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 their annual Teacher Prep Event—and not just regular schoolteachers! The discount also applies to teachers who work in daycare centers, early childhood learning centers, and home schools. Target’s Senior Vice President and General Merchandise Manager of Apparel, Accessories, and Home Jill Sando said there was a “phenomenal response” during the sale last year and teachers ended up saving millions on classroom supplies.
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. The worst overcrowding is happening in Brooklyn, Queens, and the central Bronx. Overall, there are 1.1 million students in 1,840 schools in 32 districts across the five boroughs. Some students are forced to learn in Transportable Classroom Units (TCUs), trailers placed outside main school buildings, in order to make sure there is enough space for everyone. The city has been trying to fix this problem for years.
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 Head of School at Chadwick School, an independent K-12 school in California, and previously served as president of School Year Abroad, where he was responsible for the leadership and administration of the school’s one-year language immersion program in four schools in China, France, Italy, and Spain. Creeden served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Association of Independent Schools from 2012-2015.
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 everyone. Kids can take whichever books they are interested in, and don’t have to return them. The vending machines are part of Jet Blue’s Soar with Reading program. The machines aim to promote reading in toddlers up through teenagers, especially in underserved communities of the city.
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 from the NYC Department of Education. Chancellor Richard Carranza made this announcement on June 28 in an effort to provide the “most comprehensive and affirming” guidelines to support transgender and “gender expansive” students. While the new rule still requires students to obtain permission from their parent or guardian before they make any changes, Carranza said that this regulation aims to, ”ensure that students’ identities are affirmed, respected, and supported in schools.”
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 told it was due to puberty and I should let it slide,” Chapman recalled. “Then one day I collapsed in my apartment and my mom was like, ’No, we have to take him to the emergency room.’”
Specializing in one-on-one tutoring from teachers who are certified in-house, students are invited to focus on “all things math” when they come to Mathnasium. This can mean gaining a stronger understanding of their classwork, getting access to more challenging material, or cramming for a test the following day. To gauge each student’s current mathematics foundation and ability, each student is given a two-part assessment, oral and written, when they first come in.
Whether you’re going back to work, having a girl’s night out, or going on a date with your partner, it’s hard enough to leave your toddlers and older children with a sitter, but your infant? Hiring the right caretaker for your baby requires a great deal of forethought and careful screening.
UPDATED July 2019: School is quickly approaching, and you still have things to do before your child goes back to school. Prepare for back-to-school season in Brooklyn with a wide range of programs, services, and schools for kids, including after-school programs such as gymnastics, music classes, sports teams and programs, tutors and academic enrichment, art classes, child care, fitness programs, cooking classes, dance programs, and martial arts; doctors and dentists; private, college prep, and parochial schools; uniform stores and resources; and nursery schools, day cares, and preschools. These resources and venues are located throughout Brooklyn, in neighborhoods such as Greenpoint, Canarsie, Flatlands, Coney Island, Marine Park, Mill Basin, Red Hook, Flatbush, Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Boerum Hill, Bed-Stuy, Park Slope, Sunset Park, Sheepshead Bay, Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Midwood, Dumbo, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, and Williamsburg.
UPDATED July 2019: Why limit your child’s learning to school during regular hours when Brooklyn offers many unique learning opportunities and stimulating educational lessons outside of school? Whether your child is interested in math and science, passionate about art, or needs tutoring in math, science, writing, or reading, we have found local centers to fit the need of every child who is struggling in school. Our guide features academic enrichment programs and tutors in Brooklyn, including after-school and weekend instruction for reading, math, language, STEM, and more in Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights, Sheepshead Bay, East Flatbush, and Boerum Hill.
UPDATED July 2019: Children who are struggling in school can lose the motivation to try in specific subject areas, while other children need more challenging curriculum because they are in a gifted and talented program. Sometimes children who are doing fine in school want a little extra learning to get ahead in a subject, while other children just need help preparing for the SAT, ACT, Regents, or state exams. If your child falls into one of these categories, a tutoring program, academic enrichment program, or test prep program in Queens could be just right for you. So consult our comprehensive list of tutors, academic enrichment programs, gifted and talented programs, and test prep centers in Queens to find the perfect program for your child. These services are located in Fresh Meadows, Elmhurst, Auburndale, Floral Park, Bayside, and Forest Hills, as well as locations in Manhattan and on nearby Long Island.
UPDATED July 2019: Looking for after-school academic enrichment classes and programs for your child in pre-K to 12th grade in Queens? This directory provides you with a broad range of resources, including after-school enrichment classes that offer additional support in reading, writing, and math. Additionally, there are programs geared specifically toward both gifted and talented children, as well as academic enrichment classes for children with special needs (including ABA therapy and speech therapy). Classes and at-home tutoring services are available to prepare children for a variety of tests including the ELA, Regents, state, and standardized college admission tests such as the ACT, PSAT and SAT. Have a STEM enthusiast? You’ll also find classes in web design, front end development, and coding. And for foreign language and writing enthusiasts there are Spanish classes and a creative writer’s workshop. These after-school academic enrichment classes and programs are located throughout Queens and the surrounding area such as, including locations in Bayside, Flushing, Fresh Meadows, Forest Hills, Woodside, Middle Village, Auburndale, Floral Park, Rego Park, Whitestone, and Elmhurst, as well as on nearby Long Island, including Roslyn Heights, Huntington Station, Melville, Brookville, and Great Neck.
UPDATED July 2019: Look no further to find the perfect academic enrichment program, tutor, or test prep center for your child in Rockland County and Bergen County, NJ! This detailed and updated list of after-school and weekend classes, programs, and activities includes early childhood programs and day cares, religious after-school programs, and tutoring and learning centers, specializing in all levels of math, reading, writing, STEM, chemistry, physics, study skills, and test prep for the ACT, SAT, PSAT, Regents, and other standardized tests. These academic enrichment programs are located across Rockland and Bergen counties, including Pearl River, New City, Pomona, Nanuet, Suffern, Upper Nyack, and Westwood and Ridgewood, NJ.
UPDATED July 2019: Children who are struggling in school can lose the motivation to try in specific subject areas. Sometimes children who are doing fine in school want a little extra learning to get ahead in a subject, while other children just need help preparing for the SAT, ACT, Regents, or state exams. If your child falls into one of these categories, a tutoring program, academic enrichment program, or test prep program in Manhattan could be just right for you. So consult our comprehensive list of tutors, academic enrichment programs, and test prep centers in Manhattan to find the perfect program for your child. These services are located on the Upper East Side, Midtown, Battery Park City, Chelsea, Midtown, Harlem, Gramercy, and Upper West Side, as well as tutors in Queens.
UPDATED July 2019: Help your child excel in school or prepare for standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT for high school students to transition into college or Regents exams by finding tutors, after-school test prep classes, college prep courses, and academic enrichment programs in Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island to keep their minds sharpened and challenged. Tutors can provide homework help, 1-on-1 instruction, and focused learning in subjects such as math, English, writing, reading, vocabulary, STEM, study skills, and more. Find tutors in Cedarhurst, Great Neck, Hicksville, Lynbrook, Mineola, New Hyde Park, Roslyn Heights Williston Park in Nassau County and Huntington and Smithtown in Suffolk County.
UPDATED July 2019: Long Island offers a wealth of academic enrichment opportunities for children in pre-K through 12th grade. Whether you are looking for a preschool program (Montessori or Jewish learning for example), a full-day school, or an after-school or weekend enrichment class, this roundup will help you find what you need for your child. Many academic after-school programs are available for additional support in reading, writing, and math, as well those for gifted and talented children and children with special needs. Standardized test prep for exams like the ACT, PSAT, and SAT are also available throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. Some of these after-school academic enrichment programs also offer STEM and STEAM classes, robotics, and Legos. You’ll even find classes in meditation, social skills, and etiquette! Programs are located throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties in locations such as Brookville, Cold Spring Harbor, Great Neck, Hempstead, Hicksville, Port Washington, Rosyln Heights, and Smithtown.
UPDATED July 2019: Children who are struggling in school can lose the motivation to try in specific subject areas. Sometimes children who are doing fine in school want a little extra learning to get ahead in a subject, while other children just need help preparing for the SAT, ACT, Regents, or state exams. If your child falls into one of these categories, a tutoring program, academic enrichment program, or test prep program in Brooklyn could be just right for you. So consult our list of tutors, academic enrichment programs, and test prep centers in Brooklyn to find the perfect program for your child. These services are located in Sheepshead Bay, Park Slope, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Midwood, and Gravesend.
UPDATED July 2019: Reliable child care is a lifesaver for busy families. Luckily, Westchester boasts great daytime child care programs. Search and you’ll find child care centers in towns including Elmsford, Ossining, Valhalla, Brewster, and Carmel—one is sure to be convenient to you. Far from merely keeping kids safe, these quality child care providers strive to keep them stimulated, too. Some of the Westchester County day care facilities listed in this directory pride themselves on their developmental curriculum. Other child care providers help kids learn about nature, expand their world through field trips, or offer other exciting enrichments. Look through this handy directory from NYMetroParents to line up outstanding day care for your child.
UPDATED July 2019: Ensuring your child has a good early childhood education sets the tone for the rest of their educational careers. And deciding between traditional, Montessori, Catholic, parochial, private, independent, public, or charter is a huge decision. We know the preschool application process can be brutal, so we're here to help with a roundup of the best preschool options in Queens. These preschools, nursery schools, and pre-K programs set the foundation your child needs to progress to kindergarten. You'll find preschools in Whitestone, Forest Hills, Flushing, Great Neck, Fresh Meadows, Rego Park, Elmhurst, Little Neck, Kew Gardens, and a few in nearby Nassau County.
UPDATED July 2019: The primary concern for parents is to ensure that our kids will be watched over and cared when we are unable to do so. Whether you’re looking for long-term day care or short-term child care, consult our comprehensive guide to day care centers and child care providers in Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island. Day care choices consist of nurses, nannies, housekeepers, and babysitters, with options for live-in, live-out, part-time, and full-time caregivers. Child care providers may provide activities for kids such as gymnastics and playtime. Find day care and child care providers throughout Long Island, including Bellmore, Levittown, and Syosset in Nassau County and more in Suffolk County.