List of Top U.S. Government Learning Sites

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The U.S. government maintains quite a few different educational websites. Here's a list of sites that provide learning materials for both adults and children.
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U.S. Government Learning Sites for Adults

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1. FREE

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) offers more than 1,500 federally supported teaching and learning resources from dozens of federal organizations. Subjects that can be explored include arts and music, health, U.S. history and government, math, science, language arts and world studies.

2. USA.gov

USA.gov is the U.S. government's official web portal. In addition to information and services from the U.S. government, the site also offers links to state and local government sites. Educational topics include but are not limited to history, arts, culture, environment, energy, health nutrition, science and technology.

3. ERIC

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Educational Sciences, the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) is one of the largest online digital libraries in the world. The ERIC site offers digital versions of journals, education literature, full text books, a thesaurus and much more.

4. Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian website provides information about Smithsonian research and the institution's many museums. Other online features include virtual exhibitions and the Encyclopedia Smithsonian, which offers art, design, history, science and technology education materials.

5. Students.gov

Students.gov is the official U.S. government portal for college students and the families of college students. The site has a research database, information on choosing a college and getting financial aid, a job search and career section, a list of volunteer opportunities and a number of other resources from the U.S. government.

U.S. Government Learning Sites for Kids

Kids

1. Kids.gov

Kids.gov is the official kids' portal for the U.S. government. The site includes a huge directory of links to kid-friendly web pages created by schools, educators and government agencies. There are separate sections for the K-5 group and the 6-8 group, as well as tabs for subjects like arts, math and history, which makes it easy to find age-appropriate material.

2. Ben's Guide to U.S. Government

U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) maintains Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids. The site is hosted by a cartoon version of Benjamin Franklin, who guides K-12 students, parents and teachers through the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and other government documents and processes. Resources are categorized under separate headings, such as K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12.

3. U.S. Treasury for Kids

The U.S. Treasury maintains a web page for kids that includes information about savings bonds, the U.S. Mint and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The Treasury also provides links to other government sites, such as Kids.gov and White House Kids.

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    1. Johns Hopkins University

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    2. American University

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    3. Kaplan University

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    4. Colorado Technical University

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    6. Grand Canyon University

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    7. Keiser University

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    8. University of the Southwest

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    9. Southern New Hampshire University

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    10. Indiana Wesleyan University

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American University

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Northcentral University

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