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New York City Bus Strike Is Finally Over
As of Wednesday, Feb. 20, New York City's school bus strike is finally over, and school buses will resume full service to New York City public school children for the first time in five weeks. Here is some important information from the NYC Department of Education (DOE) that will help make the transition back to yellow bus service as smooth as possible. (read the story...)

Should Parents Help Kids With Their Homework?
Parental support is shown as a key element for a successful student, but sometimes the line begins to blur regarding how much help is too much. Parents want their child to do well, so they "help" out as much as possible on homework, projects, and reports. The problem is that the student is not getting the benefit from those assignments: review of material and independent skills assessment. So how much help is too much? If parents follow these simple guidelines they can avoid making this error. (read the story...)

Study Finds Link Between Music and Preschoolers Reading Readiness
New research from the University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education shows a link between preschool music activities and the development of reading and writing skills in children. (read the story...)

Harlem Hebrew Language Academy Hires Founding Head of School
Harlem Hebrew Charter School, a school where lessons are taught in Hebrew and English, received its charter in June and is set to open this fall. The Upper Manhattan bilingual school's next step was to hire a founding head of school, and Robin Natman was recently appointed to the position. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Can I Stop My Children from Procrastinating on Their Homework and School Assignments?
Whether students feel overwhelmed with the amount of homework they have or they have difficulty with time management, it is important for parents to help students learn how to meet due dates on school assignments by teaching them to not procrastinate. (read the story...)

Bard College Applauds Recommendation to Fund and Expand Early Colleges
Governor Cuomo’s Education Reform Commission recommends the expansion and funding of early college programs in New York State. Bard College, which has run public early college high schools in New York City since 2001, and has been a leading champion of the model, applauded the Commission’s recognition of the importance of early colleges in increasing college access and success, particularly for underserved students. As the Commission’s report states, early colleges prepare students for college and reduce the cost of degree completion. (read the story...)

How STEM Education Can Help Our Kids And Our World
Science, technology, engineering, and math are the four subjects that may be most important for our kids to be learning now. STEM education is finally getting the attention it deserves and there are many programs, classes, camps, and museum activities that will let your child learn STEM subjects. We need more scientists and innovators and STEM education holds the key. Building rockets, robots, and other cool contraptions helps kids become creative thinkers and problem solvers and may help them and our world in the future. (read the story...)

What To Do At Your Child's Parent Teacher Conference
Many schools require parents to meet with their child's teacher at least once a year at a parent teacher conference, but if you are concerned about your child's performance or comfort at school you can ask to meet with the teacher any time you want. Learn to be a good communicator and have a successful positive parent teacher conference with these tips. (read the story...)

Hellenic Classical Charter School Breaks Ground on Expansion
Hellenic Classical Charter School, which uses didactic instruction, coaching, and Socratic questioning to teach children, recently broke ground on an expansion. The school is expanding due to an expected influx of students in the fall, and the project is estimated to be finished within 18 months. (read the story...)

Five Tips for Fundraising at School
Read below for tips and advice on fundraising in schools. Local fundraising efforts can benefit your child's education, and raising money for schools can be rewarding for your community. School fundraisers are a great way to get the school supplies, quality teachers, and safe school environment that children thrive in. (read the story...)

Tips for Graduates: Pay Off Student Loans
Many recent graduates often begin paying down their student loans in November. America Saves and Sallie Mae offer tips and advice for graduates on how to best pay off their student loans. (read the story...)

5 Ways to Take the Frenzy Out of Your Family's Lives
With your children comfortably in the school year schedule, you may find that they are stressed with their busy after-school activities and homework. Susan Sachs Lipman, author of "Fed Up with Frenzy," offers 5 tips for a frenzy-free lifestyle. (read the story...)

Why We Need To Keep Arts Education In Our Schools
From Disney’s “High School Musical” franchise to “Glee,” it’s clear there’s an appetite for musical theater. But beyond entertainment, performing arts—proven critical to learning—are less accessible in schools than they once were. We're issuing a call to action. (read the story...)

Scholastic Releases Free Reading App for Kids
Scholastic has introduced Storia, a free, interactive, and educational reading app for kids that comes with five free ebook downloads and features more than 2,000 titles for kids from toddler through teens. (read the story...)

You Are Your Child’s First and Most Important Teacher
Take advantage of the years before your child starts school to set the stage for success. (read the story...)

7 Ways To Inspire Your Child To Be Curious And Creative
Curiosity is linked to creativity, and both are important skills to have and to hone. However, there is a decline in both curiosity and creativity between the ages of five and eight, bottoming out in pre-adolescence. Parents can nurture these lost skills by reinforcing children's habits of curiosity. Our expert Diana Rosen shares some tips to inspire your child to be curious and creative. (read the story...)

Encourage Your Kids To Be Creative and Curious
Don’t relegate creativity to the art classroom. Encourage your kids to explore, tap into their curiosity, and open themselves to a world of possibilities in every facet of their lives. Our expert tells you how to encourage kids to be creative and curious, and offers activities and exercises to strengthen the creativity muscle. (read the story...)

The Gift of Education - Tips for Investing In Your Loved One's Future
This holiday season, consider an alternative to traditional presents; saving for your loved one's college education. Saving for college in a 529 plan as a child grows is a critical and effective savings tool for families wishing to ease the financial burden of college in the future. Learn more about the 529 plan and how you can start saving for your loved one's education. (read the story...)

Jumpstart Announces Ashanti as Celebrity Ambassador for 2012 Read for the Record® Campaign
Jumpstart, a national early education non-profit organization, announced the official kick-off to its 2012 Read for the Record campaign on Sept. 25. As part of this year's campaign, Jumpstart will host nearly 250 Read for the Record events nationwide to set a new world reading record and raise awareness of the importance of quality early education. (read the story...)

4 Proven Benefits of Reading Out Loud to Your Baby
If you think reading out loud to your wee one is just a way to bond, think again. A local expert details four proven and long-lasting benefits of reading aloud to babies. (read the story...)

Raise a Child who is Predisposed with Genius Qualities
Raising a child who is predisposed to do wonders with his or her mind is possible. Enable your child to succeed by following our expert's fundamental tips for guiding your child's lifelong learning. (read the story...)

New Reading Center Focuses on Teaching Children Phonics
The Academic Associates Reading Center of New York teaches children how to read by focusing on phonics, so they can properly and effectively decode everyday and school-related vocabulary. (read the story...)

How to Find the Right Kind of Help for Your Struggling Child
When you see your child struggling socially or academically in school, it is important to seek out the right kind of guidance. A local child psychologist offers how to find plan road map to success for your child. (read the story...)

Autism Speaks Launches School Community Tool Kit 2.0
Autism Speaks' new School Community Tool Kit 2.0 is a resource meant to help classmates, teachers, and other school staff to better understand students on the autism spectrum and how to support them. (read the story...)

Back To School Jitters: Who’s More Anxious You Or Your Child?
As we prepare to send our kids off to school this week, we are excited, overwhelmed, and yes, a little nervous. Mental health consultant Stefanie Weiss offers some tips to handle the situation. (read the story...)


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