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Free Screenings for Kids Keep Lice Out of Camps, Schools
The new Keep Lice Out of Camp program at three Licenders locations provides free lice screening for kids who are headed to camp this summer. By using this service, kids won't have to go through the public screening at the camp infirmary, and lice won't end up in schools in the fall. (read the story...)

Fusion Academy Opens Three New Locations in NY Metro Area
Fusion Academy, a school for children who feel anxious about or are having trouble in school, opens three new locations in Manhattan, Westchester, and Long Island. The school features one-on-one style classrooms, individualized learning plans, and support for the student and their family. (read the story...)

Pirate Tale Teaches Kids Responsible Decision Making
Carole Roman of Syosset, NY recently released a children's book that takes young readers on a pirate adventure while teaching responsibility and good decision-making. (read the story...)

Parents 'R' Talking Now Offers In-Home Birthday Parties
Parents "R" Talking, an organization that offers parenting workshops, now offers in-home birthday parties that increase the amount of positive interaction between adults and kids. (read the story...)

A Taste Of Italy
Camp Italia USA, a two-week summer camp, offers Italian culture, education, and fun. (read the story...)

Same Dentist, Every Time
Merrick Pediatric Dentistry aims to provide patients with personal attention so they will never feel like they are “just another patient.” (read the story...)

Learn to Think at SMECC
Oceanside’s Science Math Education & College Consulting has one mission: teach students how to think--no gimmicks or false promises allowed. (read the story...)

A Dozen Special Dancers Perform at Lincoln Center
Twelve young ladies from the Association for Children with Down Syndrome in Plainview, NY got the chance to perform in front of a sold-out audience at the world-famous Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. (read the story...)

More than Clowning Around: Ronald McDonald House Raises $500,000
The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island's 25th anniversary gala at Citi Field raised $500,000 for the organization during a night of casino games, celebrity impersonators, and flash mobs -- all for a great cause. (read the story...)

Long Island Tween Wins National Poetry Contest
A tween from Seaford, NY on Long Island is one of six winners of the national Pets Add Life Poetry Contest. Read her poem here, inspired by her pet guinea pig, Giggles. (read the story...)

Faces of the March of Dimes
The March of Dimes has announced its 2012 Long Island ambassadors, including three local families that have first-hand experience with premature births. (read the story...)

Thousands of Parents Rally to Support Their Child's School
From public and private schools in Queens and the Bronx to those in Westchester, Long Island, Rockland County, and beyond, parents stand up to help stock dwindling school libraries with new books by voting for their child's school in the Books 4 Our School challenge. (read the story...)

Jewish Education for All Children
A 30-year-old program at a local synagogue in Wantagh provides Jewish Education and a bar/bat mitzvah ceremony for kids with special needs. (read the story...)

Free Program for Parents Teaches How to Affect Positive Change in Community
The Parent Leadership Initiative is a free program that teaches parents how to affect positive change in the community for their children. (read the story...)

Encourage Imagination with Adventure Party at Pump it Up
Pump-It-Up recently introduced their Adventure Party programs, an action-packed option to add to their large list of party packages. The new program is perfect for any child who has ever wanted to be a superhero or a pirate. (read the story...)

Massapequa Welcomes Holistic Living
Culinary Therapy, which recently moved from its Connecticut location to Massapequa, celebrated its grand opening on Jan. 9. (read the story...)

Mini Israel Comes To Port Washington
Chabad of Port Washington will open Florence’s Mini-Israel in late April. The 3,000 square-foot indoor playground is sponsored by Dr. Martin Brownstein and the immersive environment is set to become a community landmark and to set a new benchmark in cultural education. (read the story...)

Teaching Kids How To Learn
FasTracKids, an early childhood education enrichment program founded in 1997, has 365 locations in 49 countries. JEI is an academic enrichment program that aligns with state curriculum. The new FasTracKids/JEI center in Bellmore officially opened on Jan. 15. (read the story...)

Building Confidence with Numbers
On Jan. 16 2012, New Hyde Park welcomed Mathnasium: the Center for Math with a grand opening complete with the A+ mascot. Run by former accountant Peter Abrams, Mathnasium moves away from traditional approaches of memorization and repetition toward methods that get students to think like mathematicians. (read the story...)

Students Get Creative to Show School Pride
High schoolers in Wantagh created a one-of-a-kind mural to welcome visitors to their school and illustrate the important things they learn there each day. (read the story...)

Portledge Students Win Rock the Statue Green Art Contest
First-grade students of Portledge School in Locust Valley win the "Rock the Statue Green" art contest that celebrates the Statue of LIberty's 125th birthday. (read the story...)

North Shore Performing Arts Center Spreads Holiday Cheer
North Shore Performing Arts Center visits two area nursing homes to perform for the residents, a 14-year-old tradition that is as old as the studio itself. (read the story...)

A Superhero Comes to Town to Boost Body’s Self-Healing Ability
ChiroMom, Bellmore's newest and only cape-wearing doctor gets the whole body functioning at optimum level using only her hands. (read the story...)

Lice Tamers Helps Clean Up
Lice Tamers, headed by seasoned lice remover and certified nurse practitioner Melissa Levin, will now add a new element to the lice removal business: a cleaning service. (read the story...)

Center Offers Fun New Classes for Family
Tutor Time Child Care Center at Lindenhurst and Family Time Fitness combines childcare with a fitness facility in three floors where kids can learn karate, do gymnastics, skate, climb a three-tiered playground, and play in the multi-purpose room, the GaGa pit. Meanwhile, parents can take advantage of Zumba lessons, aerobics, and more. (read the story...)


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