Family Resources

Family Resources

Mental Health

Grief Resource Helping your child deal with death
WORKSHOP: Grief Busters
6-7:30 pm; 2nd & 4th Wednesdays; January - March 2017; Gilda's Club Madison
WORKSHOP: Do You Know a Child Who?s Grieving? Free grief support groups for kids 5 to 18
National Association of School Psychologists
A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope
Building Resiliency: Helping Children to Weather Tough Times
Identifying Seriously Traumatized Children: Tips for Parents and Educators
Managing Strong Emotional Reactions to Traumatic Events: Tips for Parents and Teachers
Managing Strong Emotional Reactions to Traumatic Events: Tips for Parents and Teachers (Spanish)
Stomp Out Bullying
Parent Referrals for Counseling
What should parents watch for in terms of referring their child for counseling? Some indicators of children who might need counseling include the following:


DASD Summary of Grading Systems
Current grading scales at elementary, middle and high school.
DASD Libraries/Resources
24/7 access to our district school libraries with links to online learning resources. Students start here to use quality research sources, get reading recommendations, and search our library catalogs.
1800 Days
1800 Days is committed to ending the achievement gap in Dane County, one child at a time. 1800 Days aims to help end this unacceptable gap for our children by bringing knowledge, resources and support to our children through the individuals, organizations and entities that comprise their communities.
Parent Toolkit
NBC News, Education Nation
Make Every Day Count: Boost School Attendance
Maximize Parent-Teacher Conferences

Media & Technology

Commonsense Media
Commonsense Media is an organization that reviews and rates TV, movies, apps, games, music, and books. There are ratings for age-appropriate media and learning ratings. You?ll find a blog as well, with many useful and interesting topics related to media and technology.
Commonsense Media: Parent Concerns
Lots of expert advice and resources about family life in the digital age.
Commonsense Media: Parenting Blog
Commonsense Media: Family Toolbox
Netsmartz.org is a division of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. It has a wealth of resources for kids, teens, families, and teachers regarding safety, social networking, privacy, and more.
Netsmartz.org for Kids
Netsmartz.org for Teens
Netsmartz.org for Tweens
5 Myths & Truths about Internet Safety
Cyberbullying Research Center
Safeguarding Kids' Online Activities
Family Tech Plan
Cell Phone Contract
A resource for parents/guardians to use with their children for cell phone use - includes usage, etiquette and an "honor code." (Source: iMom)
App Recommendations for Families
From Commonsense media, highly rated apps sorted by device and age group.
Bureau of Consumer Protection
Information and resources from the Office of Privacy Protection


Summer Literacy Tips
Sign up to receive text messages each week.
Summer Reading - A Guide to Parents
Summer Reading Resources
DeForest Area Public Library
ALSC Summer Reading Lists - 2016
Association for Library Service to Children
Scholastic?s Summer Reading Challenge
DASD Spelling Instruction
Information for families, 9/5/14
Reading Rockets
Offers a wealth of reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better.
Read, Write, Think
Help Readers Love Reading
Guys Read
International Reading Association
Parent Resources
Wisconsin State Reading Association
Families & Literacy Newsletter
Read Kiddo Read
Kids Read
Ultimate Guide to Reading Comprehension


A Parent's Guide to STAR Assessments
A complete reference to STAR assessments, including common questions and answers.
Helping your child: Test Preparation

Content Specific

Reinforce Math Skills With Everyday Activities