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General Resources

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Educational Activities/Programs

Find activities for CAN After School and Summer programs.


Professional Development

Tools, trainings, and resources for CAN staff, interns, and volunteers working with children, youth, and families.

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Lessons, projects, and other teaching tools designed to ignite a love of writing. View website.

ACEs & Resilience

Understand Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and help young people overcome toxic stress & childhood trauma. View Presentation.

Black Lives Matter Lessons & Resources

Links to suggested lessons, films, books, readings, and general teaching guides for Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action and beyond (Created by D.C. Area Educators For Social Justice. View website.

CAN Cell Phone Policy

CAN's no-phone policy for students and adults during After School and Summer Programs. View Presentation.

COVID-Safe Holiday Event Ideas

Download a packet of COVID-Safe Neighborhood Holiday Event Ideas developed my the MECC student group at the University of Michigan.

COVID-Safe Holiday Events Packet

Center on the Developing Child

Harvard University's Research & Development platform for childhood development. View website.

College Resources for CAN Teens

Resources for CAN staff, interns, and teens to help high school students apply and prepare for college. Content includes information about FAFSA, the SATs, ACTs, Dual Enrollment, How to Apply for College, How to Win a Scholarship, and more! Link to Google Drive Folder: CAN Teen College Resources

Early Childhood Educational Materials

With all of the changes and challenges in your daily schedule, you may be wondering what you can do to keep your preschool child entertained and learning. These materials take little prep and are designed to engage your little one.

Early Childhood Materials

Hey Sigmund

This website aims to bring the latest research and news in psychology to the mainstream. Resources include articles about helping children & youth with anxiety and practicing mindfulness. View website.

Lunch/Dinner Recipes

View lunch and dinner recipe ideas - designed specifically for CAN's community centers. CAN Recipes

Math Tips and Tricks

How can you help students struggling with math? For many, learning math can be a challenge. This presentation provides tips and tricks for helping CAN's students build confidence and academic success! View presentation.

Michigan Learning

Educators know that relationships can make or break a school year. This two-week curriculum offers resources for elementary and secondary educators to focus on relationships as they start the school year. Go to

National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments

Resources supporting student academic enrichment by promoting engagement, safety, and healthy environments. View website.

Parent Toolkit

Resources for students of all grade levels related to academics, social & emotional development, health & wellness, financial literacy, and college/career. View website.

Pre-Meeting Mindfulness Practices

Before a team meeting or program, lead everyone in these simple mindfulness practices to get in the right head space. View folder.

Reading Rockets

Research-based strategies for teachers, parents, administrators, librarians, childcare providers, and anyone else involved in helping a young child become a strong, confident reader. View website.

She Can STEM Toolkit (Amplifier)

Middle school lesson plans and artwork for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) created by Amplifier. View resource.

Social-Emotional Development Activities

Select a short activity designed around the CASEL Core Competencies (Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision-Making, Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness). View folder.

Suicide Awareness & Intervention Resources

View resources related to suicide awareness & intervention

Google Drive Folder

Suicide Ideation Guidelines

Summer 2020 Mindfulness Activities

Spend 6 weeks practicing breathing techniques through the theme of Star Wars as students pretend to train to be Jedi, creating calming, positive energy for good.

View the activities in Google Drive folder: Summer 2020 Mindfulness Activities


The TED-Ed project makes short video lessons worth sharing, aimed at educators and students. View website.

Connecting resources and supportive communities for children and adults with learning and thinking differences. View website.

Washtenaw County Resource Guide

View resources available in Washtenaw County (categories include: Clothing, Financial Assistance, Housing, Older Adult Services, and more). View website.

Why Mindfulness?

This presentation covers what mindfulness is, and how it can be applied to happiness at work, gratitude, conflict, and humilty.

Why Mindfulness? Presentation


ZingTrain offers many phenomenal free resources on topics like business, customer service, leadership, management, training, organizational systems, and more!


edWeb is a free social network and professional learning community that can help professionals in education with online learning and collaboration.

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