Grace Klein Community
Based in Birmingham, Alabama, Grace Klein Community is a 501(c)3 non-profit. We long to change our world by teaching people how to truly share with one another. We long to be much more than just a charity that gives stuff. We want to build relationships that mean something and that can encourage and spur people on to be better. Our mission is simple… to show people that they are loved and to spread the idea that everyone has something to give. If we all share, we can all have enough. Time, stuff, money, talents, skills, love, grace, kindness.
Manna Ministries is a nonprofit organization that feeds 600 plus families a month from seven surrounding counties. Every Saturday 800 to 900 loaves of bread, 150 plus meat bags, pantry bags, produce items, and other food items are distributed to those in need at no charge.
Alabama Childhood Food Solutions
Alabama Childhood Food Solutions (ACFS) in Sylacauga and Birmingham, AL is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization that provides food to food-insecure children in five counties in Central Alabama. They recognized the childhood food insecurity problem plaguing children in the state and decided to do something about it. Their goal? To make an impact on hunger in Alabama and beyond.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is offering several hotline services to support the community during this time.
Children's of Alabama - Amelia Center
The Children of Alabama's Amelia Center · (205) 251-3430 · Free grief and loss counseling to children and their families; individual and group counseling; critical incident/stress management; training for caregivers, health care professionals, school counselors, teachers, clergy, others; media center with numerous resources www.ameliacenter.org.
Access by AT&T
Access by AT&T is a low-cost wireless home internet plan for low-income households. This feature provides high-speed internet service for $5-$10 per month. Visit www.att.com or call AT&T at 855-220-5211 to see qualifications.
PCs for People
PCs for People is a nonprofit organization that provides low-cost computers and free or affordable internet connection for qualifying households. PCs for people offers high-speed internet for only $11.25 per month with no credit check or hidden fees. You will also be eligible to receive affordable PC or laptop repair for as low $25!
Comcast Internet Essentials
Offers affordable home internet service for just $9.95 per month– with no contract, credit check or installation fees. You automatically qualify for the Internet Essentials package if your child participates in the school lunch program. You will also have the option to purchase a laptop or desktop computer for only $149!
Free Spectrum Internet For 60 Days
Free Spectrum internet for 60 days if you live in a household with a K-12 or college student.
Children's Book Authors Are Offering Free Online Videos While Kids Are Home From School
Children’s book authors like Mo Willems (Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!) and Dan Gutman (My Weird School: Class Pet Mess!) have opted to share videos centered on their work that are completely free of charge while kids are home.
Scholastic Learn at Home
The educational company has launched a "Learn at Home" website that has daily courses for students from Pre-kindergarten to grades 6 and higher. The courses provide approximately three hours of learning per day, including writing and research projects, virtual field trips, and geography challenges. The website is accessible on any device that has internet and no sign up is required. It will remain free and open indefinitely, Scholastic said.
ReadWorks is Providing Free Reading Comprehension Resources
Your As our schools close due to COVID-19, families may need to play a more active role in supporting education at home. ReadWorks is providing free content, curriculum, and tools to power teaching and learning from Kindergarten to 12th Grade.
Want access to thousands of ebooks and eAudiobooks? OverDrive is the ultimate pick. This cool digital library cooperates with almost 40,000 libraries and educational institutions from over 40 countries—libraries across the greater Birmingham included.
BeeLine Reader is an online tool that improves the reading ability of students of all ages and skill levels. By displaying text using color gradients that wrap from the end of one line to the beginning of the next, BeeLine facilitates visual tracking and enables the reader to focus on other aspects of reading, such as decoding and comprehension. Email education@BeeLineReader.com for a free account!
Don’t have a library card? Awesome news. SimplyE is your go-to download. The app includes thousands of public domain ebooks, which means you’ll have access to ton of great reads, even without a library card.
Classroom cereal is a fun and easy way to practice grammatical exercises daily. How does it work? Print out free short stories — find the errors which help students can build their proofreading skills and become aware of what it takes for clean and precise writing.
Backpack Sciences's Free Video Series
Parents with elementary-age students can access Backpack Sciences's free video series, which teaches kids hands-on science concepts.
Science News for Students
Science News for Students provides articles written for students on current topics in the news. Science News for Kids by Society for Science & the Public as a youth edition and companion to the Society’s Science News magazine.
CampWonderopolis is Providing STEM and Literacy-Building Topics
CampWonderopolis offers interactive STEM and literacy-building topics boosted by Maker experiments. There are five editions of Camp Wonderopolis available, each with a different theme. Children work their way through seven modules within an edition and earn badges. Camp Wonderopolis teaches vocabulary, background knowledge in science, reading comprehension, critical thinking and other literacy skills.
Ascend Math offers award winning math instruction that provides an individual study plan for each student, reaching below grade level to close skill gaps. Ascend Math’s study plans are unique to each student, prescriptive, adaptive, and automatically assigned. In essence, we can help students advance more quickly by focusing on their skill gaps and not areas where they have already proved proficiency.
Actively developed by MIT graduates since 2003, MathScore is a research-based, adaptive, supplemental learning program for kindergarten through seventh grade. It contains all of the major components of a learning system, such as assessments, math topics, lessons and score tracking for parents and teachers who want to assess the child’s progress. With MathScore Freemium, you can use the platform for free and only choose to pay when a student is ready for the premium content.
Keep your kids’ math skills sharp – without screen time! This website includes engaging after-school math activities for your kids to enjoy at home.
Cool Math Games
Coolmath.com offers "math for ages 13-100" -- explanations that are easy to grasp on topics like algebra, pre-calculus and more. (I started my career as a math teacher, so it's a great pleasure for me to help people finally understand -- and even enjoy! -- doing math.
Big History Project
Big History Project is a free online social studies course that emphasizes skill development as students draw mind-blowing connections between past, present and future. This multidisciplinary approach is focused on high school students, yet designed for anyone seeking answers to the big questions about the history of our Universe.
New American History offers history materials tailored for grades 4 upward. There tools and resources are free and freely available to all parents and educators, intended to uncover new ways to teach the past in light of the present.
Physical Education Resources
The Exercise Buddy App is an Autism-Friendly Exercise System that Leads to Better Fitness and Behavior
OPEN: Online Physical Education Network
OPEN helps teachers help their students by providing rigorous, outcomes-based curriculum tools to every physical education teacher – no exceptions.
Fluency and Fitness
Get free access to over 60 math and reading activities for K-2 grade students and enjoy more than 600 videos designed to both educate and entertain your children. Play the clips on the TV and watch your kids dance, move around and sing! The free trial is 21 days.
Little Twisters Yoga & Emotional Wellness
For kids ages 2 and up this resource with tips on how to engage kids through yoga. Fun printable lessons like Space Shape Yoga and Kids Yoga Cards are free for all during the COVID-19 school closure and quarantine.
Mental Education Resources
Leaps Student-Parent Activities
Leap Activities provide activities for parents while the students are home and can help continue to develop a student’s skills. This website includes 'Family Talk Activities' which are designed to help families talk about important social and emotional behaviors. BCS invites families to access Leaps Assessments online to help with behavior improvement. Leaps recommends the following sessions: “Knowing your Emotions,” “Self-Control and Confidence,” “Stress and Anxiety,” “Dealing with Sudden Stress,” and “Helping a Friend in Need.”
Alabama Parent Education Center
The Alabama Parent Education Center (APEC) is a non-profit organization of professionals who aim to provide parents with training, information, and support to help them become meaningful participants in their children’s education and lives.
Crisis Text Line
Reach a trained counselor by text message. Youth and teens are especially welcome. Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime, about any type of crisis.