PLNY Blog

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by KELLEY GRANT, Executive Director, La Escuelita

Infancy through age 5 is believed to be a critical period in learning a second language. With 50 percent more brain synapses than adults, children can observe and process more at younger ages. By adolescence, the ability to learn an additional language greatly diminishes.

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by Kal Chany, College Financial Aid Consultant

Don't let the process of applying for financial aid intimidate you. Kalman A. Chany, a college financial aid consultant and the author of Paying for College Without Going Broke, tackles common financial aid questions and provides solid answers through in this discussion with Gina Malin, Executive Director, Parents League of New York.

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by MARJORIE GOLDSMITH, Former Director, All Souls School

We are fortunate to have many different kinds of early childhood schools in New York City. But when investigating these schools in order to choose one for your child, you may find the many educational approaches and philosophies that describe them a bit dizzying.

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Many families will be hearing from preschools about admissions soon. Our Senior School Advisor Lisa Khakee provides insight into the New York preschool admissions process, from when to expect notifications to what to do if your child is accepted or is waitlisted at a NYC independent school.

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by JOHN PALFREY Head of School, Phillips Academy, Andover

Raising and educating children was hard enough as it was. The addition of a new variable to the equation seems a bit unfair. Our children’s use of technology, which seems to change by the month if not by the week, is like adding a whole series of new variables. The equations that have gotten harder have to do with social and emotional growth, concerns about getting into schools or obtaining a first job, and how to optimize technology use for academic development.