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 March 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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Tanger Outlets Deer Park Now Accepting Entries for Grant Program

Tanger Outlets Deer Park Now Accepting Entries for Grant Program

TangerKIDS Grant Program, an initiative that gives award money to schools within the communities of Tanger Outlet Centers, is now accepting entries within Deer Park and adjacent communities. The program was designed to fund local schools for things such as programs, rebuilding equipment, academic materials, and supporting athletic or band programs. More than $200,000 is awarded to schools in need each year.

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Eighth Grader at Long Island School for the Gifted Wins Youth Art Month 2019 State Flag Competition

Eighth Grader at Long Island School for the Gifted Wins Youth Art Month 2019 State Flag Competition

The Youth Art Month (YAM) Co-Chairpersons Julia Lang-Shapiro, Heather McCutcheon and Donnalyn Shuster are happy to announce Long Island School for the Gifted's 2019 State Flag Competition Winners. This event is an important part of the award-winning Youth Art Month Program as an endorsed initiative of the New York State Art Teacher's Association.

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5 Tips to Hire the Right Nanny for Your Family

5 Tips to Hire the Right Nanny for Your Family

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.

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Why Art Was Added to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education

Why Art Was Added to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education

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.

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How to Prepare for High School Admissions

How to Prepare for High School Admissions

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.

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The Bridges Academy Welcomes Seasoned Teacher as New Head of School

The Bridges Academy Welcomes Seasoned Teacher as New Head of School

The Bridges Academy in West Islip is pleased to welcome Stephen Edward Rubenacker as the new Head of School, who began this past July. Mr. Rubenacker has been an independent school educator for almost 20 years, starting in public school before moving to the Friends Academy Middle School. He has taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Social Studies, coached multiple sports, and served as the middle school principal for 10 years.

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The Nurtury Montessori School Opens Day Care Center in Larchmont, Offers After-School Programs in New Rochelle

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.

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Lighthouse Family Daycare Opens in Bay Ridge

Lighthouse Family Daycare Opens in Bay Ridge

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.

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Smithtown Christian School Opens STEM Lab and Welcomes New Superintendent and a Dean of Student Life

Smithtown Christian School Opens STEM Lab and Welcomes New Superintendent and a Dean of Student Life

In addition to celebrating 40 years of faith-centered education this fall, Smithtown Christian School is expanding its science curriculum with a new STEM lab for elementary school students. The school is also welcoming two new staff members: superintendent Reverend Joel Maus, M.Ed. and dean of student life Robert Carrozzo.

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The Benefits of Choosing a Nanny Share as Your Child Care Option

The Benefits of Choosing a Nanny Share as Your Child Care Option

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.

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3 Tips for Being Successful in College

3 Tips for Being Successful in College

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!

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5 Ways to Survive Your Child Going off to College

5 Ways to Survive Your Child Going off to College

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.

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How to Encourage Early Literacy Skills in Your Child

How to Encourage Early Literacy Skills in Your Child

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.

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How to Help Your Child Build Better Homework Skills

How to Help Your Child Build Better Homework Skills

Now that your kids are all settled into their back-to-school routine, it's time to assess what is (or isn't) working when it comes to homework habits, because no matter what their learning style, they're going to have plenty of take-home assignments. How they handle these assignments can affect whether or not you need to look into finding a tutor or adjusting their study space. Before your kids have a full on homework meltdown, try these handy tips for helping your kids stay organized and accountable, courtesy of Dr. Emily Levy, Ed.d., from EBL Coaching.

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5 Key Ways to Save Money for Your Child's College Tuition

5 Key Ways to Save Money for Your Child's College Tuition

With the rising costs of higher education, it's never too early (or too late) to start saving for your child's college tuition. Here, experts share five key ways you can start saving for your child's admission costs now to limit the amount of debt your child graduates with.

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The United Nations International School in Kips Bay Offers Education with an Eclectic Flair

The United Nations International School in Kips Bay Offers Education with an Eclectic Flair

Educational approach or philosophy: United Nations International School (UNIS) operates in accordance with its mission, which “is to, in essence, embrace inclusive and diverse learning environments in rigorous international programs that foster academic success, innovation, creativity, and cross-cultural communications. And to inspire students to be an active force in shaping a better world,” explains executive director Dan Brenner, Ph.D. The high school, or Tutorial House, as its known, follows the International Baccalaureate plan of education. There is also an elementary school called the Junior School (pre-K through fourth grade) and a Middle School (fifth-eighth grades).

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The Social and Developmental Benefits of Mommy-and-Me Classes

The Social and Developmental Benefits of Mommy-and-Me Classes

Attending a mommy-and-me class with your baby does more than get you out of the house to socialize with other parents of infants. These baby-parent classes, whether they're parent-child music, art, yoga, or baby sign language classes, have numerous benefits on your child's social skills and development.

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Improving the Parent-Nanny Relationship

Improving the Parent-Nanny Relationship

If you follow any of the ever-popular parenting boards or groups on social media sites, you’ve likely encountered more than one mother venting about her nanny. There seems to be a rise in the ideology that nannies must inherently be all-knowing, psychic, and micromanaged all at the same time. While in most cases this is simply a (major) miscommunication, rest assured there are easy steps you can take to ensure the nanny-parent relationship is harmonious for all.

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Best Study Habits for Children to Improve Grades

Best Study Habits for Children to Improve Grades

With the kids back in school it's time once again to start studying. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about how the most successful children break bad study habits and make sure they really understand the material. Is it a matter of their homework space or how their parents help? Stephen Ferraro, Ed.D. shares his advice for the best study habits for children to bring up their grades, and ultimately prepare for a more successful life.

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