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Kaitlin Ahern is Deputy Editor of NYMetroParents. She currently lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Kaitlin has a degree in magazine journalism from Syracuse University.

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Brooklyn Public Library Receives $50,000 Grant for Early Literacy Programs
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 12, 2011

Brooklyn Public Library announced August 23 that it had received a $50,000 grant from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation. The grant will fund the Library’s First Five Years Program, an initiative that supports early literacy programs across the Library’s 60 branches.

Bushwick Campus Farm Engages Brooklyn Students in Local Food Issues
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 12, 2011

After receiving a School Engagement Grant earlier this year, the fully functional Bushwick Campus Farm in Brooklyn now hosts programs that teach students about childhood hunger, obesity, and local food issues.

Jewels Insitute Yoga Fundraiser Raises $6,000 for Children's Speech Therapy Program
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 12, 2011

The Jewels Institute, a nonprofit organization in New Rochelle, hosted a yoga fundraiser to raise money for its free Speak to the Beat program, a speech therapy program offered to local children who are underserved or have special needs.

Kids of Courage Takes 150 Sick Kids on the Summer Vacation of a Lifetime
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 12, 2011

Kids of Courage, a Long Island-based nonprofit organization, took more than 100 local children, all either chronically ill or with severe special needs, on a nine-day summer vacation to San Francisco.

Brooklyn Author Releases Second Children's Book on NYC Architecture
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 12, 2011

Brooklyn author Isabel Hill has released a second picture book, "Building Stories," that teaches kids the stories behind some of New York City's most interesting buildings.

Fun Things to Do with Kids in Manhattan - October 2011
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 03, 2011

Find fun and low-cost events for kids in Manhattan this month, including a new exhibit at the Children's Museum of the Arts' new space, magician Max Darwin's new show, Yo Gabba Gabba Live! on tour, the Big Apple Circus' new show, a Special Needs School Fair, and Ben Rudnick in Concert.

Speech Disorders: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Resources
by Kaitlin Ahern - September 30, 2011

Speech disorders, which include stuttering, affect five to 10 percent of all kids, can have affects on social interactions and behavior as well as self-esteem. Boys are about four times more likely to have speech disorders than girls.

Rockland County Little League Softball All-Stars Achieve Great Success at State Level and Beyond
by Kaitlin Ahern - September 19, 2011

Four Rockland County little league softball all-star teams became New York state champions this year, and several of the teams went on to achieve success beyond the state level. Read about these extraordinary teams from South Orangetown, Stony Point, New City, and Pearl River.

New Children's Library Discovery Center Opens in Jamaica, Queens
by Kaitlin Ahern - September 16, 2011

Jamaica is now home to the Helen M. Marshall Children's Library Discovery Center, a world-class children's library full of hands-on exhibits and interactive programs with a focus on science, technology, math, and engineering.

J.K. Rowling Gives Us More Harry Potter with New Site: Pottermore
by Kaitlin Ahern - September 09, 2011

October marks the launch of Pottermore, a website created by J.K. Rowling to allow us muggles to enter the magical world of Harry Potter.

East Side Training Opens on the Upper East Side
by Kaitlin Ahern - September 08, 2011

East Side Training is a new fitness facility on the Upper East Side that offers boot camp programs and group fitness classes in mixed martial arts, kickboxing, zumba, and more, for kids and adults.

New Website Profiles Private and Public Schools in NYC
by Kaitlin Ahern - September 08, 2011

A new website by EduProfile includes profiles on thousands of private and public schools in New York City, plus a school comparison tool and tips for parents on school admissions, entrance exams, school tours, and more advice that makes choosing a school easier.

PlayTogether NYC Helps Children Build Confidence Through Play
by Kaitlin Ahern - September 08, 2011

PlayTogether NYC, a certified preschool, opens its doors on the Upper West Side, offering a play-based program for toddlers, with half-day and full-day options.

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities Honors Three Outstanding Teens from the New York City Area
by Kaitlin Ahern - September 06, 2011

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities honored seven teens from across the country this year with youth achievement awards, including three outstanding individuals from our area.

Swimmers Raise More Than $8,000 for United Hospice of Rockland
by Kaitlin Ahern - September 02, 2011

Participants in Rockland County's first-ever Swim for Hospice charity event raised thousands of dollars for United Hospice of Rockland. Several local teens took the opportunity to honor the late swim coach Keith Furey.

September 11 Memorial Events in Manhattan
by Kaitlin Ahern - August 30, 2011

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Here, we've rounded up several memorial and remembrance events in NYC that are appropriate for families and children.

Top Things to Do with Kids in Manhattan - September 2011
by Kaitlin Ahern - August 30, 2011

We've hand-picked the most fun things to do with kids in Manhattan from our September 2011 calendar of free and low-cost family events. See the kid-friendly side of Warhol in a new exhibit at the 92nd Street Y; celebrate the legendary Ezra Jack Keats at the Jewish Museum's new exhibit; catch a release party for The Jimmies' new CD or Brian Selznick's highly anticipated new children's book, "Wonderstruck"; and get your kids cooking at the NYC Wine & Food Festival, which kicks off at the end of the month.

Two Long Island Teens Win A.L.L.Y. Awards at 2011 International Year of Youth Culmination Celebration
by Kaitlin Ahern - August 29, 2011

Long Island residents Olivia Bouler and Rachel Shuster were given A.L.L.Y. awards honoring their leadership roles in their communities and beyond at the 2011 International Year of Youth Culmination Celebration in NYC.

Two Manhattan Teens Win A.L.L.Y. Awards at 2011 International Year of Youth Culmination Celebration
by Kaitlin Ahern - August 29, 2011

Two NYC teens were honored with A.L.L.Y. Awards for the positive changes they've made in their community and beyond at this year's International Year of Youth Culmination Celebration in Manhattan.

NASA's Final Mission Crew Visits the American Museum of Natural History
by Kaitlin Ahern - August 29, 2011

The four crew members from NASA's Atlantis STS-135 space shuttle, the organization's last space shuttle mission, stopped by the American Museum of Natural History's Rose Center for Earth and Space to answer the questions of hundreds of local children.

NYC Autism Speaks Gala Raises More than $66,000
by Kaitlin Ahern - August 29, 2011

Autism Speaks' third annual Autism Speaks to Young Professionals summer gala, held in NYC, raised more than $66,000 for autism research and advocacy. The funds will help raise awareness and funds on behalf of individuals living with autism.

The Many Benefits of Individual Sports
by Kaitlin Ahern - August 22, 2011

Individual sports are becoming more popular among young children, especially tennis. Read on for the many ways individual sports can help foster important life skills such as independence and building focus as well as how they're especially beneficial for children with special needs.

Applause Westchester Adds New Music, Dance, and Acting Classes for Kids
by Kaitlin Ahern - August 19, 2011

Applause Westchester in Mamaroneck, New York, will introduce four new classes for kids - including acting, dance, music, and theater - this fall.

The Picture House in Pelham NY Adds Film Program for Toddlers
by Kaitlin Ahern - August 19, 2011

The Picture House in Pelham, New York, has added several classes to its educational programming, including a filmmaking class for young children and screenwriting and acting classes for adults.

Amateur Sand Sculptors Flock to Coney Island
by Kaitlin Ahern - August 12, 2011

Dozens of contestants from the NYC area spent the day at the beach at Coney Island, vying for cash prizes in the 21st Annual Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day Celebration.

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