Teachers Get 15% Off at Target Nationwide Through July 20

Teachers Get 15% Off at Target Nationwide Through July 20

It’s never too early to start back to school shopping, and if you happen to be a teacher, you’re in luck! Target is offering 15% off select items for teachers nationwide in an effort to get them stocked up for the upcoming school year as part of th...

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Staten Island Teen With Asperger’s Gains Confidence from Competing in Miss New York USA Pageant

Staten Island Teen With Asperger’s Gains Confidence from Competing in Miss New York USA Pageant

Kids with autism spectrum disorders who struggle with social anxiety have a new role model in the pageantry world: 19-year-old Alexandria Hodnik, who has Asperger’s syndrome and recently competed in the Miss New York USA pageant. In 2013, Asperger’...

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Advocates Say NYC's $8.8 Billion Plan to Address School Overcrowding Isn't Focused on the Right Fix

Advocates Say NYC's $8.8 Billion Plan to Address School Overcrowding Isn't Focused on the Right Fix

While the number of overcrowded schools in New York City has declined by 31 buildings since 2015, some 520,000 kids–roughly half of the city’s student population–attend schools that are oversaturated and ill-equipped to handle their student bodies....

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14-Year-Old Helps Launch Book Vending Machines for Kids Across NYC

14-Year-Old Helps Launch Book Vending Machines for Kids Across NYC

Six vending machines offering free books to kids who want to avoid the summer slump opened across the five boroughs on July 11. 14-year-old Marley Dias from West Orange, NJ helped to unveil the machines and emphasized the books are free for everyon...

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NYC Students Now Have Option to Change Their Name, Gender, Without Legal Documentation

NYC Students Now Have Option to Change Their Name, Gender, Without Legal Documentation

Starting with the upcoming school year, students attending New York City public schools are no longer required to show any legal documents in order to change their name and/or gender on their permanent school records, according to a press release f...

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Impartial Hearings for NYC Special Education Services Are Not Effective for Parents Making Sacrifices

Impartial Hearings for NYC Special Education Services Are Not Effective for Parents Making Sacrifices

Many parents of the five boroughs say they are struggling to provide their kids with necessary special education services from the city. A May report from the New York City Department of Education revealed that impartial hearings, which are meant t...

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Communication Issues Prevent Food Insecure NYC Families from Taking Advantage of Summer Meals Program

Communication Issues Prevent Food Insecure NYC Families from Taking Advantage of Summer Meals Program

Summer can be hard for New York City kids who rely on school to provide at least one of their daily nutritious meals. That’s why the Department of Education’s 2019 Summer Meals Program, which began on June 27 and will end on August 31, is so import...

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53 Public Pools Are Now Open for the Summer in NYC

53 Public Pools Are Now Open for the Summer in NYC

Today, NYC’s 53 outdoor public pools have opened and will remain open through Sept. 8. Last summer, 1.7 million people used the pools, and the best part of the city’s pools? They’re all free!

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Pathways to Graduation Helps Students Find Alternative Ways of Graduating in NYC

Pathways to Graduation Helps Students Find Alternative Ways of Graduating in NYC

When Keybo Carrillo was asked by his eighth-grade teacher a decade ago in Pennsylvania whether he was smart or not, he had lost faith in the educational system. This was before he took a chance on Pathways to Graduation, a city program that prepare...

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NYMetroParents 2019 Cover Kids Contest Finalists Announced

NYMetroParents 2019 Cover Kids Contest Finalists Announced

NYMetroParents is proud to announce the 10 finalists for the 2019 Cover Kids Contest, who will be photographed (decked out in clothing from Macy’s Backstage) at Sarah Merians Photography & Video Company in Midtown Manhattan later this month. More t...

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Kids Can Enjoy Sensory-Friendly “My Way Matinees” at Regal Cinemas All Summer

Kids Can Enjoy Sensory-Friendly “My Way Matinees” at Regal Cinemas All Summer

This summer Regal Cinemas is offering “My Way Matinees” for viewers of all ages who want to enjoy movies in a sensory-friendly, calmer environment. All “My Way Matinees” begin at 10:30am, and tickets can be purchased for the special price of $6.50....

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Educators for Excellence–New York Group Pushes State to Diversify Teacher Workforce in NYC Schools

Educators for Excellence–New York Group Pushes State to Diversify Teacher Workforce in NYC Schools

During the 2015-2016 school year, more than half of all teachers in Brooklyn were white, while white students account for less than 18% of the student body in any of the five boroughs. These statistics come from Educators for Excellence–New York, a...

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Legal Services NYC Has Filed a Lawsuit Against the Department of Education on Behalf of Parents of Children with Special Needs

Legal Services NYC Has Filed a Lawsuit Against the Department of Education on Behalf of Parents of Children with Special Needs

Legal Services NYC filed a complaint against the New York City Department of Education in the beginning of June that blasts the DOE for a “pattern and practice” of failing to provide translated materials to parents about special education services,...

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A NYC Mom Has Created a Food Tour for Families This Summer

A NYC Mom Has Created a Food Tour for Families This Summer

I'm reaching out to let you know of a new family-focused world food tour I've just launched in diverse and delicious Jackson Heights, Queens, the neighborhood I've called home for 11 years. I've run regular group food tours in Jackson Heights for m...

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The 2019 Summer Meals Program Will Offer Free Food to Kids at 1,200 Locations Across NYC This Summer

The 2019 Summer Meals Program Will Offer Free Food to Kids at 1,200 Locations Across NYC This Summer

For many kids, summer is the start of freedom and fun. But for countless kids across New York City who rely on free breakfasts and lunches at school, summer is also a time of uncertainty. To combat hunger in kids across the city, the Department of ...

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The “NYC Under 3” Plan Will Expand Affordable Childcare Access to Working Families Throughout the City

The “NYC Under 3” Plan Will Expand Affordable Childcare Access to Working Families Throughout the City

The price of infant care in New York City has soared to $21,000 a year, just for a spot in a daycare center–making raising kids challenging for many families. Comptroller Scott Stringer’s “NYC Under 3” proposal, however, would slash costs for 70,00...

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Win and AT&T Are Bringing College and STEAM Workshops to Homeless Students Across the City This Summer

Win and AT&T Are Bringing College and STEAM Workshops to Homeless Students Across the City This Summer

Win is the largest provider of shelter to homeless women and their families in New York City. This summer, the organization is teaming up with AT&T to support bringing college workshops and STEAM programming to middle and high school students livin...

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2 Andean Bear Cubs Are Ready to Make Their Debut at Queens Zoo

2 Andean Bear Cubs Are Ready to Make Their Debut at Queens Zoo

In January, the Queens Zoo welcomed two special guests: two Andean bear cubs named Brienne and Benny. After spending weeks in the den bonding with their mother Nicole, the cubs are ready to make their debut and delight guests with their unique mark...

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Laurissa Jane Music Studio Will Be Performing 'Shrek' This Summer

Laurissa Jane Music Studio Will Be Performing 'Shrek' This Summer

Laurissa Jane Music Studio in Queens has performed summer musicals for seven years, and this summer students will bring Shrek to life on stage in August. Approximately 30 students will work all summer on the music and choreography they’ll be perfor...

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City Harvest’s Feed Our Kids Food Drive Will Aim to Tackle Hunger Throughout the City Until Father’s Day

City Harvest’s Feed Our Kids Food Drive Will Aim to Tackle Hunger Throughout the City Until Father’s Day

One in five kids in New York City doesn’t know where their next meal will come from, which is why City Harvest creates initiatives like the “Skip Lunch Fight Hunger” chef competition and the “Feed Our Kids” food drive, which has been happening all ...

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The 2019 Cover Kids Contest is Now Open!

The 2019 Cover Kids Contest is Now Open!

Our 2019 Cover Kids Contest is now open! Enter your child, ages 2-16, for a chance to see him or her on a cover of our magazines—and to win amazing prizes.

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The Astoria Park Carnival is on June 5

The Astoria Park Carnival is on June 5

The Central Astoria Local Development Coalition is proud to present its annual event—the 2019 Astoria Park Carnival! All are welcome to come out and join the fun with games, rides, food, and much, much more! The carnival will be held for five days,...

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Fewer Children in NYC Suffered Lead Poisoning Last Year

Fewer Children in NYC Suffered Lead Poisoning Last Year

According to data collected by the New York City Department of Health, blood-lead levels have been on a steady decline in children younger than 18 across all five boroughs. The rates are at an all time low in both private and public housing through...

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Park Shore Country Day Camp Celebrated Its 60th Anniversary

Park Shore Country Day Camp Celebrated Its 60th Anniversary

Park Shore Country Day Camp celebrated its 60th anniversary this year and is proud to have crossed another milestone in the history of Park Shore. What began as a small travel program from Queens in 1950, then to our current location in Dix Hills i...

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American Folk Art Museum Offers Free Summer Art Program for Queens High School Students

American Folk Art Museum Offers Free Summer Art Program for Queens High School Students

The Youth Art Connection program takes place at the American Folk Art Museum’s Self Taught Genius Gallery and administrative offices in Long Island City, Queens, and welcomes applications from high school students residing or attending school in Qu...

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Mr. Ratburn Married a Man in

Mr. Ratburn Married a Man in "Arthur''s 22nd Season Premiere

On May 13, the 22nd season of Arthur, a kids’ favorite, aired on CBS with a deceptively simple plot: Mr. Ratburn, Arthur and his pals’ teacher, was going to get married. The characters couldn’t believe their teacher was getting married–and audience...

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Are You Living in an NYC Playground Desert?

Are You Living in an NYC Playground Desert?

For a city with so many kids and so many opportunities for enrichment, New York has a playground crisis. The city is full of “playground deserts,” places similar to food deserts in that living in one means you do not have access to resources such a...

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Will Celebrate Their 35th Anniversary at the Paley Center for Media

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Will Celebrate Their 35th Anniversary at the Paley Center for Media

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been a kid favorite for more than three decades, and die-hard fans can interact with the Turtles in a whole new way this summer at the Paley Center for Media, which will be hosting a 35th anniversary exclusive ...

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Ultimate Enrichment Summer Camp Is Coming to Bayside

Ultimate Enrichment Summer Camp Is Coming to Bayside

Ultimate Enrichment Summer Camps is expanding out of the Bronx this summer and into Queens, where camp will be held at P.S. 376 for kids ages 4-14 beginning July 8. Ultimate Enrichment is known for its sports programming in the Bronx but will bring...

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Guggenheim Museum Debuts Children’s Artwork Exhibit

Guggenheim Museum Debuts Children’s Artwork Exhibit

A Year With Children 2019, an annual presentation of works of art created by New York City children in grades second-sixth, will be on display from April 26-June 2 at the Guggenheim Museum. The exhibit features more than 100 works from 12 participa...

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The 2019-2020 NYC Public School Calendar Is Here

The 2019-2020 NYC Public School Calendar Is Here

In any city, knowing when kids will have off from school is important. In New York, it’s crucial. The NYC Department of Education just released the 2019-2020 school calendar–which many local preschools follow, as well–so you can know when schools w...

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Fleet Week 2019's Schedule of Events Has Been Announced

Fleet Week 2019's Schedule of Events Has Been Announced

This year’s Fleet Week will honor the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard with a weeklong celebration of the sea services beginning May 21. Active ships recently deployed overseas will dock in New York Harbor so the crew can enjoy festivities and the pub...

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Samuel Field Y and Central Queens Y Merge to Become Commonpoint Queens

Samuel Field Y and Central Queens Y Merge to Become Commonpoint Queens

Samuel Field Y and Central Queens Y officially joined forces in December 2018 to share resources and to invest stronger outreach efforts across the entire Queens community. The merge has allowed the two organizations to collaborate on planning acro...

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Bright Horizons Early Education and Preschool Opens in Dumbo and West Village

Bright Horizons Early Education and Preschool Opens in Dumbo and West Village

Bright Horizons, a daycare and early education center, opened a Manhattan location in West Village in January and a Brooklyn location in Dumbo in February. Both locations offer state-of-the-art facilities that include indoor play spaces to keep chi...

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Researchers at Stony Brook University Seek Children Ages 12-16 For Mental Health Study

Researchers at Stony Brook University Seek Children Ages 12-16 For Mental Health Study

The Lab for Scalable Mental Health at Stony Brook University in Suffolk County is seeking approximately 200 tweens and teens (ages 12-16) to take part in a nine-month study to see how effective a technology-based, single-session intervention can be...

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NYC Department of Education Pilot Program Translates Students’ IEPs Into Parents’ Native Languages

NYC Department of Education Pilot Program Translates Students’ IEPs Into Parents’ Native Languages

The New York City Department of Education recently launched a pilot program that translates students’ Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) into their parents’ native languages. The program provides support for parents in District 9, in the Bronx, ...

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New York Yankees and New York Mets Participate in Little League Days 2019

New York Yankees and New York Mets Participate in Little League Days 2019

Little League Days, a program created to give young baseball and softball players the opportunity to greater connect with their sport on a professional level, is returning this April to New York City. During Little League Days kids can enjoy discou...

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Macy’s 2019 Flower Show Opens March 24 in Herald Square

Macy’s 2019 Flower Show Opens March 24 in Herald Square

On Sunday, March 24 at 10am Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square is slated to unveil its 2019 flower show, arguably one of the most ‘grammable ways to welcome spring in New York City. This year’s exhibition is aptly titled Journey to Paradisios, ...

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Hillcrest Jewish Center Day Camp in Flushing Adds Online Registration, Drone Program

Hillcrest Jewish Center Day Camp in Flushing Adds Online Registration, Drone Program

Hillcrest Jewish Center Day Camp in Flushing added an online registration portal to its website in February to make camp registration more efficient for parents, to waste less paper, and to give parents the ability to change details within the acco...

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New York Area Airports Will Now Have Larger, More Secure Nursing Suites

New York Area Airports Will Now Have Larger, More Secure Nursing Suites

Moms on-the-go looking for a comfortable travel experience will find privacy and support in Port Authority’s 28 upgraded nursing suites, newly available at Newark Liberty, John F. Kennedy and New York Stewart airports. These pods, which are larger,...

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NYMetroParents and Staten Island Parent Receive 9 Awards at Annual Parenting Media Association Conference

NYMetroParents and Staten Island Parent Receive 9 Awards at Annual Parenting Media Association Conference

On March 1, Parenting Media Association presented NYMetroParents and Staten Island Parent, a division of Davler Media Group, with nine excellence awards at its 2018 Design and Editorial Awards reception, held in St. Petersburg, FL.

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Youth Basketball Coach from South Ozone Park Named Junior Knicks Coach of the Year

Youth Basketball Coach from South Ozone Park Named Junior Knicks Coach of the Year

A Queens basketball coach was awarded Junior Knicks Coach of the Year this past Thursday. New York Knicks legend Allan Houston called Jason Curry, the youth basketball coach who grew up in Richmond Hill and South Ozone Park, to deliver the good new...

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The Windsor School Introduces New Interdisciplinary Elective Classes Including an American Pop Culture Class

The Windsor School Introduces New Interdisciplinary Elective Classes Including an American Pop Culture Class

This past fall, students at The Windsor School were given the opportunity to take an elective in American Pop Culture that covered American culture and how it has changed over the decades of the 20th Century, from fashion and movies, to automobiles...

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NYU College of Dentistry Opens Oral Health Center for Individuals with Disabilities

NYU College of Dentistry Opens Oral Health Center for Individuals with Disabilities

The NYU College of Dentistry opened a dedicated treatment center in New York City for individuals with physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities this month. The center, located in the NYU College of Dentistry's Weissman Building at 1st Av...

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Bully the Bully: Artists Against Hate to Show at Taino Theatre on Feb. 28

Bully the Bully: Artists Against Hate to Show at Taino Theatre on Feb. 28

On Feb. 28, Artists Against Hate will be performing Bully the Bully at Taino Theatre in Long Island City. There will be a 1pm showing for the students and faculty of the Garden School and a 7pm show for the general public. Bully the Bully: Artists ...

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Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts to Offer New Creative Writing Minor and Ensemble Music Classes

Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts to Offer New Creative Writing Minor and Ensemble Music Classes

Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts in Wheatley Heights will offer a new minor in the creative writing department, "Performance, Poetry, and Podcasting," this summer as well as a new theater class and new, small ensemble classes through the music depart...

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RIOULT Dance Center Expands Class Schedule

RIOULT Dance Center Expands Class Schedule

RIOULT Dance Center opened in Astoria last fall, creating a home for the RIOULT Dance Company which was established almost 25 years ago and fulfilled the dream of Pascal Rioult, founder of the company. The next session of classes for children will ...

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Bilingual Birdies Opens in Little Neck, Plans to Open on Long Island

Bilingual Birdies Opens in Little Neck, Plans to Open on Long Island

Bilingual Birdies has expanded to Queens, specifically in Little Neck, and plans to open a Long Island location at some point early this year. The Little Neck location officially opened on Feb. 3 and began classes.

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Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts Now Offering Uniquely U Scholarship

Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts Now Offering Uniquely U Scholarship

Calling all artists! Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts is now accepting applications for its Uniquely U scholarship. Open for kids ages 7-18 and in grades 2-12 currently residing in New York City, Southern Westchester, or Long Island, this scholarship...

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JEI's 2019 Math Olympiad Features New Prizes and Registration Rules

JEI's 2019 Math Olympiad Features New Prizes and Registration Rules

For JEI's 2019 Math Olympiad, a national mathematic competition for students in grades 1-8, they will be unveiling a few changes. First, only current or former JEI students are allowed to compete, while in previous years the competition was open to...

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