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The NYC DOE Will Allow Students to Walk Out for Climate Strike on September 20

The NYC DOE Will Allow Students to Walk Out for Climate Strike on September 20

September is full of holidays students will be excused from school for–but a climate strike march is not usually one of them. However, the New York City Department of Education will be allowing students to leave school, as long as parents give cons...

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NYC's School Bus Tracking System Doesn't Work as Planned–and Parents are Angry

NYC's School Bus Tracking System Doesn't Work as Planned–and Parents are Angry

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office announced a Department of Education partnership with Via that would allow New York City parents to track school bus routes through “Via for Schools”, a GPS system and app, in August. All 9,000 buses were supposed to be...

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The “3-K for All” Preschool Program Now Available in All 5 Boroughs

The “3-K for All” Preschool Program Now Available in All 5 Boroughs

3-K for All, the nation’s “most ambitious effort to provide universal free, full-day, high-quality early childhood education for every three-year-old,” is now available borough-wide in Staten Island and available in all of the city’s five boroughs ...

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Painting Parties and Summer Camps Now Available at Bee You Art Studio in Bayside

Painting Parties and Summer Camps Now Available at Bee You Art Studio in Bayside

Bee You Art Studio in Bayside, Queens expanded its offerings this summer. In June it added Bee You Paint Parties and on July 2 it launched weekly summer camps that will ran through August 23. Since it first opened its doors in April of this year, B...

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Financial Advisor Launches Seminar Series on How to Finance Raising Your Child

Financial Advisor Launches Seminar Series on How to Finance Raising Your Child

In June, National Financial Network Financial Advisor Lisa Macbeth launched Financing Baby, a series of seminars introducing families to the ins and outs of financial planning. Anyone, from first-time moms and dads to multi-child parents of any soc...

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Jackson Heights Magnet School Will Debut Makerspace This Fall

Jackson Heights Magnet School Will Debut Makerspace This Fall

This fall, I.S. 145, the Joseph Pulitzer Magnet School of Innovation and Applied Learning, will premiere its new makerspace as part of the school’s mission of teaching students 21st-century skills such as critical thinking, information management, ...

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NYC Parents Can Track Their Kids' School Bus Routes This Year

NYC Parents Can Track Their Kids' School Bus Routes This Year

Every day, the New York City Department of Education transports 150,000 students on 9,000 bus routes to and from school. This school year, for the first time, parents can track all 9,000 bus routes on a mobile app and receive information on bus loc...

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Announcing the 2019 Cover Kids Grand-Prize Winners!

Announcing the 2019 Cover Kids Grand-Prize Winners!

It’s official: You, dear readers, have cute kids! We knew picking finalists wasn’t going to be easy. In fact, it wasn’t easy times 1,000—that’s how many children were entered. Well, 1,006 to be exact. Once our editors were done exclaiming, “I love ...

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CareerReady NYC Program Offers City Students More Paths to Success

CareerReady NYC Program Offers City Students More Paths to Success

In July, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza, and several other education officials announced the launch of CareerReady NYC, a program that will help New York City students prepare for the workplace beginning this school ye...

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The NYC High School Application Process is Getting Simpler and More Transparent

The NYC High School Application Process is Getting Simpler and More Transparent

For years, students applying to middle and high schools in New York City had to go through a second round of applications if they didn’t get into their preferred schools. But Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza have simp...

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Students at the Countryside Montessori School Enjoy a New Playground This Summer

Students at the Countryside Montessori School Enjoy a New Playground This Summer

This past spring, the Countryside Montessori School in Great Neck decided to give its playground a new look to be safer, more functional, and to help kids have more fun. The school replaced the playground’s previous wood chip flooring with green ru...

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NYC Public Libraries Have Added 17 Institutions to the Free Culture Pass Roster

NYC Public Libraries Have Added 17 Institutions to the Free Culture Pass Roster

If you have a library card, you now have access to 50 cultural organizations across New York City. In its first year, the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), The New York Public Library (NYPL), and Queens Public Library (QPL) Culture Pass initiative iss...

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Kent Prep Now Offering SSAT and ISEE Prep in Small Group Sessions

Kent Prep Now Offering SSAT and ISEE Prep in Small Group Sessions

Well known for its one-on-one tutoring services, Kent Prep launched small group sessions to help students in both its Queens and Manhattan locations prepare for the Secondary School Admission Test and the Independent School Entrance Exam. Each grou...

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The International Academy of New York Moves Back to Carnegie Hill, Expands Pre-Nursery Program

The International Academy of New York Moves Back to Carnegie Hill, Expands Pre-Nursery Program

After a year of renovations, the International Academy of New York officially moved back to its permanent location in Carnegie Hill on July 1. Housed in a beautiful landmark designated building just a stone’s throw from Central Park, the Academy’s ...

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10 Checklists to Simplify the Lives of Queens Parents

10 Checklists to Simplify the Lives of Queens Parents

The responsibilities of a parent are endless, between planning for summer camp, preparing for school, choosing your family pediatrician, planning the perfect birthday party, removing stains on a weekly—if not daily—basis, and, before you know it, p...

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75 New York Museums Will Offer Free Admission on Smithsonian’s Museum Day

75 New York Museums Will Offer Free Admission on Smithsonian’s Museum Day

Smithsonian Institutions in Washington, D.C. offer guests free admission year-round, and the Smithsonian invites other museums, zoos and cultural centers around the country to embody that same spirit every year on Museum Day. This year, Museum Day ...

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Bigs & Littles Mentorship Program Is Now Accepting Mentee Applications

Bigs & Littles Mentorship Program Is Now Accepting Mentee Applications

In Bigs & Littles NYC’s keystone mentoring program, youth ages 7-19 are carefully matched with a Big Sister or Big Brother who serves as an adviser, role model, and adult friend. Mentoring matches meet twice monthly for activities such as enjoying ...

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Two Bronx Students Awarded ESPN’s Inaugural Billie Jean King Award for Fighting Inequity in High School Sports

Two Bronx Students Awarded ESPN’s Inaugural Billie Jean King Award for Fighting Inequity in High School Sports

ESPN honored two Bronx high schoolers, Matt Diaz and Lisa Parks, with its inaugural Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award for their success in using sports to make a positive impact on their communities at the fifth annual Sports Humanitarian Awa...

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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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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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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 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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