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    Break Out the Flash Cards, Time to Apply to Private School

    by Sarah on 9/06/13 | 2 Comment(s)

     There are lots of reasons to consider applying to private school. Maybe we want to explore our options for our child’s education, or maybe our zoned public school is a little more “Dangerous Minds” than “Dead Poet’s Society,” or maybe watching our local middle schoolers get stoned before school has slightly undermined our faith in [...]

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    It Costs How Much to Raise A Child?

    by Nicole on 8/27/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    I came across this recent article on - Will Millennials Be Able to Afford to Raise Children? - and I can’t say I was overly shocked about the amount of money it costs to raise a child- $26,000 for the first year and over $240,000 to raise a child from birth to age 18, but, when [...]

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    2013 Back to School Guide to PVC-free School Supplies

    by Nicole on 8/06/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    I can’t believe we are already thinking about getting ready for school! My oldest is entering Pre-K next year and when looking for the supplies she needs, I came across this back to school guide to safer school supplies. It features the best tips to avoid  phthalate-laden vinyl plastic (PVC) in popular children’s school supplies [...]

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    Help Prevent “Summer Slide” with Fun, Educational YouTube Videos

    by Kim on 7/15/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Did you know that teachers typically spend an entire MONTH at the beginning of the school year re-teaching information forgotten in the summer months?  But there are fun, entertaining, and educational ways to prevent the “summer slide.” is library of nearly a million exciting and entertaining educational videos that make learning fun. All the [...]


    How to Form a Preschool Co-op

    by Nicole on 6/12/13 | 4 Comment(s)

    Getting into preschool in NYC can be complicated process with its lottery system, zoning rules and competition – making it very difficult to get in. And now that the  public schools have sent their acceptance letters, if your child doesn’t get into a public preschool program you will have to wait another year – meaning [...]


    Public Pre-K Application Status Is Available

    by Nicole on 6/04/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    If you submitted an application for your child to attend the very limited public Pre-K seats offered in the Fall, the status of your application is now available online. Log in at: Good luck everyone!

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    Last Minute Kindergarten Option

    by Nicole on 5/29/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Joyce Szuflita of NYC School Help has shared a new Kindergarten option with us.  Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, the local International Baccalaureate 6-12th grade charter program, beloved of Park Slope families, is opening a growing K-5th grade in downtown Brooklyn for fall of 2013. Where: in the St. Joseph HS building at 80 Willoughby St. steps from Metro Tech and the Borough [...]

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    Town Hall for Parents from District 13 – May 20th

    by Nicole on 5/16/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    On May 20th at 5 pm, NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott will host a town hall for parents from District 13. The meeting takes place at PS 56, 170 Gates Avenue in Bed-Stuy. He’ll take questions from parents. PS 56 is located at 170 Gates Avenue in Bed-Stuy.

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    Touch-A-Truck Brooklyn – May 4th, 2013

    by Nicole on 5/01/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    On May 4th, PS 295 will host Brooklyn’s third annual Touch-A-Truck street fair. At this exciting family event, kids will have a chance to climb inside and explore some of the working trucks and vehicles they see in everyday life. Food trucks, crafts, bouncy houses and music round out the day. We went last year [...]

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    Brooklyn Baby Expo Tickets Now Available!

    by Nicole on 4/24/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    The 2014 Brooklyn Baby & Family Expo is happening April 6th in Brooklyn Heights! For more info visit our site: Click here for tickets! Join us for A Child Grows in Brooklyn’s 3rd Annual Brooklyn Baby & Family Expo on Sunday, April 6th 11am-3pm in Brooklyn, NY! The event will take place at St. Francis [...]

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    200 Music Students from 26 NYC Schools Perform in 10th Annual “Fiddlefest” in Prospect Heights

    by Nicole on 4/18/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Over 200 musicians from 26 New York public schools will converge in one place for the Noel Pointer Foundation’s 10th Annual Fiddlefest. Founded in 1995, the Noel Pointer Foundation (NPF) is a not-for-profit that dramatically enriches children’s lives by developing string music education programs for underserved communities throughout the New York metropolitan area. Since 1998, [...]

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    Latest Public School News: G&T Programs, High School Deadline, Panel Discussion

    by Nicole on 4/12/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Inside Schools and DNAinfo have provided some interesting new information and deadlines regarding the Gifted and Talented program, the high school application deadline and a parent panel discussion. My kid qualified. Now what? DNAInfo gives a rundown of district and citywide elementary gifted programs in all five boroughs and next steps for parents as they visit [...]

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    Want a Voice in How to Spend Taxpayer Dollars? Vote in Participatory Budgeting

    by Nicole on 3/28/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    New York City is experiencing a new kind of democracy. Through Participatory Budgeting, residents of eight Council Districts are directly deciding how to spend at least $10 million of public money. From September 2012 to April 2013, community members are exchanging ideas, working together to turn ideas into project proposals, and voting to decide what [...]

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    High Schools: A New Tool to Evaluate High Schools, Admissions, and Availabilities

    by Nicole on 3/20/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Choosing a school at any age is a difficult thing, especially in NYC. There is a whole industry devoted to helping you navigate the process here. All the experts I’ve spoken to have given a thumbs up to Insideschools, which operates independent of the DOE. They have developed a new tool to help you find [...]

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    Want to Have a Voice in Shaping Education Policies for Public Schools? Apply to Run for Election to a CEC!

    by Nicole on 3/12/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    Community Education Councils (CECs) are education policy advisory bodies responsible for reviewing and evaluating schools’ instructional programs, approving zoning lines, and advising the Chancellor. CECs play an essential role in shaping educational policies for the New York City public schools. Each CEC consists of nine elected parent volunteers who provide hands-on leadership and support for their [...]

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    Which are the Best Schools or School Districts in Brooklyn?

    by Nicole on 3/10/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    This is a hot topic of conversation for many parents I know. Where should I send my child to school in Brooklyn? Which is the best option? Public, private (and which philosophy), charter, dual-language… The answer is…there is no answer! The best school for your child is out there but there are so many factors [...]


    Public Pre-K Application Process is Open – 2013/2014 School Year

    by Nicole on 3/04/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Now that the public Kindergarten application deadline is closed, the public Pre-K application process is underway for the 2013-2014 school year. Families may submit their application online until April 5th, 2013 here. Any child who turns 4 years old in 2013 is eligible. The Pre-K Directory will hopefully be able to answer all of your [...]


    District 13 has a New Middle School Option

    by Nicole on 2/24/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    There is a new public middle school opening this September in Bed-Stuy called Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn, a tuition-free school open to all New York City students selected by lottery, giving preference in the lottery to students living in District 13. The school will have a college preparatory academic program in the liberal arts [...]

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    New Montessori School Looking to Hire a Lead Teacher

    by Nicole on 2/14/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Sponsored – A new preschool is opening up in Battery Park City this September and they are looking for a Lead Teacher to start immediately. The preschool is called Battery Park Montessori and it looks like it is going to be a beautiful location right on the esplanade. It was started by Dr. Jennifer Jones, [...]


    2013 Application Deadlines for Public Pre-K and K (and how to apply)

    by Nicole on 2/06/13 | 3 Comment(s)

    The deadlines are approaching for applying to Public Pre-K and Kindergarten. Joyce Szuflita, the school expert, has taken the time to simplify the entire process for us!  Here are the key dates: Kindergarten application deadline:  March 1st Pre-K application deadline: April 5th And here are the steps for applying and basic summary of how it works: Applying for Kindergarten: The DoE [...]

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    Open House for new Park Slope school – PS 118 – on Tuesday, Jan 22nd, 6-7:30pm

    by Nicole on 1/21/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    The new Park Slope school, P.S. 118, will be holding an open house on Tuesday, January 22nd, from 6-7:30pm. It will be held at the new school’s location, the former St. Thomas Aquinas School building (211 8th Street at 4th Ave). This is an opportunity for anyone interested, especially families included in this new zone, [...]

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    What does the DOE’s decision on the G&T sibling policy mean for me?

    by Kim on 1/13/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    January is a busy month for the DOE, as they begin testing thousands of 4-year-olds for possible placement in city-wide gifted and talented Kindergarten classrooms.  For reasons unknown, 2012 was a record-breaking year in terms of the number of students who scored at the highest percentile on the exam.  Rarely is there ever such a [...]

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    New School Update: BUGS in District 15

    by Nicole on 1/09/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    Joyce Szuflita, of NYC School Help is our School Expert and always has the scoop on what’s going on with schools. She  breaks any school news on her blog here so make sure you check it out and sign up for her newsletter that gives you the full scoop! She wrote to tell us some [...]

    BUGS partners with many community organizations to enrich students' learning experience. Here students make compost and garden at the Old Stone House, a Dutch colonial-style farmhouse.

    New Charter School Opening in District 15: BUGS

    by Nicole on 12/20/12 | 1 Comment(s)

    Middle school options have always been light in Brooklyn, but, in fall 2013, our options expand with the opening of  The Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School (BUGS). This new public charter middle school (6th – 8thgrades) will be located in Brooklyn’s District 15, serving the Gowanus, Red Hook, Sunset Park, Kensington, Carroll Gardens, and Park Slope [...]


    New Dates From DOE That You Should Know About

    by Nicole on 12/18/12 | 3 Comment(s)

    Joyce Szuflita, of NYC School Help is our School Expert and always has the scoop on what’s going on with schools. She  breaks any school news on her blog here so make sure you check it out and sign up for her newsletter that gives you the full scoop! From Joyce: Report about new DOE [...]