Education Resources Center / Homeschooling

Library Services for Homeschoolers

The Educational Resource Center (ERC) at Middle Country Public Library offers support and enrichment for Middle Country residents, homeschooling families and educators by providing access to the Educational Resource collection featuring science equipment and kits, math manipulatives, curricula and educational games, online resources including subscription databases and ERC specific programming.  The ERC collection and programming is funded with support from the Long Island Community Foundation.  Education Resource Center cards are available to out-of-district homeschooling families. For more information, please contact Deborah Hempe at (631) 585-9393 ext. 223 or

Upcoming ERC Programs

These programs are open for registration to all Middle Country Public Library and Education Resource Center card holders. ERC programs are sponsored by the Long Island Community Foundation.

Homeschooling 101
Monday, September 9, 2019 6:00-8:00pm Centereach
For parents.  Experienced homeschooling parents will present information and answer questions about homeschooling. Speakers will cover paperwork, high school, special needs and more! Children ages 4 and up are welcome to attend with parents. Children will be in a separate room listening to stories and participating in activities.
World Explorers: Hola from Peru (J004) K – 2nd grade
World Explorers: Hola from Peru (J004) 3rd – 5th grade
For children ages 5 – 11 years old.  Travel the world right here in the library! This month we are visiting the beautiful country of Peru. Listen to stories, take a virtual reality tour of Machu Picchu, and make a craft to take home!
Family Game Time (J038)
For families with children ages 5 – 17 years old. Enjoy quality family time playing games together at the library. In addition to some classic board games, we’ll have giant versions of Monopoly and Jenga available to play.

Online Resources

Middle Country Public Library offers a wide variety of online databases providing learning experiences for all ages on a wide variety of topics which can be accessed with your Middle Country Public Library card or ERC card.
                     • MCPL cardholders click here for all a list of all Kids Databases and Online Resources for teens.
                     • ERC cardholders click here for a list of all ERC Databases.

Featured Databases

Did you know the United States has more than 250,000 rivers! Access interesting facts, information and even recipes from 182 countries around the world! There are three editions: World, Kids, & States.
National Geographic Kids
Reputable, authoritative, and age-appropriate content that brings kids the world in a way they’ve never seen it before. Fun and substantive, National Geographic Kids will take them on amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space.
Science Reference Center
A comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full text science-oriented content. This database contains full text for nearly 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, etc. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.

Recommended Websites

Cathy Duffy Homeschool Reviews
This site features articles and reviews of books related to homeschooling, education and related political and spiritual issues.
Homeschool Diner
A fun and informative site about homeschooling with articles & how-tos.
The Homeschool Mom
This portal of free resources available online includes information about many topics including ordering free curriculum, online unit plans, lesson plans, and worksheets, as well as information on supplementing or creating a homeschool curriculum.
National Home Education Research Institute
New York State Homeschooling Regulations
Learn and keep up to date on New York State regulations.
NYSED/ P-12 / OSI / SSS / Home Instruction
Key laws and requirements related to homeschooling.
The Well-Trained Mind
This site offers a step-by-step, grade-by-grade, subject-by-subject guide to the classical pattern of education called the trivium.
The Secular Homeschool Community
Provides information, resources, and a place to share and connect with secular homeschoolers across the world.
Consumer Affairs: Online Homeschools Guide
Searching for an online homeschool curriculum? Compare the best companies using consumer reviews and our comprehensive buyers guide.