When my students take tests or quizzes, I like to walk around the room to check on their progress, ensure they understand my questions, and whisper encouragement where it’s needed. I read their body language and watch them respond to the challenge of particularly difficult sections. In these unguarded moments, I see their mindsets laid bare: some attack the assessment with bravado and glee, eager for the challenge. Others come to the page with hesitation and concern, in doubt of their abilities or second-guessing their preparation.
We've collected a select group of parenting resources for your information. Click the links below to access:
Bureau of Day Care 311
Listing of programs from Bureau of Day Care
A Choice Nanny
Absolute Best Care
Au Pair in America
The Baby Sitters Guild
Barnard College Babysitting Service
Frances Stewart Agency
NYC Nanny Finder
Parents League Summer Camp Advisory Service: call 212-737-7385. Available to members by phone.
American Camp Association 212-391-5208
Everything Summer, LLC 201-391-8800 212-582-5300
Include NYC Resources for Children with Special Needs, 212-677-4650. Special Needs Camp Fair each January.
Teen Life Summer Program Guide
The Vincent Curtis Educational Register Private camps and summer programs in the U.S. and abroad visited by the editors 508-457-6473.
Parenting Resource Centers/Support Organizations
Ackerman Institute for The Family 212-879-4900
Adoption Resource Center 212-360-0259
Arab-American Family Support Center 718-643-8000
Babies and Toddlers Club of Lenox Hill Hospital: 212-434-3152 Free monthly program for parents and children on parenting and healthcare issues.
Mommy Bites 646-558-3907
Caron Addiction Support 844-897-0985
CUCARD: The Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders For children and young adults with behavioral disorders 212-246-5740
Early Childhood Development Center: 212-360-7803
Educational Alliance Downtown Community Center 14th Street Y 212-780-2300
92nd Street Y Parenting Center YM-YWHA, 212-415-5600
Home Educators Alliance 212-505-9884, Support for home schoolers
Interfaith Community 212-870-2544, A safe neutral space for Jewish-Christian families.
JCCA'S Ametz Adoption Program 212-558-9949
Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services 212-582-9100
The Mental Health Association of New York City 212-254-0333
Mothers of Twins 212-774-7488
Nanny Tax, Inc. 888-626-6982 Payroll Tax Service for employers.
NYU Child Study Center 212-263-6622
The Relationship Foundation 212-477-0522 Relationship education before sex education
Sackler Lefcourt Center For Child Development 212-759-4022
Safe Space 718-526-2400 For children & families in need.
SeedlingsGroup 212-966-7273 A team of child development experts and psychologists
The Seleni Institute (212) 939-7200 Seleni provides assessment, consultation, and treatment for women who experience reproductive or maternal mental health issues.
SingleMothersGrants This directory lists assistance programs that help with utility, energy, mortgage, rent and medical bills.
The Single Parent Resource Center: 212-951-7030 x 231
SOHO Parenting Center 212-334-3744
Teen Center - West Side YMCA 212-875-4111
University Settlement 212-674-9120 Family services center
Learning Differences & Special Needs
A.D.D. Resource Center 646-205-8080
CH.A.D.D. Children and adults with Attention Deficit Disorders: 212-721-0007
The Churchill Center Outreach for children with learning differences. 212-722-0610
Clarke School 212-585-3500 Preschool for the deaf and hard of hearing with the goal of mainstream oral skills in future education.
Early Childhood Direction Center: 212-746-6175 Information referral for children with special needs from birth to age 5.
Hallowell Center NYC/ADHD: 212-799-7777, located at 117 W 72nd St, 3rd fl New York, NY 10023
Learning Disability Association of New York State 212-645-6730
Identifior Foundation Online learning games to assess multiple intelligence, executive functions and career interests to help individuals with autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and other special needs identify their abilities, skills and interest.
International Dyslexia Association 212-691-1930
Learning Resource Network 212-632-4499
Marie Pense Center 212-362-7010
Mt. Sinai Medical Center Child Development Program: 212-241-6710 Early intervention testing.
Mt. Sinai Theraputic Nursery: 212-241-6878 Early intervention for parents with children ages 1-3 with developmental delays.
National Center for Learning Disabilities 212-545-7510
National Down Syndrome Society 800-221-4602
NYU Child Study Center 212-263-6622
Parent To Parent, New York, Inc. 718-494-4872 Resource center for children with special needs, located in Staten Island.
Include NYC 212-677-4650
Smart Kids with Learning Disablities Westport, CT, 203-226-6831
Student Volunteering & Internships
TeenLife Community Service
The Mayor's Volunteer Center 212-788-7550
New York Cares 212-228-5000
New York Foundling 212-886-4039
The Volunteer Referral Center 212-889-4805
Children for Children
Kids for Community
Network for Good
Disclaimer: Parents League of New York reminds its valued readers that it is not responsible for the accuracy of the programs and services listed above and offers no warranty of any kind, express or implied. We urge you, as conscientious parents or caregivers, to give the appropriate amount of time and attention to a personal examination of the programs before you make commitments. Parents League of New York is your trusted partner as you embark on your journey of exploration.
Preschool Admission Workshops
This article is adapted from a post that previously appeared on www.quietrev.com.
In my 2012 TED Talk, I told the story of going off to summer camp for the first time at age nine. My mother had packed my bag full of books. Reading was our primary group activity—and I liked it that way. It gave us the animal warmth of sitting cozily with the family, and the freedom to roam around the adventure-land inside our own minds.