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Couple Pledges to Get Rid of SCID
Vicki and Fred Modell, the NYC couple behind the Jeffrey Modell Foundation, have pledged to screen every newborn baby in the US for SCID, also known as "bubble boy disease." (read the story...)

College Week Live to Host New York Day
College Week Live, the largest online college fair, will host a New York Day featuring dozens of colleges across the state. (read the story...)

Donate to ALM Outreach Campaign and Receive a Super Duper Fun Decks
Donate $13 to the Autistic Like Me IndieGoGo campaign in order to receive a Fun Decks perk. You’ll support a great cause and receive your very own Fun Decks. It’s a great gift for your child and a charitable donation to a meaningful cause all at once! (read the story...)

Toys R Us Shines a Light for Autism
Toys R Us has joined Autism Speaks to increase awareness about autism and raise funds for the cause during Autism Awareness Month. Find out how you can help. (read the story...)

New Website Helps Schools Fundraise Online
Schoola.com is a new website that makes it easier for schools to partner with local businesses to set up online fundraisers. (read the story...)

When is Earth Day? A Brief History and Some Fun Suggestions for the Holiday
When is Earth Day? We’ve been celebrating it on April 22 in the United States since 1970, and the UN designated April 22 “International Mother Earth Day” in 2009. The holiday (sometimes stretched into a week-long Earth Week) is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. (read the story...)

NYMetroParents Receives 11 Excellence Awards from Parenting Media Association
NYMetroParents collected a total of 11 awards at Parenting Media Association's 2011 Editorial and Design Awards Competition banquet in San Antonio, TX, setting a record high for the regional publishing group and proving its continued dedication to excellence. (read the story...)

Winner of Twitter Contest
Last week we invited you to engage with us on Twitter as a way to enter our giveaway for the chance to win a pair of tickets to Rock of Ages on Broadway. Today, we're announcing our lucky winner! (read the story...)

Calling All Doodlers!
Doodle 4 Google gives kids across the country a chance to show off their art and drawing skills on Google's homepage. Get details on the 2012 contest theme and entry deadline. (read the story...)

Twitter Contest: Win A Pair of Rock of Ages Tickets
Are you following us on Twitter? Then enter our giveaway for the chance to win a pair of tickets to Rock of Ages on Broadway. (read the story...)

An App Is Born
WebMD Baby is a new app that provides instant access to expert medical info and health answers for parents of babies and toddlers. (read the story...)

Get Cooking, Kids!
Got a kid who loves to cook? Have her enter Kids Who Love to Cook's Recipe of the Month Contest for the chance to win an iPad and be featured on Kids Who Love to Cook, a website dedicated to encouraging kids to appreciate good food while teaching life lessons through cooking. (read the story...)

Stepparent Survival Skills
Blending a family is a joy but can also be a challenge. Nicholas Strouse, director of Westport Family Counseling, advises that basic family issues are often intensified and compounded when confronted by blended families. The key to success is to remember that all families have obstacles -- just because your family’s issues may be different, they are not impossible to deal with. (read the story...)

Blended
With some of the most important wedding guests delayed on a bus (the kids!), a local mom, about to remarry, felt lost. But their arrival turned things around, and made a magical day into a real “family wedding.” (read the story...)

Kudos for Charitable Kids
Give your kids that extra incentive to give back to their community. Kids Who Give is a national contest that honors children and teens ages 7-17 who have done something remarkable to help make the world a better place. Got a charitable kid? Get the details. (read the story...)

National Park Service Will Waive Admission Fees on 17 Days in 2012
The National Park Service announced 17 "fee free" dates for 2012, when admission fees to many U.S. national parks and historical sites will be waived, encouraging families to visit a park near them and enjoy the remarkable landscapes and historical and cultural sites that are unique to our great country. (read the story...)

The 'Just Right' News Site for Kids
KidzTimez is an engaging and educational news site for kids and tweens that offers a well-rounded approach to connecting kids with the world beyond their doorstep. (read the story...)

Westchester Mom Launches Site that Celebrates Giving
CharityPanda.com, the brainchild of a Westchester mom of three, allows visitors to donate to charity in honor of a celebration, like a birthday, in lieu of buying gifts. (read the story...)

Capture Precious Moments with Anne Geddes
Enter the photo contest, Imagine Me and You, for a chance to win a trip to Australia for an exclusive photo shoot with world-renowned Anne Geddes. (read the story...)

Halloween Photo Contest Winners
We received more than 80 entries for our Halloween photo contest this year, and in the race for the most votes, a few were neck-and-neck until the very end, but the first place submission took it home with more than 640 votes. (read the story...)

NY Children's Theater Festival to Bring Artists from Around the World
The New York Children's Theater Festival will provide a birthplace in NYC to expose children to live theater from around the world and is kicking off its inaugural season with a contest for a chance for students and industry professionals to produce their works for the NYC stage. (read the story...)

22 Local Tweens and Teens Will Perform with CAMP BROADWAY in the 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
More than 20 tweens and teens from the New York metro area have been chosen to perform on CAMP BROADWAY's ZhuZhu Pets float during the 85th Anniversary Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (read the story...)

Contest Encourages High School Students to Create Anti-Smoking T-Shirt Designs
In light of American Cancer Society's 36th Annual Great American Smokeout, the nonprofit and ENT and Allergy Associates are holding a contest to encourage teens throughout New York and New Jersey to create anti-smoking T-shirt designs for a chance to win $2,000. (read the story...)

Teaching Kids Manners: Tips for Parents
In our plugged-in, social media age, kids' manners are falling by the wayside, big time -- and with TV icons like the "Jersey Shore" gang or Hannah Montana not setting the best examples for our kids, what are parents to do? Etiquette experts weigh in. (read the story...)

Reading is Fundamental (RIF) Celebrates 45th Anniversary
Reading is Fundamental (RIF), the largest children's literacy nonprofit organization in the United States, which prepares and motivates children to read by delivering free books and literacy resources to those children and families who need them most, celebrated its 45th birthday this month. Check out our tribute to the organization. (read the story...)


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