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Grow to Learn Awards 36 Grants to NYC School Gardens
GrowNYC and the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City today announced $59,044 in mini-grant funding awarded to 36 public and charter schools looking to build, maintain, or expand their garden programs. These mini-grants, in amounts up to $2,000, are part of Grow to Learn: Citywide School Gardens Initiative. (read the story...)

October Check-In: How to Assess Your Kids' Progress in School
Is your child enjoying this school year? It’s not too early to assess—and kick some problems to the curb before they become unmanageable. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: Why Do Students with Special Needs Require Multisensory Teaching Methods?
We asked Rhonda Boltax, a learning disabilities specialist and the founder of Keys to Reading in Great Neck, NY, if and why multisensory teaching methods, like visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile methods, are effective for children with special needs like learning disabilities and dyslexia. (read the story...)

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio Urges Public School Parents in Brooklyn to Sign a 'Count on Me' Pledge
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio stopped by P.S. 67 in Brooklyn on the first day of school to urge parents to sign a "Count on Me" pledge and commit to being more involved in their children's education. (read the story...)

New Website Profiles Private and Public Schools in NYC
A new website by EduProfile includes profiles on thousands of private and public schools in New York City, plus a school comparison tool and tips for parents on school admissions, entrance exams, school tours, and more advice that makes choosing a school easier. (read the story...)

PlayTogether NYC Helps Children Build Confidence Through Play
PlayTogether NYC, a certified preschool, opens its doors on the Upper West Side, offering a play-based program for toddlers, with half-day and full-day options. (read the story...)

CLAP for Children to Offer More Chinese Language Classes in Norwalk CT
CLAP for Children will open at the Chinese School of Norwalk to offer more Chinese language classes to kids and adults. (read the story...)

How To Prepare Your Kids for an Organized and Successful Back-to-School Experience
As much as the kids are dreading it, the fall has replaced summer and the time has come to start another school year. If you are having trouble getting them into the back-to-school mentality, use the following tips to ensure an organized and successful new academic year. (read the story...)

Kumon Centers Open in Prospect Heights and Gravesent-West
Two new Kumon Learning Centers in Brooklyn are offering math and reading help to kids in Prospect Heights and Gravesend-West. (read the story...)

Mathnasium Opens in Brooklyn Heights
Mathnasium, a math tutoring and learning center for kids, opened a new center in Brooklyn Heights, the third Mathnasium in NYC. (read the story...)

The Little Backyardigans Play Room Opens in Brooklyn
The Little Backyardigans Play Room in Brooklyn helps children transition smoothly to a full school day. (read the story...)

Simple Ways to Help Kids Excel in Math and Science (Even If You Don't)
Remember when your kid's math homework was more addition and subtraction than graphing calculator functions and pre-calculus? With schools now placing a greater emphasis on learning science and math, it is easy for kids to get left behind the learning curve once simple science turns into chemistry and physics. Follow these simple tips to keep kids school savvy, even if trigonometry is not your first language. (read the story...)

Saving Money on Your Kid's Back-to-School Shopping is as Easy as Learning the ABCs
With summer ending and fall nearly in full swing, it's time for kids to gear up for another school year. As students know, this means new backpacks, pencils, and notebooks. As parent know, this means a back-to-school shopping list that can be anything but budget-friendly. Read on for easy, money-saving tips that ensure your little student starts the school year off right, without breaking the bank. (read the story...)

College Test Prep Comes to the Bronxville Adult School
The Bronxville Adult School is offering SAT, ACT, and PSAT test prep classes for students this fall in southern Westchester. (read the story...)

New York City Schools Offer Standardized Test Results Online
The New York State Department of Education last week released the official results of standardized tests for third through eighth graders. Instead of waiting until September, parents and guardians can now view their children's 2011 NYS ELA, math, and science test scores online. (read the story...)

Happily Ever After: How to Update Your Children's Fairytales
Melissa Levis, NYC-based mommy rocker and founder of Moey's Music Party, recounts how a bedtime reading ritual with her son led her to question the messages our children's fairytales are sending. Read on for her tips on how to rewrite these classic stories to make them fun and inspirational. (read the story...)

Tips To Turn Your Child Into A Better Reader
As back-to-school season approaches, learn tips and tricks to help your child become a better reader for the upcoming school year. (read the story...)

Visiting Children's Literature Landmarks in New York City
Help bring your child's favorite books to life by taking them to kid lit landmarks all over New York City. On your trip, you'll find Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza from Knuffle Bunny, party in the Plaza Hotel like Eloise, and hang out in the Upper East Side like Lyle, Lyle Crocodile, and more. (read the story...)

Baby Meets City Mom Blogger Suggests the Best NYC-Based Books for Kids
Ellen Schmidt, the blogger behind Baby Meets City, tells us her favorite New York City-based books for kids. (read the story...)

How Your Children's Friends Affect Their Grades
Your child's friends and relationships have more of an effect on his schoolwork and grades than you may think. Kids with a positive social life tend to perform better academically. Vera Borukhov, a Queens tutor and teacher, offers tips on how to help your child succeed in school by developing the right friendships. (read the story...)

Sunflower Kidz Daycare Opens in East Elmhurst NY
Sunflower Kidz Daycare opens in Queens this September, bringing an affordable childcare and preschool program to East Elmhurst. (read the story...)

10 Best Children's Books About NYC History
Check out these great books for kids, from beginner to advanced readers, that use New York City as the setting for their tales. The colorful characters and plots in these age-appropriate books are steeped in NYC history, helping teach kids about important landmarks and the people who helped shape the city's culture throughout the years. Plus, download a reading guide to "The Cricket in Times Square," a fictional kid-lit classic, and find out why acting like a tourist in the Big Apple can actually pay off in more ways than one. (read the story...)

Green Meadow Waldorf School Opens Early Childhood Center in Tarrytown NY
Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge will open a satellite Early Childhood Center in Tarrytown, New York, in September, bringing its preschool and kindergarten curriculum to Westchester County. (read the story...)

New Bilingual Program for Kids Opens in Scarsdale NY
Little Linguists is a new kind of bilingual program for kids in Westchester County offering immersion Spanish education as well as classes for native Spanish speakers. (read the story...)

Sprouting Learners Daycare Opens in Nanuet NY
At Sprouting Learners, a new preschool and daycare center in Nanuet, New York, teachers encourage children's natural curiosity to learn and explore through traditional and Montessori methods. (read the story...)


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