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Contents

Volume 35 • Number 10

August 2020

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Family F.Y.I. Every Bite Counts for Babies

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o amount of added sugar is OK for a baby’s development. “Avoid foods and beverages with added sugars during the first 2 years of life,” says the USDA Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee after a recent study on the effects of sugars on babies. They went on to say, “Nutritional exposures during the first 1,000 days of life not only contribute to long-term health but also help shape taste preferences and food choices.” There’s a new motto for parents when it comes to feeding babies from birth until 2 years of age: “Every bite counts.” To see the report in full visit: dietary guidelines.gov.

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s summer marches on in the Boston area, the temperature will be rising. After months of social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, families are increasing their time outdoors. While we welcome the sunshine and hot, humid summer days that Boston provides, families need to familiarize themselves with the signs of heat stroke.

What is heat stroke? Heatstroke is the most serious heat related illness. Heatstroke occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature. The body’s temperature rapidly rises, the body’s sweating mechanism fails and the body is not able to cool down. Body temperature may rise to 106° F or higher within 10-15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided. Those at greatest risk include infants and children up to the age of four. In the very young, the central nervous system is not fully developed.

What are the warning signs of heat stroke? Signs of heat stroke vary but may include the following: • An extremely high body temperature (above 103° F) • Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating) • Rapid, strong pulse • Throbbing headache • Dizziness • Nausea • Confusion

What to do if I see someone with any of the warning signs of heat stroke? If you observe any of the above signs, you may be dealing with a life threatening emergency. Have someone call 911 while you begin cooling the victim. Do the following: • Get the victim to a shady area and remove excess clothing. • Cool the person with whatever means are available — place in a cool tub of water or a cool shower, spray

with a garden hose, sponge with cool water, fan while misting with cool water, or place ice packs or cold, wet towels on the person’s head, neck, armpits and groin. Monitor body temperature and continue cooling efforts until the body temperature drops to 101°-103°F. • Get medical assistance as soon as possible.

Prevention Heatstroke is predictable and preventable. Take these steps to prevent heatstroke during hot weather: • Wear loose fitting, lightweight clothing.

• Protect against sunburn. Protect yourself outdoors with a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. • Drink plenty of fluids. Staying hydrated will help your body sweat and maintain a normal body temperature. • Never leave anyone in a parked car. This is a common cause of heat-related deaths in children. When parked in the sun, the temperature in your car can rise 20 degrees F in 10 minutes.

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fter the end of the school year excitement fades and the thrill of a trip to the pool wears off, I begin to notice the first signs of summer boredom settling in. The kids start to bicker, they seem to be drawn more to electronics and less to fun outings, and getting them to pitch in around the house is a chore in of itself. After checking the calendar and noting that the first day of school is still weeks away, something has to be done to battle the boredom.

PICK A PROJECT

If your house is anything like mine, there are always unfinished projects to work on. Clean the closets, sort the toys, or work in the yard. Teach your kids how to bake a cake or encourage them to plan a menu and cook dinner. You may need to assist depending on the age of your children. Give them chores they have never tried before so they have the benefit of learning something new and you gain the added bonus of a cleaner house. Change the scenery

When the kids seem antsy and bored, try a change of scenery for a quick mood adjustment. Go for a walk, play in the backyard, hop into the car and do some errands, or even play in an area of the house that you don’t commonly use for play. We all get stir crazy if we stay in the same place too long.

TAKE A DAY TRIP

Speaking of changing the scenery, consider taking a day trip to break up the long summer days. Explore local attractions or travel a few hours to visit a nearby city. A social distance trip to the zoo, beach, museum, or farm can give you and the kids something to look forward to and break up the boredom. If a bigger day trip isn’t in the budget, pack a lunch and spend the day at neighboring town’s park. Google to see what free activities are in your area. There are often seasonal activities that you may not be aware of. In light of Covid-19, please check that events and locations are open and if reservations are required. August 2020 BostonParentsPaper.com

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GIVE IN TO ELECTRONICS

It won’t hurt to give in to the desire to play on tablets and watch TV once in awhile. Plan a movie marathon or let the kids have extra screen time to help kill the boredom of the end of summer days. Take an online trip to the library and download some new books and exchange reading minutes for extra screen time. The kids will be happy with their bonus game time and they will sharpen their reading skills before school starts.

HOST A SOCIAL DISTANT PLAYDATE Invite a friend over for backyard playtime. Someone new to play with and talk to can lighten the mood and give siblings a much-needed break from playing (and fighting) with each other. As a stay-at-home mom, I love to invite other moms and their kids over. The moms enjoy adult conversation while kids enjoy play time and everyone is glad for a break from the typical day.

PUT A CRAB IN WATER

An old friend once told me “Put a crab in water.” which is a solution for any age. A bath or shower can lighten anyone’s mood whether you are dealing with a fussy baby or an exhausted mom. Water play can also lighten the mood. Head to the pool, set up the sprinkler in the backyard, fill some water balloons, or visit the beach. A day playing in water can turn your kids from grumpy to happy in no time.

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The end of summer may feel long now but before we know it the kids will be back doing schoolwork in person or online and we will be craving a day off. In the meantime, make the best of the long, lazy days of summer and battle summer boredom one day at a time. Sarah Lyons is a writer and stay at home mom of six children, including 3-year-old triplets.

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e are all feeling a bit overwhelmed these days as we adjust to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;new normalâ&#x20AC;? created by the COVID-19 crisis. Parents who are working from home while also caring for and helping to educate their children may feel they do not have enough time or patience to successfully manage all of their demanding roles â&#x20AC;&#x201C; especially if the children are misbehaving. Many parents may have noticed their children acting out more during these long days at home. They may fight with siblings, neglect their studies, and refuse to help around the house. Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other special needs may engage in more serious aggressive (e.g., hitting, pinching, kicking), disruptive (e.g., throwing things, breaking items), and selfinjurious (e.g., self-biting, head-banging) behaviors. One reason for an increase in challenging behavior could be that regular routines and schedules have fallen by the wayside. Parents may think that allowing

children to have more free time will help them cope with staying home. However, it is important for kids to keep busy and have a regular daily routine with fixed times for self-care, work, play and exercise, eating, resting, etc. Another reason children with ASD may engage in more significant challenging behavior could be that they are struggling to communicate and perhaps not getting something they want or need. In many cases, this may be your attention. If you are busy on a work call or helping a sibling, a burst of challenging behavior such as throwing an iPad or a quick pinch can certainly draw focus! In addition to encouraging communication, I would recommend checking in with your child often, even when she seems engaged. For example, set a timer to go off every two-to-five minutes to remind you to praise her for keeping busy. Being proactive in providing attention can help eliminate her need to act out.

One reason for an increase in challenging behavior could be that regular routines and schedules have fallen by the wayside.

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Preschool Age Summer Camps THE TOP 10 • Dedham Country Day Camp, Dedham • Delphi Academy, Milton • Everwood Day Camp, Sharon • International School of Boston, Cambridge • LINX Camps, Wellesley • Norwood Montessori School, Norwood • Pine Village Preschool, Multiple Locations • Su Escuela Language Academy, Hingham • Tenacre Day Camp, Wellesley • Wellesley Theatre Project, Wellesley THE WINNERS (Tie) LINX Camps, Wellesley Wellesley Theatre Project, Wellesley

School Vacation Camps THE TOP 10 • Boston University School Vacation Program, Boston • Empow Studios, Lexington • Everwood Day Camp, Sharon • Exxcel Gymnastics & Climbing, Newton • Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, Multiple Locations • Hale Vacation Days, Westford • International School of Boston, • LINX Summer Camps, Wellesley • Mass Audubon, Multiple Locations • Su Escuela Language Academy, Hingham THE WINNER Empow Studios, Lexington

Sleepaway Camps THE TOP 10 • Camp Birch Hill, New Durham, NH • Camp Fatima and Bernadette, NH • Camp Takodah-YMCA, Richmond, NH • Camp Wingate*Kirkland, Yarmouth • Camps Kenwood and Evergreen, NH • Fleur de Lis Camp, Fitzwilliam, NH • Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, Multiple Locations • Grotonwood Camp, Groton • Oceanwood Camp, Old Orchard Beach, ME • Wind-in-the-Pines Resident Camp, Plymouth THE WINNER Camp Birch Hill, New Durham, NH

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THE TOP 5 • Boston University Camp Terrier, Boston • Charles River Aquatics, Multiple Locations • Exxcel Gymnastics & Climbing, Newton • Hale Reservation Camps, Westwood • LINX Camps, Wellesley


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2 0 2 0 FA M I LY FAV O R I T E S THE WINNER Boston University Camp Terrier Sports and Recreation, Boston

STEM Summer Camps THE TOP 10 • Acera School, Winchester • Code Ninjas, Multiple Locations • Einstein’s Workshop, Burlington • Empow Studios, Lexington • iCode of Wellesley, Wellesley • ID Tech Camps, Multiple Locations • Let Go Your Mind, Multiple Locations • LINX Summer Camps, Wellesley • Penguin Coding School, Lexington • Russian School of Mathematics, Multiple Locations

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CLASSES & ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS Art Classes THE TOP 5 • Brookline Arts Center, Brookline • Minni, Boston • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston • New Art Center, Newton • Russian Language and Arts Center, Andover

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THE TOP 5 • Camp Grotonwood, Groton • Everwood Day Camp, Sharon • Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, Multiple Locations • LINX Camps, Wellesley • Wellesley Theatre Project, Wellesley THE WINNER Wellesley Theatre Project, Wellesley

Winter Camps THE TOP 5 • Camp Grotonwood, Groton • Empow Studios, Lexington • Exxcel Gymnastics & Climbing, Newton • Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, Multiple Locations • LINX Camps, Wellesley

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THE TOP 10 • All That Jazz Dance Studio, Newton • 4 Star Dance Studio, Dorchester • Boston Ballet School, Multiple Locations • Boston University Children’s Dance Classes, Boston • Deborah Mason Performing Arts Center, Somerville • In Sync Center of the Arts, Quincy • LINX Dance, Wellesley • Mass Motion Dance, Multiple Locations • Paulette’s Ballet Studio, Medfield & Newton • The Greater Boston School of Dance, Natick THE WINNER All That Jazz Dance Studio, Newton

Dance Classes THE TOP 5 • All That Jazz Dance Studio, Newton • Boston Ballet School, Multiple Locations • Boston University Children’s Dance Classes, Boston • LINX Dance Studio, Wellesley • Melrose Dance Academy, Melrose • The Dance Academy of Siagel Productions, Newton THE WINNER All That Jazz Dance Studio, Newton

Enrichment and After-School Programs THE TOP 10 • Code Ninjas, Multiple Locations • Commonwealth Learning Center, Multiple Locations • CS Recitations, Natick • Empow Studios, Lexington • International School of Boston, Cambridge • Kumon, Multiple Locations • LINX Dance Studio, Wellesley • Penguin Coding School, Lexington • Pine Village Preschool, Multiple Locations • Russian School of Mathematics, Multiple Locations • Su Escuela Language Academy, Hingham THE WINNERS Russian School of Mathematics, Multiple Locations www.russianschool.com

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THE TOP 5 • Boston University Children’s Gymnastics, Boston • Broderick Gymnastics, Hydepark & Walpole • Energy Fitness & Gymnastics, Multiple Locations • Exxcel Gymnastics & Climbing, Newton • Massachusetts Gymnastics Center, Multiple Locations

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Science & Technology Programs THE TOP 10 • Az-Book-Ah! Kids Center, North Billerica • Code Ninjas, Multiple Locations • CS Recitations, Natick • Einstein’s Workshop, Burlington • Empow Studios, Lexington • iCode of Wellesley, Wellesley • LINX, The Enrichment Club, • Penguin Coding School, Lexington • Russian School of Mathematics, Multiple Locations • The Innovation Institute, Newton THE WINNER Russian School of Mathematics, Multiple Locations

Sports Classes THE TOP 5 • Boston University Children’s Sports Classes, Boston • Exxcel Gymnastics and Climbing, Newton • LINX, The Enrichment Club, Wellesley • Olympia Fencing Center, Cambridge • Viking Sports, Mulitple Locations THE WINNER Olympia Fencing Center, Cambridge


2 0 2 0 FA M I LY FAV O R I T E S Swim Lessons THE TOP 5 • Boston University FitRec Swim School, Boston • Charles River Aquatics, Belmont • Dedham Health & Athletic Complex, Dedham • Goldfish Swim School, Multiple Locations • YMCA of Greater Boston THE WINNER YMCA of Greater Boston

Tap Dancing Classes THE TOP 5 • 4 Star Dance Studio, Dorchester • All That Jazz Dance Studio, Newton • KS Gotta Dance, Chelmsford • LINX Dance Studio, Wellesley • Miss Maria’s School of Dance, Watertown THE WINNER All That Jazz Dance Studio, Newton

Theater Classes THE TOP 5 • Boston Children’s Theatre, Boston • Kidstock Creative Theater, Winchester • LINX Theater, Wellesley • Wellesley Theatre Project, Wellesley • Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston THE WINNER Wellesley Theatre Project, Wellesley

Tutoring or Educational Support Programs THE TOP 5 • Az-Book-Ah! Kids Center, North Billerica • Commonwealth Learning Center, Needham • Prepped and Polished, Tutoring and Test Preparation, Natick • Russian School of Mathematics, Multiple Locations • The Innovation Institute, Newton THE WINNER Prepped and Polished, Tutoring and Test Preparation, Natick

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• Boston Baby Nurse and Nanny, Greater Boston • Empow Studios, Lexington • Frances Jacobson Early Childhood Center at Temple Israel, Boston • Kelly’s Unique Kids, Medford • Kiddie Academy, Multiple Locations • Pine Village Preschool, Multiple Locations • Second Church Nursery School, Newton • Su Escuela Language Academy, Hingham • Tender Loving Care Childcare Centers LLC, Weston & Woburn THE WINNER Boston Baby Nurse and Nanny, Greater Boston

Child Care Referral and Support Agencies THE TOP 5 • Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny, Greater Boston • Boston Nanny Centre, Inc., Newton • Child Care Choices of Boston • Child Care Resource Center, Cambridge • Community Care For Kids, Quincy THE WINNER Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny, Greater Boston

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Bilingual Elementary Schools THE TOP 5 • Amigos School, Cambridge • German International School of Boston, Allston • International School of Boston, Cambridge • Star Academy for the Gifted and Talented, Watertown • Su Escuela Language Academy, Hingham THE WINNER Su Escuela Language Academy, Hingham

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Faith-Based Elementary Schools

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• Academy of Notre Dame, Tyngsboro • Mount Alvernia Academy, Chestnut Hill • Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission Grammar School, Boston • St. Mary of the Assumption Elementary, Brookline THE WINNER Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission Grammar School, Boston

Independent Elementary Schools THE TOP 5 • International School of Boston, Cambridge • Leslie Ellis School, Arlington • Su Escuela Language Academy, Hingham • Thacher Montessori School, Milton • Torit Montessori School, Boston THE WINNER Thacher Montessori School, Milton

Montessori Elementary Schools THE TOP 5 • Cambridge Montessori School, Cambridge • Norwood Montessori School, Norwood • Thacher Montessori School, Milton • Torit Montessori School, Boston • Wellan Montessori School, Newton Centre THE WINNER Wellan Montessori School, Newton Centre

FOOD Cupcake Shops THE TOP 5 • Georgetown Cupcake, Boston • Nothing Bundt Cakes, Multiple Locations • Party Favors, Brookline • Sweet Cupcakes, Cambridge • The Queen’s Cups, Worcester THE WINNER Georgetown Cupcake, Boston

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2 0 2 0 FA M I LY FAV O R I T E S • Truly Yogurt, Wellesley • Yogurt Beach, Multiple Locations THE WINNER Pinkberry, Multiple Locations

Ice Cream THE TOP 5 • Cabot’s Ice Cream, Newton • Crescent Ridge Dairy, Sharon • J.P. Licks, Multiple Locations • Morano Gelato (Closed) • Volante Farms, Needham THE WINNER J.P. Licks, Multiple Locations

Pizza THE TOP 5 • Bill’s Pizzeria, Natick and Newton Centre • Comella’s, Multiple Locations • Papa Gino’s, Multiple Locations • Pini’s Pizzeria, Multiple Locations • Stoked Wood Fired Pizza, Brookline THE WINNER Comella’s, Multiple Locations

Places for Dinner with the Family THE TOP 5 • Agostinos, Natick • Bertucci’s Italian Restaurant, Multiple Locations • Flatbread Company, Multiple Locations • JP Seafood Cafe, Jamaica Plain • Takara Japanese Restaurant, Wayland THE WINNER Bertucci’s Italian Restaurant, Multiple Locations

Places to Buy a Birthday Cake THE TOP 5 • Hazel’s Bakery, Needham • JP Licks, Multiple Locations • Lyndell’s Bakery, Somerville • Party Favors, Brookline • The Icing On The Cake, Newton THE WINNER Party Favors, Brookline

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Historic Sites & Tours

THE TOP 10 • Boston Bounce, Peabody • Boston University Fitness and Recreation Center, Boston • Davis Farmland, Sterling • The Discovery Museums, Acton • Empow Studios, Lexington • Everwood Day Camp, Sharon • Exxcel Gymnastics & Climbing, Newton • Jam Time, Multiple Locations • Minni, Boston • Sky Zone Trampoline Park, Multiple Locations

THE TOP 5 • Adams National Historical Park, Quincy • Fenway Park, Boston • Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge • Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth • USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown

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Bowling Alleys THE TOP 5 • Acton Bowladrome & Arcade, Acton • Kings Dining & Entertainment, Boston & Dedham • Needham Bowlaway, Needham • Sacco’s Bowl Haven, Boston & Somerville • Wamesit Lanes, Tewksbury THE WINNER Kings Dining & Entertainment, Boston & Dedham

Family Fun Fairs/Festivals THE TOP 5 • Davis Mega Farm Festival, Sterling • Gore Place Sheepshearing Festival, Waltham • Hale’s Fall Family Scavenger Hunt, Westwood • Wake Up The Earth, Boston • Wellesley Community Children’s Center Fun Run, Wellesley THE WINNER Davis Mega Farm Festival, Sterling

Farms THE TOP 5 • Davis Farmland, Sterling • Drumlin Farm, Lincoln • East Hill Farm, Troy, NH • Ward’s Berry Farm, Sharon • Wilson Farm, Lexington

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Indoor Playspaces THE TOP 10 • Boston Bounce, Peabody • Boston Children’s Museum, Boston • Discovery Museum, Acton • Imajine That, Lawrence • Jam Time, Maynard & Natick • Launch Trampoline Park, Watertown • Learning Express Toys & Play, Bedford • Minni, Boston • Tumble Beans Cafe & Play, Medway THE WINNER Boston Children’s Museum, Boston

Live Theater THE TOP 5 • Boch Center - Wang Theatre, Boston • Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston • Puppet Showplace Theater, Brookline • Wellesley Theatre Project, Wellesley • Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston THE WINNER Puppet Showplace Theater, Brookline

Museums THE TOP 5 • Boston Children’s Museum, Boston • The Discovery Museums, Acton • Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston • Museum of Science, Boston THE WINNER Museum of Science, Boston

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2 0 2 0 FA M I LY FAV O R I T E S • Learning Express Toys & Play, Bedford • PlayTown Express, Southborough • VinKari Safari, Woburn THE WINNER Discovery Museum, Acton

Places for Ice Skating THE TOP 5 • Bay State Skating School, Waltham • Boston University FitRec, Boston • FMC Ice Sports, Multiple Locations • Skating Club of Boston, Multiple Locations • Warrior Ice Arena, Boston THE WINNER Skating Club of Boston, Multiple Locations

Summer Resorts for Families THE TOP 5 • Great Wolf Lodge, Fitchburg • Red Jacket Resort, Cape Cod & North Conway, NH • Smugglers’ Notch, Jeffersonville, VT • The Inn at East Hill Farm, Troy, NH • Winnetu Oceanside Resort, Edgartown THE WINNER The Inn at East Hill Farm, Troy, NH east-hill-farm.com

Winter Resorts for Families THE TOP 5 • Bayside Resort Hotel, Cape Cod • Omni Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods, NH • Red Jacket Resort, Cape Cod & North Conway, NH

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Zoos, Aquariums or Nature Centers THE TOP 5 • Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory, South Deerfield • Mystic Aquarium, Mystic, CT • New England Aquarium, Boston • Southwick’s Zoo, Mendon • Zoo New England, Boston & Stoneham THE WINNER New England Aquarium, Boston

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Family Dentists THE TOP 5 • Chestnut Dental, Multiple Locations • Children’s Dental Associates, Medford and Westford • Greater Boston Smiles, Quincy • Starr and Glick Orthodontics, Medfield • The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics, Brookline THE WINNER The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics, Brookline

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THE TOP 5 • Cambridge Center for Families, Cambridge • Infant Massage at Wellesley Tree House, Wellesley

THE TOP 5 • Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston • Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston • Franciscan Children’s, Brighton • Mass General Hospital, Boston • South Shore Hospital, Weymouth

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Learning Disabilities Specialists THE TOP 5 • Anna Hebert, Wellesley • Applied Behavioral Learning Services, Newton • Commonwealth Learning Center, Multiple Locations • Franciscan Children’s, Brighton • Learning Solutions, Norwood THE WINNER Franciscan Children’s, Brighton

Mental Health Practices THE TOP 5 • Advanced Neurotherapy, Needham • Arlington Youth Counseling Center, Arlington • Boston Neuro Behavioral Associates (BNBA), New Bedford • Franciscan Children’s, Brighton • South Shore Therapies, Multiple Locations

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2 0 2 0 FA M I LY FAV O R I T E S THE WINNER Franciscan Children’s, Brighton

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Orthodontists THE TOP 5 • Arlington Orthodontics, Arlington • Belmont Smiles, Belmont • Chestnut Dental, Multiple Locations • Starr and Glick Orthodontics, Medfield • The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics, Brookline

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Speech-Language Therapy THE TOP 5 • Chatterboxes Speech and Language Pathology, Newton • Children’s Speech & Language Services, LLC, Lexington • Learning Solutions LLC, Norwood • South Shore Therapies, Multiple Locations • Speech-Language Pathology Center, Norwell

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Pediatricians THE TOP 10 • Centre Pediatrics Associates P.C., Brookline • Chestnut Hill Pediatrics, Chestnut Hill • Framingham Pediatrics, Framingham • Franciscan Children’s, Brighton • Longwood Pediatrics, Boston • Mass General, Waltham • MVPediatrics, Quincy • Needham Pediatrics, Needham

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2 0 2 0 FA M I LY FAV O R I T E S Independent High Schools THE TOP 5 • Boston University Academy, Boston • Brimmer and May School, Chestnut Hill • International School of Boston, Cambridge • Noble and Greenough School, Dedham • Thayer Academy, Braintree THE WINNER Noble and Greenough School, Dedham

MIDDLE SCHOOLS Faith-Based Middle Schools THE TOP 5 • Abundant Life Christian Learning Center, Wilmington • Monsignor Haddad Middle School, Needham • Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission Grammar School, Boston • The Rashi School, Dedham • St. Mary of the Assumption School, Brookline THE WINNER Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission Grammar School, Boston

Independent Middle Schools THE TOP 5 • Cambridge Montessori School, Cambridge • International School of Boston, Cambridge • Noble and Greenough School, Dedham • Thacher Montessori School, Milton • Wellan Montessori School, Newton THE WINNER Wellan Montessori School, Newton

Montessori Middle Schools THE TOP 5 • Cambridge Montessori School, Cambridge • Norwood Montessori School, Norwood • Summit Montessori School, Framingham • Thacher Montessori School, Milton • Wellan Montessori School, Newton

THE WINNER International School of Boston, Cambridge

Faith-Based Preschools THE TOP 5 • Abundant Life Christian Learning Center, Wilmington • Frances Jacobson Early Childhood Center at Temple Israel, Boston • Mount Alvernia Academy Preschool, Chestnut Hill • Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission Grammar School, Boston • St. Mary of the Assumption School, Brookline THE WINNER Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission Grammar School, Boston

Independent Preschools THE TOP 10 • Cambridge Montessori, Cambridge • Delphi Academy, Milton • Garden Nursery School, Cambridge • International School of Boston, Cambridge • Jewish Creative Preschool, Newton • Norwood Montessori School, Norwood • Pine Village Preschool, Multiple Locations • Su Escuela Language Academy, Hingham • The Tobin School, Multiple Locations • Wellan Montessori School, Newton THE WINNER Wellan Montessori School, Newton Centre

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PRESCHOOLS Bilingual Preschools THE TOP 5 • German International School of Boston, Allston • International School of Boston, Cambridge • Pine Village Preschool, Multiple Locations • Su Escuela Language Academy, Hingham • Teddy Bear Club, Lincoln & Newton

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2 0 2 0 FA M I LY FAV O R I T E S Large Preschools (Total

Capacity 31 Children or More) THE TOP 10 • Bowen Cooperative Nursery School, Newton • Cambridge Montessori, Cambridge • Frances Jacobson Early Childhood Center at Temple Israel, Boston • International School of Boston, Cambridge • JCC Early Learning, Multiple Locations • Pine Manor College Child Study Center, Chestnut Hill • Pine Village Preschool, Multiple Locations • Su Escuela Language Academy, Hingham • Thacher Montessori School, Milton • Wellan Montessori School, Newton THE WINNER Wellan Montessori School, Newton

Montessori Preschools THE TOP 10 • Adams Montessori School, Quincy • Cambridge Montessori, Cambridge • Children’s Workshop Montessori, • Lexington Montessori School, Lexington • Norwood Montessori School, Norwood • Summit Montessori School, Framingham • Thacher Montessori, Milton • Torit Montessori School, Boston • Walnut Park School, Newton • Wellan Montessori School, Newton Centre THE WINNER Wellan Montessori School, Newton Centre

Small Preschools (Total

Capacity 30 Children or Less) THE TOP 5 • Delphi Academy, Milton • Garden Nursery School, Cambridge • Kelly’s Unique Kids, Medford • Les Papillons, Brookline • St Mary’s of the Assumption, Brookline THE WINNER St Mary’s of the Assumption, Brookline

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THE TOP 5 • Buttons and Bows, Acton • Hatched, Jamaica Plain • Magic Beans, Multiple Locations • Magpie Kids, Somerville • Tadpole, Boston THE WINNER Magic Beans, Multiple Locations

Book Stores THE TOP 5 • Brookline Booksmith, Brookline • Newtonville Books, Newton • Porter Square Books, Cambridge • The Coop, Cambridge • Wellesley Books, Wellesley THE WINNER The Coop, Cambridge

Consignment Stores / Events THE TOP 5 • Apple of My Eye, Melrose • Boston Babies & Toddlers Clothing Swaps, Multiple Locations • Buttons and Bows, Acton • Kids Closet, Pembrook • Two Little Monkeys, Somerville THE WINNER Boston Babies & Toddlers Clothing Swaps, Multiple Locations

Family Shoe Stores THE TOP 5 • Michelson’s Shoes, Lexington & Needham • Pisini Shoes, Franklin • Shoe Market, Hingham • The Barn Family Shoe Store, Newton • Tiny Hanger, Brookline & Wellesley THE WINNER Michelson’s Shoes, Lexington and Needham

Kids’ Casual Wear

THE TOP 5 • Baby Furniture Warehouse, Multiple Locations • Bedrooms, Peabody • Company Kids Store, Online Only • Jordan’s Furniture, Avon & Reading • Magic Beans, Multiple Locations THE WINNER Jordan’s Furniture, Avon & Reading

Kids’ Special Occasion Wear THE TOP 5 • Beansprout Gifts, Melrose • Hatched, Boston • Kodomo, Boston • Michelson’s Shoes, Lexington & Needham • Tiny Hanger, Brookline & Wellesley THE WINNER Tiny Hanger, Brookline & Wellesley

Toy Stores THE TOP 5 • Boing! Toy Shop, Jamaica Plain • Catch a Falling Star, Winchester • Henry’s Bear Park, Brookline • Magic Beans, Multiple Locations • Wellesley Toy Shop, Wellesley THE WINNER Henry’s Bear Park, Brookline

FAMILY SERVICES Family Photographers THE TOP 5 • Bella Luce Photography • Bellini Portraits • Boston Baby Photos • Courtney Hizey Photography • CP Photography THE WINNER Boston Baby Photos

Kids Haircuts

THE TOP 5 • Apple of My Eye, Melrose • Hatched, Boston • Michelson’s Shoes, Lexington & Needham • The Nutshell, Milton • Tiny Hanger, Brookline & Wellesley

THE TOP 5 • Clarendon Barbers, Boston • Kids Kool Cuts, Saugus • Lulu’s Family Cuts at Salon 2323, Cambridge • Salon Willington, Beverly • Snip-Its, Multiple Locations

THE WINNER Tiny Hanger, Brookline & Wellesley

THE WINNER Snip-Its, Multiple Locations

Kids’ Furniture Stores

Kids Party Entertainment


2 0 2 0 FA M I LY FAV O R I T E S THE TOP 5 • Big Joe, Brighton • Empow Studios, Lexington • Sky Zone, Multiple Locations • The Teapot Fairy of Norwell • VinKari Safari, Woburn THE WINNER Empow Studios, Lexington

Nanny Services THE TOP 5 • Boston Baby Nurse • Boston Collegiate Nannies • Boston Nanny Centre, Inc. • Boston’s Best Babysitters • Cass & Company, Greater Boston THE WINNER Boston Baby Nurse, Greater Boston

SPECIAL NEEDS SERVICES AND RESOURCES Special Needs After School Programs THE TOP 5 • Applied Behavioral Learning Services, Wellesley • BBLC, Boston • Charles River Aspire After School Program, Needham • Commonwealth Learning Center, Danvers and Needham • Learning Solutions, Norwood THE WINNER Applied Behavioral Learning Services, Wellesley

Special Needs Child Care Facilities THE TOP 5 • Applied Behavioral Learning Services, Wellesley • Charles River Early Intervention, Waltham • Integrated Center for Child Development Services, Canton • Learning Solutions, Norwood • South Shore Therapies, East Weymouth THE WINNER Applied Behavioral Learning Services, Wellesley

Special Needs Elementary Schools THE TOP 10 • Boston College Campus School, Chestnut Hill • Boston Higashi School, Randolph • Cotting School, Lexington • League School Of Greater Boston, East Walpole • Learning Prep School, Newton • May Center School, Multiple Locations • Milestones Day School, Waltham • Pathways Academy, Belmont • Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown • The Kennedy Day School, Brighton • The Manville School, Boston THE WINNER Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown

Special Needs High Schools THE TOP 5 • Boston College Campus School, Chestnut Hill • Carroll School, Lincoln • Cotting School, Lexington • May Center School, Multiple Locations • The Gifford School, Weston THE WINNER Carroll School, Lincoln

Special Needs Legal Assistance THE TOP 5 • Education Consulting, Advocacy and Legal Services, Saugus • Fletcher Tilton Attorneys, Multiple Offices • James Baron Attorney, Waltham • Maaps, Wakefield • Special Needs Law of Ma, Framingham THE WINNER Fletcher Tilton Attorneys, Multiple Offices

THE WINNER Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown

Special Needs Preschools THE TOP 5 • Cotting School, Lexington • May Center School, Multiple Locations • New England Center For Children, Southborough • Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown • The Kennedy Day School, Brighton THE WINNER New England Center For Children, Southborough

Special Needs Recreation Programs THE TOP 5 • Athletes Unlimited, Newton • Berklee Theater Program Those with Disabilities, Boston • Boston Ballet Adaptive Dance, Boston • Discovery Museum Sensory Friendly Program, Acton • Museum of Fine Arts Autism Art Classes, Boston THE WINNER Museum of Fine Arts Autism Art Classes, Boston

Special Needs Summer Camps THE TOP 5 • AccessSportAmerica Adaptive Water Sports Program, Multiple Locations • Bridge Center Special Needs Camps, Bridgewater • Camp Joy, Boston • Camp Three Rivers, Concord • Franciscan Hospital for Children Adaptive Sports Program, Brighton THE WINNER Franciscan Hospital for Children Adaptive Sports Program, Brighton

Special Needs Middle Schools THE TOP 5 • Boston College Campus School, Chestnut Hill • Carroll School, Lincoln • Cotting School, Lexington • May Center School, Multiple Locations • Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown August 2020 BostonParentsPaper.com

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BOSTON COLLEGE CHILDREN’S CENTER

INFANT-TODDLER CENTER & PRESCHOOL

Serving children from 2 months - 6 years old • 2, 3, or 5 days a week • Half day or full day • Early drop off • School year, summer, or full year programs!

Pre-K & Preschool program available: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm Your child will enjoy daily age-appropriate activities as well as optional enrichment programs including Spanish, Amazing Athletes, Knucklebones, and more! Call now to schedule a visit! Infant/Toddler Center • 13 Bates Rd. • Watertown Preschool • 226 Mt. Auburn St. • Watertown email questions to elizabeth@stepcare.net

617-926-1434 • www.stepcare.net

47 Stone Ave., Chestnut Hill 617-552-3356 bc.edu/offices/hr/employees/all-cc-docs.html

BRIGHT HORIZONS EARLY EDUCATION & PRESCHOOL Various Locations Across Massachusetts 877-624-4532 brighthorizons.com/naeycboston

CHILDREN’S HAPPY DAY SCHOOL 5 Charles Park Road, West Roxbury 617-325-0606 childrenshappyday.com

COLE-HARRINGTON CHILDREN’S CENTER Infant Toddler Enrichment 605 Neponset St., Canton 781-821-4422, ext. 315

Preschool Enrichment Center 3 Randolph St., Canton 781-828-1519 Early Learning Center 960 Washington St., Canton 781-898-5037 PreKindergarten Enrichment Program 55 Pecunit St., Canton 781-828-3453, ext. 21 coleharrington.com

FAMILY ACCESS OF NEWTON EARLY LEARNING CENTER 492 Waltham St., West Newton 617-969-5906 familyaccess.org

Celebrating 34 Years of Excellence

Accepting Applications Infant • Toddler • Preschool • Pre-Kindergarten EARLY EDUCATION PROGRAMS Full- & Part-Time Childcare • 2 mos. To 5 yrs. Open 8:00am – 6:00pm Infant Care Is Now Available! On-site drop off parking • Fenced-in roof-top playspace Outstanding Teacher-Child Ratios Professionally qualified Early Education Teachers State Transportation Building 10 Park Plaza, Boston MA 02116

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FRANCES JACOBSON EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER At Temple Israel 477 Longwood Ave., Boston 617-566-3960, ext. 148 fjecc.org

JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTERS JCC Early Learning Center Brookline/Brighton JCC Early Learning Center at Congregation Sha’aray Shalom Hingham Bernice B. Godine JCC Early Learning Center Newton Gilson JCC Early Learning Center Sharon 617-558-6423 bostonjcc.org/earlylearning


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770 Cochituate Road, Framingham 508-390-2700 kindercare.com

NEEDHAM CHILDREN’S CENTER 858 Great Plain Ave., Needham 781-449-4486 needhamchildrenscenter.com

THE PRESCHOOL OF THE FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH 2 East Central St., Natick 508-655-2171 thefccpreschool.org

ST. JOHN’S NURSERY SCHOOL 95 Deerfield Ave., Westwood 781-329-2032 stjohnsnursery.org

STEPPING STONES INFANT-TODDLER CENTER & PRESCHOOL

Infant/Toddler Center 13 Bates Rd., Watertown Preschool 226 Mt. Auburn St., Watertown 617-926-1434 stepcare.net

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LEADERS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION THE TOBIN SCHOOL Preschool – Kindergarten 73 Cottage Street • Natick, MA 01760 508-655-5006 • www.thetobinschool.org

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AU UGUST GUST CO OOP OP K IIDS DS Infant Toddler Enrichment Center 605 Neponset St., Canton • Ages 3 mos. to 2 years 9 mos. • Hours: 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM Call Karen Heavey @ 781-821-4422 x 315 Preschool Enrichment Center 611 Neponset St., Canton • Ages 2.9 mos. to 5 years • Hours: 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM Call Linda Feller @ 781-828-1519

TOBIN SCHOOL

Early Learning Center 960 Washington St., Canton • Ages: 3 mos. to 5 years • Hours: 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM Call Debbie Ritson @ 781-989-5037

TOBIN SCHOOL WESTWOOD 1054 High St., Westwood 781-329-7775 tobinschoolwestwood.org

WESTWOOD CHILDREN’S SCHOOL

Prekindergarten Enrichment Program 55 Pecunit St., Canton • Ages 3.6 to 5 years • Hours: 7 AM to 6 PM Call Brenda Lee Boris @ 781-828-3453 x 21

808 High St., Westwood 781-329-7766 westwoodchildrensschool.org

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TOBIN CHILDREN’S SCHOOL Infants – PreK 71 Cottage Street • Natick, MA 01760 508-653-6300 • www.tobinchildrensschool.org

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