Educational Links for Children and Families

The following list contains safe online resources for homework help, educational games, and other resources children and their families. These links have been curated by our librarians, but the Sunderland Public Library is not affiliated with, sponsored by, or support the views shared by these resources. This page was created thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. 

Homework Help

Fact Monster Homework HelperFact Monster combines essential reference materials, fun facts and features, and homework help for kids. A broad range of content that includes an encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas, a homework center, and educational games. Ages 6-14.

Just for Fun

ABC MouseABC Mouse provides online educational games about math, science, reading, and history for children. It is free for families to use while in the library and connected to the library’s internet (otherwise it is a subscription service).

Cyber Kids: Art, contests, learning center, and games. Ages 7 – 12.

Disney Junior Games: Age appropriate games, videos, and activities for preschoolers. Ages 2 – 5.

Fun Brain: Free online games, reading activities, math activities, and videos.

Hour of Code: Learn coding through fun games. For kids of all ages and abilities.

PBS Kids: Free online games and videos. Ages 2+.

Scholastic Kids Web Games: Website for kids about their favorite books and authors with games. Ages 7 – 14.

Sesame Street: Free online games, videos, and coloring pages for preschoolers featuring their favorite Sesames Street characters. Ages 2+.

For Parents

Common Sense Media: Not sure if a book or movie is appropriate for your child? Do you have questions about content? Common Sense Media provides resources and recommendations for parents, educators, and child advocates on books, movies, television, video games, websites, and apps. 

Frontier Regional Coordinated Families and Community Engagement Program (CFCE): The Frontier Regional CFCE is a grant funded local organization that offers free playgroups, special programs, and other services for families with young children in Sunderland, Deerfield, Conway, and Whately.

Net Smartz: NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates.

PBS Parents: Parenting resources, tips on raising children, and tips for planning kids activities. The “Grownup” version of PBS Kids.

Protecting Kids Online: The Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Information website provides information on protecting children online. The opportunities kids have to socialize online come with benefits and risks. Adults can help reduce the risks by talking to kids about making safe and responsible decisions. Please also see their Free Resources for Parents.