(Sep. 06, 2019) - On September 3, the Tuckahoe-based resale boutique Lil Chameleon unveiled a drop-off care program for kids called Lil Chameleon Kids Club. Owner CC Benitez says this new feature aims to further deliver the intended purpose behind Lil Chameleon, which is helping parents and families with life’s little things, whether it’s by providing a resale spot,giving moms a space to socialize, being an affordable place for parties, hosting enrichment classes, or allowing parents to have time for other needs with the drop-off care program.
(Sep. 06, 2019) - 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.
(Aug. 30, 2019) - If you're looking for a unique after-school activity for your kids this fall, Main St. Board Game Cafe is now unveiling Afternoon Board Game Club. The after school program is a 2-hour drop-off session that allows kids to learn a range of strategic games like Mancala, Takenoko, and Imhotep with expert staff who are passionate about sharing their love for board games. The cafe opened in Huntington in late April and is unveiling its after school program this fall.
(Aug. 23, 2019) - This fall, I.S. 145, the Joseph Pulitzer Magnet School of Innovation and Applied Learning, will premiere its new makerspace as part of the school’s mission of teaching students 21st-century skills such as critical thinking, information management, and problem solving. The Jackson Heights-based middle school received a federally funded magnet grant from the United States Department of Education. Ellen Darensbourg, the magnet-project director for this grant, worked with the school to bring the makerspace to life.
(Aug. 12, 2019) - If you and the kids are craving a way to give back and eat well this fall, you might want to check out Chelsea Chew. The initiative is headed by Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce (GVCCC) along with various Chelsea businesses and restaurants, and will support local restaurants and businesses by offering delicious and diverse food options to customers at exclusive prices, with the potential to win prizes. Chelsea Chew will run from September 1-30.
(Aug. 08, 2019) - Around this time of the year, most 16-year-olds are just getting themselves ready for the upcoming school year. Angel More, however, is gearing up for what many would consider a feat on a whole new level—the 20 Bridges swim—and she’s not just doing it for herself. On August 17, Angel will swim this 28.5 miles in an effort to raise awareness for Children International, an organization that supports children in poverty by giving kids 70+ community centers to live in, a team of local doctors, dentists, coaches, staff, and 9,000 worldwide volunteers to inspire, encourage, and support them. The program supports a clear path out of poverty that focuses on health, education, empowerment, and employment via country-relevant and age-specific programs and services, according to the charity’s website.
(Aug. 01, 2019) - After a decade of hard work, Chelsea Green is the first community park to be built in Chelsea in 40 years, giving parents a new spot for a summer afternoon with the little ones. The newly constructed quarter-acre space on West 20th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues includes a jungle gym, spray features, and a turf area, according to Time Out New York, making it a playground-goer’s dream come true. Danielle Valente reported for Time Out.
Riverhead Foundation For Marine Research & Preservation Announces Name Change and Rebranding Initiative
(Jul. 30, 2019) - Today, the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research & Preservation (RFMRP) announced that it is shifting the focus of its mission by changing its name to the New York Marine Rescue Center (NYMRC). This name change will be effective and implemented immediately throughout all aspects of the organization throughout 2019. The name change and revamped mission aims at better reflecting the needs of the Greater Atlantic Region, as NYMRC remains the sole facility in New York State authorized by the state and federal government to rehabilitate seals and sea turtles rescued from New York waters.
(Jul. 23, 2019) - After various Brooklyn public schools were tested for lead levels in their water facilities back in 2016, re-tests during the 2018-2019 school year revealed new cases of elevated lead levels, despite programs that were meant to eliminate lead from schools years ago. In many instances, these updated reports came shortly after the NYC Department of Education sent letter notices to parents assuring them they had “successfully completed remediation work,” according to the Bushwick Daily.
(Jul. 19, 2019) - While parents of children with disabilities often must think outside of the box to make functional Halloween costumes for their little ones, they will now have the option to buy them for their kids this fall. Target just made dressing up for Halloween an easier task for children with disabilities by unveiling a sneak peak of its Hyde and Eek! Boutique this week, a collection which will now offer Halloween costumes adapted for children in wheelchairs.
(Jul. 18, 2019) - Mark your calendars: Sunday, July 21 is National Ice Cream Day—certainly a day worth celebrating! The national holiday is observed each year on the third Sunday in July as part of National Ice Cream Month. In honor of National Ice Cream Day, we compiled a list of all the sweet deals taking place across the New York metro area, so you know which spots to hit with your kids.
(Jul. 18, 2019) - It’s never too early to start back to school shopping, and if you happen to be a teacher, you’re in luck! Target is offering 15% off select items for teachers nationwide in an effort to get them stocked up for the upcoming school year as part of their annual Teacher Prep Event—and not just regular schoolteachers! The discount also applies to teachers who work in daycare centers, early childhood learning centers, and home schools. Target’s Senior Vice President and General Merchandise Manager of Apparel, Accessories, and Home Jill Sando said there was a “phenomenal response” during the sale last year and teachers ended up saving millions on classroom supplies.
(Jul. 17, 2019) - Kids with autism spectrum disorders who struggle with social anxiety have a new role model in the pageantry world: 19-year-old Alexandria Hodnik, who has Asperger’s syndrome and recently competed in the Miss New York USA pageant. In 2013, Asperger’s Sydrome was folded into the Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis, no longer being used as a standalone diagnosis. After years of struggling with communication skills, Hodnik started competing in beauty pageants to overcome her social anxiety, which helped her become more outgoing and serve as proof that a disability doesn’t have to hold anyone back.
(Jul. 11, 2019) - Starting with the upcoming school year, students attending New York City public schools are no longer required to show any legal documents in order to change their name and/or gender on their permanent school records, according to a press release from the NYC Department of Education. Chancellor Richard Carranza made this announcement on June 28 in an effort to provide the “most comprehensive and affirming” guidelines to support transgender and “gender expansive” students. While the new rule still requires students to obtain permission from their parent or guardian before they make any changes, Carranza said that this regulation aims to, ”ensure that students’ identities are affirmed, respected, and supported in schools.”
(Jul. 11, 2019) - Not many 10 year olds can say they’ve competed in a professional cooking competition broadcasted on television, but Park Slope native Callum McGeory can. McGeory, who said he has been cooking with his grandpa since he was 4 years old, is set to make his first TV debut this month on the eighth season of Food Network’s “Chopped Junior,” a spinoff of the hit culinary show “Chopped.”
(Jul. 10, 2019) - Something as simple as a headache usually doesn’t alarm a parent too much, but when Robert Chapman came to his parents in fifth grade telling him he felt constant pain and exhaustion from them, they knew it had to be something more serious. “I was told it was due to puberty and I should let it slide,” Chapman recalled. “Then one day I collapsed in my apartment and my mom was like, ’No, we have to take him to the emergency room.’”
Impartial Hearings for NYC Special Education Services Are Not Effective for Parents Making Sacrifices
(Jul. 09, 2019) - Many parents of the five boroughs say they are struggling to provide their kids with necessary special education services from the city. A May report from the New York City Department of Education revealed that impartial hearings, which are meant to resolve parent disagreements with schools and provide their kids with necessary special education services from the city, have been plagued with complaints of too few hearing officers to be effective, according to an article from The City. The report found that parents and guardians filed almost 7,500 due process complaints through Feb. 21 of the recently ended school year, and complaints rose more than 50% over the previous three school years.
(Jul. 01, 2019) - Last week, Times Square Advertising Coalition premiered its three-day presentation of digital art made by 27 New York City public school students in Pre-K through 12th grade. Their artwork, which was picked from over a thousand submissions, is now displayed in Times Square’s Duffy Square on Clear Channel’s screen, according to an article from kidsnewsnyc.com. These Times Square works of art were chosen from the 115 works in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s P.S. Art 2019: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids exhibition. This is a project from the New York City Department of Education, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Studio in a School NYC.
(Jun. 28, 2019) - Summer is upon us, and there is no better way to celebrate than by visiting Coney Island’s Luna Park with your report card to get some free credits for the amusement park. But make sure you hurry–this sweet deal will only last until Sunday. Here’s how it works: Show up and make sure your child (who needs to be in kindergarten through college) has their 2019 report card on them. Once you give it to Luna Park’s guest services, they’ll evaluate how many credits your little one’s hard work has earned him or her. An A (90-100) earns four free credits while a B (80-89) will earn three free credits.
(Jun. 27, 2019) - To prepare for the beginnings of the first research study for the Windward/Haskins Collaborative Project, state-of-the-art, custom electroencephalography, also known as EEG labs, are now being installed at The Windward School’s Manhattan and Westchester campuses. In February of 2019 Windward, a school for children with dyslexia and language-based learning disabilities, announced its collaboration with Haskins Laboratories, a private, non-profit research institute with a primary focus on speech, language and reading. The Windward/Haskins Laboratories Collaborative Project is “an international and interdisciplinary collaborative that brings together researchers, practitioners, educators and education technology specials.”