With summer programs that focus on museum trips, mentor relationships, and reading, Growing Minds of New York Inc. aims to close the learning gap that commonly occurs over idle summer breaks. The expert camp leaders also firmly believe in kids being kids, so in addition to healthy eating and science activities, campers revel in leisurely self-guided reading time, music lessons, and sports. In addition to summer programs, Growing Minds also offers after-school clubs such as chess, creative writing, and leadership, as well as daycare for younger learners.
A plaza overflowing with trees and bushes surrounds the entrance to Pelham Art Center, and, since 1970, the center has showed a gardener’s devotion to cultivating the Westchester County art community. Over time, the organization has sprouted up from a two-day arts celebration into a hub for art exhibitions, classes, and programs that reach out to the entire community.
Each year, the Pelham Art Center presents five free art exhibitions, 125 fee-based classes and workshops, and dozens of free weekend and evening programs. In addition to classes in visual, performing, literary, and digital arts, the center also hosts public programs such as music performances, literary readings, and artist talks and demonstrations that celebrate folkloric art traditions or finally settle once and for all which primary color is the best.
Matt Warshay understands the importance of education—along with a bachelor’s degree in business and an MBA in strategy and consulting, he is a certified high-school math teacher. But it was his first-hand experience at ineffective group studies that lead him to develop Jump Start Tutoring, where students in kindergarten through college are given customized studying tools to help them pass ACT and SAT exams, various school subjects, and even nursing-school entrance exams.
Since 1985, the Real Estate Education Center has helped real-estate professionals advance their careers through licensing courses accredited by the New York Department of State. Instructors at all four city locations—each in a different borough—couple classroom teachings with their personal real-world experience, helping students to learn not only the nuts and bolts of the industry, but also how they’re put into practice. The center comprises six licensing and certification schools, including Real Estate, Green LEED, Appraisal, Mortgage, Property Management, and Insurance. Each track requires different coursework and testing; a compendious overview of those requirements and an unofficial fan site for Glengarry Glen Ross can be found here.
Presenting the internationally renowned, research-based music and movement program Music Together, Over the Moon invites parents and infant-to-kindergarten-aged children to sing, dance, listen, and explore musical instruments in a variety of fun-filled classes. During weekly 45-minute Music Together sessions, adult caregivers accompany budding music muses, delving into the power of music and creativity through a variety of experiential, non-performance-based exercises. The mixed-age classes focus on natural family-filled learning as younger children watch and imitate older kids and learn a 25-song course catalog. Pint-sized sound-seekers sing, practice rhythmic rhymes, and play instruments free from classroom formalities and engage in family-building creativity.
At more than 900 learning centers across the world, Sylvan offers kids a leg up through personalized programs prescribed by an in-depth skills assessment. Students build on past lessons to learn progressively, and sessions may hone in on different disciplines, granting kids the confidence to interpret literature and the rhetorical skills needed to negotiate a later bedtime. The positive mindset of personable, invested instructors helps to inspire kids to greater academic feats, as does a prize program that rewards hard work with CDs and gift cards.