Transitional Family Resources

For Adults

  • Educational
  1. East St. Louis Community College Center
  2. Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
  3. McKendree University
  4. East St. Louis Center – SIUE East St. Louis Center is dedicated to improving the lives of families and individuals—from pre-school through adult—in the Metro East region. Head Start/Early Head Start, a charter school and a performing arts center are among 12 programs that offer the community renewed hope and an opportunity to reach educational, career and life goals.
  • Job Search
  1. Computer Skills Training (Illinois workNet) – Determine your computer skill level and connect to online computer skills courses to achieve employment and training goals.
  2. Chicago Public Library Job Search Resources
  3. Illinois Employment Security (no site) – 601 James R Thompson Boulevard, East St. Louis, IL 62201-1129 – (618) 271-7750
  • Local Community
  1. City of East St. Louis – Official page.
  2. Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House – A Methodist-affiliated community organization in East St. Louis, Illinois that offers day care, child development, job training, youth crisis, etc.
  3. Community Garden Movement in East St Louis
  4. The IBEX Archive: ESLARP’s Social History Project – Cultural and historical material on East St. Louis. Includes a bibliography and several links
  5. Katherine Dunham Museum – Local museum that displays costumes, photographs, programs, letters, awards and mementos from Miss Dunham’s career as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, writer and dance company owner.
  6. Listing of local groups and organizations
  7. Illinoistown: A Cultural History of East St. Louis – A joint project with McKendree University and East St. Louis Senior High School.
  8. East St. Louis Census data
  • Housing
  1. Illinois Housing Development Authority – The state’s primary housing finance agency.
  2. Housing Authorities on the Web – Aggregated, and by county.
  • Parenting
  1. Psychology Today: Parenting Center – Collection of articles about the psychology of parenting. Subjects include adoption, division of labor, fatherhood, grandparenting, child development, communication, child abuse, child neglect, sex education, technology, discipline, and more.
  2. CPS Early Childhood Education – This site offers parent resources regarding early childhood programs, early learning standards and links to Virtual PreK and Virtual K.
  3. !Color’n Colorado! – This bilingual site provides information that enables parents to help their children become good readers and successful students at school. Guidance for Spanish-speaking parents, suggested activities, booklists and many additional resources are offered.
  4. Get Ready to Read – The National Council for Learning Disabilities has designed this bilingual site for parents. Included are a screening tool to assess pre-reading skills, online games to build essential literacy skills, downloadable activity cards to develop skills and a home literacy environment checklist.
  5. National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – NAEYC has developed this site for children’s first teachers – their parents. Here parents will find information on the early learning years, booklists and a resource for finding quality early childhood programs.
  6. PBS – PBS provides parents and children with a literacy goldmine of great information, books, activities and games
  • Domestic Violence
  1. IDVAAC – Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community, an organization focused on the unique circumstances of African Americans as they face issues related to domestic violence including intimate partner violence, child abuse, elder maltreatment, and community violence.
  2. National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) – a nonprofit organization that provides crisis intervention, information and referral to victims of domestic violence, perpetrators, friends and families.
  • Credit and Debt Management
  1. Annual Credit Report – Annual Credit Report is the official site set up by the three major credit reporting agencies to help consumers obtain their free credit report.
  2. $ave, ¢hicago! – The Chicago City Treasurer offers tips for creating a family budget, including printable forms.
  3. Home Budget Analysis – Find out where your money is going using the home budget calculator on this page from the Ohio Treasurer of State.
  4. Money Matters – This site from the Federal Trade Commission offers advice on managing your money wisely and avoiding common consumer scams. Learn about choosing and using credit cards; budgeting, saving, and spending wisely; dealing with debt; and more.
  5. Financial Literacy 101 – Learn about getting credit, managing a household budget, and protecting your credit and finances from scams and predators at this site from the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation.


  • Homework
  1. – Homework help by subject, tools for writing research papers, and a form for asking a reference question, as well as fun stuff including humor, trivia, graphic novels.
  • College Prep
  1. ACT Assessment – The ACT (American College Testing) Assessment organization is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides more than a hundred assessment, research, information, and program management services for education and workplace development. This site offers advice to students on what to expect in each subject category of the ACT test, how to build writing skills, test day procedures, sample essays and scoring information.
  2. College Rankings – This site provides rankings of colleges, along with cautionary notes and a discussion of the ongoing controversy over rankings.
  3. High School Ace – An educational web site for high school students created by Wanda G. Wojcik and Dyann K. Schmidel.
  4. Peterson’s Online High School Student Planning Guide for College – Learn where to start, prepare for tests, find a school and pay for college on one of the most comprehensive web site for educational information.
  5. Princeton Review – The Princeton Review web site provides suggestions to students for improving test scores, finding a college and applying for financial aid.
  6. Student Gateway to the U.S. Government – This site offers tips for planning and paying for your education; choosing a school; studying abroad and more.
  7. Think College – The U.S. Department of Education offers information on how to prepare for college, estimate college costs, apply for federal aid and more. Includes links to other government sites including questions to consider when choosing a college or technical school.
  • Career Planning
  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics Career Information – Do you like building and fixing things? Is math or science your favorite subject? Find out what careers you might be interested in depending on what you like to do.
  2. Career Resource Library – The Career Resource Net lists information about occupations; job search strategies; workplace laws and more.
  3. Guide to the Business of Babysitting – This site designed to prepare teens ages 14 to 19 for the business of babysitting includes child development stages, tips on caring for kids, advice on great business practices and a fun quiz to put it all together.
  4. Job Corps – No-cost education and vocational training program for students between the ages of 16 and 24 managed by the U.S. Department of Labor.
  5. LIFE Inc – Join LIFE Inc to explore career choices through an interactive book and games. Companion website to Life, Inc.: The Ultimate Career Guide for Young People by Neale Godfrey.
  6. MyOwnBiz – MyOwnBiz, administered by the Brooklyn Public Library, offers information and resources for starting your own business. From developing the concept to finding the money, each section includes an overview of the topic, a research guide and tools to help further define your ideas.
  7. Tax Information for Students – The Internal Revenue Service provides the answers to all your federal tax questions. Site also includes a link to the online FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application.
  • Money Matters
  1. Jumpstart’s Reality Check! – Planning to live on your own one day? Get a “reality check” with this interactive test to see what it takes to live your dream life.
  2. Credit Card Smarts – This Consumer and Family Economics sponsored web site offers information to help teens understand their credit report and how credit works. All information is also in Spanish.
  • Health & Sexuality
    1. Go Ask Alice – Columbia University’s Health Education Questions on teen health issues from nutrition to sexuality, answered by the Health Education Program at Columbia University.
    2. TeensHealth – TeensHealth provides physician reviewed, jargon-free information and advice on health, relationships, and becoming an adult. Information is provided in English and Spanish.
    3. Girls Health – The Girls Health site is a web site with lots of information for girls, ranging from stress, exercise and relationships to disabilities and illnesses.
    4. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. If you need immediate help, please dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
  • Writing/Poetry
  1. Scholastic’s Alliance for Young Artists & Writers – The Alliance’s goals include showcasing the talent and creative potential of young artists and writers across the country and serving as an information sources for groups wishing to support the creative development of today’s teenagers. The site also includes information about organizations and individuals who support young artists, teen art, teen exhibits, and sponsor’s a teen award for writing.
  2. Teen Ink – A monthly magazine, website and book series written entirely by teens!
  3. When Teens Write – This site offers writing tips, interviews with other writers and a chat room for teen writers. Poems can be posted on special topics, such as love, grief and despair.
  4. Youth Voice – This site provides a space for teen voices through online poetry journals, e-newsletters, discussions and more.
  5. Library of Congress’ Poetry 180 Project – Designed to make it easy for students to hear or read a poem on each of the 180 days of the school year. Includes tips from Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate, on how to read a poem aloud.
  6. National Poetry Foundation – Based in Chicago, the National Poetry Foundation works to strengthen the relationship between poetry and its audience. The site includes an archive of more than 3, 000 classic and contemporary poems by more than 250 poets.
  7. Online Rhyming Dictionary – It’s no struggle to write a poem with beat, when you link to this site at your seat.
  • Fun
  1. Teen Hollywood – is a site for teens to check out and discuss the latest news in music, movies, and television. There is also a section where teens can write in and get advice. Use this site to keep an eye on the Hollywood hype that is influencing the teens you know.


  • Homework
  1. – Homework help by subject, tools for writing research papers, and a form for asking a reference question, as well as fun stuff including games, arts and crafts.
  • Art
  1. @rt Junction – Make a hat that helps you think like an artist, ask some “What if…?” questions to spark your imagination, do some visual push-ups to exercise your eyes and find many more ideas for creating your own art.
  2. Art Safari – Place your pith helmet on your head and join this art adventure exploring animals and art. Take time to create your own art and check out the visitor’s art gallery.
  3. Cartoonster – Follow the step-by-step lessons to create your own cartoon animation. Learn short cuts and tips on creating your project frame by frame.
  4. Hands On: Crafts for Kids – This companion site to the public television program “Hands on Crafts” can be used in concert with the program or as a stand-alone. The projects featured are curriculum based for kids ages 7-12. Projects are divided into themes – General topics, Crafts Around the World, Crafting Together, Crafting Around the Earth, Camp Hands On, Bask in Time, Crafting in the U.S.A, 543421, and Cultural Traditions of the Islands
  5. Kids Domain Craft Exchange – Featuring over 70 categories of craft ideas for kids ages 5-14, these crafts are rated on a scale of difficulty from very easy to difficult. Directions are clear and well-written.
  6. A Lifetime of Color –  Learn the different elements and principals of art, everything from color to focal point to impressionism can be found on this site designed by Sanford Art Products. Play art games, design a house of the future, create a puppet and learn about famous artists like Paul Klee and Georges Seurat.
  7. Metropolitan Museum of Art – Click on “Explore and Learn” on New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s website to take a closer look at some famous artists, their works and test your knowledge about art.
  8. National Gallery of Art For Kids – Visit a sculpture garden, play hide and seek with art, create an interactive art piece online in “The Art Zone” and learn about all the paintings that are housed in the museum.
  9. The Renaissance Collection – Take a journey back in time and become a patron of the arts, discover the innovations of the time and get involved in creating you own innovation. Learn about Renaissance life and get involved in the culture. Created by the Allentown Art Museum this interactive and quirky website is sure to entice you to discover the past.
  • Fun
  1. TumbleBooks – Watch and read animated picture books online.
  2. San Francisco Public Library Games – Blues Clues, Dora the Explorer, and more!
  3. Chess Kids – Whether you’re a master or just learning to play, this is the site to visit for things chess.
  4. Crayola Creativity Central – This crafty site is packed with color and fun.
  5. Download-a-Dinosaur – This site has dozens of patterns that you can use to create your very own dinosaur.
  6. Harry Potter – Everything you need to know about Harry is right here.
  7. Highlights Kids – Your favorite magazine’s web site has rebus stories, experiments, games, mystery photos, and a time machine!
  8. National Geographic Kids Games – There is a world of fun waiting for you on this jam-packed site.
  9. PBS Kids – Music, games, coloring, and more are all waiting for you here at one of the most popular places on the Internet.
  10. Seussville – Welcome to the Cat in the Hat’s home.
  11. Sing Along – This is where you can find the words to all of your favorite songs, and listen to the music, too.
  • Biography
  1. Bio4Kids – Sponsored by the Biography Channel, this site offers fun facts, games and information for kids 8 to 12 years old.
  2. Profiles of Great African Americans You Should Know – The Black Collegian online offers 23 brief biographies from Benjamin Banneker to Whitney Young.
  3. Presidents of the United States – The White House offers an in-depth look at each president and his life including links to their Presidential Library and a page on their first lady.
  4. Women of the Hall – The National Women’s Hall of Fame sponsors Women of the Hall to honor women of the United States who have made a significant contribution to the nation or the world. Site includes a picture of each honoree, a brief summary of their life, and additional resources for further research.
  • Science projects/experiments
  1. Chicago Student Science Fair – Designed by the Chicago Public Schools, this site is intended to assist students “in the development of a research project, an essay, or a symposium paper in the areas of science, mathematics, or technology. “
  2. Exploratorium: Science Snacks – Science experiments in 16 categories sponsored by the San Francisco Exploratorium: the Museum of Science, Art and Human Perception.
  3. Hands-On Science Experiments by Age – Great ideas, lesson plans for preschoolers through high school and background on how to use your noggin’ to answer science fair questions.
  4. Mad Science Net – An online ‘library’ for science exploration that includes answers to all your wildest science questions.
  5. Neuroscience for Kids – Learn about the nervous system with everything from modeling a dendrite to learning why chocolate affects your mood!
  6. Science Bob’s Home Experiments – 13 hands-on experiments for kids of every age!
  7. Science Buddies’s – Use the “Topic Selection Wizard” to find the perfect science fair project for you!
  8. Science Fair Resource Guide – An easy guide to help you follow your Science Fair project through all the steps and stages, developed by the Internet Public Library.
  9. – Experience on and offline activities in this unique partnership between IBM, New York Hall of Science and the Association of Science-Technology Centers.

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