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Kids Who Care

It might be cliché to say, but there’s something about growing up in the shadow of “The City of Brotherly Love” that might instill a deeper sense of caring in our kids. Meet several young people who demonstrate that giving…

Top 10 Delaware Valley Events in December

December brings light shows, educational events and plenty of ways to get in the festive spirit. There's no shortage of fun happening in the Delaware Valley this month, despite the…

Delaware Valley Light Shows

This holiday season, your family will be able to find light shows everywhere from local zoos and a Sesame Street-themed park to beautiful gardens. Many of these Delaware Valley destinations…

Holiday Stories and Tales for the New Year

A new year means a new beginning. Perhaps you’ll make a pledge to read more, be more helpful, be a better friend or eat more healthy foods. The new year is full of hope, promises and happiness. This time of…

12 Places to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

It’s beginning to look a lot like ... Wait, I’ve worked at publications that banned reporters from using that hokey introduction, but Christmas is approaching, and with it comes the…

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Our Picks

Good Intentions Don't Prevent Cavities

Parents choose juice boxes, gummy vitamins and bottled water with their kids' health in mind, but it could lead to more cavities, warns Dr. Rachel A. Maher.

Education

PA Cyber Delivers STEM Learning to Students

https://youtu.be/j7idgwU8DZs About 11,000 students are currently enrolled at PA Cyber because they chose a unique but comprehensive online education. PA Cyber students enjoy learning when, how, and where they choose. The school engages students in grades K-12 with a diverse…

Why Positive Education? More Like, Why Not?

https://youtu.be/abMlDVjwXZ8 Whenever I speak to a school, organization or new group of passionate, interested parents, I am inevitably asked, “Why Positive Education?” Mostly, this well-meaning question is coming from concerned adults who want to make sure that they or their…

Private School Learning Models

If you’re thinking about enrolling your child in a private school, you may be overwhelmed by all of the options — not only the sheer number of schools to choose from, but also several different learning models and educational philosophies…

Camps & Classes

Stronger Together

The Chocolate Ballerina Company, an organization that supports artists of color in the Philadelphia area, has a creed that its young ballerinas memorize and are encouraged to recite every day:…

After the Bell

Even though your kids would probably dispute the numbers, the fact is that 80% of a young person’s life is spent outside of school. The summer accounts for some of…

Early Learner Summer Pods Announced

The Barnes Foundation is partnering with seven other Philadelphia cultural organizations to offer free summer activities for children ages 5 and under. The Early Learner Summer Pods program targets children living…

Ages & Stages

All the Feels

We’ve all been there. Your 3-year-old has a meltdown in the middle of the grocery checkout line or you become beyond exasperated when your eldest clobbers your youngest for no apparent reason.…

Good Intentions Don't Prevent Cavities

Parents choose juice boxes, gummy vitamins and bottled water with their kids' health in mind, but it could lead to more cavities, warns Dr. Rachel A. Maher.

SpecialKids

Local Dyslexia Resources

Is your child exhibiting signs of dyslexia and you want to get them tested? Or maybe they were already diagnosed and you're looking for ways to get extra help? The…

Dyslexia: Signs and Support

Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability which results in difficulty with reading, spelling, writing and pronouncing words. Children with dyslexia can struggle to succeed academically, which makes it important for…

How to Have an Autism-Friendly Halloween

For many families, Halloween is a holiday to unwind and have fun. But for children on the autism spectrum who rely on predictability to maintain a sense of order, the…

Autism: Sensory Issues, Therapy Solutions

Children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can often exhibit sensory issues such as hyper- or hypo-sensitivity to various stimuli. As many as 70% to 96% of those diagnosed with autism…

Health

5 Summer Health and Safety Myths Debunked

In addition to the likely continued threat of COVID-19 this summer, families will still have to deal with the season’s typical health and safety concerns, from bee stings to sun…

EPA Mid-Atlantic Recognizes CHOP Asthma Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Mid-Atlantic Region selected the Community Asthma Prevention Plus Program (CAPP+) at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) as its first-ever Asthma Community Champion.…

Home Life

Holiday Stories and Tales for the New Year

A new year means a new beginning. Perhaps you’ll make a pledge to read more, be more helpful, be a better friend or eat more healthy foods. The new year is full of hope, promises and happiness. This time of…

Being Grateful for All Good Things

As a children’s librarian, the change in season means sharing new books with my friends. When fall comes around, I begin to think about a new school year, giving thanks for all that I have and my friends and family.…

Advocate for Adoption Competency

Family relationships can be complicated. Families that come together through foster care, guardianship and adoption often experience added layers of complexity. One constant for all these families is the experience…

5 Helpful Halloween Books for Kids

“Go Away, Big Green Monster!” by Ed Emberley This classic interactive book has been helping children come to terms with their bedtime fears for more than 25 years. The storyline…

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