Ever wish that your kids came with an owner's manual? You might not get your wish exactly, but you can read a favorite parenting magazine online, find tips from other parents about raising children, supplement your children's education, learn how to keep them healthy or get advice on talking to them about tough issues. Use the sites in this Parenting Web Guide to make your search quick and successful.
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Education is at the forefront of many parents' minds. And while choosing the right school for your young child can be a difficult decision, the Internet can help to make this choice as stress free as possible. When the time comes, there are also a number of resources to help you and your child chose the right college.
- Children's homework helper sites and search engines can be a good place for anyone (parent or child) to go if you are interested in learning a little bit about a new topic because you will find simplistic, reliable information on these sites. To find a list of them see our findingDulcinea Teaching Web Guide.
To help you choose a school or teacher ...
is a service of Standard and Poor's. Research a public school or district by your zip code and find the proficiency levels of the students, the student-to-teacher ratio, the total enrollment, and performance information. Search by state and find spending information and performance indicators.
Rate My Teachers
allows students and parents to comment on teachers. To view ratings or to provide some feedback of your own, select your area on the map or search by name and state
. This site might provide some insight if you have the ability to choose your child's teacher. See a bad review? Check to see if the teacher has written a response to explain the comment.
For college planning ...
is a no-frills site that walks you through the college prep, application, and decision process with a series of articles and tools, including a college match quiz
and an "Award Analyzer"
to help you figure out which schools are offering you the most aid. This site is powered by Peterson's
, a test prep and college planning site that is also worth checking out (although it is a bit more cluttered).
has an entire section devoted to helping you choose the right college
. Depending on your needs, use either College MatchMaker, which searches for colleges based on your interests, or College QuickFinder, a tool for finding and researching a particular college. This is also the place to go to register for the SAT exam
is a free search service for scholarships. After creating an account, make your profile using a series of questions about you and your education history that will take 20 minutes or so (having your resume and education background handy will make the process quicker). Once that's done, the site shows you the scholarships for which you might qualify.
is a rewards site that allows you to save money in a tax-free "529" college account (for yourself, a family member, or a friend). You earn rewards by using a registered credit card and shopping at affiliated online stores as well as several brick-and-mortar stores and restaurants.
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