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Parents & Families

This section of the web portal provides relevant information and accessible resources for parents and families of English learners to support the education of their child.

Resources for English Learners


Brainpop - Coronavirus Videos and Interactive Resources

Find out more about how viruses work, and the best ways to prevent them from infecting more people.

Locate COVID-19 resources and support from across the region.
                                                                    

Five Helpful Responses for Families

Tips for parents to help talk to their child about how they are feeling during this time.

PBS - How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus

Information available in Spanish
Article and tips for parents with children age two to eight.

Scholastic Magazine - Teaching the World: The Coronavirus

A collection of resources by grade-level to help students understand the virus and how to prevent germs from spreading.

Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Information available in Spanish
Resources for families about homework, staying engaged, and understanding the new coverage on COVID-19.


Association for Library Service to Children

Offers book recommendations for readers Kindergarten to grade 8.

Bartolo

Literacy activities and games available in English and Spanish.

Brainpop

Information available in Spanish - Brainpop Espanol
Animated Educational Site for Kids with content available in the areas of: Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Arts & Music, Health, and Technology.
Brainpop ELL
English language learning program comprised of short, animated movies as well as games, quizzes, and interactive features.

Children’s Books

Information available in Spanish
Materials for families and some free downloadable primary children’s books.

Colorín Colorado

Information available in Spanish
Literacy tips for all ages and recommended book lists for middle to high school age.

Duolingo

Information available in multiple languages
A free language-learning website and app for elementary and middle school students.

English Learner Family Toolkit

Information for families about public schools in the U.S.

ESL Writing Wizard

Create handouts to practice writing on lined paper.

Family Learning Center

A collection of free family-led learning experiences and activities for ages three to twelve.

Fun Brain

Online books and learning games.

Grocery Store Literacy for Preschoolers

Information available in Spanish
Easy ways to build literacy and math skills while at the grocery store.

Head Start Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

Information available in Spanish
Head Start and Early Head Start programs for early childhood education.

Helping Your Preschool Child

Information only available in Spanish
Activities for parents to do with their preschool child.

How Stuff Works

Articles broken down by subject along with games, quizzes, and videos.

Kindergarten English Language Arts Tips

Information available in Spanish
Tips for parents to help their child develop reading and writing skills outside of the classroom.

Parent Guide to Student Success in Kindergarten

Information available in Spanish
An overview of what a child will learn by the end of kindergarten in mathematics and English language arts.

Parent Guide to Student Success in First Grade

Information available in Spanish
An overview of what a child will learn by the end of first grade in mathematics and English language arts.

Parent Guide to Student Success in Second Grade

Information available in Spanish
An overview of what a child will learn by the end of second grade in mathematics and English language arts.

Parent Guide to Student Success in Third Grade

Information available in Spanish
An overview of what a child will learn by the end of third grade in mathematics and English language arts.

Parent Guide to Student Success in Fourth Grade

Information available in Spanish
An overview of what a child will learn by the end of fourth grade in mathematics and English language arts.

Parent Guide to Student Success in Fifth Grade

Information available in Spanish
An overview of what a child will learn by the end of fifth grade in mathematics and English language arts.

PBS Kids

Educational games and videos for primary age students and resources for parents.

Read Conmigo

Information available in Spanish
Educational tools for parents and teachers; books and activities for students in prekindergarten to grade 5.

Reading Rockets: English Language Learners

Resources for teachers and parents to help young students with reading.

ReadWriteThink: Comic Creator

A variety of fun, interactive writing activities, including the Comic Creator. Students can fill in comics with their own words and storylines.

RockALingua

Practice Spanish vocabulary through song.

Sesame Street Bilingual Learning Resources

Information available in Spanish
Bilingual resources such as a family activity guide and videos for young children.

Scholastic

Educational books and activities for students of all grade levels.

Spanish Playground

Bilingual resources such as games, poems, songs, and videos.

Story Place Preschool online books

Information available in Spanish
Online books and activities for preschool children.

Stuart Stories

Writing story prompts for students to read and practice their writing skills.

Talking Counts

Information available in Spanish
Practical ideas on how to build a child's vocabulary and background knowledge.

TexQuest

Digital resources for students and families.

Texas Association for Bilingual Education

Parent resources in Spanish to help young children in different subjects

The 50 Best ESL Resources for Kids

ESL websites, games and activities, and videos for young children.

The LISA Academy English Language Learner Program

Resources for parents such as articles, websites, and journals.

The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations

Some information available in Spanish
Family articles and resources on how to help your young child.

The Spanish Experiment

Read along books available in Spanish and English.

Tool Kit for Hispanic Families

Information available in multiple languages
Resources and documents to help your young school-aged child succeed in school.

Unite Literacy

Books to read in English and Spanish.


Brainpop

Information available in Spanish - Brainpop Espanol
Animated Educational Site for Kids with content available in the areas of: Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Arts & Music, Health, and Technology.
Brainpop ELL
English language learning program comprised of short, animated movies as well as games, quizzes, and interactive features.

Duolingo

Learn over 30 languages online or app in short lessons.

English Media Lab Homepage

Exercises for all English learners including grammar and pronunciation exercises, vocabulary videos, and interactive quizzes.

English Online Resources

List of resources to learn English and grow in areas of listening, speaking and writing.

ESL Games World

List of interactive links for ESL students to learn across different content.

Family Learning Center

A collection of free family-led learning experiences and activities for ages nine to twelve.

How Stuff Works

Articles broken down by subject along with games, quizzes, and videos.

Fun Brain

Online books and learning games.

Learn That Word

Review a list of Green and Latin morphemes, meanings, and sample words and definitions.

Parent Guide to Student Success in Sixth Grade

Information available in Spanish
An overview of what a child will learn by the end of sixth grade in mathematics and English language arts.

Parent Guide to Student Success in Seventh Grade

Information available in Spanish
An overview of what a child will learn by the end of seventh grade in mathematics and English language arts.

Parent Guide to Student Success in Eighth Grade

Information available in Spanish
An overview of what a child will learn by the end of eighth grade in mathematics and English language arts.
ReadWriteThink: Comic Creator
A variety of fun, interactive writing activities, including the Comic Creator. Students can fill in comics with their own words and storylines.

Scholastic

Educational books and activities for students of all grade levels.

TexQuest

Digital resources for students and families.


Duolingo

Learn over 30 languages online or app in short lessons.

English Media Lab Homepage

Exercises for all English learners including grammar and pronunciation exercises, vocabulary videos, and interactive quizzes.

English Online Resources

List of resources to learn English and grow in areas of listening, speaking and writing.

ESL Games World

List of interactive links for ESL students to learn across different content.

High School English Parents’ Guide to Student Success

Information available in Spanish
An overview of what a child will learn in high school in English language arts.

High School Math Parents' Guide to Student Success

Information available in Spanish
An overview of what a child will learn in high school in mathematics.

How Stuff Works

Articles broken down by subject along with games, quizzes, and videos.

Learn That Word

Review a list of Green and Latin morphemes, meanings, and sample words and definitions.

ReadWriteThink: Comic Creator

A variety of fun, interactive writing activities, including the Comic Creator. Students can fill in comics with their own words and storylines.

Scholastic

Educational books and activities for students of all grade levels.

TexQuest

Digital resources for students and families.

Virtual Tours of Famous Museums

Video tours of museums from London to Seoul.

How is a child identified as an English learner?
What are the differences between the bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs?

A child is identified as an English learner. Then the child is placed in either a bilingual program or an ESL program. For more information about these programs, select the appropriate brochure, below:

How and when are English learners assessed in Texas?

English learners take the same state assessments as all other children in Texas, currently known as the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR. For parent-friendly information on this assessment, visit the Texas Assessment Opens a new window website.

All English learners are also assessed using the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System, or TELPAS. This assessment measures the progress English learners are making in learning the English language. For information on the STAAR and TELPAS, visit the Information on State Assessments for English Learners web page.

The following resources in English and Spanish provide parents with information on the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS).

For information that explains the assessment, English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS), Proficiency Level Descriptors (PLDs), and accommodations, visit the​ ​TELPAS FAQs for Parents in English and ​TELPAS FAQs for Parents in SpanishOpens a new windowOpens a new window.
For information on how parents can prepare their child for TELPAS, visit TELPAS Parent Tips in English and TELPAS Parent Tips in SpanishOpens a new window.
Girl setting at table.

Girl setting at table.

Are three or four-year-old English learners eligible to attend prekindergarten?

Yes. Some schools provide a prekindergarten program for 3-year-olds, and some for 4-year-olds. English learners who are at least three years of age as of September 1 of the current school year may be eligible to attend a prekindergarten program, if offered for 3-year-olds.

For a full list of eligibility requirements for free public school kindergarten, visit the Prekindergarten Eligibility and AttendanceOpens a new window web page.

What programs are available in my area to help adult members of my family learn English?

Some school districts in Texas provide Adult ESL classes for parents of English learners. Check with your school district to see if classes are offered in your area.

In addition, Texas has twenty Education Service Centers (ESCs) throughout the state to support the educational needs of our communities. Every ESC offers adult ESL classes in their region. For information about the services available in your school district, click on the region for your school district on the map.

If you need assistance determining your region, click on the School District LocatorOpens a new window web page. Then click on the School District Locator map page. Zoom out to view the school districts within each of the twenty regions.

Regions to select

Hover over your region, then click to access information on Adult ESL classes

What are the rights of parents or guardians of English learners?

As a parent/guardian of an English learner you have rights regarding your child’s education access and programming.

Parents/Guardian Rights Guidance in English
Parents/Guardian Rights Guidance in Spanish

Where can I find community resources and services to support English learners and their families?

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