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The Youth Services Department serves children from birth through high school and their caregivers.  For information about services for youth in middle and high school, see our Young Adult page.

Resources for Parents During School Closings Due to the Corona Virus

Looking for a social story to explain Coronavirus?  Click here.

Understood is an organization whose purpose is to provide resources for special needs people and their supporters to help them navigate the world. They have provided resources for special needs people and their families to explain the Coronavirus and what is happening as a result of the virus. This information is helpful for all families, not just special needs families.
Understood also provide some tips about activities to keep kids busy at home.  Click here for that information.

Adventures in Familyhood
20 Virtual Field Trips to Take with Your Kids

Scholastic Learn at Home
Scholastic is offering free online educational opportunities for children in preschool on up through teens.

A List of Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closings from

Boredom Buster Activity Plan
From Left Brain Craft Brain

Home Activities
Compiled by a teacher

Scavenger Hunts from Primary Playground

Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari

Virtual Farm Tours
Dutch Hollow Dairy Farm

Will-O-Crest Farm

JoBo Holsteins Farm
For High School Students

How to Get a Library Card for Your Child

The Pollard Library does not have an age requirement for library cards.  To get a library card for your child you must adhere to the following requirements:

  1. Only parents or legal guardians may obtain library cards for children.
  2. The parent/guardian must come to the library and  bring identification with the parent’s/guardian’s name and current Lowell address.
  3. The child does not have to be present.
  4. First time library cards are free.  Replacement library cards cost $1.

Helpful Links

The following is a list of links that you may find useful as a parent in the City of Lowell and at large. It includes youth and recreation information, links to Lowell schools and fun sites to go to help you raise your little reader.

General Links

City of Lowell Parks and Recreation Department

Lowell Schools Links

Lowell Public Schools

Lowell Community Charter Public School

Hellenic American Academy

Immaculate Conception School

St. Michael School

St. Patrick School

Ste. Jeanne d’Arc School

Resources for Special Needs Families

PML Autism Resources Guide
Lowell Public Schools Special Education Department
City of Lowell Commission on Disability
South Bay Early Intervention
Thom Anne Sullivan Center
Massachusetts Office on Disability
The ARC of Massachusetts
Federation for Children with Special Needs
MA SPED Child and Teen (online resources)
Parent/Professional Advocacy League
Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change
Special Needs Advocacy Network
Special Olympics Massachusetts
Special Needs Financial Planning
Cerebral Palsy Guide
Deaf Inc.
Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress

Literacy Links

American Library Association’s Great Sites for Parents, Caregivers and Teachers

Book Hive – Find that perfect read for your child!