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1,000 Books before Kindergarten Read with your child while he or she earns rewards and a free book upon completion.
How to Read a Wordless Picturebook Wordless picture books are an art. They are stories told entirely through illustrations—books without words, or sometimes just a few words. It’s tempting (and somewhat predictable) to post about wordless picture books without using words and only showcase the gorgeous art, but there’s much to say about them!
Prince William County Schools (PWCS) Kindergarten Registration How to register your child for kindergarten.
How Modern Storytime Develops Early Literacy
Book Riot

Visit a public library lately? You might of learned that storytime is no longer your grandma's storytime. There might be singing, dancing and crafts and plenty of noise. These activities may seem unrelated to reading but literacy experts are seeing a lot of value in these activities. Click on link to read more on this topic.
PWCS Kindergarten Readiness Resources
What your child should know upon entering kindergarten.
SNACS by 5® A simple card game that teaches young children their sounds, numbers, alphabet, colors, and sounds. You can borrow the games from full-service PWPLS branches.
Smart Beginnings Greater Prince William A network that brings together kindergarten readiness resources for parents and educators.
Virginia Quality for Parents A guide to choosing childcare based on participation in Virginia Quality, a system to improve the quality of childcare and early education programs.
The Washington Post Summer reading: tips from parents, who happen to know a few things about books.
Psychology Today Three Myths About “Reading Levels"
ABC Lateline
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Broadcast: July 18, 2017
New children's literacy study links hearing words to reading ability for first time
Parents should be actively talking to their children as well as reading to them if they want to boost their literacy skills, a study from Macquarie University has found. Researchers from the Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders have for the first time demonstrated the link between hearing words and being able to read them. Using special eye-tracking technology, neuropsychologist Signy Wegener has established that when children hear a word, it prepares them to be able to read it later on. The findings from the Australian Research Council centre have been published in the journal Developmental Science. "It really confirms the importance of teaching oral vocabulary to children," Ms Wegener said.
KQED Mindshift What Works For Getting Kids to Enjoy Reading?
I said at the outset that our goal is simply to get kids reading — it’s reading, not positive attitudes toward reading that will make for better lexical representations and broader background knowledge. But then we saw that reading attitudes, reading self-image, and frequency of reading are interconnected. So in fact, getting kids to read will not only improve their reading, it will make them like reading more. Getting children to like reading more in order to prompt more reading is not our only option. We can reverse it — get them reading more, and that will improve reading attitudes and reading self-concept. Well then, how do we prompt a child with negative or indifferent attitudes toward reading to pick up a book?

 

Parents of Young Adults
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The 33 Best Online Resources for Teen HealthVetted by Scholastic’s Choices magazine, these sites point young adults and their parents to reliable health information on the web.
Prince William Department of Community Services Community Services is a public agency providing mental health, intellectual disability, substance abuse, emergency services and early intervention programs for residents of Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.
Mental Health Resources
Mental health resources from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
American Academy of Child and Adolescent PsychiatryMental health resources for families and youth.
National Institute of Mental Health Mental health resources and education, searchable by categories such as families, children, and young adults.
Mental Health America Screening Mental health screening tools for all ages.

 

Parents of Children (infants - age 12)
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American Academy of Child and Adolescent PsychiatryMental health resources for families and youth.
Infant and Toddler Connection of Virginia Early intervention support and service to children from birth to age two who are not developing as expected or who have a medical condition that can delay normal development.
Mental Health America Screening
Mental health screening tools for all ages.
Military OneSourceMental health resources and education, searchable by categories such as families, children, and young adults.
National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health Mental health resources and education, searchable by categories such as families, children, and young adults.
Prince William County Schools Office of Special Education Provides many links to information, programs, and resources for parents.
Virginia 211 Points you to local resources on everything from childcare to financial assistance.

 

Read, Watch, Listen
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Hoopla Digital offers downloadable eBooks to patrons 24/7. You can download with a valid library card, with the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device.

Freading is a free eBook lending service being provided to the library system thanks to funding from the State Library of Virginia.

OneClick Digital offers downloadable audiobooks.

OverDrive offers thousands of downloadable audio books, all free with your Prince William Public Library card.

Zinio offers downloadable magazines to patrons. These are full digital versions of the print edition, available free to library patrons with no waiting and no checkout periods.

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