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.
Park Slope North Child Development Center, formerly known as Helen Owen Carey Child Development Center, hired a new director to replace the previous director who retired. The center focuses on interactive, hands-on learning.
The Kohl's Cares Scholarship program will honor more than 2,300 youth, ages 6-18, who have made a positive impact on their communities with more than $425,000 in scholarships and prizes. Nominations for outstanding young volunteers are being accepted Feb. 1 - March 15.
Oasis Day Camp added Brooklyn Bridge Park to its list of summer camp locations for the summer of 2013. Outdoor events will take place in the park, while rainy day and indoor activities will be held at St. Francis College.
Thinking Tree Learning Center, recently opened in Sheepshead Bay, offers group and private tutoring for students in Brooklyn. It also offers Gifted & Talented exam and citywide exam prep, homework or project help, and extracurricular activities in chess, Russian, computers, and creating art portfolios for admittance into art school.
Think, Play, and Learn, an early childhood education center in Park Slope, aims to help struggling children reach their full academic potential and provides the foundation necessary to be successful students. The pre-K and kindergarten prep program ensures kids are prepared for their first day of school with all the necessary support and skills.
New York Kids Club, an enrichment center for children, plans to open two new locations in Brooklyn—Park Slope and Williamsburg. The center offers many classes for Brooklyn kids, including art, cooking, fitness, and music. And with the pick-your-own classes, parents can easily accommodate their schedules. New York Kids Club also offers birthday party, seasonal camp, and open play time packages.
Bird River Studios, newly opened in Williamsburg, offers a variety of creative classes for kids including music, art, ceramics, printmaking, dance, and creative writing. And if the studio doesn't offer what your child is interested in, it will strive to offer it. Bird River Studio also offers classes for parents while their children are in class.
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.
With a recently remodeled play center, Who's on First offers a variety of classes including yoga, art, music, Spanish, and Mandarin for children. The child-care center in Carroll Gardens strives to enhance self-esteem and problem solving skills.
NBC News special correspondent Chelsea Clinton read aloud to second- and third-grade students at the Brooklyn Public Library's Central Branch in September as part of NBC News Education Summit, which coincided with a series of free public library events.
When Nicole Ventura opened her Mill Basin dance studio, The Dance House of Brooklyn, in September, she brought families a new opportunity for fitness fun. With classes for all skill levels and ages, The Dance House of Brooklyn invites parents to experience dance with their children.
Park Slope Kids Dental, owned by Dr. Tanesha Francis—or Dr. T as the kids know her, is a new, state-of-the-art, kids-only dental office located in Park Slope. The office features an open play and appointment area, which lessons the negative experiences at the dentist. Dr. T schedules at least two appointments per year for each child to allow for a familiarity to grow.
IP Kids recently opened its IP Montessori Preschool in Bensonhurst. The new preschool combines Montessori principles with a focus on interactive, hands-on methods that allow children to become independent at an early age.
Fort Greene's Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance offers a variety of new classes for children and young adults that are rooted in African dance and music styles. Classes include Hip Hop, Drumming4Toddlers, and DrumDance.
Beginning Oct. 1, 2012 through Nov. 12, 2012, the New york Children's Theater Festival will be accepting submissions for its spring 2013 productions, encouraging people from all over the world to write live children's entertainment.
A new book, "A Poem as Big as New York City," captures a kid’s-eye view of what it’s like to live, learn, and play in NYC.
Brooklyn residents now have another option when buying supplies and decorations for their next party. Party Max, which recently opened in Dyker Heights, offers everything from balloon bouquets and themed supplies to Halloween costumes, greeting cards, plush toys, and seasonal merchandise.
Club KO Kickboxing's new location in Williamburg will offer classes for children ages 9-11, as well as for adults. Participants will learn the basics of kickboxing without any actual physical contact. The classes are designed to get people in shape while building self-confidence.
The Children's Place is launching its second annual model search this fall to discover its next superstar who will win round-trip air transportation to the glamorous photo shoot and a $500 gift card to spend on all of the latest styles.
Olympic gymnast John Orozco, also a Bronx native, spends time at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo with other famous Bronx residents and also shows his appreciation for his community.
Parents and their children volunteered to transform an overgrown lot into the South Brooklyn Children's Garden by building raised beds and planting vegetables. The South Brooklyn Children's Garden will offer a variety of programming for children beginning with the 2013 growing season.
In partnership with The Walt Disney Company, Disney Store will donate 25,000 school supply kits to children at the Boys and Girls Club of America, adding a little back-to-school magic as kids nationwide prepare to return to the classroom this fall.
Play, an indoor play and learning space in Greenpoint, is now owned by Josh Gunsberger. Play offers classes by RugBug, an after-school program for 5- to 10-year-olds, movie nights starting in the fall, and drop-in play time for toddlers.
The International School of Brooklyn, a French and Spanish language immersion school located in Carroll Gardens, is adding a middle school program starting in the 2012-2013 academic year. All students are required to study two languages, which are continued from the elementary school.