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Affordable Music Lessons In Suffolk County for Long Island Kids

Few places celebrate their musical heritage quite like Long Island. From rock’s Lou Reed to pop’s Ashanti and hip hop’s LL Cool J, Long Island has cultivated its own unique sound and celebrities. But even the legendary Billy Joel had to start somewhere.

Parents in Suffolk County have a number of options should their child express a musical inclination. From group clinics to at-home instruction, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite places for your developing virtuoso. See websites for current programs and pricing. Parents who’d prefer to cross the county border can see our post on music classes in Nassau. And don’t forget our Long Island Classes Guide for other after-school options.

Two Free NYC Preschool Fairs Help Parents Learn About Their Options

It seems like it's never too early to start thinking about school in NYC, but for parents of toddlers, September means the start of the anxiety-provoking preschool admissions process. To help humanize and demystify the experience, Mommy Poppins is sponsoring two Preschool and Early Education Fairs for NYC families this month.

These FREE events offer one-stop shopping where parents can get the scoop on dozens of preschools, alternative programs and other enrichment options in a casual, stress-free environment. All you need to do is register for the Uptown or Downtown Fair and show up!

25+ Things To Do with Westchester Kids Before They Start Kindergarten

This post is being updated for 2019.

Westchester and the Hudson Valley are teeming with family-friendly things to do, from enriching museums to the stunning great outdoors, and while many activities can be enjoyed by kids of all ages, what does the county offer for the littlest among them? Plenty!

We've put together a list of preschool-targeted fun for the 5-and-under set. These activities cater to the wondrous and imaginative nature of those adorable-yet-challenging minis who have yet to experience the wonders of kindergarten.

Read on for our top picks of must-try activities for toddlers and preschoolers, and depend on our Event Calendar for the tremendous number of worthy events that occur throughout the year.

Preparing for Kindergarten: Five Books to Help Children Transition

Last year at this time you may have been wracked with anxiety about finding your child the right preschool or elementary school. Now all of that is behind you and next week or soon there after your kid or toddler will be starting school for the first time or starting at big kid school for the first time. Either way, it's their turn to be filled with anxiety. Even the most cool NYC kid is bound to feel some jitters when faced with a completely new school situation.

All My Children: Eco-Conscious, Child-Centered Care to the Lower East Side

One of the most nerve-racking decisions we face as parents is figuring out whom to trust with our children when the time comes to head back to work or find a preschool. We want our babes to be in a nurturing and safe environment where all their needs are met, and someone really appreciates the wonderful, unique, amazingness of them. Families in the outer boroughs already know Mommy Poppins sponsor All My Children Daycare and Nursery School and its creative, individualized approach to group childcare; recently, the school opened a new location, making it possible for Manhattan and Lower East Side families to access its years of experience as well.

82nd Street Academics: Preschool & Elementary School for a Lifetime of Learning

When you’re getting ready to enroll your child in preschool, thinking about college can seem a bit silly. But taking into account that only 65 out of 100 students in New York City graduate from high school, it doesn’t seem that far-fetched that parents might be worrying about their child’s academic future while he’s still in pull-ups.

Our sponsor, 82nd Street Academics in Queens, is interested in a child’s early steps to college, with a proven track record when it comes to not only inspiring kids academically, but also strengthening their skills in areas such as social-emotional health, physical development, language and literacy, and mathematical/cognitive thinking. The end result is clear: 50 percent of kids who have experienced just one program at 82nd Street Academics go on to college, while 80 percent of those who participate in five programs throughout their preschool and elementary school years go on to higher education.

First Step Nursery School: Westside Preschool and Pre-K, No Potty Training Required

Choosing a school: it's that big parenting decision that just keeps coming back every few years. As my daughter Juliet wraps up her final year of elementary school, I find myself thinking about her first school, her preschool, and I feel grateful that we got that one right. The five years we spent at First Step Nursery School have left an indelible mark on her life, and on mine as a parent.

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