UPDATED December 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 December 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 December 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 December 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 December 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 December 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 December 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 December 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.
For many parents, nothing is more important than ensuring their kids receive a college education. But with the cost of private colleges–and even out-of-state public colleges–already sky-high, affording college can seem difficult if not impossible. That’s where scholarships come in. And not all scholarships are created equal–some are more unique than others! Ashley Boucher of Sallie Mae is here with nine unexpected scholarships kids can apply for to earn money towards their education.
The holidays are just around the corner, and you’re no doubt already thinking about what to get your little ones. Fun is the top priority in searching for toys and gifts–but giving gifts that will help kids learn creates an added bonus. There are so many cultures, concepts, ways of life, and more for kids to explore through toys that you can gift a whole world in a few boxes! To help you get started searching, Allyson McCormley is here with seven toys and toy lines that make learning fun. From world cuisines to STEM concepts, there's no shortage of knowledge or entertainment in this lineup.
If your child is having a hard time learning to read or you’re worried she might fall behind, the Nation’s Report Card scores released yesterday aren’t great news. An alarming percentage of students in fourth and eighth grades are indeed struggling, according to the 2019 scores. Nationwide, 35 percent of fourth graders and 34 percent of eighth graders are not proficient in reading, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress. In New York City, the proficiency rates are even lower: 24 percent of fourth graders and 26 percent of eighth graders are proficient—both a full percentage point below what they were in 2017. Here's what you can do to help your child improve her reading proficiency.
The FLAG Award for Teaching Excellence launched on Oct. 23 and will recognize and celebrate one extraordinary Manhattan public school teacher with a $100,000 prize–and $20,000 for his or her school. Four finalists will also receive $10,000 each and their schools $2,000 to be used for arts-based initiatives and programming. Nominations are now open and will close Jan. 13, 2020. You can nominate your child’s teacher on the FLAG website.
It’s never too late to make sure your child is succeeding in school—especially if your child has special needs. Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, which took effect during the 2017-2018 school year as a reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act, states are expected to prepare students for college and vocational programs, as well as support a well-rounded education. Unfortunately, ESSA is not fully inclusive of students with disabilities. Here's what you can do to ensure your child has a successful year.
The Zaha Hadid Building at 520 W. 28th St. in Chelsea unveiled Sandbox Playground, a “STEAM-focused innovation lab” for community kids to explore, on October 3. Kids who live in the building also have access to a residential makerspace that allows both older kids and toddlers to experiment with building and designing–older kids can try 3D printing, building worlds with robotic LEGOs, and exploring virtual reality, while little ones get the chance to experiment with softer, flexible materials.
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.
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.