The first emotion that often comes to mind as a working parent with a gifted child is guilt. You might be thinking: “My child must be upset when I’m not there to get her off the bus.” “I wish I could be there when he’s doing his homework.” “I wonder if she understands our family values when I am always at work.” That usually isn’t the case, though. In fact, as a working parent, you can use your chosen profession to enrich your child’s life—and learning.
HuffPost reports that WeGrow, WeWork’s private Manhattan school for kids ages 3-9 that opened in 2018, will close after this school year. WeWork has faced tumult recently in the aftermath of a failed IPO, an investor exodus, and a takeover announcement from parent company SoftBank. WeGrow opened in Chelsea last September and featured open classroom plans, natural light, and a unique curriculum that balanced traditional schoolwork with athletics like yoga and martial arts, as well as weekly field trips to an upstate farm to learn how to plant and harvest crops. Rebekah Neumann, co-founder of WeWork and CEO Adam Neumann’s husband, had helmed the school’s programs and focused on helping kids learn through play and interaction.
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.
The Blue Man Group put on its first performance for kids at Astor Place Theatre on October 4. These performances will be available on an ongoing basis for school groups, scout troops, and any group of kids who express interest. The performances aim to teach kids about STEAM by incorporating science and art experiments, while encouraging a sense of curiosity, creativity, and exploration of the physical world. Kids also learn about the history of the Blue Man Group. Groups in the audience are covered in plastic wrap and neon headgear to protect from flying paint. The Blue Men select certain kids to come up on stage and participate in interactive experiments, skits, and an art project.
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: 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 October 2019: If you’re looking for an after-school program for your child, why not have them learn a second language at one of these Manhattan foreign language programs? After all, studies have shown that learning a second language has important benefits that last a lifetime and that children as young as 3 can benefit! Through learning to speak a language, children broaden their view of the world and understand that there are many ways to communicate. Fortunately, New York City provides extensive resources for learning languages including French, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, and German, and classes and programs are available for toddlers up to teens. The foreign language programs in this guide offer a variety of language instruction from preschool programs and after-school enrichment classes to schools with dual language curriculums. These foreign language after-school programs are located throughout Manhattan, including locations on the Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Harlem, Chelsea, Union Square, and Midtown.
UPDATED October 2019: Whether you’re looking for a new summer camp, after-school class, or school for your child, the best way to get to know camp directors, counselors, teachers, faculty, and staff is by attending open houses in New York City. From touring the camp or school to meeting teachers, counselors, current students and campers, to participating in sample classes and programs, you’ll be able to experience the camp or school in Manhattan to determine if it’s the right one for your children. A number of schools, camps, and after-school programs are hosting open house sessions across Manhattan this month, from acting and art classes to charter schools, private schools, international schools, and religious schools, to summer camps, day camps, and more. These open houses are being hosted across Manhattan, including open house sessions on the Upper West Side, Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, Harlem, Union Square, Hudson Yards, Upper East Side, Greenwich Village, Lower East Side, the Bronx.
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 Manhattan. These preschools, nursery schools, and pre-K programs set the foundation your child needs to progress to kindergarten. You'll find preschools on the Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Chelsea, Tribeca, Gramercy, Harlem, Battery Park City, Lower Manhattan, the Financial District, Midtown, and Chinatown.
UPDATED October 2019: Whether you're looking for a more rigorous curriculum for your child or your child thrives in a smaller classroom setting, a private or independent school in Manhattan may be the right option for you. New York City boasts a wide variety of high-quality private and independent schools for kids in kindergarten through 12th grade, including international schools, bilingual schools, schools that foster creative thinking, schools that provide individualized curriculums, and schools that focus on preparing students for higher education. These private and independent schools are locate throughout Manhattan, including locations on the Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Lower East Side, Harlem, Midtown, Kips Bay, and Gramercy.
UPDATED October 2019: If you’re looking for a Catholic prep school, parochial school, or a private pre-K or early childhood program for your child in Manhattan, our directory has you covered. Catholic, religious, and parochial schools offer rigorous academic study paired with religious teachings for an education that promotes both spiritual and intellectual growth. These private schools all offer smaller class size and a lower student-to-teacher ratio to maximize students’ individual attention. Many of the schools also offer dual language programs, extended-day enrichment, extracurricular sports, STEM clubs, robotics, performing arts, fine arts, and music. Some of the schools also provide curriculum for children with learning difficulties. New technology is integrated into many of these schools’ classrooms to further learning, such as Chromebooks, Smartboards, and iPads. The parochial, Catholic, and religious nursery schools, schools, and elementary and middle schools found in our directory are located throughout New York City on the Upper East Side, the West Village, Gramercy, Murray Hill, Chelsea, and the Bronx, as well as in Jamaica Estates in Queens.
UPDATED October 2019: Whether you need to find an orthodontist for your child, a special needs lawyer to advocate for your child at school, you need help potty training your child, or your child needs a little help in school with a tutor, Manhattan is home to a variety of professional services for families. Here, you’ll find speech therapists; tutors for French, Spanish, Latin, English, literature, math, and science; services for children with special needs, such as lawyers, potty training, and eye care providers; as well as orthodontists. These professional services for families are located across New York City, including such Manhattan neighborhoods as Chelsea, Midtown, and Upper East Side, as well as in nearby Queens and Brooklyn.
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.
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 day, the New York City Department of Education transports 150,000 students on 9,000 bus routes to and from school. This school year, for the first time, parents can track all 9,000 bus routes on a mobile app and receive information on bus location, student ridership, route changes, and vehicle delays. This is made possible through a NYC Department of Education partnership with Via, according to a press release. “Via for Schools,” an integrated communication platform, will route and track buses. Any bus that does not have a GPS installed by the first day of school will receive GPS capabilities through GeoTab.
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.
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.