Community News - Manhattan

Bigs & Littles Mentorship Program Is Now Accepting Mentee Applications

Bigs & Littles Mentorship Program Is Now Accepting Mentee Applications

(Jul. 22, 2019) - In Bigs & Littles NYC’s keystone mentoring program, youth ages 7-19 are carefully matched with a Big Sister or Big Brother who serves as an adviser, role model, and adult friend. Mentoring matches meet twice monthly for activities such as enjoying a show or ballgame, working together on a service project, or spending time talking and exploring NYC.


Isadora Duncan Dance Company Visited P.S. 340

Isadora Duncan Dance Company Visited P.S. 340

(Jun. 12, 2019) - On Friday, May 10, Lori Belilove and the Isadora Duncan Dance Company visited P.S. 340, the school of young Duncan Dancer and McBurney YMCA member Lou Funcke-Price.


Workmen's Circle Midtown School to Move to Manny Cantor Center in the Lower East Side

Workmen's Circle Midtown School to Move to Manny Cantor Center in the Lower East Side

(Jun. 12, 2019) - Since it's founding in 1900 by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, the Workmen's Circle schools—shuln in Yiddish—have provided children and families with a vibrant connection to Jewish culture, Yiddish, and social justice. Now, they are excited to announce that their growing Midtown School, which meets Sundays from 10am-1pm, is moving to a new home in the neighborhood where their roots took hold: the Lower East Side.


Day Care Council of New York Launches 'Early Education Better Care' Campaign

Day Care Council of New York Launches 'Early Education Better Care' Campaign

(May. 23, 2019) - Now in its 70th year, the Day Care Council of New York (DCCNY) launched its “Early Education, Better Care” campaign to promote awareness about community-based early childhood centers for parents with children ages newborn to 5 years old. The campaign celebrates the DCCNY as a leading authority on resources for parents seeking nurturing educational environments for the youngest members of their families.


Neuro-Diverse Theater Group, EPIC Players, Presents 'Little Shop of Horrors'

Neuro-Diverse Theater Group, EPIC Players, Presents 'Little Shop of Horrors'

(May. 20, 2019) - EPIC is working with the Department of Education and has invited District 75 (the special needs NYC school district) to come to its June 5 show. The entire theater will be specifically cater to NYC school students with special needs. This could be a fun way to introduce students to an opportunity they might want to pursue after they graduate.


Harlem School of the Arts Summer Programs are Open for Registration

Harlem School of the Arts Summer Programs are Open for Registration

(May. 20, 2019) - With summer fast approaching, parents of children interested in the arts including dance, music, theater, musical theater, and the visual arts, might want to check out what the Harlem School of the Arts at the Herb Alpert Center has to offer.


Chickenshed NYC Seeks Partner School to Launch Inclusive Theatrical Program

Chickenshed NYC Seeks Partner School to Launch Inclusive Theatrical Program

(May. 16, 2019) - Chickenshed NYC, New York’s inclusive theater company for children, is searching for partner elementary schools for the autumn 2019 launch of SeaChange, a new, inclusive theater program for students of all abilities and background.


Dearest, Inc Introduces New School Readiness Program in Soho

Dearest, Inc Introduces New School Readiness Program in Soho

(May. 13, 2019) - Dearest, an early childhood education-sharing marketplace that matches families to passionate educators for shorter-hour care, is now offering its School Readiness programming: in-home, play-based sessions led by educators focused on supporting children's intellectual development, curiosity, and confidence. The transition to preschool can be a challenging one for many young children, but the School Readiness Program helps to lessen their anxiety by practicing social skills and goodbye rituals they’ll soon need, but in smaller group settings. Dearest’s School Readiness sessions also promote and strengthen children's language skills, number sense, self-regulation, and executive functioning through play-based learning and customized activities. Dearest’s in-home programming combines small group instruction, customized learning activities, and vetted educators to create dynamic educational childcare sessions. The company actively looks for educators who engage with children in meaningful ways, who create experiences that are personalized to the child, and who respond to the child’s interests with enthusiasm, positivity, and warmth. “We’re looking to ensure the whole child is nurtured,” said Eiko Nakazawa, Dearest’s founder and CEO. “So we partner with educators who have a proven track record of stellar teaching and childcare experience.” Find out more about Dearest’s School Readiness program at dearest.io/school-readiness or email the team at [email protected]


16-year-old Influencer Carrie Berk Writes Celebrity 'Girls Against Bullying' PSA Video

16-year-old Influencer Carrie Berk Writes Celebrity 'Girls Against Bullying' PSA Video

(Jan. 25, 2019) - 16-year-old bestselling author, playwright, and influencer Carrie Berk created a video in partnership with The Kind Coalition in support of No Bully's efforts to teach kids to practice empathy and to become positive forces in the world to stop bullying. The video contributes to The Kind Coalition's efforts to record 100,000 acts of kindness in 2019.


The Fashion Class to Open on the Upper East Side

The Fashion Class to Open on the Upper East Side

(Jan. 22, 2019) - The Fashion Class is excited to announce a new Upper East Side sewing studio for children. The new NYC sewing studio (alongside Applike Couture) will feature ten digital Singer Sewing machines, a variety of fabric choices, and a fun and creative activity for New York children. Since 2010, The Fashion Class has been bringing the art of sewing and design to New York Children and Teenagers. The Fashion Design and Sewing Classes on the UES will begin March 6. Classes meet once a week for ten weeks. Classes are offered after school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays and also on Saturday mornings and afternoons. At The Fashion Class, children learn to sew their own garments. While the activities are fun and stylish, children have the opportunity to learn about creativity, confidence, and even math and science. The studio is also available for Sewing Birthday parties, where the birthday child and friends create and sew a one-of-a-kind item to take home that day. The studio will also feature a summer camp this June, July, and August with creative sewing projects, fashion design lessons and more. The camps aim to educate campers in all areas of the design process, including learning to measure properly, doing the math to create something that fits, and being able to proudly say, 'I made that!' Throughout the summer day and week, camp groups ages 6-8, 9-12 and 13-17, not only sew, but also learn about the creative arts industry. Campers learn about the arts through fashion illustration, about retail math and entrepreneurship, fashion history, and fabric fibers in textile science class. All of these lessons, though educational, are taught in a child-friendly and fun way. Fashion History even features real clothing from the 1920's through the 1980's. Camp groups are small with a maximum of 12 children and organized by age group. Early registrants can receive 10% off of their child's registration by using the code earlycamper19 at checkout, now through March 15. If your child is interested in design, sewing, the arts, or crafts visit The Fashion Class website for more information on the Fashion Class summer camp and other programs.


Dances Patrelle Holding Auditions for The American Dream: It's Only Business, a Ballet

Dances Patrelle Holding Auditions for The American Dream: It's Only Business, a Ballet

(Jan. 16, 2019) - Dances Patrelle is looking for three teens, male and female, between the ages of 15 and 18, with strong ballet technique and acting skills for the upcoming production of The American Dream: Its Only Business. It is also seeking four or five young dancers between the ages of 10 and 12 who are studying ballet and interested in dramatic roles. Ladies should be prepared to dance en pointe.


Young Moguls DJ Summer Camp Announced in Union Square

Young Moguls DJ Summer Camp Announced in Union Square

(Jan. 15, 2019) - This summer, Manhattan kids ages 8-12 will have the chance to learn the fundamentals of DJing and immerse themselves in music mixing, beat-making and other high-tech fun at Young Moguls DJ Camp.


Dance by Very Young Choreographers Returns to Live Arts

Dance by Very Young Choreographers Returns to Live Arts

(Jan. 11, 2019) - Returning to Live Arts in 2019, "Dance by Very Young Choreographers" will showcase the work of 5-18 dancers and choreographers Jan. 26 and 27. Spearheaded by Ellen Robbins , this program has be an opportunity to introduce and empower children to create their own work for nearly 30 years. "Dances by Very Young Choreographers" not only focuses on the technical elements of modern dance but fosters a space for imagination and choreographic support.


Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum Announces Kids Week in February

Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum Announces Kids Week in February

(Jan. 11, 2019) - The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will host its annual Kids Week festival from Sunday, Feb. 17–Saturday, Feb. 23. During Kids Week, visitors will have the opportunity to participate in dozens of fun-filled activities, live animal shows, hands-on workshops, musical performances, special guests and interactive demonstrations that the whole family will enjoy.


Cerebral Palsy Soccer Now Offering Indoor Team in Manhattan

Cerebral Palsy Soccer Now Offering Indoor Team in Manhattan

(Jan. 11, 2019) - Following the successful programs in New Jersey, Houston, Mid-Atlantic, and most recently Brooklyn this September, Cerebral Palsy Soccer (CP Soccer) is forming an NYC team in Manhattan. Cerebral Palsy (CP) Soccer is a non-profit founded to help these kids keep team sport in their lives by offering them a chance to train and play soccer with their peers. For many of these kids, its the first time in their lives where they get to meet others with a physical disability like theirs. Getting to play on a level playing field is an exhilaration many of them have never experienced. These kids have as much spirit, drive and determine to succeed, and when they are on the field of fair play and fair competition, they go all out!


The LEARN Lab at NYU Wants Your Child to Participate in Research for a New Study

The LEARN Lab at NYU Wants Your Child to Participate in Research for a New Study

(Jan. 09, 2019) - Do you wonder how your child’s mind works? The LEARN Lab, a research group at NYU, is studying children’s amazing abilities to learn language. They invite you and your child to visit us and participate in this study.


New Improv Class Offered for Teens and Kids in Midtown

New Improv Class Offered for Teens and Kids in Midtown

(Dec. 17, 2018) - Playgrounded improv classes offer fun, yet challenging classes that combine both comedy and theater in Midtown. Students learn to take ownership of their improv skills while developing strong relationships with their peers, and having a blast along the way.


Blue School Launches “Little Blue Book Club” for Toddlers and Parents

Blue School Launches “Little Blue Book Club” for Toddlers and Parents

(Dec. 05, 2018) - Blue School will host a weekly “Little Blue Book Club” starting this Friday. The Friday morning activity is open to toddlers and their parents and is designed to introduce little learners to books, expression and education.


Practice Math Skills at MoMath Family Friday

Practice Math Skills at MoMath Family Friday

(Dec. 04, 2018) - Parents read to their kids, sing together, and bake. Looking for something new and refreshing? Do some math. You might be thinking that you are just not a math person. But are you? Math is a part of your everyday life from the moment you wake up. As a parent, you influence how your child thinks about mathematics and it is extremely important to start with a positive attitude toward math. Join MoMath for the next Family Friday, "Reach Out and Touch Space!"presented by Two Sigma on Dec. 14 at 6:30pm.


Eye Level Learning Center on the Upper East Side Learning Center Poised for Rebuild Under New Management

Eye Level Learning Center on the Upper East Side Learning Center Poised for Rebuild Under New Management

(Oct. 29, 2018) - Entrepreneur and learning center owner Franco Verdino has acquired the FasTracKids and Eye Level Learning Center on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Driven by a passion for providing the world’s best supplemental enrichment programs to New York families, Franco and his team aim to renovate and revive one of Manhattan’s most prized and historically important learning centers on the Upper East Side.


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