Free resources for youth to keep the mind active
Resources for students of all ages
With new school cancellations and closures announced daily, students all over the country are now homebound through the end of the school year. Whether you’re a parent with the sudden need to homeschool your young ones or a college student forced off campus prematurely, these companies are offering free resources to help.
For college students
- U-Haul is offering 30 days of free self-storage for new customers with college IDs.
- During the coronavirus outbreak, many car rental services are waiving the daily young renter surcharges that are normally charged if a driver is under 25. Hertz and Enterprise are waiving the surcharges for college kids ages 18 to 24 through May 31; Avis is nixing its fees for drivers ages 21 to 24 through April 30.
- Adobe Creative Suite is offering free access to its Creative Cloud programs for college students through May 31. To qualify, your school or college must be a current customer with an active Adobe plan.
- Coursera, an online learning hub used by college professors, is opening its catalog of 3,800 courses to college students for free.
- Cambridge University Press is opening its library of college textbooks, book chapters, journal articles, and key reference works to students for free until the end of May (although it has had to pause free access to textbooks while it handles the unprecedented demand for resources).
For younger students
- Scholastic is offering free, daily online courses on its recently launched “Learn at Home” website for students from pre-K to grades 6 and higher.
- Khan Academy, a free online learning platform, has released daily schedules for students in pre-K through grade 12.
- Outschool is offering free live, online classes for public school students through the end of the school year.
- Kennedy Center Education artist-in-residence and children’s book author Mo Willems is hosting daily drawing projects called Lunch Doodles.
- PBS Kids is sending out a daily newsletter to subscribers that’s filled with activities and educational games for kids ages 2 through 8.
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