Through its collaboration with iCivics, the National Association of Counties (NACo) is helping students learn about the basics of county government through the County Solutions curriculum, the online County Works game and the downloadable "My County Works" workbook.
"With many children home from school, NACo's civic education resources provide perfect opportunities to inform young people about county government and have fun at the same time," said NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase. "It's never too early for children to start learning about civics and how they can help make our communities better places to live, work and play."
The curriculum and game, geared for students in grades 6-12, include lessons on civic engagement and the role of county government in communities, states and the country. In some sections of the curriculum, students work through the process of identifying and finding solutions to community problems — a very real responsibility of county officials. The game puts students, and adults too, in the shoes of a county official. The object of the game is to successfully navigate the challenges that go with managing a county.
These educational resources are meant for students, but anyone can learn from them. They are free and accessible at www.NACo.org/iCivics. This webpage also includes a guide to help introduce them to local residents.
To learn more about NACo's other coronavirus-related resources, visit www.naco.org/covid19.