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.
UPDATED April 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.
As parents, we all want our children to succeed in school and excel in academics, but did you know what they eat throughout the day can impact their performance? In fact, students who eat meals that are aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion) are better learners, receive higher test scores, earn higher academic grades, and have reduced instances of being absent from school, says Kim Doyle, senior director of nutrition and compliance at Revolution Foods, citing a 2018 study from the University of California, Berkeley.
At the Tilles Center in January, 16 Green Vale students performed in the prestigious Nassau All-County Music Festival. To be selected for All-County, students must score among the top student musicians who performed solos for the NYSSMA Festival the previous spring.
The Whispering Pines Seventh-day Adventist School in Old Westbury recently hosted Ms. Claire Lee, a teaching intern from South Korea, as part of its Korean language and culture program. The program, started in 2012, is open to all Whispering Pines students, from pre-K to 8th grade. It enables participants to understand and appreciate the Korean culture while gaining practical fluency in the language.
Jean-Michel Dissard, the director of I Learn America, as well as two actors from the documentary, Sing and Brandon, visited the Buckley Country Day School for a full-day workshop with sixth graders. The visit to the Roslyn school was on Nov. 28, after the students spent a unit in humanities focusing on identity and immigration in which they read Coming to America, Finding Your Voice by Maria Hinojosa, watched the documentary, and interviewed a family member to learn about their personal immigration story.
Mrs. Tiggywinkle, Flopsy Bunny, Mr Jeremy Fisher and other furry, scaly and feathery friends paid a visit to the students at the Florence Brownstein Preschool at the Chabad of Port Washington on Tuesday, Feb. 5. The children listened attentively as educators explained about different animal habitats, habits and their welfare.
A nanny is an invaluable resource as a specialist who loves and cares for your kids in your absence, so how can you ensure you hire the right nanny for your family? Do you need someone who helps with housework, or maybe you want a nanny who can help with developmental needs (homework, potty training, etc.). For many families, their nanny is more than just someone who works for them; their nannies become part of the family. Here are five important things you must know before you start the hiring process.
For many years, STEM education was the hot topic, but these days it's STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education. So why was art added to STEM education in schools, at-home DIY kids, and crafting books? Read on to learn why, for six reasons art benefits STEM education, and how parents can encourage STEAM learning at home.
In September ten Catholic schools under the Dioceses of Rockville Centre began working with Rosetta Stone to provide more language learning options. Students now have the opportunity to choose between six languages, Spanish, French, German, Polish, Italian, and Latin, at some schools. The number of options varies by school. The selection of languages offered often reflects the students’ communities and heritages as well as their personal and academic interests.
Growing up is tough, between falling outs with friends and finding out how to get involved in politics for the first time, even without the stress of high school. Nowadays, kids don't have to worry just about going to high school (as scary as that is on its own), they have to worry about getting into their school of choice. Whether they're stressed out about getting into public school or being accepted to one of specialized high schools, there's a lot middle schoolers need to prepare for. Yasmin Castro, a senior site coordinator for Breakthrough New York shares her tips for helping hundreds of families navigate the system.
The Nurtury Montessori School Opens Day Care Center in Larchmont, Offers After-School Programs in New Rochelle
The Nurtury Montessori School opened a day care center in Larchmont this October and began offering new after-school programs at its New Rochelle location this September. The Larchmont location will offer full-day programs for children ages 3 months to 3 years, Monday-Friday, 7:30am-6:30pm, year-round. The New Rochelle location is now offering after-school programs for children kindergarten-first grade.
A team of Science, Math and Technology teachers are introducing Scratch coding to Friends Academy fifth graders through an educational program developed by NASA. Based on the premise of recreating their own Mars Rovers, the students at the Locust Valley private school work in pairs to design and animate their robots to move across Mars.
After 18 years of experience in Chinatown, Lighthouse Family Daycare decided to close their Manhattan doors and reopen in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, in September. Lighthouse Family Daycare is interested in guiding children ages 2-5 through their early lives so they can thrive in preschool and kindergarten. A typical day is full of both fun and educational activities, including free play, singing, morning exercises, arts and crafts, and science study.
On September 25, Buckley Country Day School’s third graders were off to college! As part of Buckley’s affiliation with Columbia University Teachers College, third grade students were invited to attend a workshop with Newbery Award winning author, Jack Gantos.
On September 25, a group of students from Buckley Country Day School in Roslyn sang the National Anthem at Citi Field prior to the game between the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves. More than 50 sixth, seventh, and eighth graders would not let the rainy weather dampen their spirits and belted out a terrific rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, under the direction of Mrs. Dianna Baritot.
As a parent, one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is who will care for your child when you can’t. For most, that means choosing between a nanny and day care center while Mom and Dad are at work. But why not consider a third option such as a nanny share? It’s a new trend on the rise—two or more families employ one nanny and share the cost of her or his salary.
Your teen is finally ready to head off to college. She's aced her SAT and ACT and been accepted into her dream school. You've saved up for her tuition. You've done everything in your power to prepare her for the stress of this new chapter of life. But have you made sure she has the character strengths to prepare her for the challenges of higher education? Shannon Tyler-Garces, a college admissions counselor, shares her tips!
So it's time to send your child off to college. You've done all the research, from finding scholarships online to investing in a 529 college savings plan. Your little one (or maybe not-so-little one) has been preparing for this day for many grades now, and you two have talked about preparing for the challenges this first year at university may present. Now that you've dropped your kid off at, it's time to evaluate what you need to do to ease any separation anxiety and be supportive of your child. Here are five tips from Mitzi Bockmann, a certified life coach at Let Your Dreams Begin.
With commercial reading programs that aim to teach infants how to read, it's important to remember that family and parent-child interaction is always a viable option for teaching your little one early literacy skills at home. From reading to your baby to speaking to your child in such a way that helps her learn language, you are your child's first teacher. Bianca J Corozzo, founder of H&B Learning, shares her seven best tips for helping your child learn to read at an early age.