Educators Resource Toolkit

This toolkit is meant to guide educators and school staff as they seek to see and support children of incarcerated parents in the classroom

Children with incarcerated parents often don't disclose their parent’s incarceration out of fear of how peers, friends, and teachers may respond, and often feel alone in their experience. As part of October's See Us Support Us, youth with incarcerated parents were a part of an Arizona State University panel where they shared ways to best support them in this video.

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Recommended Books

for and about children of incarcerated parents

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Creating Safer Spaces

for children of incarcerated parents

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Youth.gov Resources

supporting youth with incarcerated parents: for school staff

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Families Outside

guidance and resources for schools 

youth with incarcerated parents share how to best support them

SUSU Youth Team: ASU panel 

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11 Million Days Lost

race, discipline, and safety at US public schools

Teaching for Black Lives

book edited By Dyan Watson, Jesse Hagopian, Wayne Au

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POPS The Club Curriculum

lessons for supporting children of incarcerated parents through self-expression

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Youth.gov Poster

2019 SUSU art contest winner, Maison, draws his relationship with his incarcerated dad

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Advocates for Children

tips for working with children of incarcerated parents

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Police-Free Schools Toolkit

toolkit for NYC schools by Girls for Gender Equity

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Words Matter Postcard

how to use humanizing language when speaking about people impacted by the justice system

Tip Sheet for Teachers

pre-k through grade 12: supporting children who have an incarcerated parent

The Conscious Kid

website dedicated to equity and promoting healthy racial identity

Directory of Programs

directory of national programs serving children and families of incarcerated people

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NYCIP NYC Resources

fact sheet of NYC resources for children with incarcerated parents and their families

Supporting Youth with Incarcerated Parents

video for school staff who provide direct supports and services to students

SUSU Youth Team: Do's and Don'ts 

youth with incarcerated parents share how to best support them

Equal Justice Initiative

Racial Justice Teaching Tools