School, Camp, & After-School Class Open Houses in Westchester County This Month

School, Camp, & After-School Class Open Houses in Westchester County This Month

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.

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9 Unique Ways Your Kid Can Earn Scholarships for College

9 Unique Ways Your Kid Can Earn Scholarships for College

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.

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7 Toys That Help Kids Learn Through Play

7 Toys That Help Kids Learn Through Play

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.

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New Data Shows Kids Are Struggling with Reading—How You Can Help

New Data Shows Kids Are Struggling with Reading—How You Can Help

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.

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Back-to-School Tips for Special Needs Families

Back-to-School Tips for Special Needs Families

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.

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Working Parents Raising Gifted Children: Unique Methods for Enriching Their Lives

Working Parents Raising Gifted Children: Unique Methods for Enriching Their Lives

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.

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How to Tour Colleges with Your Kids–And Stay on Budget

How to Tour Colleges with Your Kids–And Stay on Budget

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.

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The Benefits of a Bilingual, Immersion Education

The Benefits of a Bilingual, Immersion Education

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.

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5 Tips to Help You Save for Your Kids' College

5 Tips to Help You Save for Your Kids' College

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.

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How to Help Your Differently-Abled Child Succeed in the Classroom

How to Help Your Differently-Abled Child Succeed in the Classroom

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.

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How to Help Your Kids Have a Healthy School Year

How to Help Your Kids Have a Healthy School Year

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.

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The Waldorf School in Garden City Debuts New Playground This School Year

The Waldorf School in Garden City Debuts New Playground This School Year

Susan Braun, Waldorf School of Garden City's former administrator, asked Early Childhood teachers to dream up what an ideal playground would look like for mixed-age kindergarten children more than two years ago. The teachers rolled up their sleeves and began to imagine what this play space would entail, meeting with architects and play space designers in 2018 and breaking ground this past June, and will be debuting the new playground when classes begin this September.

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The Town of Hempstead Is Giving Out Free Backpacks in Back-to-School Celebration

The Town of Hempstead Is Giving Out Free Backpacks in Back-to-School Celebration

Hempstead Mayor Don Ryan will join the Able Body of Believers Alliance (ABBA) on August 28 and August 31 for two backpack giveaways. The August 31 event is the the 14th annual Back to School Celebration to help local children get ready for school. This is one of the village’s most well-attended events. Elder Reginald Benjamin and his staff, including event organizer Nicole Staton, put together the event to provide more than 1,200 kids (in first through 12th grades) with backpacks filled with school supplies donated by area businesses and organizations just in time for the school year.  

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6 Ways to Help Your Child Overcome School Anxiety

6 Ways to Help Your Child Overcome School Anxiety

Returning to school can be exciting, but can also invoke anxiety in kids who aren’t sure what the new year holds. There are several ways parents can help their kids ease back into school and cope with the anxiety that accompanies that first day and even those first few weeks. Lata K. McGinn, Ph.D., co-founder of Cognitive Behavioral Consultants in White Plains and a professor at Yeshiva University, shares her top tips for helping kids feel better about the new school year.

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5 Creative Ways to Shop for School on a Budget

5 Creative Ways to Shop for School on a Budget

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.

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How to Choose the Right Extracurriculars for Your Child

How to Choose the Right Extracurriculars for Your Child

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.

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Mathnasium Opens a Port Washington Location

Mathnasium Opens a Port Washington Location

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.

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5 Things to Ask Potential Nannies for Infants

5 Things to Ask Potential Nannies for Infants

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.

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Friends Academy Hosts Open House on May 30

Friends Academy Hosts Open House on May 30

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 [email protected] before attending.

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How to Sue Your Child With Special Need's School District for Tuition

How to Sue Your Child With Special Need's School District for Tuition

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires school districts to provide all students with disabilities a free appropriate public education (also known as a FAPE).  If they fail to do so, parents are entitled to sue their district for funding for their child’s private tuition and/or special education services. While this can be a complex process, there are a few simple steps parents can take to help it run more smoothly.

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