Skip Navigation LinksParent's Place > Parent Resources > Organizations


Educational Organizations | Government/National Organizations

Educational Organizations

First Book Organization
First Book is a national nonprofit organization with a single mission: to give disadvantaged children the opportunity to read and own their first new books. Visit their site to see what you can do to help.

GreatSchools is a national nonprofit whose mission is to inspire and guide parents to become effective champions of their children's education at home and in their communities. The leading independent source of school performance information, their website features parent reviews and ratings and is also a good resource for academic, health and special education information.

The Nation's Report Card (US Department of Education)
The Nation's Report Card is the national assessment of education progress, containing detailed education statistics by state.

National Geographic for Kids
Share opinions about your favorite books, discover animals, try the geobee challenge, test your knowledge of dolphins or explore the fantastic forest with National Geographic for Kids.

National Wildlife Federation
Check out the Readers Corner with lots of games and activities. The National Wildlife Federation is the nation’s largest member-supported conservation group uniting individuals, organizations, businesses and government to protect wildlife, wild places, and the environment.

USA Today Education
USA Today provides everyday education news and resources for parents and educators.

Government/National Organizations

Baltimore Reads
The mission of Baltimore Reads is to improve the quality of life for educationally disadvantaged adults, children, and families. They emphasize strong reading, basic and life skill proficiencies essential for continuous learning, employment, and self-sufficiency.

The Center for the Book
A department of the Library of Congress, The Center for the Book was established to stimulate public interest in books, reading, and libraries and to encourage the study of books and print culture. Within the Library of Congress, the Center is a focal point for celebrating the legacy of books and the printed word. Outside the Library, the Center works closely with other organizations to foster understanding of the vital role of books, reading, libraries and literacy in society.

Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA)
CIERA provides a number of publications, research, events and more for educators, parents, policymakers, researchers, and supporters of early literacy opportunities for children.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
Hundreds of education resources supported by agencies across the U.S. Federal government.

International Reading Association (IRA)
The IRA seeks to promote high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction. It offers a number of informative online brochures that will help you with your children’s learning experiences.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
The NAEYC is the nation’s largest organization of early childhood professionals and others dedicated to improving the quality of early childhood education programs for children birth through age eight.

National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Founded in 1904, the NCEA serves more than 7.6 million students in preschools, elementary and secondary schools, parish religious education programs, diocesan offices, colleges, universities, and seminaries.

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Part of the U.S. Department of Education, the NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the United States and other nations.

National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL)
The Center’s mission is the advancement and support of literacy services for families across the United States through programming, training, research, advocacy, and dissemination of information. They support adult education, early childhood education, parent/child interaction time, and parent groups.

National Education Association (NEA)
The NEA is America’s oldest and largest organization committed to advancing the cause of public education, founded in 1857. They provide online brochures that will help you build partnerships for student learning. Check out their outreach ideas for families and communities.

National Institute for Literacy
The National Institute for Literacy serves as a national resource for adult education and literacy programs, coordinates literacy services and policy, and provides leadership for literacy in the United States. The Institute disseminates information on scientifically based reading research pertaining to children, youth, and adults as well as information about development and implementation of classroom reading programs based on the research.

Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
As the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation, the National PTA provides parents and families with a powerful voice to speak out on behalf of every child and the best tools to help their children be safe, healthy, and successful - in school and in life. Their site features tools, information, community, discounts, resources and more.

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)
RIF develops and delivers children’s and family literacy programs that help prepare young children for reading and motivate school-age children to read.

U.S. Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.