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Birth to Five: Focus on the First Years

 

K-12

 

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Higher Education / Career Education

 

Adult Education

 

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Homework Help for Parents

 
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This online tutoring service by brainfuse can help students K- adult with their homework.

Homework and other assistance from BrainFuse

 

2 p.m. - 11:55 p.m., 7 days a week

Kindergarten through Adult Learners

 

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Send Question: Submit questions anytime using an online form and a tutor will reply within 24 hours

Includes: Live Tutoring, Skills Building, 24-Hour Writing Lab, and Adult Learning Center for GED preparation, U.S. Citizenship and more.

 

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K - 12

 

Kindergarten

 

Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Early Childhood Education
About the kindergarten program, including nformation on early admission, applying for the program, what is covered in the required assessment test, advice on preparing your child for kindergarten, and more

 

Child Find A special education service to identify children from ages three through twenty-one who are suspected of having an educational disability and who may be eligible for special education and related services

 

Maryland's Mandatory Kindergarten Attendance Law
Fact sheets from Maryland State Department of Education's Division of Early Childhood Development
Maryland's public schools provide a full day kindergarten program for children who are 5 years of age on or before September 1st of the year in which the child enrolls in school

 

Grades 1- 12

 

The Archdiocese of Baltimore
Lists Catholic schools in the area

 

Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS)
Private, independent elementary, middle and college preparatory schools in Maryland and the District of Columbia accredited through AIMS

 

Baltimore County Public Schools

 

Schools
Addresses and links to individual school home pages

 

School Boundary Locator
Find the Baltimore County public schools in your area and directions to get there

 

Alternative Education Programs and Services
Offers a variety of academic and behavioral instructional programs and services for students and their families, including GED classes for 16-21 year olds who are no longer in school, family literacy for parents of children, and more.

 

Curriculum
What is being taught and what students are expected to learn for each course offered in Baltimore County Public Schools' pre-K -12 grades.

 

Parents/Families- Gateway to Baltimore Public Schools
Place for parents to begin to find out about the school system, including its magnet schools. Find forms/applications you may need, the Student Handbook (covering the rights and responsibilities of students), student registration information, graduation requirements, and more

 

Office of Family and Community Engagement
Offers parents professionally selected resources and suggests services to assist their children with achieving academic success.  How to be involved in your child’s education and communicate with the child’s teacher
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Has tips to improve your child's success at school through

 

 

Center for Jewish Education
Lists partner schools including early childhood programs, K-12 day schools and congregational schools

 

Connections: Children, Youth and Family Resources - Education
provided by Baltimore County Public Library
Lists local organizations and agencies that can provide information about educational programs and services 

 

Maryland Career and Technology Education (CTE) Program
An opporunity for high school and community college students to pursue a technical and academic program of study through internships and work-based learning leading to college credits while in high school and to a career field

 

Maryland Educational Resources
Official government website with information on schools and education for all ages in Maryland, for example, public school opening and closing dates, approved Maryland nonpublic schools, classroom resources about Maryland, financial aid, preparing for college, and more

 

Maryland Report Card (opens in new window)

Detailed annual information on student growth, including Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), student demographics, enrollment, and attendance data, and more on the performance of the State and its 24 school systems and individual schools

 

Maryland State Department of Education
Information about Maryland school systems, approved nonpublic schools, the statewide education curriculum/standards, programs and initiatives, legal requirements regarding education in the state

 

Home Instruction

 

Baltimore County Public Schools's Home Schooling Office
Contact for parents considering or participating in home schooling

 

Maryland State Department of Education
Maryland’s legal requirements for home instruction. Contact information is available here.

 

Education ministries and nonpublic schools registered with the Department to supervise home instruction

 

Home Instruction in Maryland Fact Sheet

 

Maryland Homeschooling
Events, field trips, legal information, local support groups (many provide online support), and other resources for Maryland home schools.

 

Teacher Features
Baltimore County Public Library can help you meet the educational needs of your child! Most of these services are available to home school instructors who live in Baltimore County.

 

BCPL has many items like this one to assist homeschool teachers.

 

Click on the image to see what BCPL owns. This link to our catalog opens in a new window.

 

The Everything Homeschooling Book

Special Education Resources

 

Baltimore County Infants and Toddlers Program

Provides services for families of children birth through 36 months of age who have, or may have, developmental disabilities, delays, or special health needs

 

Baltimore County Public Schools' Office of Special Education
Supports individualized education for all eligible students ages birth to 21. Assists with placement of students outside the home school. Most special education matters can and should be addressed first at the child's school with his/her teacher(s), IEP team chair, and/or principal.

 

Child Find
A special education service for identifying children from ages three through twenty-one who are suspected of having an educational disability and who may be eligible for special education and related services

 

Local Parent Support and Advocacy Groups [PDF] Opens in a new window.
Organizations that support parents of children with disabilities

 

Parent Resource Center

 

Connections: Children, Youth and Family Resources - Education
provided by Baltimore County Public Library
Lists local organizations and agencies that can provide information about educational programs and services dealing with special education.

 

Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities
Not-for-profit special education facilities approved by the Maryland State Department of Education for children and youth with disabilities between 3 – 21 years of age

 

Maryland Department of Disabilities
Resources and programs available to people with disabilities, including Maryland’s Technology Assistance Program (MD TAP) which provides free assistive technology services to Maryland residents with a disability, including equipment demonstrations, loans, and training.

 

Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council: Education
Disability-related education information and support and resources specific to the needs of Maryland families that include a member with a developmental disability

 
Maryland State Department of Education's Division of Special Education / Early Intervention Services
See Family Support Services for directories to services and brochures to help evaluate your child’s growth and development as well as understanding the process for establishing an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to meet the special needs of a child

 

National Rehabilitation Information Center
Contact information specialists through their webform (opens in new window) for quick information and referral to agencies and organizations with services and support for people with disabilities. Includes a professionally selected collection of web, print, and phone resources for a wide array of topics.

 

Pathfinders for Autism (opens in new window)
Has online searchable database of service providers and resources throughout Maryland. Information about autism services, advice for newly diagnosed, and resources available to Marylanders. The Resource Center can be reached through email (info@pathfindersforautism.org) and through their help line at 410-769-9500 or toll free at 866-806-8400.

 

Transitioning Youth Website
by Maryland Governor’s Interagency Transition Counci
Information and resources for transition planning for students with disabilities age 14 and older to assist in planning for their postsecondary education, employment, and much more

 

What do parents of students with disabilities need to know?
by Maryland State Department of Education
Information on identifying students with a disability who need special education, the rights of the parent, the IEP process in Maryland, organizations and resources in support of parents, and more

 

Higher Education and Career Education

 

Colleges located in Baltimore County 

 

The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC)

Goucher College

Stevenson University

Towson University and Baltimore Hebrew Institute

University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

 

Baltimore Collegetown Network
Event and campus information for Baltimore area colleges

 

Campus Crime and Security Statistics (opens in new window)
Crime statistics for over 6000 colleges and universities in the United States

 

Common Application (opens in new window)
Apply electronically to over 230 selected colleges and universities.

 

Computer Classes and Online Computer Tutorials
Need to learn to use a computer? Take a class locally and/or practice or learn online.

 

Higher Education in Maryland
From the Maryland Higher Education Commission, links to colleges and universities in Maryland

 

Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program
by Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
Information on becoming an apprentice in a Maryland approved apprenticeship program

 

Maryland Education Resources
Official government website with information on schools and education for all ages in Maryland. Includes approved Maryland public and private colleges and universities and for-profit career schools, financial aid, preparing for college, and more.

 

Maryland Online
Maryland institutions that offer mainly online certificate and degree programs

 

Maryland State List of Occupational Training Programs
from Maryland Higher Education Commission
Occupational programs offered by community colleges, 4-year colleges and universities, private career schools, and other training providers that are eligible federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding.  Also identifies prevocational adult education and literacy activities overseen by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.

 

Private Career Schools in Maryland
from Maryland Higher Education Commission
Approved private career schools and programs in Maryland. Information about closed schools and guides for selecting a private career school

 

Testing and Education Reference Center (opens in new window)
In addition to many practice exams and online books for preparing for an exam, this resource also allows for users to take a career assessment and build a resume. Database includes GED, PSAT, SAT, ACT, AP exams, GRE, LSAT, independent and secondary school admission tests, civil service, and many certification and licensing tests, like the PRAXIS. A library card registered with Baltimore County Public Library is needed.

 

Training for Business and Careers
The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) provides training in health care, computers and information technology, law enforcement and public safety, business and management and for trade and industrial careers and certification

 

Click button below to enter the Testing and Education Reference Center. Opens in new window.

 

 

Testing and Education Reference Center button

 

 Click on the College Prep, Grad School or Career Tools area of the database to find online practice tests and online preparation books for SAT, ACT, GRE, ASVAB, civil service tests, and more.

Please note:  A library card registered with Baltimore County Public Library is needed to use this online resource.

 

Adult Learning Opportunities

 

Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC)
Has non-credit Continuing Education classes for acquiring a GED, getting Adult Basic Education (ABE)-Essential Skills in reading, writing and math, learning  English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), career training, learning computer skills and programs, acquiring professional certifications and licenses, boating, fitness, hobbies, art instruction, and more. Online courses are offered. Classes are open to all ages and held in locations around Baltimore County.

 

Connections: Children, Youth and Family Resources - Education
Local organizations providing services such as GED preparation, learning to read and write, development of math skills, learning English as a second language, and more

 

Maryland Education Resources – Adult Learning
Official government portal to learning opportunities for adults who want to continue their learning for personal enrichment or career advancement.

 

Maryland State Department of Education - Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
Programs, career training, and services that help people with disabilities go to work or stay independent in their homes and communities

 

English Language Instruction

 

English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Classes in Baltimore County
Free non-credit classes are offered through the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) at locations around the County. Registration information in left sidebar.

 

Baltimore County Public Schools - Office of World Languages
Designed to serve students whose native language is not English and whose English proficiency is not adequate for them to be fully successful in the regular classroom. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills are all emphasized.

 

English Language Schools and Programs in Maryland
Programs offering intensive full-time and part-time English as a Second Language courses for U.S. residents and international students and professionals. Classes may be available for TOEFL preparation, accent reduction, and business English.

 

 GED Preparation

 

Online Live Tutoring by brainfuse (opens new window)

A free service for adult learners provided through Baltimore County Public Library. All you need is a valid library card registered at the Baltimore County Public Library.

 

Chat live with a tutor (opens new window) from 2 p.m. - 11:55 p.m., 7 days a week. Spanish-speaking tutors are available.  During the hours that live tutors are not available, you can submit questions through the Send Question link and you will receive a response within 24 hours.

 

Need help to prepare for and pass the GED?

 

Adult Learning Center (opens new window)
Get live one-on-one online help from trained adult education specialists to help you prepare for and pass the GED. Study materials are also available

 

Register for a free, confidential Learning Account Log In (opens new window) and take a practice GED test and review the results with a tutor online. No personal information is needed. Create a username and password for access to several other services:

 

Choose SkillsSurfer (opens new window), if you need help learning a specific skill or subject, such as mastering long division or improving your reading comprehension. Find practice tests in specific subject areas as well as the GED test. (Log In required). Receive instant, skill-by-skill results. Tytors are available to assist you with developing your skills.

 

24-Hour Writing Lab (opens new window): Submit a file with your paragraph, essay, paper or resume/cover letter for review by a writing instructor. The paper is returned with comments on structure, grammar, style and content. The purpose of this service is not for the writing instructor to write or edit essays or resumes but to help you better organize and present your thoughts.

 

FlashBulb: Find flashcards on many subjects to study or create your own.

 

GED Preparation and Adult Basic Education (ABE) - Essential Skills Classes in Baltimore County
Classes offered through the Community College of Baltimore County ( CCBC ) at locations around the County. Registration information in left sidebar.

  

Connections: Children, Youth and Family Resources - Education
provided by Baltimore County Public Library
Lists local organizations and agencies that provide literacy instruction, preparation for GED and High School diploma programs.

 

GED Testing in Maryland
How to apply to take the GED test, testing dates and centers, description of what to expect, links to GED preparation resources and information for the GED test.
Paper-based testing is no longer available. Those who have taken the 2002 Series GED® test, but had not passed all five parts, will need to start over again with the new Series 2014 GED® test. The new Series 2014 GED® Test is now available to first-time testers and re-testers only on computer. See to GED® Test on Computer.

 

GED-i Online Preparation Course 
Prepare for the GED Tests online! Maryland GED-i is free! It is a teacher-supported online learning program for GED test preparation. 

 

Testing and Education Reference Center (opens new window)
Offers online practice tests in English and Spanish as well as online books to help you prepare for the GED test. Click on the High School area to find the practice tests and online preparation books. Having difficulty accessing the database? See our Troubleshooting Page  A library card registered with Baltimore County Public Library is needed.

 

Maryland Adult Education and Literacy Services Program
Find out about options for getting a diploma, taking a GED tests, adult education programs in your community, links to websites for adult learners, adult new readers, ESL/ESOL and their teachers

 

Chat live with a tutor from 2 p.m. - 11:55 p.m., 7 days a week. Spanish-speaking tutors are available.

 

During the hours that tutors are not available, you can submit questions through Send Question.

 

Click the button below to connect to the online tutoring service... Button opens new window

 

 This online tutoring service by brainfuse can help you prepare for the GED test.

 

The Adult Learning Center (opens new window) gives online help for preparing for or practicing for the GED test.

 

A library card registered with Baltimore County Public Library is needed to use this online tutoring resource.

 

 

Click button below to enter the Testing and Education Reference Center.

 

Testing and Education Reference Center button

Click on the High School Tools area of the database to find online GED practice tests (English and Spanish) and online preparation books.  Button opens in new window

Please note:  A library card registered with Baltimore County Public Library is needed to use this online resource.

 

Literacy Instruction (Basic Reading, Writing and Math)

 

Adult Basic Education (ABE) - Essential Skills Classes in Baltimore County
Offered through the Community College of Baltimore County ( CCBC ) at locations around the County. Registration information in left sidebar.

 

Connections: Children, Youth and Family Resources - Education
Local organizations providing services such as instruction in basic reading and writing, development of math skills, learning English as a second language, and more

 

Single Step Program
offered through The Community College of Baltimore County
Program designed specifically for students with learning differences and intellectual disabilities to gain reading, writing and math skills, computer literacy and other skills for employment or independent living

 

Towson University Reading Clinic
For children or adolescents who have learning difficulties or who are lagging behind their peers in reading and writing and for adults who never had the opportunity to learn to read and write or who want to improve their reading and writing.

 

Financial Aid / Scholarships

 

College Savings Plans of Maryland
Information on the Maryland Prepaid College Trust and Maryland College Investment Plan. Begin to save now for your child's education at nearly any college in the nation.

 

Education and Training for Maryland Veterans
from Veterans Services Page, a collaborative project by Federal, Maryland, and Baltimore County government agencies and local nonprofit organizations
Excellent source on financial assistance at local colleges and universities for Maryland's veterans.

 

Education Benefits for Maryland Veterans
from Maryland Higher Education Commission

 

Financial Aid
Baltimore County Public School's Office of School Counseling gives links to several free sources of scholarship and financial aid sites. 

 

Alternative Education Scholarship Program for graduating 12th grade students or GED students currently or previously enrolled in an Alternative Education Center or Program

 

Financial Aid for the Disability Community
from Disability.gov
Information on federal, state and local scholarships and loans for students with disabilities, including veterans and the military community.

 

Financing a Private School Education
by National Association of Independent Schools
Offers advice for parents on funding a private school education. The site contains information on scholarship and tuition loan providers, as well as more affordable tuition payment plans.

 

  • The Parent's Financial Statement (PFS) can be filled out online at School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) (opens new window) This service is used by more than 2,400 K-12 schools and organizations across the country to help assess a family's ability to pay for independent education.

 

Independent College Fund of Maryland
Scholarships to independent liberal arts colleges and universities. Contact your financial aid office for information about eligibility.

 

Maryland State Financial Aid Assistance Programs
from the Maryland Higher Education Commission
Descriptions and applications for grants, merit-based or career-based scholarships, legislative and for unique populations.

 

Student Aid on the Web
by United States Department of Education
Information on preparing for, choosing and applying for admission and funding your education beyond high school primarily through federal student aid programs. Covers repaying loans for your college education, as well as access to the FAFSA application and your My FSA personal account. En Español

 

BCPL has many books like this one for finding financial aid. Click the image to search our catalog... Opens in new window

 

Click on image to search for materials on this subject in our catalog

Online Live Tutoring by brainfuse

 

Free online tutoring (opens new window) for students grades K through adult learners is available from home, work or school.. All you need is a valid library card registered at the Baltimore County Public Library.

 

Chat with a tutor (opens new window) from 2 p.m. - 11:55 p.m., 7 days a week. Spanish-speaking tutors are available. Choose Live Help, to speak to a tutor.

 

Use the Send Question link during the hours that tutors are not available, students can submit questions and will receive a response within 24 hours.

 

Choose SkillsSurfer, if you need help learning a specific skill or subject, such as mastering long division or improving your reading comprehension, beginning or organizing an essay/research paper. Find practice tests for SAT and Advanced Placement (AP) tests, for TOEFL and for specific subject areas. Receive instant, skill-by-skill results.

 

Help is available in the following subjects:

 

•    Math, including Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus
•    Science, including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science
•    Social Studies, including U.S. History, and World History
•    English/Language arts, including writing assistance and skills building, reading comprehension, grammar,
     vocabulary building, and English literature
•    Foreign languages- only Spanish is available at this time

 

Register for a free, confidential Log In. No personal information is needed. You will also have password-protected access to your past tutoring sessions that you can play back, archive, and review. Create a username and password for access to several other services:

 

24-Hour Writing Lab: Submit a file with your paragraph, essay, paper or resume/cover letter for review by a writing instructor. The paper is returned with comments on structure, grammar, style and content. The purpose of this service is not for the writing instructor to write or edit essays or resumes but to help you better organize and present your thoughts.

 

Adult Learning Center (opens new window): Receive live online help from trained adult education specialists in areas such as the U.S. Citizenship testing, passing the GED, resume and cover letter writing assistance, and learning MS Word, Excel, Power Point.  You can take practice tests and review the results of those tests online with a tutor.

 

FlashBulb: Find flashcards on many subjects to study or create your own.

 

Brainfuse FAQs (opens new window) provide more information about the service.

 

Chat live with a tutor from
2 p.m. - 11:55 p.m., 7 days a week. Spanish-speaking tutors are available.

 

During the hours that tutors are not available, students can submit questions through Send Question

 

 

Click on the button below to connect to the online tutoring service... Opens new window

 

This online tutoring service by brainfuse can help students K- adult with their homework.

 

A library card registered with Baltimore County Public Library is needed to use this online tutoring resource.

 

 


Last revised: July 23, 2014