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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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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NYC’s First NYPD Community Center Will Open in East New York in October

NYC’s First NYPD Community Center Will Open in East New York in October

A city-owned building in East New York is currently undergoing a $10 million renovation, and will open this fall as the New York Police Department’s first-ever stand-alone community center. 127 Pennsylvania Avenue will be open to all, but programmi...

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5 Creative Ways to Shop for School on a Budget

5 Creative Ways to Shop for School on a Budget

Every year the list seems to get longer: two bulk packs of Sharpies (thin points, please); Post-it Notes in assorted sizes, eight glue sticks. Parents can blow through hundreds of dollars on school supplies—and that’s before buying lunchboxes, new ...

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10 Checklists to Simplify the Lives of Brooklyn Parents

10 Checklists to Simplify the Lives of Brooklyn 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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Check Out These 6 Accessible Clothing Lines for Teens and Young Adults with Special Needs

Check Out These 6 Accessible Clothing Lines for Teens and Young Adults with Special Needs

Once your child with special needs gets bigger, it can be even harder to find clothing that ensures he is comfortable and feels good about his style. These clothing lines provide pieces that adapt to many different needs, so teens and young adults ...

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Parachute Brooklyn Launchs Online Exchange Store for Kids

Parachute Brooklyn Launchs Online Exchange Store for Kids

In an effort to combat the landfill waste produced by the fashion industry and to promote sustainability, Parachute Brooklyn operates as a clothing exchange store for kids. Parachute Brooklyn opened its doors this Spring and is excited to announce ...

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Tomorrow, 30 Brooklyn Kids Will Set Up Shop for Lemonade Day

Tomorrow, 30 Brooklyn Kids Will Set Up Shop for Lemonade Day

Lemonade Day Brooklyn, which is affiliated with the Lemonade Day national youth entrepreneurship program, is celebrating its third year of operation on Saturday, July 27. On this day, 30 kids and teens will launch their lemonade businesses featurin...

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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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3 Bushwick Schools Have Higher Lead Levels Today Than In 2016

3 Bushwick Schools Have Higher Lead Levels Today Than In 2016

After various Brooklyn public schools were tested for lead levels in their water facilities back in 2016, re-tests during the 2018-2019 school year revealed new cases of elevated lead levels, despite programs that were meant to eliminate lead from ...

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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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Check Out These 11 Adaptive Clothing Lines for Kids with Disabilities

Check Out These 11 Adaptive Clothing Lines for Kids with Disabilities

Getting dressed can be one complicated endeavor too many for parents of kids with special needs, who might run into trouble when trying to fit traditional kids’ clothing over a wheelchair, leg brace, or onto a little one that doesn’t like certain f...

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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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Target Adds Costumes that Accommodate Wheelchairs to Kids' Halloween Collection

Target Adds Costumes that Accommodate Wheelchairs to Kids' Halloween Collection

While parents of children with disabilities often must think outside of the box to make functional Halloween costumes for their little ones, they will now have the option to buy them for their kids this fall. Target just made dressing up for Hallow...

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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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Stanley Black & Decker Hosted a “Quiet Race” for Kids with Autism as Part of Initiative with Autism Speaks

Stanley Black & Decker Hosted a “Quiet Race” for Kids with Autism as Part of Initiative with Autism Speaks

Stanley Black & Decker and the Envision Virgin Racing Team created a unique racing experience for kids with autism spectrum disorder at the ABB FIA Formula E Racing Championship New York E Prix on July 13-14. The quiet race aimed to advance inclusi...

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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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Don't Miss Your Last Chance to Win Free Credits at Luna Park with Your Report Card This Weekend

Don't Miss Your Last Chance to Win Free Credits at Luna Park with Your Report Card This Weekend

Summer is upon us, and there is no better way to celebrate than by visiting Coney Island’s Luna Park with your report card to get some free credits for the amusement park. But make sure you hurry–this sweet deal will only last until Sunday. Here’s ...

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LGBTQ+ Support and Community Centers for Families in the New York Area

LGBTQ+ Support and Community Centers for Families in the New York Area

Finding support and community can seem difficult for young people trying to figure out their identities, make connections and find acceptance. We’ve compiled a list of community and support centers for every kid in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Suff...

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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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Brooklyn’s District 13 Receives School Diversity Grant

Brooklyn’s District 13 Receives School Diversity Grant

This year, the School Diversity Advisory Group (SDAG) released 67 recommendations to improve goals, diversity, resources, restorative justice and practices, and representation in New York City Schools. SDAG members–students, educators, parents, adv...

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Brooklyn Residents Debate Over Construction of Two 4th Avenue Family Shelters

Brooklyn Residents Debate Over Construction of Two 4th Avenue Family Shelters

Brooklyn’s 4th Avenue will soon become the home for two new homeless shelters, according to an article written for the Bklyner–and while many would consider this optimistic news, not everyone is thrilled about it. According to Mayor Bill de Blasio’...

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You Can Win a Pay-Your-Age Build-a-Bear Experience at the End of June

You Can Win a Pay-Your-Age Build-a-Bear Experience at the End of June

Last year, Build-a-Bear Workshop hosted a Pay-Your-Age Day where kids could build a stuffed animal priced for their age (for example, a 5-year-old could make a bear for $5). While this was a great alternative to Build-a-Bear’s sometimes-pricey stuf...

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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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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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Why You Need an Emergency Fund

Why You Need an Emergency Fund

Think about this: If your family had an emergency that required a large amount of money—unexpected car repairs, job loss, or major medical expense—would you have enough cash on hand to pay it? If you’re like most Americans, you would probably have ...

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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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How to Protect Kids from Potentially Harmful Blue Light

How to Protect Kids from Potentially Harmful Blue Light

In the past several years, it seems like kids have grown addicted to their phones, tablets, and laptops, all of which emit blue light. They’re constantly texting, streaming shows and movies, and using their phones way past their bedtimes. All of th...

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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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WHO Releases New Guidelines for Activity Levels for Children Younger Than Five

WHO Releases New Guidelines for Activity Levels for Children Younger Than Five

On April 24, The World Health Organization announced new recommendations for children younger than the age of 5 in response tothe rapidly rising rates of childhood obesity worldwide. According to the organization’s research, more than 80 percent of...

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Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Recalled Due to Reports of Infant Deaths

Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Recalled Due to Reports of Infant Deaths

Fisher-Price has issued a voluntary recall of all units of the Rock n' Play Sleeper due to reports of death when infants can roll over in the product. The CPSC is aware of 10 infant deaths in the Rock 'n Play since 2015 as a result of infants rolli...

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Sesame Street Unveils Julia’s Family in Honor of Autism Awareness Month

Sesame Street Unveils Julia’s Family in Honor of Autism Awareness Month

Julia, Sesame Street’s first character with autism, debuted in 2015. Now she’s back with the whole family in a series of materials, videos, and one episode that focus on how Julia, along with her parents, brother, and companion dog, overcome challe...

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How to Become a Zero-Waste Household

How to Become a Zero-Waste Household

Zero-waste living has become a lifestyle movement. There are now hundreds of books, blogs, and videos about it, and even a number of zero-waste stores opening in New York City. For a beginner, becoming a zero-waste household looks time consuming an...

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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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Holocaust Survivor Visits Baldwin Middle School to Give Important Lesson

Holocaust Survivor Visits Baldwin Middle School to Give Important Lesson

Werner Reich, a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor, visited Baldwin Middle School to give the students a firsthand history lesson. Reich, of Smithtown, told stories of the horror he and his family experienced throughout the Holocaust. Reich's presentat...

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Nature's Path Envirokidz Cereal Recalled Due to Undeclared Gluten

Nature's Path Envirokidz Cereal Recalled Due to Undeclared Gluten

Nature's Path Envirokidz Choco Chimps, Gorilla Munch, and Jungle Munch cereals with a best before date code of Aug. 24, 2019 and Sept. 21, 21 have been recalled from Trader Joe's due to the potential of undeclared gluten, according to Trader Joes. ...

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Fisher-Price Power Wheels Barbie Campers Recalled Due to Injury Hazard

Fisher-Price Power Wheels Barbie Campers Recalled Due to Injury Hazard

On Feb. 5, Fisher-Price recalled the children's Power Wheels Barbie Dream Campers with model number FRC29 due to a potential for injury, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. 17 reports have been made indicating that the wheels co...

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New Study Says Children Are Using an Unhealthy Amount of Toothpaste

New Study Says Children Are Using an Unhealthy Amount of Toothpaste

Many children are not using the right amount of toothpaste when they brush their teeth, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Almost 40 percent of children ages 3-6 use more toothpaste than the amount recommended b...

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8 Steps to Improve Your Credit Score in One Year

8 Steps to Improve Your Credit Score in One Year

Your credit score affects more aspects of your life than you might think, from seeking out a loan to putting a down payment on a house and even the job hunt. Unless you’ve been diligently saving for as long as you can remember, came into an inherit...

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Fresh Peaches, Nectarines, and Plums Recalled from Aldi and Walmart Over Possible Listeria Contamination

Fresh Peaches, Nectarines, and Plums Recalled from Aldi and Walmart Over Possible Listeria Contamination

Peaches, nectarines, and plums sold at various Aldi and Walmarts in New York are being recalled due to a potential listeria contamination. Jac. Vandeburg, Inc. of Yonkers issued the recall last week because of the potential to affect 1,727 cartons ...

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Perdue Recalls Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets Due to Contamination With Wood Particles

Perdue Recalls Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets Due to Contamination With Wood Particles

Perdue is recalling more than 68,000 pounds of gluten-free chicken nuggets due to a possible wood particle contamination, according to Cooking Light. The nuggets have expirations dates well into the fall and the United States Department of Agricult...

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American Girl Reveals 2019 Girl of the Year

American Girl Reveals 2019 Girl of the Year

Blaire Wilson, a spunky redhead with a passion for flavor, has recently made her debut as American Girl's 2019 Girl of the Year. Blaire uses her cooking talents as a chef-in-training to bring her family together and connect with people in person. H...

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FDA Approves New Vaccine That Protects Against Six Diseases

FDA Approves New Vaccine That Protects Against Six Diseases

The FDA approved a new vaccine that protects against six diseases, called Vaxilis. The new vaccine protects against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis, hepatitis B, and invasive disease due to haemophilus influenzae type B, according to ...

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5 Reasons It's Okay to Indulge in 'Lazy Parenting'

5 Reasons It's Okay to Indulge in 'Lazy Parenting'

Sometimes parenting can feel overwhelming, so one parent is here to say it’s okay to be a “lazy parent”. James Breakwell, author of “Bare Minimum Parenting: The Ultimate Guide to Not-Quite Ruining Your Child,” shares five things you can do to slow ...

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Corded Window Blinds Banned for Child Safety

Corded Window Blinds Banned for Child Safety

There are many aspects of our homes that we have to consider baby-proofing for child safety: outlets, the stove, cleaning supplies, and perhaps less obviously, corded window blinds. Fortunately, they are no longer being sold by American stores or w...

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Infant Ibuprofen from CVS, Walmart, and Family Dollar Has Been Recalled

Infant Ibuprofen from CVS, Walmart, and Family Dollar Has Been Recalled

A recall has been issued for over-the-counter infant ibuprofen sold by the retailers CVS, Family Dollar, and Walmart, according to Tris Pharma. The Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP (NSAID) 50mg per 1.25mL could potentially have concentrations of i...

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New Study Shows a Correlation Between Media Use and ADHD

New Study Shows a Correlation Between Media Use and ADHD

As if there wasn't enough to worry about when it comes to the media and your child's wellbeing, there's now another factor to take into consideration before leaving your child alone with the iPad. A recent study in the JAMA has linked Attention Def...

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First Words Project Launches Free Online Resources for Parents of Young Children

First Words Project Launches Free Online Resources for Parents of Young Children

Raising a young child is an exciting, and stressful, time for parents. From toddler-proofing your home to deciding if mommy-and-me classes are right for you, there’s no shortage of things to worry about. Luckily, First Words Project, a non-profit f...

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