The end of summer marks the start of a new school year. These tips can help you as you get your family ready for the upcoming academic year.
If you want to learn English or need to join an English as a Second Language (ESL) program for school or work, these resources can help you find local and online courses:
Schools or Nonprofit Organizations: If you live in the U.S., every state, county, and city has its own education programs and resources for learning English. If you have children, talk to their school staff, or contact a community college, university, or nonprofit organization to find local programs.
Internet: Learn English from home with the website USALearns.org or download the application to your phone or tablet to practice on the go. Listen to ShareAmerica.gov for audio conversations to learn English.
Libraries: In some communities, libraries offer English classes and materials to study. Find a library near you.
If you are concerned that you might have been scammed or overcharged by an ESL program, contact the Federal Trade Commission to file a complaint.
There are many educational resources and aid available to people with disabilities:
College bound students with intellectual disabilities may be able to take advantage of special financial aid programs. The Federal Student Aid office can provide specific information on loans, grants, and scholarships, and application procedures.
Your state education department or your local community school board can tell you what programs are available in your state and answer questions on state laws regarding educational rights for people with disabilities.
Resources for Students, Parents and Teachers from Kids.gov
Kids.gov is the government’s official website for kids. It connects children, educators, and parents with educational resources and services from the government geared to the learning level and interest of children (age K-5) and adolescents (age 6-8).
You will find:
Lesson plans for educators
Information about school subjects such as reading and writing, social studies, health, art, and math
Interactive games and educational videos
Information about the states
Questions and answers about science, history, and U.S. government