Local

Education

Emergency Preparedness

Directories

Local Government

General Plano Resources

Resources for New Residents

Education:

English as a Second Language:

  • Eslpod
    • Listen to the podcasts and the explanation of words, phrases, and idioms 
  • ESL Referral List
    • Guide to local organizations that offer ESL classes for adults.
  • ESL Referral List en Espanol
    • Referencias de estudio de ingles como segundo idioma
  • Small Talk
    • Information about the Plano Library System’s Small Talk program to improve your English speaking skills.
  • TOEFL
    • The official website for the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Features information on testing dates and locations, online practice tests, study tips, and more. 

Local Schools:

  • Plano Independent School District
    • the official website for the Plano Independent school District includes testing information, school profiles, library resources, news, events, and features information for students, parents, and educators 
  • Plano ISD Head Start
    • Plano Independent School District head start information 
  • Collin College
    • Website for Collin College that includes information about admissions, online registration, library, campus locations, and other services 

General Resources:

  • PISD GED Testing Information
    • The Plano ISD GED Testing Center will administer the new 2015 Series of GED exams starting August 2015.  This link will provide information on testing location, availability, cost, and study information. 
  • Texas Academic Performance Reports
    • Assessment of school performance from the Texas Education Agency 
  • Texas Education Agency
    • official site of the Texas Education agency. Includes school reports, state testing information and practice tests, school finance information, and more
  • DFW Private schools
    • site features a search engine for local private schools, information about schools includes summaries of school’s admission policies, curricula, philosophy, tuition and more 

Homeschool Resources:

  • Homeschool Legal Defense
    • Association dedicated to homeschool advocacy, legal issues and rights, and general homeschooling resources
  • Texas Homeschool Coalition
    • information focused on homeschooling in Texas, includes information about news, resources, support groups, events and more

 

Emergency Preparedness:

  • City of Plano Department of Emergency Management
    • Information about the city’s emergency Operation center, the city’s coordinated response efforts to disasters and hazards, Plano’s Outdoor Warning Sirens, real-time social media updates from the DEM and links about disaster preparedness
  • Plano City Call
    • Sign up for free  local emergency alerts in the form of phone calls, texts, TDD/TTY or email. Alerts include evacuation notices, missing child alerts, boil water notices and severe weather notices.
  • Nixle
    • Nixle is a community information service that sends users updates (emails or texts) from the police department, school district, and other public agencies. It is free to signup and information comes directly from the city of Plano. An app is available for free download for Android and iOS.

Directories:

  • Anywho.com:
    • This site offers white pages, yellow pages, and reverse lookup 
  • Numberway:
    • International yellow and white page phone books 
  • Switchboard Digital Directory
    • Online yellow and white page listings
  • Dallas Public Library’s Community Information Database
    • A free database compiled by the Dallas Public Library that contains information on over 5,000 local governmental and nonprofit organizations, libraries, clubs, hobby groups, unions, arts and entertainment and professional associations in the DFW area. No Dallas library card required!

Local Government:

  • City of Plano:
    • Comprehensive information on city services, local government, departments, news, and events
  • Collin County:
    • Complete resources for information and services in Collin County including elections and voting information, courthouse locations, case lookup, jury duty information, property and tax information and more
  • Plano Quick Links:
    • Links to city resources for Plano residents
  • Collin County Central Appraisal District
    • Provides access to Collin County property tax records, maps, exemptions, forms and more

General Plano Resources:

  • Assistance Center of Collin County
    • The Assistance Center provides financial stability to families who are experiencing crisis and are under the threat of eviction or utility disconnection.
  • Collin Cares
    • Directory of local assistance organization in Collin County, including shelters, food pantries, clinics, child and adult day care services

Resources for New Residents

  • Move to Plano
    • list of information for those considering or planning a relocation to Plano compiled by the City’s chamber of commerce
  •  Relocation Guide
    • helpful information about Plano and North Texas created by Toyota for those employees that are relocating to Plano. Available for use by anyone.
  • Relocating to Dallas
    • information about relocating to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including utilities, churches, schools, medical, insurance, vets, real estate, home inspectors, movers and more 

 

Last Updated: 5/30/17