Meryl Feiner

First-Time Study Shows Impact of 9/11 on NYC PreschoolersSleep and separation issues among the symptoms

(Sep. 21, 2003) - For the first time, a group of researchers from Columbia University and Barnard College are studying the impact that the September 11 terrorist attacks had on the psychological well being of children who were 5 and under in the fall of 2001.

Drug Free Years for Queens Teens

(Jul. 21, 2003) - Parenting a teenager is no easy task. Peer pressure, the struggle for independence and raging hormones can wreak havoc on even the strongest families. Problems are compounded when drugs and alcohol enter the picture. Parents often feel angry and frustrated, and with nowhere to turn for support. The Central Queens Partnership, under the leadership of the Queens Child Guidance Center (QCGC), recognizes this need, and offers a program that addresses some of the concerns of parents of adolescents.

OWL Gives a Hoot (about early childhood literacy)

(Jun. 21, 2003) - If it takes a village to raise a child, it may take a community to teach a child to read. In South Jamaica, that’s just what they are trying to do. With the help of Literacy, Inc. (LINC), neighborhood schools, businesses and non-profit organizations are raising awareness about the importance of making reading a part of children’s lives, and are sponsoring events to improve literacy.

Queens Children Are ‘Making Books Sing’ Teaching Artists Bring Drama to the Classroom

(Jun. 21, 2003) - Over the past several months, hundreds of Queens schoolchildren have been taken on a literary journey with Lewis and Clark on their legendary expedition across the continent. The adventure comes to life in the theater production of Bird Woman: The Story of Sacagawea, a play by Ric Averill. But for the Queens youngsters, the journey does not end with the discovery of the Northwest Passage. For them, the adventure is just beginning, as they go back to their classrooms to write their own plays and bring other stories to life.

Corneel Meets the Kids

(Jun. 21, 2003) - Move over Eloise, Corneel is now at The Plaza. While Eloise is often naughty, Corneel is mostly nice. Eloise’s claim to fame is her knack for getting into trouble; Corneel is the perfect gentlemen. (Well, not quite a gentleman, but he’s definitely gentle). Eloise may come from a well-heeled family, but Corneel comes from a family that heels well. And the biggest difference, Eloise lives in the imaginations of children, but Corneel is a real live children’s book character.

For older foster kids,Finding a Way Home

(Mar. 21, 2003) - By the time he was 15, Robert had lived in seven foster care homes and one residential treatment facility. He was available for adoption but that seemed unlikely; the young man was concerned about what would happen to him when he ‘aged out’ of the foster care system at 18. Then he got lucky.

Seeing Family Court at work,Long Island Mom Turns Children’s Advocate

(Mar. 21, 2003) - How far will a mother go to protect her child from a sexual predator? What happens when the abuser is the child’s father? What drives the family court system, one that is supposed to provide a safety net for abused children? Protagonist Rachel Belmore is forced to confront these questions head on in Puppet Child (PageFree Publishing, $23.95; $13.95), a new novel by Long Island mom Talia Carner.

Every Day’s a Miracle for Long Island Mom

(Jan. 21, 2003) - Donna Bliss didn’t plan on being a stay-at-home mom running a business from her basement. But sometimes things don’t always go according to plan. Bliss was working at what she calls her “dream job”, in the marketing department at a large computer software company on Long Island. She had just given birth to a healthy baby girl after years of fertility treatments and three miscarriages. Things seemed to be going her way. Then she lost her job.

From Bad to Worse? NYC Phys. Ed.A Long-Time Problem Could Escalate in Face of Budget Woes

(Jan. 21, 2003) - The results are in and we have all heard them: Americans are getting fatter. We eat too much and don't exercise enough. Children are no exception.

The New Bullies on the Block — Girls!

(Dec. 21, 2002) - Each day, thousands of adolescents go to school with a feeling of dread and a knot in the pits of their stomachs. This anxiety has nothing to do with schoolwork or teachers. The pain these kids suffer is inflicted by their peers, some of whom they may consider among their closest friends.

Talking to Kids About Terrorism — the New Post-9/11 Norms

(Sep. 21, 2002) - This was the first question asked of New York City firefighter Bob Barrett and Fire Safety Director Mike Bellone when they visited a Woodside, Queens day camp this summer. Many parents might be at a loss for words if asked this question by their own children; but these men, who were at Ground Zero throughout the entire recovery effort, are quick to turn such questions around and look at the situation from a positive perspective.

Two Charter Schools Take an Individual Approach

(Sep. 21, 2002) - Public schools. Standardized testing. These are subjects that stir strong emotions and heated debate. But what if parents could chose a public school that tailored the curriculum to meet each student’s individual needs? What if schools used standardized test scores to assess ways to improve the curriculum rather than to determine which schools are failing?

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