Though it would be a smart business move, LODGESOXX owners Meredith Milliken and Andrea Goldman of Weston, CT have vowed not to travel to the Winter Olympics in Sochi in light of Russia's "anti-gay" laws announced by Vladimir Putin in the fall.
Stephanie Soalt, ND, MS, LMT, who treats patients with special needs holistically, recently opened a Norwalk location of the Body Intelligence Holistic Health Center. Dr. Soalt combines naturopathy and creative therapies to help patients improve their quality of life.
The Fairfield Orthodontic Center, which offers state-of-the-art orthodontic care in Fairfield, is under new ownership. Kathryn Reluga, D.M.D., has 15 years of clinical experience and is dedicated to offering patients highly individualized orthodontic care. The practice offers braces, Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, and habit breaking, such as thumb sucking.
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.
Painting with a Twist, a studio that offers painting classes for kids and adults, recently opened in Westport. The Fairfield County painting studio also offers parents' night out and painting birthday parties.
Greens Farms Academy, and independent day school in Fairfield County, recently announced the addition of a pre-K and is now accepting applications for the fall term. The pre-K program in Westport focuses on learning through play.
Boost! Child and Family Services, a Westport-based family counseling and support center, recently opened. The center provides individual and group therapy, classroom advocacy, school staff training, and child and family counseling services in Fairfield County.
The Moms in Training program is an 8-week fitness group for moms that trains participants to run a 5-mile or 15K charity walk/run for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The program will host several kick-off events in NYC and CT where new members can join.
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.
In addition to releasing The Bossy Frog Band's new album "15 Songs Every Kid Should Know (and will LOVE)!", lead singer and certified music therapist Jeffrey Friedberg now offers music classes for children in Rockland and Fairfield counties and music therapy for children with special needs in Rockland County.
Nature-based preschool Westbrook Nature Preschool will open in West Redding in September. The school aims to use the environment and nature exploration to teach children ages 3-6. Preschool activities include gardening, baking, painting, sledding, and general exploration. The school also offers parent-child, nursery, and kindergarten programs.
Greenwich-based Sterline Care Home Staffing finds nannies, house cleaners, personal organizers, and elderly care for families. The application process ensures families are matched with a care provider based on the family’s needs. Sterling Care Home Staffing also provides nanny training courses that teach first aid and early childhood education.
Kidville, which offers classes for toddlers and young children, is opening a location in Westport. Kidville offers dance, art, cooking, and music classes for kids, mommy and me classes, and a preschool alternative, Kidville University. Kidville also hosts all-inclusive birthday parties, as well as parenting seminars.
Park Avenue Fertility and Reproductive Medicine recently opened a satellite office in Norwalk. The new location offers many services including in vitro fertilization and egg donation. The new office in Norwalk was opened for convenience for patients who live in Southern Fairfield County.
Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County, a multidisciplinary school of the arts in Bridgeport, CT, received a $20,000 grant from The Music Empowers Foundation to fund a new music program at the school.
Sharkey's Cuts for Kids, opening a new location in Westport, offers salon services for children in Fairfield County. The children's salon offers fun for all ages, from themed stations to a tween lounge and gaming stations.
The Lerner Children’s Pavilion is a pediatric orthopedic hospital within The Hospital for Special Surgery, the No. 1 hospital for orthopedics in the country. The family-friendly hospital on the Upper East Side features private patient rooms with in-room family accommodations; safe play areas for patients and their siblings; and a nature-influenced design.
The Darien YMCA recently built and opened a gymnastics training facility at its Post Road location. With the addition of the space, the YMCA can now host the gymnastics team, which had been training in a separate location, as well as classes for boys and girls and parties.
VentureMom.com, founded by Darien, CT mom of three, helps mom entrepreneurs turn their own passions into businesses by allowing them to shop and sell merchandise and products made by moms.
First-grade teacher Kaitlin Roig survived the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary and saved 15 students during the tragedy. Now, Roig is taking the tragedy and using it as an inspiration to teach kids about compassion in her own classroom and beyond.
Gray Matters, a neruofeedback and brain mapping treatment center, now offers Live Z-Score Training, a technique that combines the quantitative measurements of the brain map with neurofeedback.
Head lice screening and removal company Licenders uses new tool called the LouseBuster to dry up and kill eggs and bugs in 30 minutes. The quick head lice removal technique uses a concentrated flow of hot air.
Children in Fairfield County submitted their best designs to the Toy Makers II Design Competition hosted by the Westport Arts Center during WACky Family Day on March 10.
Chapel Haven, a nonprofit program in New Haven, CT, that helps adults on the autism spectrum to lead independent lives, received an award from Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism that includes a $5,000 grant.
The Circle of Friends promotes inclusion and friendship for kids and teens with special needs among their peers with several programs, including a weekly Home With Friends program or a Sunday Teen Program.