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.
UPDATED July 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.
UPDATED July 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 July 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.
UPDATED July 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.
UPDATED July 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.
UPDATED July 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.
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.
The Temple Sholom Selma Maisel Nursery School is making a splash this summer by offering rising 3- and 4-year-olds and kindergarteners the opportunity to experience the same great curriculum in a new summer format.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!