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.
UPDATED September 2019: Children who are struggling in school can lose the motivation to try in specific subject areas, while other children need more challenging curriculum because they are in a gifted and talented program. 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 Queens could be just right for you. So consult our comprehensive list of tutors, academic enrichment programs, gifted and talented programs, and test prep centers in Queens to find the perfect program for your child. These services are located in Fresh Meadows, Elmhurst, Auburndale, Floral Park, Bayside, and Forest Hills, as well as locations in Manhattan and on nearby Long Island.
UPDATED September 2019: Looking for after-school academic enrichment classes and programs for your child in pre-K to 12th grade in Queens? This directory provides you with a broad range of resources, including after-school enrichment classes that offer additional support in reading, writing, and math. Additionally, there are programs geared specifically toward both gifted and talented children, as well as academic enrichment classes for children with special needs (including ABA therapy and speech therapy). Classes and at-home tutoring services are available to prepare children for a variety of tests including the ELA, Regents, state, and standardized college admission tests such as the ACT, PSAT and SAT. Have a STEM enthusiast? You’ll also find classes in web design, front end development, and coding. And for foreign language and writing enthusiasts there are Spanish classes and a creative writer’s workshop. These after-school academic enrichment classes and programs are located throughout Queens and the surrounding area such as, including locations in Bayside, Flushing, Fresh Meadows, Forest Hills, Woodside, Middle Village, Auburndale, Floral Park, Rego Park, Whitestone, and Elmhurst, as well as on nearby Long Island, including Roslyn Heights, Huntington Station, Melville, Brookville, and Great Neck.
UPDATED September 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 Queens. These preschools, nursery schools, and pre-K programs set the foundation your child needs to progress to kindergarten. You'll find preschools in Whitestone, Forest Hills, Flushing, Great Neck, Fresh Meadows, Rego Park, Elmhurst, Little Neck, Kew Gardens, and a few in nearby Nassau County.
UPDATED September 2019: The best way to get to know camp directors, counselors, teachers, faculty, and staff at schools, summer camps, and after-school classes is to attend an open house in Queens. Many open house sessions offer tours of the camp or school, opportunities to meet teachers, counselors, current students and campers, and sample classes and programs. You may even be able to speak directly to the head of school, admissions team, or camp director to determine if it’s the right school, day camp, or after-school program for your children in Queens. Various schools, camps, and after-school programs are hosting open house sessions throughout Queens this month, from tutors, academic enrichment programs, music schools, day camps, and specialty camps, to charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, preschools, and independent schools. These open houses are being hosted across Queens, including open house events in Jamaica, Corona, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Forest Hills, Flushing, Bayside, Howard Beach, Richmond Hill, Long Island City, Astoria, and Ridgewood.
UPDATED September 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 September 2019: Whether your child wants a more rigorous curriculum, wants a special college preparatory education, or thrives in a smaller classroom setting, a private or independent school may be the right option for you. Queens is home to 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, Catholic schools, schools that provide individualized curriculums, schools catered to children with learning disabilities, and schools that focus on preparing students for higher education. These private and independent schools in Queens are located Briarwood, Great Neck, Fresh Meadows, Flushing, Forest Hills, East Elmhurst, College Point, Woodside, Jamaica Estates, as well as Port Washington and Commack on Long Island.
UPDATED September 2019: With the ability to choose a public school for your child in Queens, the choice can seem daunting—from weighing the benefits of each school to figuring out whether your child will do best at the regular public school, a charter school, or a magnet school. Each has its pros and cons depending on what your family values in terms of education, so we’re trying to help make the selection process a little easier. We’ve compiled a list of some of Queens’ public schools, including charter schools and magnet schools to assist you in deciding which environment is the better option for your child. Public schools provide general education in all subject areas and are overseen by the Department of Education administration, while charter schools are independently run public schools that are overseen by the New York State Board of Regents, the State University of New York Board of Trustees, or a local board of education. Like public schools, magnet schools are overseen by the Department of Education; unlike public schools, magnet schools typically focus on a themed curriculum, including science, technology, engineering, and math; fine and performing arts; international studies, career and technical education, and world languages. This list of schools in Queens includes magnet schools with focuses on STEM, STEAM, innovation, global studies, leadership, and foreign languages; charter schools that focus on a hands-on approach. These schools are located in such neighborhoods as Flushing, Corona, Jamaica, Far Rockaway, Rosedale, and Springfield Gardens.
UPDATED September 2019: Catholic schools, religious schools, and parochial schools offer rigorous academic study paired with religious teachings for an education that promotes both spiritual and intellectual growth—and you’ll find the best school that pairs teaching styles with faith in Queens. These Catholic schools in Queens also offer a variety of specialized programming, including state-of-the-art technology in classrooms, AP and honors classes, STEAM and STEM programs, and special education services. Use this list to find the perfect parochial school in Queens for your child, including religious schools in Flushing, East Elmhurst, Briarwood, Manhasset, College Point, and Woodside.
UPDATED September 2019: When you have a child with special needs, ensuring they have all the right care, education, and services is important to their success as they get older. Whether you have a child with autism, learning disabilities, ADD, ADHD, behavioral issues, cognitive disabilities, or other special needs, you may be looking for a school that offers a specialized setting created to ensure those with special needs thrive. Some of these Queens schools offer services and educational programs for children with special needs in a mainstream setting, while others focus on educating only those with special needs. These schools with special education and services for those with special needs are located throughout Queens, including schools in Forest Hills and Flushing, as well as schools in Manhattan, and Port Washington and Roslyn Heights on nearby Long Island.
UPDATED September 2019: We’ve taken the guesswork out of finding the right service your family needs by compiling a list of the best businesses in Queens. Our guide to professional family service providers in Queens includes tutors and test prep, legal services, doctors, dentists, orthodontists, financial planners, mental health and special needs professionals, photographers, and more. Whether your child needs braces to straighten their teeth, a tutor to boost their grades, an advocate to get the best education possible, or services specifically for their special needs, you’ll find the perfect provider for your family. These services are located across Queens, with locations in such neighborhoods as Elmhurst, Rego Park, Flushing, Whitestone, Forest Hills, Fresh Meadows, New Hyde Park, and Jamaica, as well as locations in nearby Long Island and Manhattan.
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.
This fall, I.S. 145, the Joseph Pulitzer Magnet School of Innovation and Applied Learning, will premiere its new makerspace as part of the school’s mission of teaching students 21st-century skills such as critical thinking, information management, and problem solving. The Jackson Heights-based middle school received a federally funded magnet grant from the United States Department of Education. Ellen Darensbourg, the magnet-project director for this grant, worked with the school to bring the makerspace to life.
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.
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.
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.
Metrokids Preschool has opened a new location in Bayside. The school, which has locations throughout New York City, will officially open March 1 and is for children ages 3 months to 5 years old. The Queens preschool follows a creative curriculum that teaches children art, reading, yoga, and more.
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.