Twinn Palms Homestay Services, which finds families for foreign exchange students to live with, is expanding its services into more New York schools. Families can host up to two foreign exchange students at a time.
Many parents and teachers are angered by proposed changes to the way teacher evaluations are performed, giving even more weight to standardized test scores and less to the input of school principals. Protests are planned for next week, and parents can help spread the word.
The Crayon Box Preschool, located in Flushing, recently added Teddy Tennis, a preschool tennis class, to its curriculum. It will also add a preschool music class in the spring.
Future Stars, a day camp on Long Island, is adding STEM programming to its summer camp line-up.
Kon Gen International Preschool in Queens is now offering ColorSoundation to teach children music through colors. The international preschool is now accepting applications for the fall.
Fátima Ptacek, the 14-year-old Queens native who voices the iconic Latina heroine Dora the Explorer, is the winner of the 2015 NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Youth in a Youth/Children’s Program.
Flushing Town Hall, a global arts center in Flushing, Queens, is adding Global Mashups, a bi-cultural music performance, to its calendar of family music performances.
Magic Day Camp, a summer day camp in Bayside, Queens, is adding daily swim time to its schedule. The day camp also offers before and after care for campers, and door-to-door transportation.
Queens high school student Julia McKenna was awarded the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal for completing 400 hours of volunteer service in and near the Astoria community and at her high school, Garden School, in Jackson Heights.
Queens of Lacrosse is the only all-girls lax program in the borough of Queens, NYC. The program was started by a local dad who was searching for lacrosse programs in Queens for his two young daughters.
Power Brain Training Center in Bayside is a brain education center for children and adults. The Bayside location is adding two new programs to its summer day camp program: Heightened Sensory Perception and Heightened Memory.
The new New York City Municipal ID, announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio shortly after the New Year, will give resident New Yorkers free access to 33 NYC museums, zoos, cultural centers, and other institutions, plus a host of other benefits.
Bowlmor Chelsea Piers, a family activity center and bowling alley in Manhattan, recently added a laser tag arena and ropes course.
Vincent Smith School, a third through 12th grade school catered to those with learning disabilities, recently appointed Layla Lindau as the new director of special education.
Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, which provides art education programs for families, recently launched two new programs: Sunday Afternoon Concert Series and Assembly Program for Schools & Families.
Christy's Gymnastics, a Queens facility that offers gymnastics programs in Whitestone, recently began offering Rising Stars for Boys. The noncompetitive program that prepares boys for competitive programs was added to expand the offering for boys.
Soccer Friends USA, which offers instructional soccer programs, is scheduled to begin its futsal program in January. Futsal is a South American indoor version of soccer. Soccer Friends USA also offers an after-school soccer program for children in Forest Hills.
Mommy, Music, & Me, a licensed provider of Music Together classes, is scheduled to begin offering its music classes in Long Island City and Fresh Meadows.
Hug Music, a music school for kids in Queens, recently opened in Forest Hills. The Forest Hills music school offers early childhood music, private lessons, and music therapy.
Little Apple Preschool, a preschool in Bayside that caters to kids younger than 3½, plans to expand its facility for the 2015 semester. The addition will allow for Universal Pre-K classes for ages 4-5, and includes a new gym.
Vienna Music, a music school in Queens, offers various classes and lessons for kids at its Bayside location. The music school recently began offering a class for children younger than 5 and has added cello and clarinet to its instrumental lessons.
JEI Learning Center, an academic enrichment center for kids, recently opened a Floral Park location in Glen Oaks, Queens. The center offers English, math, reading, writing, and problem solving tutoring to help children in the subject that they are struggling with in school.
Queens Dance Project, a dance a fitness studio in Queens, offers a new program and two new dance classes for kids in Bayside: a school vacation day camp, a mommy-and-me dance class, and a dance class for toddlers.
Mathnasium, a math-only learning center, recently launched its new program First Steps, which is aimed to teach preschoolers the basics of math and make them comfortable with math before they start school. The math-only learning center in Queens aims to make math make sense to all children.
Natalie Cruz, founder of Coolinary Kitchen, is offering three new classes through the cooking program for kids, including gluten-free cooking, as well as nutritional consulting for families.