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Send a High Five to Help Special Olympics Athletes
Through VSP Vision Care's Send a High Five campaign, you can help up to 50,000 Special Olympics athletes receive eye exams and related vision services with just a few clicks. (read the story...)

New Survey Finds Americans Are Confused About Learning Disabilities
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) recently released a shocking new survey of nearly 2,000 American adults (4.4% margin of error), showing that Americans lack a basic understanding of learning disabilities (LDs). We present the new information about causes and treatments for LDs, and rights for kids who have them. (read the story...)

Reading Rainbow Reinvented: The PBS Kids' Show Turned App
Reading Rainbow, the beloved children's show on PBS that had a 26-year run, recently joined the digital age with the launch of its iPad app. LeVar Burton, the former host of the television show, leads kids on video "field trips" and narrates 20 percent of the books in the app's library. (read the story...)

A New Film Explores What Technology is Doing to Our Brains
“What is all this technology doing to our brains?” The second film of the three-part series "Let It Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change" by Tiffany Shlain explores this question and offers guidance on how parents can best nurture their children’s minds. (read the story...)

Being a Mentor is a Big Commitment, So Why Do It?
With a full daily schedule, signing up to be a mentor is a big commitment and extra responsibility. Why do it? Local mentors through Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club, and Girls Write Now share why the commitment is worth it. (read the story...)

Get 25% Off at Macy's and Help the March of Dimes
Shoppers can purchase a 25 percent off coupon valid at all Macy's stores on Aug. 25, during the store's annual "Shop for a Cause" sale. Proceeds from the savings pass sales will benefit the March of Dimes. (read the story...)

Bookshare Supplies Free Book Downloads For Kids With Learning Disabilities
If your child has a learning difference like dyslexia, they may qualify for free digital books and reading tools from Bookshare, a literacy solution of Benetech, a nonprofit funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. (read the story...)

Montefiore Medical Center Supports Mothers who Breastfeed
Montefiore Medical Center recently announced its plan to participate in "Latch On NYC," a city-wide initiative to support mothers who make the commitment to breastfeed their infants. The hospital will remove all formula advertising , promotions, and free samples from the maternity department and will only hand out samples when new mothers ask for them. (read the story...)

Take Care of Your Child's Feet Now to Prevent Later Damage
Doctors at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York recently warned against the dangers of flip-flops because they change how people walk, offer little arch support, and virtually no shock absorption. That news, taken together with a recent study from the Institute for Preventive Foot Health, shows that people should be taking better care of their feet by wearing both socks and shoes that fit properly and provide adequate support and padding. (read the story...)

What Do Olympic Athletes and Expecting Moms Have in Common?
How are Olympic athletes and expecting mothers similar? They both need to train! Respected and leading UK fitness expert Amanda Hargreaves shares 10 reasons why expecting moms need to exercise. (read the story...)

NYC DOE Offers More Resources For Families Of Children With Special Needs
The New York City Department of Education's (DOE) Division of Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners has created additional resources for families with questions about the citywide expansion of the special education reform initiative that will go into effect this coming September of 2012. (read the story...)

Three 'F.U.N.' Tips to Keep Your Eyes Safe in the Summer
When it comes to work and play, people need to keep safety in mind, especially when it comes to their eyes. Dr. Scott Breidbart of Empire BlueCross Blue Shield shares three "F.U.N" tips to maintain healthy eyes, particularly in the summer months. (read the story...)

NYMetroParents Merges with Long Island Parent Magazine
NYMetroParents, publisher of Nassau Parent and Suffolk Parent magazines, has merged with Long Island Parent magazine and liparentonline.com to become the most comprehensive resource for parents and families on Long Island. (read the story...)

Kohl's Cares and TED Want You To Vote For Your Most Influential Educator
The "Lessons Worth Sharing" program will award 18 educators across the country with the opportunity to have their most influential lesson featured as an animated video on TED's global TED-Ed website. Through Aug. 24, visit facebook.com/kohls to nominate an educator with a "Lesson Worth Sharing." (read the story...)

Broken Bones Are Most Common in Children During the Summer
During the summer months, the most common injury in children is broken or fractured bones. Because children are constantly growing, their bones heal quicker than adults, so it is important to go to the emergency room right away. (read the story...)

Sam's Club Offers Free Children's Health Screenings
Sam's Clubs that have a pharmacy are hosting free children's health screenings just in time for the back-to-school season. Participating locations will give out free DNA and fingerprint kits, to help children if they are ever lost, and Sesame Street's "Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me" multimedia dental care kits. (read the story...)

Free E-Book Guides Parents on Managing Child's Stress and Preventing Smoking
Real Parents. Real Answers, a youth smoking prevention program, has launched a free e-book on their website that gives parents advice on managing their child's stress level and preventing them from smoking—many children attribute starting smoking to high stress levels. (read the story...)

One NYC Mother Has Made Fighting Pollution a Priority
Dominique Browning, mother and NYC and Rhode Island resident, co-founded Moms Clean Air Force, a group dedicated to cleaning up air pollution because it is harmful to your child's health. (read the story...)

Local Parents Share How They Are Learning to Let Go
Giving your child freedom and independence should be balanced by the parental instinct for protection. Local parents share how they are learning to let go so that their children feel grown-up. (read the story...)

Ethan Bortnick Launches Single To Benefit Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
Ethan Bortnick, a talented young musician and philanthropist, just released his latest song as an iTunes charitable download, with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. (read the story...)

Book Drive Provides Free Books and Eye Exams to U.S. Children
VSP Vision Care—the largest not-for-profit vision benefits and services company in the U.S.—partnered with Transitions Optical and Bess the Book Bus to launch the national "Eyecare About Reading" book drive competition. Bloggers Meghan Cooper from JaMonkey, Mocha Dad Frederick Goodall, and Kara-Kae, founder of The Mom Diggity, will compete to collect the most books in their communities to receive 100 free eye exams to donate to the charity of their choice. (read the story...)

Premier English Soccer League Visits Boys and Girls Club of America
The English Premier League's Chelsea Football Club, sponsored by Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., is traveling around the United States visiting Boys and Girls Club of America locations in Seattle, Miami, and New York. (read the story...)

P&G Thank You, Mom Campaign Helps Athletes' Moms Attend Games
Procter & Gamble's Thank You, Mom campaign celebrates Olympians' Moms by putting them in the spotlight. The campaign helps offset the hefty travel expenses so Moms can go to London to support their children at the 2012 Olympic Games. (read the story...)

Nick Jonas and Christie Brinkley Honored at Broadway Beacon Awards
Nick Jonas and Christie Brinkley were among the four honorees at Inside Broadway's 2012 Broadway Beacon Awards, which spotlighted those who support arts education in NYC. (read the story...)

NYC-Area Kids Perform with Cast of 'Godspell'
After a nationwide search, nine kids from the New York City area were chosen to perform with the cast of "Godspell" on Broadway. (read the story...)


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