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The more you read as parents the more you’ll know about children and how they learn or grow or develop.

 

I’ve compiled a list of articles that have great tips and important information to help you and your child grow and prosper. I will be updating this page as I come across new articles so please do come back and check back periodically.

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How to make your child stand out in a virtual preschool interview or tour, according to a consultant

Prior to the pandemic, parents of preschoolers hoping to get their child into a prestigious program in New York City, Los Angeles, or other competitive cities could expect to spend ample time at their schools of choice. Whether for tours, interviews, meetings with teachers and staff, or other visits, part of the admissions process revolved around in-person meetups.

But with COVID-19 still not safely in the rearview mirror, the elite preschool admissions game has changed.

Click here to read this article in Business Insider.

The 12 Most Prestigious Preschools in New York City and How to Get In, According to Parents and Consultants

Every year, parents fight for a spot at a private preschool in New York City, arguably one of the most competitive landscapes in the nation due to limited class sizes, legacy policies, and religious affiliations.Education consultants Wendy Levey and Cindy Chanin selected 12 preschools in Manhattan and Brooklyn that they feel are the most prestigious programs in the city.

Click here to read this article in The Business Insider.

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How to get your kid into NYC's prestigious 92nd Street Y Nursery School, according to three preschool consultants and a parent

Every year, parents fight to get their children a coveted spot at the 92nd Street Y, a prestigious preschool on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Once dubbed the "Harvard of Nursery Schools" by New York Magazine, the school attracts celebrities and executives thanks to name-brand recognition and a track record of getting kids into top private elementary schools in the city.

Click here to read this article in The Business Insider.

12 Things Equity Focused Teachers Can Say to Students in the New School Year

As school returns, we know this year presents unique challenges and changes to both educators and students. With such change, it may be especially difficult to communicate with students. While your intentions may be good, sometimes the impact of what we say can have unintended consequences. Consider some of these alternatives to have the impact you wish to have to start the year on a strong note.

Click here to read this article in Education Elements.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Chromebooks for Kids and Teens
Chromebooks are the hot product of the season, thanks to pandemic-related home schooling. The trick is making sure your kids aren’t using them to goof off—or worse.
Click here to read this article in The Wall Street Journal.

How to Set Up School at Home for Students of All Ages
With remote teaching continuing this fall, parents are working on more permanent spaces for class. The back-to-school shopping list is a bit more complicated this year, especially for parents who need to re-create a classroom at home.
Click here to read this article in The Wall Street Journal.

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An NYC preschool admissions consultant shares the advice she gives parents to help get their kid into a top program

Manhattan-based educational consultant Wendy Levey has deep roots in New York City's preschool scene, having founded and directed her own school on the Upper East Side for 45 years.

She shared the advice she gives clients for helping their kids land a coveted spot at a top program in the city.

Click here to read this article in The Business Insider.

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7 Ways to Store an Overwhelming Amount of Toys

Meghan Moravcik Walbert of Lifehacker created an exceptional list of 7 methods to make the most of your childs evergrowing assortment of toys.

Click here to read this article in lifehacker.

 

How Teens Use Downtime to Connect, Distract or Reflect

Different choices for how young people use free time lead to different kinds of relief.
Click here to read this article in The New York Times.

How Kindergarten Readiness Helps Children All the Way Through High School

The readiness kindergarten provides is even more important to a child’s success in high school than previously believed, according to a new study published today by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Click here to read this article in Healthline.

Landmark Study Shows Doll Play Nurtures Empathy

At Mattel, we’ve long believed that play has the power to change the world. As the world’s leading toy company, we feel a profound responsibility to continuously learn how to show the world the value of play to kids and families across all genders, races, abilities, and cultures.

Click here to read this article in The Genius of Play.

The Psychology Behind Sibling Rivalry

You can’t avoid fighting. You can only hope to contain it.

Click here to read this article in The New York Times.

43 Must-read Books About Racism for Adults and Kids

Here are some books on how to talk about race, brush up on history and learn about important figures.

Click here to read this article in The Chicago Sun Times.

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Children's Screen Time Has Soared in the Pandemic, Alarming Parents and Researchers

"There will be a period of epic withdrawal,” warned one addiction specialist, once schools, activities and social life return to normal.

Click here to read this article in the New York Times.

Why Parents Should Stop Blaming Themselves For How Their Kids Turn Out

As it turns out, the science supports a totally different and ultimately empowering message: Trying to predict how a child will turn out based on choices made by their parents is like trying to predict a hurricane from the flap of a butterfly’s wings.
Click here to read this article in the TED Community.

A Big List of Podcasts for Little Kids

If you’re looking for new ways to occupy your little ones, these shows are sure to appeal to kids ages 2 to 6, as well as their parents.
Click here to read this article in The New York Times.

The Benefits of Attending a Girl's School

Not every student can excel in a coeducational classroom, and that's why many students opt for single-sex schools. When it comes to girls, in particular, these important developmental years can be greatly enhanced by attending the right school.
Click here to read this article in ThoughtCo.

How to Write a Thank You Note After a Preschool Interview or Tour?

Parents should always write a thank you note after a preschool interview or tour. An expert shares what it should include, and 3 example letters that hit the mark.

Click here to read this article in The Business Insider.

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Prestigious preschools are notorious for evaluating family values. Consultants share how to best align yours with your ideal program.

A preschool's mission statement and philosophy says a lot about the program. Two preschool consultants said tying your personal and family values to a school can boost your chances of getting in.

Click here to read this article in The Business Insider.

How to Speak in Public

Public speaking can feel like an ordeal, but take a lesson from the ancients: it’s a skill you can develop like any other.

Click here to read this article in Psyche.

How to Help a Teen Out of a Homework Hole

The more students fall behind in the pandemic, the less likely they are to feel they can catch up.

Click here to read this article in The New York Times.

16 Exciting Books For Kids Featuring Asian and Pacific Islander Characters That They Won't Be Able to Put Down

If you take a look at your kid's bookshelf right now, you might be surprised at the lack of diversity amongst the titles.
Whether their shelves are full of car books or titles that feature characters that only fit a certain mold, there's plenty of room for books that introduce them to other types of characters and cultures. With vast ethnicities that cover large swaths of the world, storytime is a great way to introduce your child to all of the amazing cultures that make up Asian American and Pacific Islander populations.

Click here to read this article from Best Products.

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A Manhattan-based preschool consultant on how to handle your kid landing on a program's waitlist - and best practices for nabbing a spot

One of the best ways to move your child from a waitlist is to think about the task from the perspective of an admissions director.

 

Preschool consultant Wendy Levey shared tips for getting your child off the waitlist at your ideal program.

Click here to read this article in The Business Insider.

8 NYC preschool consultants and experts to know to get your child into a prestigious program

Navigating the NYC preschool landscape takes strategy, luck, and often the right connections.

Insider compiled eight professionals based on recommendations and referrals from industry experts.

Click here to read this article in The Business Insider.

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Science Says Children Whose Parents Play WIth Them a Very Specific Way Build More Self-Discipline

According to a 2020 meta-analysis of 78 different research papers spanning four decades of research published in Developmental Review, "fathers' play in the early years can positively contribute to children's social, emotional and cognitive outcomes."

Click here to read this article in Inc.

The 21 Best Back-to-School Books for Kids to Calm First Day Jitters

Whether your child is strapping on a backpack for the first time or just starting a new year, the first day of school is nerve-wracking even in the best of times. With school schedules changing and continued precautions around coronavirus, parents can expect even more back-to-school jitters this year.

Click here to read this article in Today.

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CNN/Sesame Street:
Standing Up to Racism

CNN's Van Jones and Erica Hill Partner with "Sesame Street" forComing Together: Standing Up to Racism, a town hall for kids and families.

Click here to view this video on the CNN website.