Resources for Parental Needs and Family Stability

Literacy Chippewa Valley

Literacy Chippewa Valley is a community-based literacy organization that offers adults the opportunity to gain the skills they need to make a better life for themselves and their families. We do this by taking the time to understand the unique needs of each learner and tailoring our services specifically to them. Using real-world applications to teach our students, we help them better retain their skills, empowering them to achieve their personal goals. Our free services not only help the learners and their families, they enrich the entire Chippewa Valley community. (https://www.literacychippewavalley.org/)

Feed My People Food Bank and Resources

Feed My People Food Bank has many resources listed in the Eau Claire area for hunger relief. They also have information about the 2-1-1 Great Rivers food hotline, and about the FoodShare program and its application process. 

(https://www.fmpfoodbank.org/get_help.phtml/eau_claire_county/)

The Community Table

The Community Table is a partner of the UWEC ECLIPSE program and offers meals to anyone, no questions asked, during their designated mealtimes. (http://thecommunitytable.org/)

Family Resource Center

A wide variety of resources for parents to utilize. (https://www.frcec.org/)

Eau Claire County Resources Page

Resources for families including Adult Education Services, Aging and Disability Resource Center, English Language Learning, Housing Authority, SNAP and WIC, and many more. (https://www.co.eau-claire.wi.us/departments/departments-a-k/child-support/resources)

Child Support and Benefit Programs

A list of programs and information supplied by the State of Wisconsin. (https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/cs/benefits)

PBS Kids Learning Media

PBS Kids Learning Media does a great job of explaining current events in a child-friendly way, with some detail that parents might not have off the top of their head. This resource also contains interactive digital read-alouds, and much more. We suggest you look through their massive library of videos. (https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/grades/prek/)

Reading and Literacy Resources

Dialogic Reading: An Effective Way to Read Aloud with Young Children

"Dialogic reading works. Children who have been read to dialogically are substantially ahead of children who have been read to traditionally on tests of language development. Children can jump ahead by several months in just a few weeks of dialogic reading." (https://www.readingrockets.org/article/dialogic-reading-effective-way-read-aloud-young-children)

Too Small to Fail

An all around resource (Reading, Math, and Social/Emotional Skills)

"Too Small to Fail, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, is leading a public awareness and action campaign to promote the importance of early brain and language development and to empower parents with tools to talk, read, and sing with their young children from birth. Today, almost 60 percent of children in the United States start kindergarten unprepared, lagging behind their peers in critical language and reading skills. Through partnerships with pediatricians, hospitals, faith-based leaders, community based organizations, businesses, entertainment industry leaders, and others, Too Small to Fail is meeting parents where they are to help them prepare their children for success in school and beyond. Whether at the pediatrician's office or the playground, Too Small to Fail aims to make small moments big by creating opportunities for meaningful interactions anytime, anywhere." (http://toosmall.org/)

Talking is Teaching

This resource is directed at Reading and Math skills. 

""Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing" is a public awareness and action campaign that helps parents recognize their power to boost their children’s early brain and vocabulary development through simple, everyday actions - like describing things while walking outside, or singing songs together during bath time. Using books, parent videos, text messaging, social media, and information from expert partners, Talking is Teaching empowers parents and caregivers with fun and easy ways to improve their babies' learning." (https://talkingisteaching.org/)

Talking is Teaching - Chippewa Valley

When you talk, read, sing, and play with your child - even before they can use words - you're building their brain and helping to prepare them for success in school and in life.​ But it may not always be easy to talk to babies, especially when they can't talk back. To help, we've pulled fun tips and resources grounded in the best science, to help you talk, read, sing, and play with your child every day. (https://www.literacychippewavalley.org/talking-is-teaching-chippewa-valley)

Eau Claire Public Library

The L.E. Phillips Public Memorial Library provides many tools for parents and caregivers to enrich the learning experience of their children. These resources include: Story Kits, Nature Backpacks, Babysitter Backpacks, Steam Backpacks, Tours, and the Parent/Teacher Resource room. (https://www.ecpubliclibrary.info/kids/parents-and-teachers/)

Extra Resources 

Parent Play and Read-Aloud List

Puppets

Story Dice

Story Cards

Photobook

Get Ready to Read

Get Ready to Read! is designed to support educators, parents, and young children in the development of early literacy skills in the years before kindergarten. Intended for use with all children, the resources and information provided on this site promote skill-building, communication between adults, and ways to address concerns. (http://www.getreadytoread.org/)

Get Ready to Read Crafts and Activities

International Childrens Digital Library

The ICDL Foundation promotes tolerance and respect for diverse cultures by providing access to the best of children's literature from around the world. (http://en.childrenslibrary.org/)

PBS Kids Learning Media

PBS Kids Learning Media does a great job of explaining current events in a child-friendly way, with some detail that parents might not have off the top of their head. This resource also contains interactive digital read-alouds, and much more. We suggest you look through their massive library of videos. (https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/grades/prek/)

Math Resources

Too Small to Fail - Math

See above for description.

Talking is Teaching - Math Resources

See above for description.

NAEYC - Math at Home

NAEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. They advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

Social and Emotional Resources

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country. (http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/resources/strategies.html)

Too Small to Fail

See above for description.

Talking is Teaching S&E Resources:

Resource Bank (https://talkingisteaching.org/resources/social-emotional)

Social and Emotional Research Background (https://talkingisteaching.org/resources/social-emotional-research-background)

Tips for Families  (https://talkingisteaching.org/resources/social-emotional-tips-for-families)

Parent & Guardian Resources

 
 
 
 

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