New resource aims to help parents get kids ready for preschool

In this Aug. 29, 2017, photo, Turner Elementary School Principal Eric Bethel, right, talks to fifth grade student Kierra Porter, during her reading class, at Turner Elementary School in southeast Washington. Most of the states that first endorsed the Common Core academic standards are still using them in some form, despite continued debate over whether they are improving student performance in reading and math. Bethel says the new guidelines push students to learn “not only the how, but also the why behind the mathematics. Students are learning more and what’s expected of them is much more rigorous than before,” Bethel said.

Ohio (WTVG) - The Ohio Department of Education launched a new resource aimed to help parents get their kids ready for preschool. The INFOhio Early Learning Portal is designed to help children ages 3-5 prepare for school.

The site contains 50 websites and apps that have been hand-selected by educators and librarians with expertise in early learning and literacy.

“Our young children are eager to learn. It’s crucial that we nurture that desire and build a solid foundation for future learning,” said Paolo DeMaria, superintendent of public instruction. “Parents and educators can help their students be ready for school through these quality resources that make learning fun.”

“This website is a tremendous resource for parents and child care providers,” said Cynthia C. Dungey, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. “It has a wealth of concrete suggestions for preparing children to succeed later in school. Best of all, those suggestions are both simple and fun.”

To get connected to this new resource, click the "INFOhio Early Learning Portal" link on this page.