Parent/Teacher Resources

Child Care

Searching for the best preschool for your child can be overwhelming.  There are several factors to consider when making your choice.  Here is a guide to help you.

We offer a listing of local nursery schools and daycares called Preschool Possibilities. This listing includes locations and contact information for each business.  Every January, the library also has a Nursery School Fair where you can visit with representatives from many of these providers.  This fair will be announced in our December newsletter.

The Capital District Child Care Council is great resource to answer your questions about how to find child care, how to start your own preschool, summer camps and financial aid.

Homeschooling

These are some groups you may be interested in if you homeschool.  Please see our complete listing of homeschooling resources available upon request.

Alliance for Parental Involvement in Education New York Home Educators Network

www.nyhen.org

Free membership.  Includes the New York State Homeschooling Regulations, a list of local homeschool support groups (listed below), legal information of relevance to NY homeschoolers, and accounts of NY homeschoolers in the news.

New York Homeschool Support Groups

www.nyhen.org/LocalGroups.html

Capital District Home Educators (CDHE)
Area: Albany, Schenectady, Troy
E-mail: CDHE-owner@yahoogroups.com
Contact: Jane Bewsher (518) 272-3155

Family Educators Resource Network (FERN)

Area: Albany, Rensselaer, & Columbia Counties
E-mail: FERNetwork-owner@yahoogroups.com

Guilderland Area Home Learning Association (GAHLA)

Area: Albany, Schenectady, Troy
E-mail: GAHLANY@hotmail.com
Contact: Ellen Doolin (518) 456-4260

Home Educators Enrichment Group (HEEG)

Area: Schenectady County & vicinity
E-mail: maryok@nycap.rr.com
Contact: Mary O’Keefe (518) 372-5118

Saratoga Area Homeschoolers

Area: Saratoga County & vicinity
E-mail: chez-hodge@juno.com
Contact: Anne Hodge (518) 584-9110

The Alternative Learning Center (TALC)

Area: Chatham & vicinity
E-mail: TALCNY-owner@yahoogroups.com

The Language Learning Institute

5 Herbert Drive, Latham
(518)346-7096

Early Literacy

Being familiar with the Six Early Literacy Skills, helps parents know how to best guide their children to learn how to read and write.

DayByDayNY is a great website to visit daily or monthly for themed reading and activity suggestions for your child.  It also has listings of local museums, tips for good health, craft ideas, and more.

Reading Rockets is one of the leading resources for helping children learn to read and write.  There you will find blogs, articles, interviews, videos and more about reading and writing for children.

Get Ready to Read! is an early literacy program designed to help parents and early child care providers equip young children with the skills they will need to  learn to read.

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