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Parent Resources

Online Databases and E-Books:

FREE to all CPS Students:

This past week, all classes have been exploring the Chicago Public Schools Online Databases and Web Resources. These resources are available at school, at home, or on the go. The CPS Dept. of Libraries pays annual fees to keep the databases available to all students.

The databases have vetted, accurate, authoritative information. There are resources in Spanish, resources for K-3 students and middle school students, and more! These sites are excellent for History Fair, Science Fair, class projects, homework, and for browsing topics kids are personally interested in. Links to the databases can be found HERE or go to

The CPS Virtual Elementary School Library is another resource students have been exploring during library class. E-books on this site are free for students to borrow and read. Browse the CPS Virtual Elementary School Library HERE or go to

The login and password information will be found on the handout going home this week, and many of the children memorized the codes. This information is not allowed to be posted online in any way, so please keep the codes in a safe place. 

  • Discovery Kids
    The wackiest site on Discovery! Play games, chat with other kids and find new adventures. 
  • NASA Kids
    NASA Kids is best place for kids interested in Space, Science, Rocket, Astronauts and the Solar System. 
  • National Gallery of Arts Kids
    NGAkids helps children develop interpretive and analytical skills through interactive discussions of paintings and sculpture in the National Gallery of Art, educational activities, and an animated musical story. 
  • National Geographic Kids
    Be a National Geographic kid! Find tons of games, e-mail postcards, photographs, pictures, animal facts, cool links, NG Kids Magazine stories, and more. 
  • PBS Kids
    PBS Kids Online, home of your favorite PBS Kids characters with thousands of pages of learning and fun to explore. Play over 100 games, hear your favorite theme songs, read interactive stories, or discover how PBS Kids programs are made in Behind the Scenes. 
  • White House for Kids
    Kid's web site for the White House and President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States. This site is a source for information about the President, White House news and policies, White House history, the federal government. 
  •'s great reading site for kids! Get reviews of the latest kids books of all genres. 

Various courses are offered at the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University.

  • The Center for Gifted  A Northern Illinois University partner offering a variety of courses for bright and talented students. 


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