New York City’s high school guidebook, a giant 630-page document for eighth graders that allows them to get a sense of their options, will be condensing and moving mostly online. The physical book, which will now only offer general information and point students to an online directory where they can learn more specifics about different schools, will be distributed to eighth grades from May through June. Officials say these changes are meant to simplify the application process and make it easier for schools to update policy changes or inaccurate information that have appeared in previous paper guides.
Now in its 70th year, the Day Care Council of New York (DCCNY) launched its “Early Education, Better Care” campaign to promote awareness about community-based early childhood centers for parents with children ages newborn to 5 years old. The campaign celebrates the DCCNY as a leading authority on resources for parents seeking nurturing educational environments for the youngest members of their families.
P.S. 25 is home to only 82 students and costs $50,000 per child to operate. Virtually every student comes from a low-income family, according to city data. And yet 70% of P.S. 25 students are proficient in math, and half are proficient in reading–performing above the city average. This is the reason, parents and advocates argued against the city, that closing P.S. 25 would be a mistake. After a yearlong battle, the city decided on May 16 that the little Brooklyn elementary school that could will stay open.
The Friends Academy Lower School located in Locust Valley, NY invites you to visit its classrooms and meet its teachers. This event is for parents of children ages 3-7, or those who would be eligible for entering Early Childhood through second grade. The Open House will be on Thursday, May 30 from 8:30-9:30am. Please meet at the Frost Hall Entrance. Friends Academy also requests that interested families RSVP to Joanna_Kim@fa.org before attending.
Dearest, an early childhood education-sharing marketplace that matches families to passionate educators for shorter-hour care, is now offering its School Readiness programming: in-home, play-based sessions led by educators focused on supporting children's intellectual development, curiosity, and confidence. The transition to preschool can be a challenging one for many young children, but the School Readiness Program helps to lessen their anxiety by practicing social skills and goodbye rituals they’ll soon need, but in smaller group settings. Dearest’s School Readiness sessions also promote and strengthen children's language skills, number sense, self-regulation, and executive functioning through play-based learning and customized activities. Dearest’s in-home programming combines small group instruction, customized learning activities, and vetted educators to create dynamic educational childcare sessions. The company actively looks for educators who engage with children in meaningful ways, who create experiences that are personalized to the child, and who respond to the child’s interests with enthusiasm, positivity, and warmth. “We’re looking to ensure the whole child is nurtured,” said Eiko Nakazawa, Dearest’s founder and CEO. “So we partner with educators who have a proven track record of stellar teaching and childcare experience.” Find out more about Dearest’s School Readiness program at dearest.io/school-readiness or email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An adventurous group of students from the Academy of the Holy Angels recently spent a week at Oxford University’s Pembroke College and immersed themselves in a “bespoke” course— one tailor-made for them. This is the second spring the critical thinking course was offered. Both times, the curriculum was prepared by AHA English Department Chair Nancy Schneberger. Schneberger envisioned the course while attending a 2017 Gilder Lehrman seminar at Oxford. She met James Basker, founder of the Oxbridge Academic Programs. He helped her network with Dr. Richard Michaelis, the executive director. Schneberger developed the curriculum, working with Michaelis to include visits to sites that would enhance the overall experience. “I wanted the class to be cross-curricular, and to embrace a variety of subjects, so critical thinking seemed to be the most logical major course, with a minor in oral presentation skills,” Schneberger explained. “I wanted the girls to see themselves as global citizens and to become better and more careful consumers of information, along with growing in the ability to express themselves with authority.” Each day, the girls spent 7.5 hours in classes. Activities were held afterward. This year's scholars included Kristin Anderson of Cresskill, Natalie Andreoli of Wyckoff, Cielo Camacho of New Milford, Erin Choi of Cliffside Park, Kristina Gatto of the Township of Washington, Catherine Henry of Saddle River, Elizabeth Kim of Fort Lee, Sophia Luongo of Upper Saddle River, Judianne Meredith of River Vale, Audrey Miller of Glen Rock, Madison Oaten of Tenafly, Timea Papp of Hawthorne, Anjianie Perez of Hackensack, Kimberly Pienkawa of Demarest, Isabela Presti of Hasbrouck Heights, Jasmin Prophete of Holmdel, Areanna Pumayugra of West New York, Liliette Quintana of Midland Park, Kaya Simmons of West Orange, and Colleen Young of Secaucus. Students who attended the 2018 program returned for classes in medicine, psychology, and literature. They are Nina Valente of New Milford, Julia Farah of Pearl River, Madelyn Holmes of Blauvelt, Nataleen Orangian of River Vale, and Paulina Yannitsadis of Fair Lawn. “The campus itself was spread along the streets, and the architecture was like something out of my art history textbook," AHA senior Timea Papp says. "One night, we visited Christ Church for a musical presentation of J.S. Bach's ‘Saint John’s Passion,’ which was an incredible showcase of the acoustics of the church." The students also visited the Bodleian Library and enjoyed tea in Jane Austen's home in Bath. “One of the memorable parts of the trip was going punting on the Thames and almost getting stranded on the river!" Papp says. "We were rescued and now have a story to tell about how difficult it really is." On her return trip to Oxford, Julia Farah studied organ systems, several diseases (including cancer), and treatment options. "The classes I took both years engaged my mind in new ways," the AHA junior says. "The trip was unforgettable, the life experience due to my participation in the study abroad program was priceless, and the quality of knowledge I received was unparalleled.”
Discovering silverfish in the shower may not be pleasant, but Academy of the Holy Angels freshman Natasha Dhanrajani managed to turn the encounter on its ear by seeing the scene as a piece of live art. The result was “Silverfish,” an evocative nonfiction piece that now appears in “Scrawl: Rockland Teens Write 2019.” Published through the Library Association of Rockland County, New York, “Scrawl” includes fiction and nonfiction by Rockland County writers in grades 6-12. “I wrote this piece as a way for me to see this memory as a happy one rather than an unpleasant one,” Dhanrajani explained. “I decided to try and get it published to show the world that something as simple as taking a shower is an art." “My piece was selected after review by a panel of authors (who were also the editors): Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, J.G. Faherty, Carolyn MacCullough, and Dan Waters," Dhanrajani says. "There were hundreds of submissions this year, and it was the toughest year to get published by far! There were many great pieces, but only around 100 were published.” This is the third time Dhanrajani’s work has been accepted for publication. Her pieces previously appeared in the 2017 and 2018 editions of “Scrawl.” “I became interested in writing when I was in seventh grade,” she added. “I had a diary and I always liked to make my memories have vivid images and sound almost ‘creative and dreamy.’ I also really love to watch movies, and I was so fascinated by the beautiful stories that can be brought to life by people, rather than just a page.” This creative writer has dabbled in several different genres, including fiction, science fiction, and screenwriting.
The Bija Project is hosting their second installment of Baby&Soul on Saturday, May 4 from 4-7pm. Baby&Soul is a dance party open to everyone, hosted by a community and collective of music lovers, across class differences, inclusive of all ages, genders, and races. The party takes place at the school’s Clinton Hill location at 900 Fulton St.
Winston Preparatory School held its spectacular 2019 Annual Spring Benefit, 500 Reasons Why, on Saturday, March 23rd with families, friends, and professionals from all five campuses across the tri-state area at Cipriani 42nd Street in NYC. It was a festive evening for the guests who gathered to celebrate the more than 500 students who call Winston Preparatory School home.
UPDATED May 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 May 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 May 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 May 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 May 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 May 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 May 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 May 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 May 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 May 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 May 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.