Beginning to look into colleges can be overwhelming for both you and your teen. It can be even more overwhelming if your child’s dream schools are far away, cost an arm and a leg to stay nearby, and come with hefty price tags if she does get in. But there are ways to get to, tour, and learn more about colleges without breaking the bank. Ashley Boucher, a representative for Sallie Mae, is here with tips for touring your child’s dream schools on a budget.
There are myriad options for parents who want their children to learn a second (or third or fourth) language, from after-school activities and in-school classes to international and bilingual schools. But the most successful way to become proficient in another language is learning through immersion, according to Sharon Huang, founder of HudsonWay Immersion School, a Spanish and Mandarin full-immersion school with campuses in New Jersey and Manhattan.
UPDATED October 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 October 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 October 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 October 2019: If you’re looking for a new after-school class, summer camp, preschool, or school for your child, attending open house sessions in Brooklyn are the best way to get to know camp directors, counselors, teachers, faculty, and staff. From touring the camp or school to meeting teachers, counselors, current students, and campers, to talking directly with the camp director or head of school, you’ll be able determine if it’s the right one for your children. Various schools, camps, and after-school programs across Brooklyn are hosting open houses this month, from day camps, specialty camps, and day care centers to private schools, nursery schools, and independent schools. These open houses are being held at locations across Brooklyn, including open houses in Downtown Brooklyn, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Williamsburg, Park Slope, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Mill Basin, Greenpoint, and Flatbush.
UPDATED October 2019: Attending an open house session in Westchester County is the best way to determine whether a summer camp, after-school class, or school is right for your child. Open houses offer parents opportunities to meet camp directors, counselors, teachers, faculty, and staff; tour the camp or school; and participate in sample classes and programs. Various schools, camps, and after-school programs are hosting open house sessions across Westchester County this month, from independent schools and private schools to summer camps, day camps, and more. Open houses are being offered at schools, camps, and programs throughout Westchester County, including open houses in New Rochelle, Hartsdale, Purchase, Bronxville, Yonkers, Scarsdale, White Plains, Tarrytown, Larchmont, and Yorktown Heights. You’ll be able to experience Westchester County camps and schools to determine which one is the right fit for your children.
UPDATED October 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 Brooklyn. These preschools, nursery schools, and pre-K programs set the foundation your child needs to progress to kindergarten. You'll find preschools in Greenpoint, Park Slope, Bay Ridge, Sheepshead Bay, Bensonhurst, Midwood, Marine Park, Cobble Hill, Bushwick, and Downtown Brooklyn.
UPDATED October 2019: Whether you need an academic tutor for your child, a pediatric care team, a therapy provider, or eye care for your child with special needs in Brooklyn, this list will have you covered. For children needing speech pathology services, you’ll find providers who are skilled to work with children with special needs, including autism spectrum disorder and behavioral difficulties. The tutoring services featured offer academic enrichment in math, English, French, Spanish, Latin, literature, biology, chemistry, essay writing, algebra, and geometry. And you’ll find an eye care provider who specializes in treating infants, children, and young adults, as well as a pediatric health care team. These professional services are located across Brooklyn, including locations in Greenpoint, Park Slope, Sheepshead Bay, Brighton Beach, Boerum Hill, and Brooklyn Heights, as well as in nearby Queens and Manhattan neighborhoods.
Every parent wonders how they can best save for their kids’ college plans, but preparing for college requires more than just saving: You have to develop goals, talk to your kids about which colleges they’re considering, and get creative in order to save. All of this can seem overwhelming, and it’s hard to know where to start. If your family is like many surveyed in Sallie Mae’s How America Pays for College 2019 report, however, you consider college an investment in your child–so Sallie Mae, a planning, savings, and paying for college-focused company, has developed four big tips to help families plan, save, and pay for college.
A Girls Who Code Club has launched in Bedford-Stuyvesant for girls in grades 3-5 who would like to learn more about computer languages while working on leadership skills. Girls Who Code is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does.
Good parent-teacher communication is crucial for any successful school year, but being on the same page becomes even more important when your child has a learning disability. There are a few steps–from understanding your rights to communicating on a regular basis with your child’s teacher–that can help ensure your child has the best year possible, arming you and your child with the knowledge to succeed in and out of the classroom.
Put health on the list as you get your kids ready to go back to school this year. Getting recommended vaccinations on time, eating a healthy lunch each day, and sleeping enough each night will help children and teens succeed in the classroom. Parents can make a few simple, healthy changes to their kids' back-to-school routines that can transform into healthy habits for the whole year. Get started with expert advice.
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 shoes, and backpacks. Joanie Demer, co-founder of The Krazy Coupon Lady, a leading money-saving site, shares savvy tips for back-to-school shopping. If you want to save big, she says, after school starts in the fall is the ideal time to buy for the following year. But if you can’t plan a full year in advance, don’t worry–there are plenty of other ways to save on supplies.
There is a dizzying array of options for kids looking for extracurriculars, from academic enrichment to sports teams to social interest programs. All of these choices can make knowing which one is right for your child a difficult, and overwhelming, task–plus, if a kid wants to try different things, parents can wind up spending a fortune getting them from activity to activity. So how can you make sure you and your kid have made the right after-school choices? Local after-school activity directors, moms, and child psychologists share their tips for finding the right program.
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 schools years ago. In many instances, these updated reports came shortly after the NYC Department of Education sent letter notices to parents assuring them they had “successfully completed remediation work,” according to the Bushwick Daily.
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.
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, advocates, and researchers–were appointed in 2017 to advise Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza on polices to advance diversity and integration in schools. The Department of Education (DOE) is adopting 62 of the 67 recommendations, including providing a diversity grant to Brooklyn’s District 13, to help the district plan increase its diversity through community programming.
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.
NIDO Forest School is the latest in a growing group of outdoor schools that have been founded in response to parents who desire an education for their children that expands beyond the walls of a traditional classroom. In these classes, learning occurs naturally through meaningful relationships and spontaneous discovery. NIDO brings a unique cultural spin to the usual forest school model, by immersing children in Spanish language and Hispanic cultures.