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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Best Beaches on Long Island for Families

Best Beaches on Long Island for Families

Whether you prefer the dramatic cliffs and rocky shores of the Sound, the ocean’s rough waves, or the calm of local bays and lakes, there’s a beach for every taste along Long Island’s miles of coastline. So grab some towels, pack up the kids’ sand ...

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Special Parent Magazine Offers Advice for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Special Parent Magazine Offers Advice for Parents of Children with Special Needs

In an effort to better help parents of children with special needs, we here at NYMetroParents brought back Special Parent! This issue is full of advice for your child’s future, inclusive fun, support groups for parents and families, and services fo...

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Top 20 Things to Do in Summer on Long Island

Top 20 Things to Do in Summer on Long Island

Have the most fun on Long Island this summer! Presenting the top 20 must-do events for your family, including Long Island Ducks games, outdoor music festivals and concerts, a pirate festival, an authentic pow wow, and more!

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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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Awesome Family Events Happening This Weekend in Nassau County

Awesome Family Events Happening This Weekend in Nassau County

Looking to plan an awesome weekend packed with fun for the whole family? Whether you are planning a day trip in close to the New York metro area or are looking for kid-friendly fun that's close to home, we've got you covered! There’s a lot of kid-f...

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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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How to Get Free Treats on National Ice Cream Day in NY Metro Area

How to Get Free Treats on National Ice Cream Day in NY Metro Area

Mark your calendars: Sunday, July 21 is National Ice Cream Day—certainly a day worth celebrating! The national holiday is observed each year on the third Sunday in July as part of National Ice Cream Month. In honor of National Ice Cream Day, we com...

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Things to Do With Kids in Manhattan on July 13

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Things to Do With Kids in Manhattan on July 14

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26 Ways to Have the Most Fun This Summer

26 Ways to Have the Most Fun This Summer

With school coming to a close, you may be wondering what the heck you’re going to do to keep your kids entertained if they’re not going to summer camp this year (or they’re going for a week or two). We’ve got you covered! From boat rides and visits...

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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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Best Activities for Families in This Weekend in Rockland and Bergen Counties

Best Activities for Families in This Weekend in Rockland and Bergen Counties

We love weekends because they allow us to spend quality time with our kids, whether with a fun day trip to a nearby family-friendly destination or a family day of fun that's close to home in Rockland County or Bergen County, NJ. There’s lots to do ...

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John Cronin of John’s Crazy Socks Makes History As the First Person with Down Syndrome to Win Entrepreneur of the Year Award

John Cronin of John’s Crazy Socks Makes History As the First Person with Down Syndrome to Win Entrepreneur of the Year Award

23-year-old John Cronin, the founder and Chief Happiness Officer of John’s Crazy Socks, is the first person with Down syndrome to win an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. John’s Crazy Socks offers customers a huge variety of fun, colo...

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In the Magazine: June 2019

In the Magazine: June 2019

Our June issue has everything your family needs for a great start to the season! From everything you need to know about sun protection to finding out if your teen is ready for their first job this summer. Plus, a hilarious account of what it's like...

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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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The Mets Will Host First-Ever Inclusion Day at Citi Field

The Mets Will Host First-Ever Inclusion Day at Citi Field

SO Fun City, an organization provides inclusive enrichment programming that suits the needs of all children, has teamed up with the New York Mets to host the first-ever Inclusion Day at Citi Field on August 7. The event will feature a pre-game carn...

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A Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park is Coming to New Jersey This Fall

A Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park is Coming to New Jersey This Fall

A Nickelodeon Universe theme park is coming to the American Dream mega-mall at the Meadowlands in New Jersey–which is exciting for East Coast Nickelodeon lovers, considering the only other Nickelodeon Universe in the country is all the way in Minne...

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Things to Do With Kids in Queens on July 14

Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Queens today, July 14, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Queens's museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in the park...

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Things to Do With Kids in Westchester on July 14

Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Westchester today, July 14, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Westchester's museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in...

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Best Beaches in the New York City Area

Best Beaches in the New York City Area

What better way to cool off this summer than at the beach? Pack up your suits, towels, and sunscreen and head to one of these family-friendly sandy spots for a day full of sun, swimming, and sandcastle construction. There are many places to enjoy t...

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Things to Do With Kids in Brooklyn on July 14

Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Brooklyn today, July 14, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Brooklyn's museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in the p...

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Things to Do With Kids in Brooklyn on July 13

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Whitby School Names Dr. Jack Creeden as Interim Head of School

Whitby School Names Dr. Jack Creeden as Interim Head of School

Whitby School in Greenwich, Connecticut named Dr. John “Jack” Creeden as its Interim Head of School on July 15. Creeden was chosen from a pool of distinguished candidates for his experience and leadership in independent schools. He was recently Hea...

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Things to Do With Kids in Westchester on July 13

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Things to Do With Kids in Manhattan on July 15

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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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Ocean Cube Exhibit Educates Families on How Everyone Can Help Save Our Oceans

Ocean Cube Exhibit Educates Families on How Everyone Can Help Save Our Oceans

Ocean Cube, an interactive pop-up exhibit in Soho that brings readers into a futuristic undersea world, is now open through August 18. The exhibit encourages visitors to do their part in repurposing plastic to help save our oceans and their animals...

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Top 20 Things to Do in Summer in Westchester

Top 20 Things to Do in Summer in Westchester

Summer is the perfect time to be outside, and we've compiled a list of the top 20 things to do in Westchester County in the summer, including where to pick strawberries, outdoor music festivals and concerts, county fairs, and where to see fireworks.

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Making a Plan for Your Child with Special Needs' Life

Making a Plan for Your Child with Special Needs' Life

In Susan Platkin’s eyes, self-direction has always been the only acceptable path for her daughter Ruth. Ruth is 32 and has intellectual disabilities and bipolar disorder, and despite her unique challenges now lives in an apartment in East Northport...

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Today's Family & Kids Activities in Long Island-July 13

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Things to Do With Kids in Manhattan on July 16

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Things to Do With Kids in Rockland on July 14

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Brooklyn 10-Year-Old Competes on Hit Show “Chopped Junior”

Brooklyn 10-Year-Old Competes on Hit Show “Chopped Junior”

Not many 10 year olds can say they’ve competed in a professional cooking competition broadcasted on television, but Park Slope native Callum McGeory can. McGeory, who said he has been cooking with his grandpa since he was 4 years old, is set to mak...

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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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Things to Do With Kids in Brooklyn on July 16

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Things to Do With Kids in Manhattan on July 17

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Things to Do With Kids in Manhattan on July 18

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Things to Do With Kids in Westchester on July 15

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Things to Do With Kids in Manhattan on July 19

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Fun Things To Do This Weekend with Kids in New York City

Fun Things To Do This Weekend with Kids in New York City

There’s a lot to do this weekend with your family, whether you're planning a day trip that's close to New York City or are looking for the best things to do with kids in Manhattan this weekend. After all, weekends are the best because you get to sp...

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Inclusive Activities and Events for Children with Special Needs in NYC

Children with special needs, disabilities, or sensory issues can face certain challenges when it comes to connecting with peers and making friends, especially when many are uncomfortable or unable to participate in all kid-friendly activities. Here...

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Accepting My Son's Picky Eating, and Fear of Carrots

Accepting My Son's Picky Eating, and Fear of Carrots

We’ve all met this kid before. He only eats pasta with butter and plain oatmeal. Or Cheerios and French fries. Before I had children, it was impossible for me to imagine that I—a home cook, a frequent restaurant-goer, a lifetime subscriber to Gourm...

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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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Top 80 Things to Do in Summer in the NYC Area

Top 80 Things to Do in Summer in the NYC Area

Make the most of summer with our list of the top 80 things to do in and near New York City from June through September. Get details on fun summer festivals, outdoor concerts and movies, and much more in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, Roc...

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Marra & Glick Applied Behavior Analysts is Opening a New Hyde Park Location

Marra & Glick Applied Behavior Analysts is Opening a New Hyde Park Location

This summer, Marra & Glick Applied Behavior Analysts is expanding to New Hyde Park with a new center-based location that offers behavior intervention services using the principles of applied behavior analysis, including an interim alternative place...

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5 Ways to See Dinosaurs in New York City and Beyond

5 Ways to See Dinosaurs in New York City and Beyond

Indulge your kids' dinosaur obsession this summer with any of these fun outdoor activities taking place across the Tri-State area.

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Bronx Student Overcomes 3 Brain Tumor Operations to Go to College

Bronx Student Overcomes 3 Brain Tumor Operations to Go to College

Something as simple as a headache usually doesn’t alarm a parent too much, but when Robert Chapman came to his parents in fifth grade telling him he felt constant pain and exhaustion from them, they knew it had to be something more serious. “I was ...

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Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in New York City

Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in New York City

UPDATED APRIL 2019: Raising a child with a unique set of special needs can have you feeling isolated and unsure of how to connect with other parents going through the same thing—and unfortunately, support groups are hard to find if you don’t know w...

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