Parents Challenge empowers parents to choose schools they think are best for their children, and stands ready during this particularly difficult time to do even more.

When Governor Jared Polis issued an executive order suspending all in-person learning in public and private schools, he also directed that alternative learning opportunities be made available to students. Parents Challenge responded to this call by reaching out to the families in our program to reassure them that we stand ready to assist them in any possible way during the COVID-19 crisis.

                                Parents Challenge Survey Report 4.14.2020 – conducted by QREM Evaluation Organization

 

April 2020 Youth Voices: Federal Student Loan Payments Suspended and Interest Waived During National Emergency

April 2020

HSD2 Elementary Learning: At-Home Packets

April 2020

Betsy DeVos on Coronavirus:
What Are the Feds Doing to Help Schools?

April 2020

Digital Boot Camp (Week 7)

May 2020
Hello Families: Here are the week 7 home-workout resources.

Digital Boot Camp (Week 6)

May 2020
Hello Families: Here are the week 6 home-workout resources.

Digital Boot Camp (Week 5)

May 2020
Hello Families: Here are the week 5 home-workout resources.

Digital Boot Camp (Week 4)

May 2020
Hello Families: Here are the week 4 home-workout resources.

Digital Boot Camp (Week 3)

April 2020
Hello Families: Here are the week 3 home-workout resources.

Digital Boot Camp (Week 2)

April 2020
Hello Families: Here are the week 2 home-workout resources.

Bootcamp - 15 Household Items You Can Use to Workout

April 2020

Families:

Workout resources right in your home. Who needs a gym?
Thanks to Andreanna.

Digital Boot Camp (Week 1)

April 2020

Hello Families:

Here is an excellent way to get in shape or stay in shape during this pandemic. Information provided by Andreanna Trujillo, PC family.

MPI Releases Official Trailer for “A Piece of Cake” Starring Rich Sommer

May 22, 2020

We are pleased to share with you the trailer for the upcoming MPI Original short A Piece of Cake, starring Rich Sommer (GLOW, Mad Men).

Updates and Articles

May 21, 2020

Families: As we begin to transition to summer, I want to share a few articles and other updates with you. I will not continue to provide instructional information during the summer. All of the resources we have provided for the past two months are located on the website under Parents – COVID-19. We will send program updates and other resources regarding COVID-19 as needed.

Goodreads Newsletter

May 21, 2020

Looking for the perfect recommendations for your summer reading plans? We asked some of the most popular authors on Goodreads to select books for their readers. See what Margaret Atwood, James McBride, Anne Tyler, Ottessa Moshfegh, John Scalzi, and many more writers are picking just for you!

Libraries Power-Up to Offer Remote Summer Learning Opportunities

May 21, 2020

The White House, the Department of Education (Department), and other federal agencies continue to release and update a significant amount of guidance to support schools, educators, and families regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Get this week's 5-Minute worksheet, game, and activity

May 20, 2020

Spending only 5 minutes a day learning something new can have a significant impact on children. Education.com worksheets, games, and activities are designed to support learning new skills, building confidence, and fueling creativity.

Online Art Classes and Martial Arts

May 20, 2020

Pikes Peak Artist Collective is offering monthly ONLINE ART LESSONS!

Okinawa Karate & Kobudo Center is offering free online training from now until the end of May.

COVID-19 Weekly Update

May 20, 2020

This pandemic has impacted us in ways that we could not have imagined. We now have evidence that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is attacking our children. Our children are a vulnerable population to which careful attention needs to be paid. This update provides insight into how COVID-19 may affect them, and what we can all do to help. Also included in this update is information on social distancing and the use of masks.

Have a Book Idea?

May 18, 2020

Want to become a PUBLISHED AUTHOR…..it runs for a week and at the end of the week your book is submited to the company to print and publish your book. Very cool! It is virtual, for now. The cost is 149.00 for the week. Grades 3-5, 6-8. 9-12.

Weekly sessions starting June 15 or 22 online and maybe live in July.

May 2020 STEM Education Newsletter

May 18, 2020

Families: I realize this newsletter contains lots of information that may or may not be of interest. I also realize it is important that we send you all the information we receive and not make assumptions to what you need and want to be exposed or informed about. There are some interesting student opportunities at the bottom of the newsletter that may be of interest to you. Have a fantastic week.

Welcome to Summer Boost!

May 18, 2020

Parents: I believe schools are winding down the virtual instruction this week. At home instruction needs to continue to make sure our scholars stay sharp and prepared for the next grade. Please check out the many resources you have been provided over the past eight (8) weeks. Some are grade specific, but many cover K-12 instruction.

In-person support groups restart — at NAMI office

May 15, 2020
As participation in virtual support groups fell during the past couple of weeks, we checked in with some long-timers. And we heard that many have missed the kind of connection that happens when we gather in a room together.

Library reopening - At Home Art Show

May 15, 2020
Hello Families: Several of the PPLD’s are providing curbside pick-up. If you are in need of books, video’s, tapes, etc. contact the library and see how you can request curbside pick-up. Check out the services they are providing.

Math Support

May 13, 2020

Families: If your scholars are struggling with algebra, geometry, chemistry. Check out this NYC 16 year-old student that is tutoring online. Great way to get resources to support your scholars who need math support.

Get this week's 5-Minute worksheet, game, and activity

May 13, 2020

5 Minutes Count

Spending only 5 minutes a day learning something new can have a significant impact on children. Education.com worksheets, games, and activities are designed to support learning new skills, building confidence, and fueling creativity.

Explore this week’s 5-Minute worksheet, game, and activity.

Resources for You

May 12, 2020

Hello Families:

Great article that focuses on the importance of Educational Freedom.

https://projectforeverfree.org/stop-trying-to-take-away-options-from-parents-like-mine/

Also, many of you were not able to attend the last virtual session and therefore did not receive the great resources to avoid the “Summertime Slump” developed by Judy Hanke. It is attached.

Stay safe and healthy.

Episode 6 of "Train Your Brain Tuesday" is Live!

May 12, 2020

With many states starting to open, please continue social distancing and shelter in place for their health and the safety of others. Wear masks or face coverings when in public and wash your hands frequently to continue to flatten the curve in your community

COVID-19 WEEKLY UPDATE

May 11, 2020

With many states starting to open, please continue social distancing and shelter in place for their health and the safety of others. Wear masks or face coverings when in public and wash your hands frequently to continue to flatten the curve in your community.

Weekly Practice for your Second Grader

May 11, 2020

Happy Mother’s Day!

We hope you enjoy the day and take a moment to treat yourself. And, as always, to help support at-home learning… we are providing access to Weekly Boost, educator-curated worksheets, activities, and more aligned to the school year.

Teen Scene: May 2020

May 7, 2020

Pikes Peak Library District will take a phased reopening approach for our 16 facilities that prioritizes the health and safety of our patrons and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s how you can use the Library remotely, including access to digital resources and virtual programs.

Video and Baby Singing

May 6, 2020

Good Morning Families: I am sending this article for you to see a video of a single mom (ER doctor) and her struggles with working and homeschooling. Just a bit of inspiration for us all. Go to middle of article to see the video.

Washington Post

Get this week's 5-Minute worksheet, game, and activity

May 6, 2020
5 MINUTES COUNT

Explore this week’s 5-Minute worksheet, game, and activity.

Bill Daniels on Our American Stories

May 4, 2020

Families: Please enjoy this story of Bill Daniels – The Daniels Fund has been a major donor to Parents Challenge for over 20 years. He was a personal friend to Steve and Joyce Schuck.

Weekly practice for your Second Grader

May 3, 2020

FREE WEEKLY BOOST RESOURCES

To help support at-home learning, we are providing access to Weekly Boost, educator-curated worksheets, activities, and more aligned to the school year.

Fun and learning hand in hand

April 30, 2020

Getting There is All the Fun

That’s why we designed educational activities to draw them in, fuel their curiosity, and make learning fun.

Another COVID-19 Update

April 29, 2020

Families: Continue to stay safe and healthy. Many businesses are reopening, but we still need to use wisdom as we navigate outside of our homes. Keep the vulnerable population inside to avoid them being exposed to the virus. Wear masks, gloves, use sanitizer. Be wise.

Saw this and thought you would enjoy

April 28, 2020

Great opportunity to spread of sunshine… Shared by Judy Hanke

A teacher brought balloons to school and asked the children to blow them all up and then each write their names on their balloon. They tossed all the balloons into the hall while the teacher…

Episode 5 of "Train Your Brain Tuesday"

April 28, 2020

It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for our next edition of “Train Your Brain Tuesday!” In this episode, we have a very special guest. Jeff joins us from his home and is a retired fighter pilot from the U.S. Air Force. Hear his story about what it takes to be a great pilot and what cognitive skills HE uses to fly.

Audible - Free resources

April 28, 2020

Great resource for families. Credit goes to Step Up For Students out of Florida.

Last month, as the COVID-19 pandemic began closing our nation’s schools, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was the recipient of a very persuasive essay from nine Florida students. The five-paragraph essay eloquently outlined how “Audible would help students with learning disabilities, speakers of other languages, and any student whose school is closed because of the pandemic.”

Secretary DeVos Makes Available Over $13 Billion...

April 27, 2020

Flexible CARES Act funds empower state and local education leaders to think creatively to address student, educator needs during national emergency

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that more than $13.2 billion in emergency relief funds are now available to state and local education agencies to support continued learning for K-12 students whose educations have been disrupted by the coronavirus.

NEW Independent Study Packets

April 27, 2020

To Our Parent Community,

Here are more free at-home learning resources to help you while schools are closed.

Final week of Math Month!

April 27, 2020

This Week’s Free Math Game

It’s been fun to celebrate Math! We hope you enjoy this final week’s game and Guided Lesson.

Food Box Delivery

April 25, 2020

FOOD BOX DELIVERY PROGRAM

If you are in need of groceries and do not have transportation, call Pikes Peak United Way at 2-1-1. We will deliver a food box to your doorstep within 24-48 hours.

Resource provided by Whittemore Family

Resources designed to support YOU

April 23, 2020

We Support Your Hard Work as a Parent

Our expert-designed resources will help you guide your child’s academic and social-emotional growth.

Discover New Content

April 22, 2020

Art projects that build math skills. Games that teach science. Reading that inspires writing. Discover new and creative resources to help your child fall in love with learning.

Episode 4 of "Train Your Brain Tuesday"

April 22, 2020

During these uncertain times that include school closures and big shifts away from normal routines, many of our LearningRx families have shared concerns about the impact on their students academic performance.

Leave no Subject Unlearned

April 22, 2020

With more than 30,000 expert-created resources in Math, Reading, Science, and more, your child can explore different subject areas while building skills and confidence.

Ways to stay entertained at home

April 22, 2020

Looking for a hobby or just something new to do? Give these activities a try.

Weekly Practice for your Second Grader

April 21, 2020

To help support at-home learning, we are providing access to Weekly Boost, educator-curated worksheets, activities, and more aligned to the school year.

From CPCD/Head Start: The Wheels on the Bus... Create Stability!

April 20, 2020

Families: This might be a resource to help with essential needs, such as school supplies, food, diapers, rent.

GET SUPPORT WITH AT-HOME LEARNING

April 20, 2020

… To help parents transitioning to at-home learning, we are providing free access to some of our best learning resources (see below for details).

TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS

April 20, 2020

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Information about social distancing, isolating from others, and more.

Discover new content - EducatIon.com

April 20, 2020
Art projects that build math skills. Games that teach science. Reading that inspires writing. Discover new and creative resources to help your child fall in love with learning.

Support Yourself - From Apple

April 20, 2020

Tips for keeping yourself physically and mentally healthy.

Care For Your Body. Eat well-balanced meals. This means lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and protein—and a limited amount of sugar, salt, and red meat.

Community and Technology Resources

April 17, 2020
Hello Parents:

  • Community Resources – Food, Rent and Utility Assistance Resources (view PDF below)
  • Need Help Sorting Through the Avalanche of Online Resources for Kids Who Are Now Learning at Home? 11 Sites for Parents to Look At 11 Sites for Parent Resources

Not Getting a Paycheck?

April 16, 2020

Here’s what you can do when a paycheck isn’t coming in temporarily:

Free Financial Education

April 16, 2020

Learning at Home

If you’re looking for a fun and engaging way for children to learn about personal finance at home, we invite you to check out these free, interactive online courses designed for students in grades K-12.

How to Deal with Stress

April 16, 2020

How to Deal with Coronavirus-Related Stress & Anxiety

Being prepared with coping mechanisms can help keep you grounded when stress starts to get the best of you. These are some simple steps to put your wellbeing first.

Students Handling the Pandemic

April 15, 2020
Hello Families:

Here are stories of students and what this crisis is meaning or doing to them. Please read and have those difficult and critical conversations with your scholars. Remember they are not adults and they are not handling this crisis as AN ADULT. They are children and need their parent(s)/guardian(s) to help them navigate and understand what is going on.

Train Your Brain Tuesday: Episode 3

April 14, 2020
We know that as a family, your life is probably looking anything but “normal” these days. Like the thousands of families we work with and talk to around the globe, you may be feeling anxious or worried about how much (or little) academic enrichment your child is receiving at home. Most parents are feeling overwhelmed and ill-equipped to take on the role of ‘homeschool helper.’

Free Worksheets and Printables for Kids

April 14, 2020
Here are some resources for Kindergarten to 5th grade. Education.com provides worksheets for core subjects, Reading/Math, as well as Art, Science, etc.

Daily Plan

April 13, 2020

Hello Families:

This is week 4 of providing instruction to your scholars attending private, traditional and charter public. Home school families you are also establishing a new norm because many of your external resources may be closed or have limited resources. I encourage everyone to please make sure you take time each day for yourself and realize that you cannot do everything.

Family School Newsletter: Podcasts: Listening for Entertaining and Learning

April 13, 2020
Hello Families:

This is a long newsletter from the US Department of Education. It is full of resources and information that you need to familiarize yourself with. If you want to receive the newsletter, please sign-up. Take care and stay safe and healthy. Let us know how we can support you.

COVID-19 Resource List

April 10, 2020
Parents this is an excellent resource put together by Centennial Elementary School, Harrison District Two. Please share with all you know.

Online Resource
2 to 8 year olds

April 9, 2020

Hello Families:

Here is an online program for 2 years to 8 years of age: abcmouse.com.

COVID-19 Update

April 8, 2020
The CDC has now confirmed wearing face coverings can mitigate the spread of COVID-19. It is recommended that you utilize this practice in public spaces, work, and other settings where social distancing is challenging. There are many ways to create face coverings from materials in your home. The surgeon general, VADM Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H, shows you how to here:

Learn Everywhere

April 7, 2020

Hello Families: Please read and join. Share with friends, family and neighbors.

I have heard from several of you that you want to be able to talk to others and see what parents and students are engaging in on a daily basis. Well, join this Facebook Group and the magic begins with exploring, talking to others, gaining valuable resources and activities that will help ease your frustration and help you gain confidence in meeting the needs of your children.

SPARK – CREATIVE AT HOME ACTIVITIES

April 7, 2020

"Train Your Brain Tuesday" is HERE!

April 7, 2020

Join us EVERY TUESDAY as Kim Hanson, CEO of LearningRx, demonstrates brain training exercises that kids ages 5 and up can do on their own, with their siblings, or with the entire family!

These fun, challenging activities can all be done with common items you have around the house. Kim is also giving away FREE brain-building activities in addition to the ones she demonstrates. Watch our newest episode below that focuses on brainy exercises that build attention and processing speed. Then head to our website to download activities mentioned in the video.

Letter to families from National Teacher of the Year

April 6, 2020
Hello Families: WideOpenSchool.org, a free resource hub for distance learning during COVID19. These are tech giants that typically compete against each other and they are now collaborating to provide resources to students, parents and schools. Please take advantage of the resource.

Mental Health Tools and Resources for COVID-19

April 5, 2020
These are awesome resources provided by the Links, Incorporated. Please utilize and enjoy.

Too Funny to not Share

April 5, 2020

Internet Access for Families Impacted by School Closures

April 3, 2020
With the closing of schools and libraries, many of our families now lack access to the internet, restricting their ability to participate in online learning programs. We wanted to send you a quick note to let you know that during this crisis, many internet providers are offering free or reduced-cost internet access for families impacted by COVID-19.

Online support groups? Yes, we can do this!

April 3, 2020
Like so many organizations and people right now, we at NAMI are working to identify — mostly through trial and error — where we can be of the greatest help during this crisis. Next week, we will probably scale back our work on the blog to focus on other ideas…

Bill Gates and Sal Khan Live this Friday

April 1, 2020
Khan Academy is doing all we can to bring you expert advice to provide practical tips for the top issues you face. Join us for live questions and answers on “Daily Homeroom” with Sal at 12:00 pm PT / 3:00 pm ET on Facebook and YouTube.

LearningRx 1-on-1 ONLINE brain training for your clients

April 1, 2020
As you hear from clients who are staying home, we wanted to let you know that LearningRx® is here, open for business, delivering one-on-one brain training sessions through videoconferencing to strengthen essential learning skills like attention, memory, and processing speed.

Small Business Support:
Covid-19

March 31, 2020
THERE ARE 3 KEY RELIEF PROGRAMS designed for small businesses and tenants, where the government will give you money in the form of loans and/or grants. Those loans are: 1) SBA Bridge Loan; 2) Payment Protection Program (PPP Loan); and 3) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

Viral Summary

March 28, 2020

NOTE: Two types of viruses: DNA and RNA

Johns Hopkins University has sent this excellent summary to avoid contagion, share it because it is very clear: The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipids (fats) which, if absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or mouth mucosa, changes their genetic code. (mutation) and converts them into multiplier and attacker cells.

Parents Challenge Update

March 27, 2020
I hope you are all following the guidance on COVID-19. I realize this is an unprecedented time and have caused all of us to have a new norm. During this time, please consider the tips provided by Sandi Kwesell (Pillars of Success) as you navigate this situation with your scholars. Parents, if you are in need, please let us know how we can support you. Please utilize the resources provided by your schools, churches, library (online) and others we have sent to you. Please contact Lori Bitar or the Shapiro’s for tutoring support. You are not alone in this crisis…

Enjoy!!! We need to laugh during this time.

March 27, 2020
Enjoy this 2 year old who has no clue about coronavirus.

The Latest News for You

March 27, 2020

Income Tax Deadline Extension

Governor Jared Polis has extended the income tax payment deadline for all Colorado taxpayers by 90 days until July 15, 2020. Interest from the due date of the payment until July 15, 2020 is waived. All income tax returns that were required to be filed by April 15, 2020 are granted an automatic six-month extension, and are due on or before October 15, 2020.