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Physical distancing doesn’t mean social distancing. Staying in touch with family and friends is important. Games can be a way to connect with the kids in your life or to connect your kids with their friends and family while at home. Whether one, two or multi-player, there are some good options for free apps and online games for preschoolers to tweens to teens.

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The Association for Library Service to Children creates an annual Notable Children's Digital Media list that has web-based and app-based games for pre-k up through middle school (some free, some for a small fee) and the Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award has suggestions for younger children.

Common Sense Media posts reviews and rates based on developmental criteria and factors such as ease of play, positive messages, violence, and consumerism. Reviews from parents and kids are also available.Their site has lists of suggestions for free online games and free apps that can be sorted by age. 

Check out Online Games for Families to Play Together, an article from Parents magazine. It includes some classics and some new ones, and it’s a good starting point for multi-generational game ideas. Another article shares 15 free online learning games.

Board Game Arena has thousands of games for all ages--Connect Four, Battleship, Can't Stop, King Domino, and Carcassonne to name a few. Games can be played by inviting friends or joining tables. You can also change the language for the site and play.

If branded games are okay, many networks have kids gaming sites that tie in with their characters. Some of those are PBS Kids, Disney Jr., Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and Nick Jr

Toca Boca has a lot of different games that are great for creative, open-ended play. They offer a good amount of gameplay for free, but you can purchase additional content. 

Loteria is a traditional Latin American bingo game you can play on Google Doodle Loteria. Begin by clicking the red play button for the video at the top of your screen. You can play with friends by sharing the link it gives you.

And if you ask kids, they will say Minecraft! Minecraft Classic can be played for free online although players can't save their progress.

The 14-year-old gamer son of one of our librarians suggested Forza for middle schoolers and older. Forza is a series of car racing games that is available from Microsoft Games to play on different devices.

Whatever the gaming choice, talking with your children about going online is always a good idea. SafeKids.com, Connect Safely and the Federal Trade Commission have resources for parents and children.

Have fun and game on!

The library is offering It's Storytime videos in 5 languages, and we would love to hear from you! Please take the short, multiple-choice survey below before August 11th to help us learn what your family is enjoying about the videos, and what storytime alternatives we can make available during this public health event. We value your privacy, and information will not be shared with outside agencies or used for any purpose other than determining program needs.

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The survey is available in the following languages:

Please share your thoughts and ideas with us through August 11th. Thank you!  


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For the past several years, the Hollywood Teen Council has hosted a Hogwarts Camp for 1st-3rd graders during the winter break from school. As many camps and summer programs aren’t happening this summer, they want to share some ideas so that you can create your own wizard camp at home.
Usually the teen council would make the gathering of supplies a big part of the first day of camp, and you can pick and choose which supplies you will want to make. During camp, they would try to expose burgeoning witches and wizards to a variety of wizard school subjects such as Potions, Care of Magical Creatures, Charms and more. At home, with more time, there are many possibilities. You can also find ideas for games and activities as well as some magical treats to make. Imagination is the key ingredient for all of these. Here is a list of supplies and activities for your DIY Wizard's Camp.

Difficult conversations are happening in our country, states, cities and homes about race, racism, and anti-racism. These are not topics only for adults though. Talking with teens, tweens and younger children is important. Research has shown that children as young as six months notice race [Children Are Not Colorblind: How Young Children Learn Race by Erin N. Winkler, Ph.D. University of Wisconsi-Milwaukee, PACE Vol. 3-No. 3,  2009 HighReach Learning Inc]. 

If you are unsure how to start and continue talking with your children as they grow, there are books to share and websites with resources to help. Several of these also discuss how you can be a model since actions often talk louder than words.

Teaching Young Children About Race is a guide for parents and teachers from Teaching for Change

EmbraceRace.org has articles, webinars and action guides about how kids learn about race, seeing and talking about differences, using picture books to have meaningful conversations, and more.

Talking about Race from the National Museum of African American History & Culture shares reflection questions, videos, and links to other resources.

Teaching Tolerance was created for educators, but parents may also find it useful to discuss race and ethnicity, and rights and activiism among other topics. The home page currently features articles about Black Lives Matter and Teaching about Race, Racism and Police Violence.

Talking to Children about Racial Bias from the American Academy of Pediatrics includes how parents can confront their own racial bias and a doctor's story of his encounter with racism as a 7-year-old.

Explaining the News to Our Kids from Common Sense Media offers tips by age.


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Do you have a child who will be 5 years old on or by September 1st? It's time to register them for kindergarten! Below are links to all Multnomah County School Districts and their kindergarten registration information.

If you're not sure which elementary school is your home school, each district has a school locator to check. If you need help identifying your district, find schools near you using your address or ZIP code, or call 2-1-1.



Centennial has registration packets available in English, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Somali and Chinese. Student bus information is also available.

Corbett has a Google form available in English and Spanish to determine interest. Formal registration will follow.

David Douglas has online registration available in English, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese and Simplified Chinese. 

Gresham-Barlow asks that you register your child by June 1st. Select languages other than English at the top of the screen for Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, Romanian, Hmong, Vietnamese, and Arabic. Language assistance is available to help non-English speaking families with the enrollment process and other services. 

Parkrose offers online registration for the first time this year. Information is on their website in English and Spanish.

Portland Public Schools' online registration process takes 20-30 minutes and school staff will follow up with you later in the summer. With schools closed, online registration is the easiest option. Paper registration packets are available at meal sites, May 28 through June 10.  Packets will be located at the curriculum tables and include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for easy mailing..

  • You don’t need to register if your child attends a PPS Head Start or Pre-Kindergarten program.
  • If a child has an approved transfer and the parent registers online, the parent must do so using their neighborhood school based on the home address. The Enrollment and Transfer Center will change the school location to the transfer school at a later date. 
  • Families with children who have IEPs will need to register using a paper form.

Reynolds information is available in English and Spanish. Staff will contact you to confirm your child's enrollment after you submit the registration. Families will be invited in August to a virtual or in-person Kindergarten Orientation (depending on state guidance). 

Riverdale asks parents of new students to submit a New Resident Introduction Form as soon as possible. An enrollment packet will then be shared.


David Douglas School District

Cualquier niño que tenga cinco (5) años de edad el 1 de septiembre o antes es elegible para inscribirse en el Kindergarten en la escuela de su hogar designada.

La inscripción en línea  está disponible para la nueva inscripción de estudiantes de Kindergarten para 2020-21. Después de que se haya enviado la solicitud en línea, debe comunicarse con la escuela límite de su hijo para completar los formularios específicos de la escuela, la asignación de clase, los horarios y otra información para que la transición de su hijo sea fácil. Si se registra en línea, también puede cargar el certificado de inmunización de su hijo, el certificado de nacimiento y el comprobante de domicilio, o traerlos a la escuela.


línea está disponible para la inscripción de nuevos estudiantes. Una vez que se haya aceptado la solicitud en línea, la  escuela se comunicará con usted para un seguimiento adicional y puede  programar una reunión antes del primer día de su hijo. Esto es importante ya que puede recibir formularios específicos de la escuela para completar, tareas de clase, horarios y otra información para hacer que la transición de su hijo sea fácil. Si tiene preguntas, puede comunicarse con la escuela de su vecindario. Use la aplicación Localizador de escuelas para determinar en qué límite de la escuela vive.


Para la inscripción en el jardín de infantes en la primavera de 2020, Parkrose utilizará nuestro sistema de inscripción en línea. Padres / tutores, tenga lo siguiente listo para completar el proceso de registro: comprobante de edad, registro de vacunas, comprobante de domicilio, y nombres y números de teléfono de contactos de emergencia. Para comenzar, visite http://www.parkrose.k12.or.us/registration. Preguntas? Por favor llame al: 503-408-2100

Portland Public Schools

Si su hijo tiene 5 años de edad antes del 1º de septiembre, por favor inscríbalo en el kínder. Para inscribirse haga click en este enlace: https://www.pps.net/kinderenroll. El proceso toma de 20 a 30 minutos y el personal de la escuela se comunicará con usted a finales del verano. Mientras las escuelas permanecen cerradas, inscribirse en línea es la opción más fácil, pero los papeles de inscripción estarán disponibles muy pronto también. No es necesario inscribir a su hijo si actualmente asiste al programa escolar de PPS Head Start o Pre-kínder.


Si su estudiante es nuevo en el Distrito Escolar de Reynolds, regístrese para la inscripción. 

Para solicitar que un formulario en papel se envíe por correo a su hogar, haga clic AQUÍ

Distance learning can be challenging.  If you are looking for help with schooling, here are some free tutoring resources  to consider.


Who is eligible :  K-college students
Registration required : yes for some features, no for live help
Who are the tutors :  college and graduate students, teachers, working professionals
Which languages is tutoring available in : English, Spanish, Vietnamese

Other Tutor.com information : 
available with a library card
live tutoring 2-10 pm daily
essay help
suggested websites
learning videos

Learn to Be

Who is eligible : K-12 students with a focus on underserved students
Registration required : yes
Who are the tutors : high school and college students, adults
Which languages is tutoring available in : English

Interns for Good

Who is eligible : Elementary and middle school students
Registration required : yes
Who are the tutors : high school students
Which languages is tutoring available in : English

Teens Tutor Teens

Who is eligible : Teens 13-18
Registration required : yes
Who are the tutors : high school students
Which languages is tutoring available in : English
Other Teens Tutor Teens information :
group tutoring
test prep tutoring
on-demand videos
essay editing

If you are looking for extra academic support instead of live tutoring, consider these free resources:

Learning Resource Express Library has academic support resources for upper elementary school through high school. Available with your Multnomah County Library card.

Khan Academy has free video-based lessons and practice for K-12 students.

Smart Tutor offers free resources for K-8 students and support for high school math.

With the rapid changes in response to COVID-19, teens are under a great deal of stress. They are struggling with adapting to online school, being isolated from their friends, and losing out on important milestones and opportunities. As parents and caregivers are working through their own stresses and difficulties, it can be difficult to know how to support teens during this time. Here are some resources to help.

Library resources

If you don't already have a library card, you can sign up for a temporary card online.

Find great young adult audio and e-books on Overdrive Teens.

Stream movies and music, and find graphic novels and comics on Hoopla.

Even though the library isn’t recruiting Summer Reading volunteers this year, we will still have the Summer Reading Program. It starts June 15 and participants can play online or with a paper game board. The grand prize is the choice of a Technology Package or an Experience Portland Family Fun Package.

Check out more resources highlighted on our teen page.

Mental and emotional health

Teens can get peer support from YouthLine. No problem is too big or too small. Call 877.968.8491 or text 83986. YouthLine has also created a list of support resources specifically for COVID-19.

UNICEF has six strategies for how teens can cope with COVID-19.

John Krasinski of The Office launched a YouTube Channel called Some Good News to help lift spirits during quarantine.

With nearly 7.5 million followers, Yoga with Adriene is a very high quality YouTube channel. She has videos on meditation, physical fitness, and using yoga to process emotions.

Teens can help combat the spread COVID-19 in their communities by donating homemade masks to Multnomah County Joint Response. The CDC has instructions on how to make and properly use cloth face masks.

Resources for parents and caregivers

For up-to-date information and resources, check the Multnomah County page on COVID-19.

The Education Development Center has tips for Parenting an Older Teen in a COVID-19 World.

The Search Institute has a Relationships Checkup tool for parents, other caregivers and educators.

Quaranteengers: Strategies for Parenting in Close Quarters, a New York Times article, offers advice on how parents and caregivers can support teens during quarantine.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has created a helpful fact sheet for parents and caregivers. It contains a table broken down by age group that lists some common reactions children and teens might have to stress as well as ways that parents and caregivers can support youth. 

It’s also important to take care of yourself while taking care of others. Here are some resources for self-care for parents and caregivers.

National Parent Helpline, 1.855.427.2736

Mental Health and Coping with Stress from the CDC

Why Parents Need Self-Compassion During the Coronavirus Pandemic from the Chidlren's Hospital of Philadelphia

Parenting During Coronavirus: You Are Enough from PBS Parents


Bất kỳ đứa trẻ nào sẽ được năm (5) tuổi vào hoặc trước ngày 1 tháng 9 đều đủ điều kiện đăng ký học Mẫu giáo tại trường học tại nhà được chỉ định.

Centennial School District :  Con của bạn phải đủ 5 tuổi vào hoặc trước ngày 1 tháng 9 năm 2020 để đủ điều kiện nhập học mẫu giáo cho năm học. Vui lòng điền vào mẫu đăng ký dưới đây gửi email đến trường học tại nhà của bạn cùng với bằng chứng cư trú và bằng chứng sinh.

David Douglas School District : Đăng ký trực tuyến  có sẵn cho tuyển sinh mẫu giáo mới cho năm 2020-21. Sau khi nộp đơn trực tuyến, bạn nên liên hệ với trường biên giới của con bạn để biết các hình thức cụ thể của trường để hoàn thành, phân công lớp học, lịch trình và các thông tin khác để giúp quá trình chuyển đổi của con bạn trở nên suôn sẻ. Nếu bạn đăng ký trực tuyến, bạn cũng có thể tải lên giấy chứng nhận tiêm chủng, giấy khai sinh và bằng chứng địa chỉ của con bạn, hoặc mang chúng đến trường.

Gresham-Barlow School DistrictĐăng ký trực tuyến có sẵn để đăng ký học sinh mới. Sau khi đơn đăng ký trực tuyến được chấp nhận, nhà  trường sẽ liên lạc với bạn để theo dõi thêm và có thể  sắp xếp một cuộc họp trước ngày đầu tiên của con bạn. Điều này rất quan trọng vì bạn có thể nhận được các biểu mẫu cụ thể của trường để hoàn thành, bài tập trên lớp, lịch trình và các thông tin khác để giúp quá trình chuyển đổi của con bạn trở nên suôn sẻ. Nếu bạn có thắc mắc, bạn có thể liên hệ với trường hàng xóm của bạn. Sử dụng ứng dụng Định vị trường học để xác định ranh giới trường bạn sống.

Portland Public SchoolsNếu quý vị có một bé lên 5 tuổi vào Ngày 1 Tháng 9, xin hãy đăng ký học Mẫu Giáo!  Để đăng ký, truy cập vào trang mạng pps.net/kinderenroll. Quy trình này mất khoảng 20-30 phút và nhân viên nhà trường sẽ liên lạc với quý vị trong mùa hè này. Trong khi các trường học đóng cửa, thì đăng ký trên mạng là sự lựa chọn dễ nhất, nhưng chọn điền đơn trên giấy cũng sẽ sớm được cung cấp. Quý vị không cần phải đăng ký nếu con em quý vị đang tham gia chương trình Head Start hoặc Pre-Kindergarten/ Lớp Mầm Non ở PPS.

Любой ребенок, которому будет 1 (пять) лет 1 сентября или ранее, имеет право записаться в Детский сад в назначенной им домашней школе.

Centennial School District : Регистрационный пакет,  Добро пожаловать в детский буклет для родителей

David Douglas School District : Онлайн регистрация  доступна для новых учащихся в детский сад на 2020-21 годы. После подачи онлайн-заявки вы должны связаться с пограничной школой вашего ребенка, чтобы заполнить школьные формы, заполнить школьные задания, расписание и другую информацию, чтобы сделать переход вашего ребенка гладким. Если вы регистрируетесь в Интернете, вы также можете загрузить справку о прививках вашего ребенка, свидетельство о рождении и подтверждение адреса или принести их в школу.

Gresham-Barlow School District : доступна онлайн-регистрация. После того, как онлайн-заявка будет принята,  школа свяжется с вами для дополнительного наблюдения и может  назначить встречу до первого дня вашего ребенка. Это важно, так как вы можете получать школьные формы для заполнения, классные задания, расписание и другую информацию, чтобы сделать переход вашего ребенка гладким. Если у вас есть вопросы, вы можете обратиться в местную школу. Используйте приложение «Локатор школ», чтобы определить, в какой школе вы живете.

Portland Public Schools :  Если у вас есть ребёнок, которому к 1 сентября будет 5 лет, пожалуйста, зарегистрируйтесь в нулевой класс! Чтобы зарегистрироваться, зайдите на веб-сайт pps.net/kinderenroll. Процесс занимает 20-30 минут, и сотрудники школы свяжутся с вами позже летом. В связи с закрытием школ регистрация онлайн является самым простым вариантом, но заявления на бумаге будут доступны в ближайшее время. Вам не надо регистрироваться, если ваш ребёнок посещает программу “Head Start” или “Pre-Kindergarten” в PPS.


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