(Jul. 16, 2019) - While the number of overcrowded schools in New York City has declined by 31 buildings since 2015, some 520,000 kids–roughly half of the city’s student population–attend schools that are oversaturated and ill-equipped to handle their student bodies. The worst overcrowding is happening in Brooklyn, Queens, and the central Bronx. Overall, there are 1.1 million students in 1,840 schools in 32 districts across the five boroughs. Some students are forced to learn in Transportable Classroom Units (TCUs), trailers placed outside main school buildings, in order to make sure there is enough space for everyone. The city has been trying to fix this problem for years.
Stanley Black & Decker Hosted a “Quiet Race” for Kids with Autism as Part of Initiative with Autism Speaks
(Jul. 15, 2019) - Stanley Black & Decker and the Envision Virgin Racing Team created a unique racing experience for kids with autism spectrum disorder at the ABB FIA Formula E Racing Championship New York E Prix on July 13-14. The quiet race aimed to advance inclusion and foster understanding and acceptance of neurodiversity. Kids and their families received a special behind-the-scenes garage tour and a special race-day experience that accommodated all sensory sensitivities. Guests were also given the opportunity to learn about STEM careers in motorsports.
(Jul. 15, 2019) - Whitby School in Greenwich, Connecticut named Dr. John “Jack” Creeden as its Interim Head of School on July 15. Creeden was chosen from a pool of distinguished candidates for his experience and leadership in independent schools. He was recently Head of School at Chadwick School, an independent K-12 school in California, and previously served as president of School Year Abroad, where he was responsible for the leadership and administration of the school’s one-year language immersion program in four schools in China, France, Italy, and Spain. Creeden served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Association of Independent Schools from 2012-2015.
(Jul. 15, 2019) - This summer, Marra & Glick Applied Behavior Analysts is expanding to New Hyde Park with a new center-based location that offers behavior intervention services using the principles of applied behavior analysis, including an interim alternative placement for home instruction for students with autism spectrum disorders. The New Hyde Park location will be unique because it will offer early intervention and preschool programming to child 18 months and older. Marra & Glick’s goal is to help its students transition back into their recommended school placements.
(Jul. 12, 2019) - Six vending machines offering free books to kids who want to avoid the summer slump opened across the five boroughs on July 11. 14-year-old Marley Dias from West Orange, NJ helped to unveil the machines and emphasized the books are free for everyone. Kids can take whichever books they are interested in, and don’t have to return them. The vending machines are part of Jet Blue’s Soar with Reading program. The machines aim to promote reading in toddlers up through teenagers, especially in underserved communities of the city.
(Jul. 12, 2019) - SO Fun City, an organization provides inclusive enrichment programming that suits the needs of all children, has teamed up with the New York Mets to host the first-ever Inclusion Day at Citi Field on August 7. The event will feature a pre-game carnival inside the stadium with activities that are modified to meet all kids’ needs and abilities. SO Fun City’s founders, a board certified behavioral analyst and a professional magician, created the event when they realized the extent of the city’s need for inclusive programming. Beyond Inclusion Day at Citi Field, the company has worked with schools, camps, and organizations to create programming, and provides training to schools and camps so staff can better understand how to respond to certain behaviors in kids, be more inclusive, and work to decrease bullying.
(Jul. 10, 2019) - Ocean Cube, an interactive pop-up exhibit in Soho that brings readers into a futuristic undersea world, is now open through August 18. The exhibit encourages visitors to do their part in repurposing plastic to help save our oceans and their animals and features five rooms that all repurpose plastic to illustrate a facet of a bigger theme. Each room tells a story using lights, colors, and hanging objects. Each part of the exhibition creates a futuristic ocean feel, educates viewers on the current state of the sea, and shows how both individuals and corporations have a responsibility to conservation.
Communication Issues Prevent Food Insecure NYC Families from Taking Advantage of Summer Meals Program
(Jul. 08, 2019) - Summer can be hard for New York City kids who rely on school to provide at least one of their daily nutritious meals. That’s why the Department of Education’s 2019 Summer Meals Program, which began on June 27 and will end on August 31, is so important–it is designed to provide healthy, quality meals to more than 1,000 kids across the city who need them. However, Chalkbeat reports that information about the program is not well distributed, and as a result, food goes to waste while the need for it remains high.
(Jul. 03, 2019) - Melissa Lipson has been a school counselor in Nanuet for over 20 years and she is expanding her services beyond the district with Lipson Family Coaching, Inc. this summer. Lipson says she is excited to bring three decades of experience in schools to her new, private practice.
John Cronin of John’s Crazy Socks Makes History As the First Person with Down Syndrome to Win Entrepreneur of the Year Award
(Jul. 01, 2019) - 23-year-old John Cronin, the founder and Chief Happiness Officer of John’s Crazy Socks, is the first person with Down syndrome to win an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. John’s Crazy Socks offers customers a huge variety of fun, colorful socks to choose from, which all arrive with a personalized thank-you note from John himself. John and his father, Mark, won in the “Mission Driven” category of the competition, which recognizes entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies for their innovation, financial performance, and impact on the world. The Ernst and Young competition is considered one of the most prestigious business awards programs in New York and beyond.
(Jun. 28, 2019) - The Port Authority and NYC Department of Environmental Protection have announced that three female peregrine falcon chicks hatched in early May near the Bayonne Bridge. The chicks–Martha, Rosie, and Juno–were tagged on May 29 and appear to be about 21 days old, and made their first flights around June 19. The chicks were named after World War II heroes and the 75th anniversary of D-Day celebrated earlier this month, according to Port Authority. They are just three of 46 peregrine falcons that have hatched from Bayonne since 1992.
(Jun. 26, 2019) - The New York Botanical Garden is home to a rare flower with a surprisingly pungent odor–the “corpse flower,” otherwise known as one of the largest and most putrid-smelling flowers in the world. The plant is also finicky–its bloom cycle occurs over a brief 24-to-36-hour peak bloom, which should happen within the next few weeks. The flower is said to smell like rotting meat. Looking for something a little different to do with the kids as June turns into July? This might be it.
(Jun. 25, 2019) - Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach is full of attractions, rides, food, and fun for the whole family–with rollercoasters and thrill rides as some of the biggest draws of the experience. The Flitzer Roller Coaster was one of the most popular coasters in the amusement park area of the boardwalk, but escalating labor, maintenance, and upkeep costs moved Jenkinson’s to shut that coaster down and replace it with three new rides that offer something for everyone in the family.
(Jun. 25, 2019) - Finding support and community can seem difficult for young people trying to figure out their identities, make connections and find acceptance. We’ve compiled a list of community and support centers for every kid in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Suffolk and Nassau counties on Long Island, Westchester, and Rockland and Bergen counties. These organizations provide social services, physical and mental health support, and a place to belong where LGBTQ teens can be celebrated for who they are, regardless of orientation.
(Jun. 21, 2019) - The Theater at 14th Street Y just announced its 2019-2020 program of shows that will premiere from September 6, 2019–June 2020. All productions were chosen through a submission process and celebrate a history of culture-making in the East Village, exploring a wide variety of characters and oscillating around the theme of life and death, according to a statement from the Theater. Some highlights audiences can expect include a play that was a national winner of the 2019 Jewish Playwrighting Contest, #NastyWomen+, A Night of She and They Resistance Comedy, and several family-friendly productions.
(Jun. 20, 2019) - John Lee Cronin, who has Down syndrome, and his father Mark Cronin founded John’s Crazy Socks in 2016–John’s last year of high school. John has always loved wearing fun, colorful socks, so the father-son team made it their mission to offer everyone kooky socks with a social mission. The company launched with a website and Facebook page, and three years later is a finalist for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award. The award “recognizes and celebrates unstoppable entrepreneurs who redefine the way we live, work and play.”
(Jun. 20, 2019) - This year, the School Diversity Advisory Group (SDAG) released 67 recommendations to improve goals, diversity, resources, restorative justice and practices, and representation in New York City Schools. SDAG members–students, educators, parents, advocates, and researchers–were appointed in 2017 to advise Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza on polices to advance diversity and integration in schools. The Department of Education (DOE) is adopting 62 of the 67 recommendations, including providing a diversity grant to Brooklyn’s District 13, to help the district plan increase its diversity through community programming.
(Jun. 19, 2019) - Throughout 2019, the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Uniondale has been hosting special events to mark the 50th anniversary of men landing on the moon, use the moon anniversary as a lesson for STEM education, and inspire young scientists to dream big. All of this celebration will culminate on July 20 when, at the exact moment Neil Armstrong made his “giant leap for mankind,” a replica lunar model will descend from the ceiling of the museum. A few weeks ago, the museum’s grand gala honored seven former astronauts and flight directors, along with the Grumman employees that built the lunar module and equipment that carried people to the moon in the first place.
(Jun. 19, 2019) - A Krispy Kreme store–above ground, unlike the one located in Penn Station that is the city’s only current Krispy outpost–is coming to Times Square in early 2020. The shop will be a 4,500 square foot giant flagship that will feature donuts, of course, plus an inside look at how the sugary pillows of dreams are made. The store will be home to the world’s largest Hot Light, signaling the donuts are available for purchase just a few feet away.
(Jun. 18, 2019) - Kids can embrace the rooftop fun just like adults this summer thanks to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s new NEST rooftop jungle gym. The design is meant for kids ages 2-8 and is inspired by baya weaver bird’s nests to bring a little bit of flair to the city this summer. NEST pays homage to the city’s past, as well, as it is made from reclaimed NYC water towers. The interior of the structure is permeable, offers a circle hammock area, and lets plenty of light in. The outside is perfect for adventurous kids who want to climb the day away.