How Healthy, Well-Balanced Meals Boost Brain Development in Children

How Healthy, Well-Balanced Meals Boost Brain Development in 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.

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Day Care Centers & Child Care Providers in Westchester County

Day Care Centers & Child Care Providers in Westchester County

UPDATED March 2019: Reliable child care is a lifesaver for busy families. Luckily, Westchester boasts great daytime child care programs. Search and you’ll find child care centers in towns including Elmsford, Ossining, Valhalla, Brewster, and Carmel—one is sure to be convenient to you. Far from merely keeping kids safe, these quality child care providers strive to keep them stimulated, too. Some of the Westchester County day care facilities listed in this directory pride themselves on their developmental curriculum. Other child care providers help kids learn about nature, expand their world through field trips, or offer other exciting enrichments. Look through this handy directory from NYMetroParents to line up outstanding day care for your child.

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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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Preschools, Nursery Schools, & Pre-K Programs in Westchester County

Preschools, Nursery Schools, & Pre-K Programs in Westchester County

UPDATED March 2019: The right nursery school or pre-K program can benefit a young child’s mental, social, and physical development enormously. That’s why this directory from Westchester Parent is so handy—it will help you locate quality preschools and nursery schools throughout Westchester County, including preschools in New Rochelle, Ossining, White Plains, Mamaroneck, and Harrison. Look through the pre-kindergarten programs featured in this roundup, and you will find a wide variety of offerings for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years old. Some of these nursery schools provide foreign-language instruction; others feature hands-on learning opportunities, Montessori curriculum, or faith-based curriculum. Many of these licensed and accredited child care facilities also offer extended hours, and after-school enrichment programs, including dance, soccer, swimming, and gymnastics.

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Private & Independent Schools in Westchester County

Private & Independent Schools in Westchester County

UPDATED March 2019: Private education has a long and distinguished history in Westchester County. This directory, expertly compiled by NYMetroParents, lists Westchester’s pre-eminent private schools. If you are looking for independent school facilities, you will find top-notch choices here, in towns including Mount Vernon, Armonk, New Rochelle, Larchmont, White Plains, and Mamaroneck. These private educational institutions offer alternatives to public schools. The independent schools of Westchester County boast a wide range of features. Some of these private educational facilities offer a bilingual curriculum, while others pride themselves on encouraging independent thinking. Some of these independent educational programs are designed to help students overcome academic difficulties through carefully designed classes.

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Professional Services, Resources, & Providers for Families in Westchester County

Professional Services, Resources, & Providers for Families in Westchester County

UPDATED March 2019: Westchester County is home to a great variety of professional services to help families, from medical professionals to educational consultants and special needs services—and we found the best ones for you to choose from. Whether you need a dentist who uses the latest technology to make your child feel at ease or a speech pathologist and communications coach to help with stuttering and auditory processing, we have sourced professionals to help your child meet their individual challenges. And if your child needs remedial tutoring for math and English, assistance with the college admission process, or test and essay preparation, you’ll find it here. These professional services are located throughout Westchester County, including locations in Briarcliff Manor, Tarrytown, Larchmont, and Rye Brook.

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Tutors, Test Prep, & College Prep Programs in Westchester County

Tutors, Test Prep, & College Prep Programs in Westchester County

UPDATED March 2019: Whether your child is struggling in a certain subjects or is looking to excel in school, the right tutor can make all the difference. Westchester County offers a wealth of private tutors, test prep services, and academic enrichment programs for children of all ages. This guide to Westchester tutoring will help you find exactly the sort of academic help your child needs. No matter where you live in Westchester County, there are tutoring services nearby. Academic enrichment companies can be found in Larchmont, Scarsdale, Bronxville, and White Plains, to name a few towns. Some of these facilities offer tutoring for children with special needs, while others focus on college prep. Rest assured that a professional tutor is nearby in Westchester, ready to help your child.

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Temple Sholom Selma Maisel Nursery School to Send Two Teachers to Education Conference in China

Temple Sholom Selma Maisel Nursery School to Send Two Teachers to Education Conference in China

The Temple Sholom Selma Maisel Nursery School in Greenwich, Connecticut, is proud to announce that it will send two teachers to the 2019 World Forum on Early Care and Education in Macao, China. Jane Zeitler, a full-day pre-school teacher, and Kim Schweber, a part-day 2’s teacher, were chosen to represent the nursery school at this global conference, which will take place from April 8-11.

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Chappaqua Ossining and Byram Hills Students Named Finalists in Regeneron Contest

Chappaqua Ossining and Byram Hills Students Named Finalists in Regeneron Contest

Four students from Chappaqua, Ossining and Byram Hills were named finalists in the Regeneron Science Talent Search contest. The competition is a research-based science competition for high school seniors. The Westchester students will join forty other students from all over the U.S. in presentations in Washington, D.C. in March to compete for more than $1.8 million in prize money. 

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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 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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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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Westchester Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

Westchester Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

Last week, more than 100 high school students from a number of Westchester schools were chosen as semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The students are part of a pool of 16,000 semifinalists throughout the country. From those 16,000, 7,500 finalists will be picked to receive upwards of $32 million in scholarships. These scholarships will be announced next spring prior to college entrance.

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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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First Hebrew Congregation in Northern Westchester Launches JKids Program This October

First Hebrew Congregation in Northern Westchester Launches JKids Program This October

Jkids, at First Hebrew Congregation, is Northern Westchester’s newest opportunity for Jewish and interfaith families with preschoolers to connect with each other through creative and social activities. It meets one Sunday morning each month, from 10-11:15 a.m., beginning in October and running through June. After an $18 supply fee for the year the program is free of charge.

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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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