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With the new school year already upon us, parents and children alike are probably scrambling to prepare for new teachers, new classes and maybe even new schools. For some families, these changes could happen for a number of reasons, but chances are they are made in hopes of finding a better academic fit (and future) for students regardless of their economic status.

You don’t have to be an expert on education to know that far too many grade school students in the United States lack access to quality public schools, competent, committed teachers and other key tools for academic success. Many of these young people—the majority of whom are people of color and/or from low-income households—find themselves ill-prepared once they enter college…if they’re able to get there in the first place.

Fortunately, there are institutions and organizations across the nation designed to support students and prepare them for the start of the school year.

Are you an educator or parent in need of resources to supplement your own back to school efforts? Looking to support an organization doing that can help you on those fronts? Here are a few that you should check out:

The U.S. Department of Education offers its own back to school guide with advice for parents, students and educators alike.Whether you are sending your child off to Pre-K for the first time, readying for classroom for a new set of students, or attending your freshman year of college, there’s a lot to prepare for,” the DOE writes. For more information, visit its official website.

Family Education has made its back to school resources available to children as well as parents, covering everything from tips to get your child organized, how to get involved with the PTA, a readiness checklist for kindergarten, advice for homework and much more. To find out more about Family Education’s back to school tips, go to its website.

Activity Village offers students and parents everything from ideas for crafts to printables for back to school topics that include but aren’t limited to school readiness, crafts, worksheets, puzzles and vocabulary exercises, plus dozens of other options. Find out more by clicking here to go to its website.

Share My Lesson has mostly tailored its back to school tips for teachers, but parents get some love too by offering lessons and resources surrounding preparation tactics, bullying prevention, LGBTQ issues, mental health awareness, social and emotional learning and social justice, to name but a few. To learn more about all that Share My Lessons has to offer, visit its website by clicking here.

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