UPDATED February: Prepare for back to school time in Brooklyn, New York, with a wide range of after-school programs for kids, Brooklyn sports teams and programs for kids, after-school tutors in Brooklyn, music classes, dance and gymnastics classes in Brooklyn, from Carroll Gardens, to Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights to Park Slope.
Five area families discuss why they chose the type of school to which they send their children—parochial, charter, public, or private—and the benefits they found in each school setting.
Long Island Lutheran Day School, a religious day school for preschool through fifth grade on Long Island, recently added a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) lab to integrate the programs into its regular curriculum.
The Selma Maisel Nursery School at Temple Sholom in Greenwich, is expanding its preschool curriculum to include more science, cooking, and interactive theater classes.
Reform Temple of Rockland, which was created when Temple Beth El and Temple Beth Torah merged last spring, offers year-round religious school for kids in nursery through 12th grades.
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St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy, a private school in Brooklyn, was awarded an educational grant, which it is using to upgrade the STEM lab and continue to support its literacy and Spanish Language programs.
The Jewish Preschool of the Nyacks recently obtained its child care license allowing the school to open a full-day day care and extend school hours. The preschool in Upper Nyack focuses on Jewish education for preschoolers.
New City Jewish Center's Early Childhood Center recently announced that it will offer after-care hours for its students. The center, which already offers before-care hours, teaches traditional pre-K subjects, as well as Judaic traditions and values.
Massapequa temple Congregation Beth-El is planning to begin a preschool Jewish education program to teach Jewish children about the history and culture of Judaism. The program encourages parent involvement, and utilizes group play, and activities such as story time, crafts, and music to teach children about the religion.
St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy, a Catholic school in Brookyln, will begin piloting two new programs within the coming weeks. The school will being a writing program for middle-schoolers called Writing Roadmap, and a fitness program for pre-K and Kindergarten called Adventure to Fitness.
JCC Rockland recently announced a full-day early childhood program that it plans to offer beginning in the fall. The early childhood program is now accepting applications. Enrolled children learn Jewish values through a whole-child approach to teaching.
The Diocese of Rockville Centre is taking steps to raise its Long Island Catholic schools to new heights. The schools now integrate technology in curriculum, offer more extracurricular activities in leadership, and teachers have been prepared for the common core standards.
Beth Am Temple, which offers Jewish religion classes in Pearl River, now offers a free early childhood Jewish education class at its religious school.
Temple Israel Childhood Center is now accepting registrations for its new pre-K program. The Westport pre-K incorporates Jewish education and technology in the curriculum, as well as students working collaboratively.
The Selma Maisel Nursery School of Temple Sholom, a Jewish nursery school in Greenwich, is implementing the Handwriting Without Tears learn-to-write program for its students this year. The nursery school also features a hands-on, creative curriculum.
Our Lady of Wisdom, a coed Catholic school, is bringing its preschool program back for the new school year. The Catholic preschool in Port Jefferson for 4-year-olds is five full days per week, and children learn reading, math, technology, Italian, music, and art. The preschool also offers before and after care for its preschool students.
Chabad Lubavitch of Rockland now offers a Sunday Hebrew school for New City children. In the camp-like, fun learning environment, kids learn the Alef Bet, Jewish traditions, and prepare for their bar/bat mitzvah.
Emanuel Lutheran School in Patchogue is now offering scholarships for students who transfer from public schools, as well as matching funds for students who transfer from other private schools. The school also has a brand-new playground for preschoolers.
The City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism is bringing back their parent-child preschool classes on Sundays. The classes will focus on age-appropriate Jewish values and follows the Jewish calendar, introducing all major holidays, as well as art, music, food, and more.
Saint Saviour Elementary School in Brooklyn recently renovated its entire campus. Renovations include updates to classrooms, the courtyard, the gymnasium, and increased accommodations for students with Individualized Eduction Plans.
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School tours allow you to get to know certain schools better. But asking the right questions on these tours will help guide you to the right one faster.
If you think that preschool time is just about unstructured play and napping, think again. There is now more emphasis on academics than ever before, and this means preparation is critical during the preschool years.