For many parents, nothing is more important than ensuring their kids receive a college education. But with the cost of private colleges–and even out-of-state public colleges–already sky-high, affording college can seem difficult if not impossible. That’s where scholarships come in. And not all scholarships are created equal–some are more unique than others! Ashley Boucher of Sallie Mae is here with nine unexpected scholarships kids can apply for to earn money towards their education.
UPDATED November 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 November 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 November 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 November 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 November 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 November 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 holidays are just around the corner, and you’re no doubt already thinking about what to get your little ones. Fun is the top priority in searching for toys and gifts–but giving gifts that will help kids learn creates an added bonus. There are so many cultures, concepts, ways of life, and more for kids to explore through toys that you can gift a whole world in a few boxes! To help you get started searching, Allyson McCormley is here with seven toys and toy lines that make learning fun. From world cuisines to STEM concepts, there's no shortage of knowledge or entertainment in this lineup.
If your child is having a hard time learning to read or you’re worried she might fall behind, the Nation’s Report Card scores released yesterday aren’t great news. An alarming percentage of students in fourth and eighth grades are indeed struggling, according to the 2019 scores. Nationwide, 35 percent of fourth graders and 34 percent of eighth graders are not proficient in reading, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress. In New York City, the proficiency rates are even lower: 24 percent of fourth graders and 26 percent of eighth graders are proficient—both a full percentage point below what they were in 2017. Here's what you can do to help your child improve her reading proficiency.
It’s never too late to make sure your child is succeeding in school—especially if your child has special needs. Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, which took effect during the 2017-2018 school year as a reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act, states are expected to prepare students for college and vocational programs, as well as support a well-rounded education. Unfortunately, ESSA is not fully inclusive of students with disabilities. Here's what you can do to ensure your child has a successful year.
The first emotion that often comes to mind as a working parent with a gifted child is guilt. You might be thinking: “My child must be upset when I’m not there to get her off the bus.” “I wish I could be there when he’s doing his homework.” “I wonder if she understands our family values when I am always at work.” That usually isn’t the case, though. In fact, as a working parent, you can use your chosen profession to enrich your child’s life—and learning.
Beginning to look into colleges can be overwhelming for both you and your teen. It can be even more overwhelming if your child’s dream schools are far away, cost an arm and a leg to stay nearby, and come with hefty price tags if she does get in. But there are ways to get to, tour, and learn more about colleges without breaking the bank. Ashley Boucher, a representative for Sallie Mae, is here with tips for touring your child’s dream schools on a budget.
This July, Iona Preparatory School in New Rochelle implemented its STEM education program for junior students and a house system. The STEM program was established to help students in all grade levels build camaraderie, hone research skills, connect with mentors, be prepared for a job in almost any field, and create leadership opportunities, according to director of campus ministry Sean D'Alfonso. Iona Prep hopes the house system will help its students build a brotherhood that transcends grade levels.
There are myriad options for parents who want their children to learn a second (or third or fourth) language, from after-school activities and in-school classes to international and bilingual schools. But the most successful way to become proficient in another language is learning through immersion, according to Sharon Huang, founder of HudsonWay Immersion School, a Spanish and Mandarin full-immersion school with campuses in New Jersey and Manhattan.
Every parent wonders how they can best save for their kids’ college plans, but preparing for college requires more than just saving: You have to develop goals, talk to your kids about which colleges they’re considering, and get creative in order to save. All of this can seem overwhelming, and it’s hard to know where to start. If your family is like many surveyed in Sallie Mae’s How America Pays for College 2019 report, however, you consider college an investment in your child–so Sallie Mae, a planning, savings, and paying for college-focused company, has developed four big tips to help families plan, save, and pay for college.
On September 4, Kids In Sports, which has been around for for twenty years, will premiere its pre-school program in their Scarsdale location. The program, which is geared towards children 2 and ½ years old to 4 years old will not only offer a structured curriculum in various sports but it will also provide an hour long session of educational enrichment where they will participate in activities ranging from seasonal based arts and crafts to story time, music, cognitive development, and introduction to letter recognition.
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.
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.
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.