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Ask the Expert: How Do I Choose the Right Backpack for My Child?
Dr. Michael Cocilovo of New City Chiropractic Center offers 7 guidelines for choosing a good backpack or book bag for your child, to avoid back pain or back problems like scoliosis. Read his tips before you start your back-to-school shopping this year. (read the story...)

Northeast Children's Theater Company to Expand in Second Season
Northeast Children's Theater Company, which is based in Fairfield, CT, will expand to offer more shows in the 2013-2014 season as well as arts education programs in CT schools and drama therapy for pediatric patients at Norwalk Hospital. (read the story...)

Ask The Expert: What Goals Should I Encourage My Child To Make For The New School Year?
Time is slowly but surely moving forward and while the long summer days feel as though they might last forever, the truth is a brand new school year is right around the corner. It's important to prepare kids for the upcoming academic year before the first day of school, and Eileen Huntington, founder of Huntington Learning Center, has some advice for parents about what goals you should encourage your child to make for the new school year and how to facilitate your child achieving those goals as the year progresses. (read the story...)

First Book Long Island Donates Thousands of Books to Kids
The Long Island chapter of First Book, a national nonprofit organization, has donated more than 150,000 books to schools and children's literacy organizations throughout the island all with the help and support of local families. (read the story...)

How to Help Your Child's Anxiety About the New School Year
Another school year is around the corner and many kids, even the popular ones who seem secure, begin to feel anxious about a new beginning, entering a new grade, meeting new teachers, and even reuniting with old friends. (read the story...)

Hyde Leadership Charter School in South Bronx Graduates First Senior Class
The only college preparatory high school in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the South Bronx, Hyde Leadership Charter School, will graduate its first senior class on June 29 with a 95 percent college acceptance rate. (read the story...)

Live Music Is Good for Child Development
Is it really worth the time, energy, and money to take your children to a live concert? A music therapist says yes, for several reasons. Find out how live music helps kids develop social skills, listening skills, motor skills, and more. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: Can Music Improve My Child's Reading Skills?
A music therapist and award-winning children's musician explains how dancing to music and playing musical instruments may help improve a child's reading skills through the use of cross-lateral movement. (read the story...)

Advice for Parents Considering Opening a 529 College Savings Plan
In honor of May 29 being National 529 College Savings Day, the College Savings Plan Network shares four tips for parents who are considering opening a 529 savings plan to save for their child's education. (read the story...)

Thank Your Child's Educator During Teacher Appreciation Week
During Teacher Appreciation Week in May, show your child's educator he or she is appreciated and also teach your child the importance of showing gratitude and appreciation to people who care about them. (read the story...)

Ask The Expert: How Can I Help My Child Become A Strong Leader?
We all want our kids to stand out in a crowd, be the leader of the pack, and most of all, be confident in their abilities to move forward in this world. But what about the quiet kids – can they be leaders? And how do we teach any child the skills they need to be a leader and the value of learning new things? We spoke to Shakeh Tashjian, the director of Dwight-Englewood School Summer Connections program in Englewood, New Jersey, to discover how to teach your child leadership skills and a love of learning for good measure! (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: At What Age Should You Enroll Your Child in Music Class?
Sending your children to music classes at an early age can be beneficial to their overall learning ability and development, but at what age should you start? Executive director of The Diller-Quaile School of Music in Manhattan offers some insight. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Does Early Music Education Affect a Child's Learning Ability?
During early childhood years, children develop at a faster pace than adults, and it is during this period of time that music education can impact a child's learning ability and development as the executive director of The Diller-Quaile School of Music in Manhattan shares. (read the story...)

Make Your Child Love Reading
Bruce Lansky, father and creator of several successful children’s fiction series, offers advice and tips to turn your kids from couch potatoes into avid readers. (read the story...)

Huntington Learning Center Joins Celebration of Mathematics Awareness Month in April 2013
Huntington Learning Center is joining schools, colleges, universities, student groups, and other associations and interest groups to celebrate Mathematics Awareness Month this April. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Can I Help My Child Stay Connected to School and Community?
"Youth disconnectedness" is a term used to describe young people who are disengaged from school or work during the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Here, tips for parents on keeping kids involved in their school and community, which can lead them to a more successful future. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Often Should I Talk with My Child's Teacher?
An elementary school principal and father explains how to open up communication between parents and teachers, with advice on how parents can get involved in the classroom and what to do if you think a certain teacher isn't right for your child. (read the story...)

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...)


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