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Kids! Cover Contest Winners Kaveh Moore COVER WINNER

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ur adorably handsome cover winner, Kaveh Moore, turned 2 years old this week. He’s no stranger to posing as he’d been doing some work as a model. It’s not just the good looks that led his grandmother, Dr. Jane Fixman of Hastings-on-Hudson, to enter him in the contest — he’s got the personality to match. “They are so close, really cute together,” Mom Kehlila Green-Moore said. “They joke around with each other and she reads a lot to him, sings to him, plays Legos with him. They FaceTime each other constantly even though we can see each other often.” Hastings to Manhattan isn’t a long trip, so Fixman sees Kaveh at least once a week and after their sleepovers, “She’s just completely pooped at the end of the weekend,” Mom said. Kaveh loves his Nanny, along with throwing balls and having snacks. Sometimes he throws things to his Nanny’s dog or feeds the dog things he’s not supposed to. “They have a love-hate relationship,” Green-Moore said of her son and the dog. What really stands out is how connected Kaveh is with people. “He’s into eye contact and knowing that he would rather have the attention of a person than go on his own,” Mom said. “He’s personable, not shy. Just into people.”

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DIVISION ONE WINNER At only 20 months, Matthew Martorano is charming and funny. “He’s got a sense of humor,” according to his grandmother, Linda Tortu of Dobbs Ferry. Tortu sees Matthew at least once a week since he lives not far in Scarsdale. When he’s at her house she loves to take him to the waterfront park, though these days the playdates are mostly indoors. “He loves to throw a ball,” Tortu said. “Of course his father thinks he’s going to he a major athlete. He’s running all over the place. He’s very curious. Overall he’s entertaining.” He’s also very focused and persistent. Matthew loves to take things apart and put them back together. Nothing seems to phase him during that process. “He’ll stay with it, which is unusual for a kid that age because they’re kind of running all over the place,” Tortu said. You might notice that great head of gold locks Matthew has going on there. And he’s already had two haircuts! “Yesterday I said to my daughter, ‘I think he needs another haircut,’” Tortu said. “She said she’s waiting as long as possible because he hates it, so he screams the entire time. It takes three people to hold him to give him the haircut. “I think he looks really cute after a haircut, but I understand it’s torture for them.


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DIVISION TWO WINNER Dolores Nehrbauer is 93 years older than this smiley 3-year-old, her great granddaughter Bridget. Nehrbauer has three children, seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, with another on the way. The Hastings-on-Hudson resident enjoys nothing more than seeing the members of her large family, and Bridget and her two older brothers, who live in Rockland, are no exception. Seven-year-old Jimmy and 6-year-old Kieran keep Bridget going, as does her yellow lab, Sandy. Bridget also finds plenty of time to herself when it comes to Disney, taking Irish dancing and going to preschool. Nehrbauer sees Bridget every couple of weeks and they enjoy playing and talking to each other. And the snacks. Bridget loves the snacks. Picking just the right photo to enter wasn’t easy. “Every picture I see of her I like,” Nehrbauer said. “She just takes lovely pictures and they all look like her, a very active little girl.” With such a large family and having lived in Hastings since kindergarten, Nehrbauer has had other contest winners over the years. One of her grandchildren renews her Enterprise subscription as a gift every year. “I look forward to it every Friday,” she said. Today’s paper maybe a little more than usual.



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Grandparents play a special part in kids’ lives BY LINDA LEAVITT


hy do human females lose the capacity to reproduce as they age? Some anthropologists believe that being freed from childbearing enabled our foremothers to help nurture and care for their grandchildren. According to the “grandmother hypothesis,” this improved the child’s chances of survival, freed the mother to produce more children and helped ensure that genes for longevity would be passed on. University of Utah professor Kristen Hawkes believes that grandmothers also helped people develop social capacities that led to “the evolution of other distinctly human traits, including pair bonding, bigger brains, learning new skills and our tendency for cooperation.” Today’s grandmothers are probably not thinking about evolution as they feed, dress, bathe, teach and play with their grandchildren. They’re just enjoying being with the kids without the pressure, worry and tedium of fulltime responsibility. Just as parents tend to be more relaxed with a second and third child, grandparents’ greater life experience tends to make them more easygoing than they were when they were parents. “Grandparents bring perspective, especially when parents are anxious about potty training, reading or speaking,” said Lynne Clark, longtime Scarsdalian and grandmother of nine. “There is no ideal timetable for development; each child has her own schedule.” Wendy Samuelson of Hartsdale, grandmother of three, thinks “there’s a lot of stress on kids these days — they feel they have to be perfect. Grandparents just love them for who they are. They don’t see their grandchildren as reflections of themselves.” Lynne Clark’s husband Merrell agrees. Trying to push children “to be like someone else can be harmful,” he said. “Each child is a unique treasure who brings a combination of gifts to his or her world.”

The masculine touch While grandmothers may be are reliving some of the satisfactions of motherhood, grandfathers have an opportunity for a deeper involvement with their grandchildren than they had time for when their own kids were young. Traditional roles may hold more sway with the current generation of grandfathers simply because of the way they grew up. Most men had less involvement in the day-to-day care of their children than their wives did. Gender roles are likely to be more flexible with the next generation. Still, differences are likely to persist. According to James S. Bates, a professor specializing in grandfather-grandchild relationships, grandfathers tend to focus on preparing for the child’s future by passing on knowledge and skills, nurturing ethics and responsibility and helping young people become financially independent. Grandfathers may enjoy teaching sports and competitive games to their

grandchildren. They may be more competitive than grandmothers and engage in teasing and horseplay, Bates notes. As long as Grandpa isn’t rough or mean, his grandkids can benefit from a different kind of socialization. Kids learn that there are different standards of behavior with different people and in different situations. In fact that’s an important part of growing up. Behavior that’s acceptable at home is not tolerated in school; what’s OK to say to a sibling may be rude to say to an aunt.

Rules That brings us to rules, a common source of friction between parents and grandparents, with grandparents tending more toward permissiveness. Everyone’s having a good time, so why not another bedtime story, another cookie, another game? Letting kids get away with a small variation in routine is one of the things that make the intergenerational relationship special. Unless there’s some definable harm that’s likely to result from the indulgence, parents should chill and let grandparents have their fun. But grandparents should make sure they know the reason for some of the parental taboos, such as an allergy, frightening association or past trauma. Grandparents are famous for spoiling their grandchildren with gifts. While it’s fun to buy them the occasional toy for no reason, grandparents should respect the

parents’ views and not overdo it. (After all, you don’t want to be loved just for the goodies you provide.) They should also beware of favoring one child over another, or expecting young kids to share. Better to get two identical toys, or at least two that are equally wonderful. A game that the kids can play together is a good way of getting around resistance to sharing. Carolyn Donovan lives with six of her eight grandchildren, along with her daughter and son-in-law. The arrangement works, Donovan said, in part because she has her own apartment attached to the house. While she’s always available to the kids, she withdraws to her own place on weekends so they can have time alone with their parents. “I believe the more love children receive, the better,” said Donovan, who refers to herself as the “resident encourager, but not the director or enforcer.” Since they aren’t usually the disciplinarians, grandparents can be trusted confidants for children and help them solve their own problems by talking them through. “Grandparents can’t intervene between parents and their children, but children can bring concerns to their grandparents that they might not bring to their parents,” the Clarks observed. Judy Levin, LCSW-R, a senior family therapist with Scarsdale/Edgemont Family Counseling Service, said it’s important for grandparents to remain positive and supportive of their sons and daughters

and not to criticize their parenting style. “Parents tend to be insecure about what they’re doing,” she said, and they face many challenges, such as the Internet and social media, that previous generations did not have to contend with. Rather than offering unsolicited advice, “Let the parents choose what support they want from you,” Levin advises grandparents. “Let go of your judgment and ideas of how things should be. If you do that, they will be more open to coming to you for help.” Having a close relationship with a grandparent helps kids see old people as “real people,” wrinkles and all, Donovan said. And grandparents give children a “window into the olden days” — when, for instance, telephones were stationary and could not be carried around with you, much less tell you the weather, play music, compute, take photos and videos, etc. Many teachers assign children to interview their grandparents or other seniors about what life was like when they were young, or their memories of historic events. Members of the older generation can provide a vivid link to the past, including the childhoods of parents, aunts and uncles. They also carry on family traditions. “A lot of the books are the same,” said Donovan, who has read “Dr. Doolittle” to every one of her eight grandchildren. Rabbi Jeffrey Brown of Scarsdale Synagogue said Jewish tradition emphasizes CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE

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CONTINUED FROM THE PREVIOUS PAGE intergenerational bonds especially when the Torah is passed from the grandparents to the parents to the bar or bat mitzvah. Religious school students at the temple are bused to the Hebrew Home in Riverdale where they build mentor-mentee relationships with residents there. The experience “extends the value of generational interconnectedness more broadly and has been a transformative experience for the kids,” said Rabbi Brown.

Special times Free from the daily grind of getting kids dressed and out the door for school, appointments and extracurriculars, grandparents have time to dream up activities with their grandchildren that can become special features of their time together. Depending on particular interests and talents, these can include cooking or baking together, playing board or card games, reading or making up stories, excursions, sports, arts and crafts or dramatic play. Merrell Clark likes to play the piano for sing-alongs with his grandchildren and bring them to Christmas celebrations at Hitchcock Church. Lynne Clark packed a suitcase for her grandchildren when each of her three daughters was giving birth for the second and third time. “Grammy’s suitcase” was full of fun things for the siblings to do when their mom was preoccupied with the newborn. Merrell spends one day a year with each grandchild, one on one. They’ve gone to museums, zoos, concerts and


movies. The Clarks have also done special trips with the kids as a couple, taking two grandchildren at a time to long weekends in Washington, D.C., seeing monuments, museums, government buildings and other sights. They’ve also gone on family vacations with all 17 people and held extended family reunions with more distant relations.

Bridging the distance Many grandparents live far away from their grandchildren and have to make a special effort to be a part of their upbringing. Modern devices for keeping in touch across the miles help — communicating by Skype, and for older children, email and text. Kids often freeze when asked to talk on demand to grandparents. “How was school today?” is unlikely to elicit much of a response. More specific questions elicit better answers. If you know the names of the child’s friends you can ask, for example, did you play with Harry today? Try telling a funny story or describing an unusual sight. Parents can help spark conversation by suggesting the child show the grandparents a picture he or she drew or something they built with toys. The Clarks summed up the essence of the grandparent-grandchild relationship and its importance for all three generations: “Our children are a joy, they teach us unconditional love. When they have our grandchildren, the chain of unconditional love gets stronger and wider, passed on from generation to generation.”

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PARENTING: Changing discipline in a changing world BY MAJA TARATETA


aking away an iPad, cell phone or social media account feels like a common punishment today that didn’t even exist as a strategy a few years ago. But experts are weighing in on whether or not this is the best method of discipline in today’s brave new technological world. First, they say, it is important to examine what discipline is. “The term ‘discipline’ as it relates to children can mean different things to different parents depending on their cultural norms, own upbringing, religious beliefs, beliefs about how children can best learn appropriate behavior, study of parenting resources, etc.,” said Brenda Boatswain, Ph.D., of Godsend Psychological Services in Scarsdale. Boatswain is a local-licensed New York psychologist and certified group psychotherapist, educator, author and speaker trained in evidenced-based mind-bodyspirit practices, with more than 20 years of professional experience. “‘Discipline’ is derived from the word ‘disciple,’” added Sue Gerrity, associate professor of psychology at Manhattanville College in Purchase, where she teaches courses in developmental psychology, among other areas. “We are in a 27-year relationship — a very long slog toward adulthood.” Boatswain agrees: “Encouraging good behavior in children starts at conception and continues throughout the child’s life. Parenting is a role and a behavior that starts at conception and involves modeling the good behavior we expect to see in our children. Parenting also takes time; time with children explaining, teaching, supporting and modeling rules and expectations and age-appropriate behaviors, comforting during times of failure and hurt, and celebrating during times of triumph and success.” There are several ways that discipline can happen, said Boatswain, including: instruction on rules and expectations, control by use of guilt or demeaning the child, physical punishment, arguing and cajoling, punishment by withholding things or activities the child likes, bribes, threats, use of timeout or rewarding ap-

propriate behavior. “This list is by no means exhaustive, but are common practices used by parents,” Boatswain said. “Unfortunately, common practices don’t always equate to effective practices.” According to Boatswain, current research on parenting suggests that training of appropriate behavior in children, whether preschool or teen, involves instruction on and explanation of ageappropriate rules and expectations in a loving and nurturing home environment. She said research has found that there are three main parenting approaches: authoritative, permissive and uninvolved. The authoritative parent is simultaneously nurturing, responsive, supportive and able to set firm limits for their children. This type of parent listens to their child’s point of view, but doesn’t always accept it if not appropriate, and maintains clear boundaries, limits and expectations. “Children raised with this type of parenting tend to develop the characteristics parents typically hope discipline would achieve — cooperative, content, resilient and achievement-oriented,” Boatswain explained. The permissive parent is warm, but ca-

sual and lax. “This type of parent does not set firm limits or monitor their children’s activities or expect appropriately mature behavior of their children,” noted Boatswain. “Children raised with this parenting style tend to develop less adaptive character traits and may be impulsive, rebellious, aimless, aggressive, with low in self-reliance, self-control and achievement.” The uninvolved parent is unresponsive, unavailable and rejecting of their children. “Children raised with this parenting style may have low self-esteem and self-confidence, and may search for a substitute, sometimes inappropriate, parenting figure for the uninvolved parent,” Boatswain said. Noted Gerrity, “All of the structures around child-rearing have changed very fast, and we have no replacements in place… The culture has abandoned adolescents to their own devices. We are hyper worried about younger children, but need to re-orient to teenagers.” Speaking of “devices,” technology seems to be the top concern among parents of children of nearly all ages from toddler through teen. “We need to structure kids’ times around phone and internet access and balance it in a way that’s

fair,” advised Helen Crohn, a clinical associate professor at the Graduate School of Social Service at Fordham University’s Westchester campus. Her clinical practice focuses on individuals, couples and families, and she recently wrote a book, “Daughters and Their Mothers and Stepmothers,” a study on stepfamilies. “If children are older, you have to negotiate,” Crohn said. “You have to take the child’s voice into account. It’s going to be difficult, but it needs to be limited. It’s important to limit it. It affects social relationships and the ability to relate.” “Today’s parents and children are busier than ever with work, school and extracurricular activities. This busyness may lead to neglect of what’s most important in life-strong family relationships and quality time with those we care about,” said Boatswain. “Even if we make time to be together, we may be too distracted with our technology — cell phone, iPad, smart watch, exercise machine, television, Netflix, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, you get the picture. Both parents CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE


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CONTINUED FROM THE PREVIOUS PAGE and children need time each week to unplug and be together and talk to one another about their week, things that they have been thinking about, feeling, need help with, and things that they can celebrate together with joy and gratitude. There is really no substitute for quality time and quality family ties.” Crohn suggests thinking about “structuring” over “discipline.” “Thinking about the behaviors that are acceptable and trying to encourage acceptable behaviors and limit unacceptable behaviors,” she said. “Try to shape behavior from the beginning and consistently… Start as young as you can, talk to your partner about parameters and sticking to it and deciding what you want to shape… The punishment should fit the crime.” “We need to try to work out of the notion that we are walking on a knife edge as parents,” Gerrity said. “We just need to try to stay on the football field. Children are more adaptable than we think. We think our children are incredibly fragile, and we don’t want to make them feel bad. But we need to think about raising kids so that they are human beings we can enjoy as people. We are raising them to be good human beings. The way we do adolescence in America is a cultural phenomenon. We have deep respect for people’s individuality and not being OK with how we encroach on that is what puts us in a bind as parents.” “Young parents lean toward too much


permission and too much talking and explaining,” agreed Crohn. “Just making it simple and clearer is better.” According to Dr. Paul Donahue, Ph.D., “Parents can lose their leverage if we give kids too many privileges too early. They feel like entitlements not privileges.” Donahue has a clinical practice in Scarsdale focused on children, adolescents and parents among others. He recently wrote the book, “Parenting Without Fear,” which provides a road map for parents toward a more peaceful and satisfying family existence. When it comes to discipline, “You should do the best that you can in the moment and try to regulate your feelings,” advised Crohn. “You can’t be a stone, but you don’t have to have an outburst. Show your emotions in a way that’s productive and builds empathy.” It’s also critical for parents to model behavior. “If we want them to treat others with respect, we need to treat each other with respect,” said Donahue. “If we say no phones at the table, we can’t be taking out our phones at the table. Teenagers will call us out on hypocrisy.” Positive reinforcement is also always better than negative, experts say. “We want to praise kids for when they are doing well as opposed to being critical when not,” said Donahue. “We get more mileage out of rewarding good behavior than being critical of negative.” His advice? Set limits, clear rules and incentives. “It’s important to be clear and upfront,” he said.


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Avoid the mistakes your parents made BY MAJA TARATETA


ooks have been written on it. Films have been made about it. Even Reddit is full of comments on it. What are the mistakes your parents made raising you that you don’t want to make? How can you avoid repeating the mistakes your parents made raising you? “We are probably not going to make the same mistakes because we recognize those mistakes,” said Sue Gerrity, associate professor of psychology at Manhattanville College in Purchase, where she teaches courses in developmental psychology, among other areas. Being aware of the mistakes is the first step to avoiding them, said Helen Crohn, a clinical associate professor at the Graduate School of Social Service at Fordham University’s Westchester campus. Her clinical practice focuses on individuals, couples and families. “Awareness is the first thing,” Crohn said. “Being aware of what they did that worked and what didn’t work. Some people feel their parents were great and they want to repeat

what they did. Others say their parents were critical and unforgiving and are looking to avoid this.” Crohn said we all have “a tendency to repeat what our parents did. It is a strong instinct. Your mother is in there somewhere psychologically. All of a sudden, when you’re a parent, you empathize with your mother. But you don’t have to emulate her.” “We inherit things from our parents, including our temperament,” said Dr. Paul Donahue, Ph.D., who has a clinical practice in Scarsdale focused on children, adolescents and parents, among others. He recently wrote the book, “Parenting Without Fear,” which provides a road map for parents toward a more peaceful and satisfying family existence. When anticipating a conflict, Donahue advises parents to “take deep breaths. Run through the scenario. Run through what you do and don’t want to say. You might have to go against your first tendency.” The American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents to avoid “getting caught up in statements like ‘I’m not going to make the same mistakes my parents made.’”

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CONTINUED FROM THE PREVIOUS PAGE selves and their instincts. Mothers and fathers tend to have good intuition and knowledge of their own children. They often know more than they think they do, and they should not be afraid of making mistakes. Children are resilient and forgiving and usually learn and grow through their mistakes. Parents tend to be just as resilient and forgiving.” “We have to learn how to apologize and mean it,” agreed Gerrity. “We have to repair things when they have gone wrong. We have to say ‘I’m sorry, and I will try not to do this any more.’” Donahue agrees: “If we lose it, we should apologize and try to make amends. We have a chance to go back to our kids. This is something our parents did not do.” According to the AAP, when most parents set their standards and expectations for parenting, they take into account their recollections of their own youth. AAP advises parents to examine their approach to parenting by looking at it through the prism of their own childhood. One way is for parents to ask themselves several reflective questions. First, “What do you remember about the family you grew up in, particularly your relationships with your mother and father? What do you appreciate most about their way of raising you?” Also, “What did you most enjoy doing with each of your parents?” The answer to this question might give you a clue to



the activities your own child might enjoy doing with you. Next, “What were the greatest difficulties you had with your parents?” This information might help you avoid problem areas with your own children while understanding why you respond to certain parental situations the way you do. For instance, if you felt your parents were too strict, you might become too permissive with your own child; or if you believe your mother and father were too withdrawn and quiet, you might insist upon talking with your child a lot. Lastly, “What do you feel were their greatest shortcomings as parents?” If your own father became abusive when he got angry, for example, you might feel anxious whenever tempers flare in your own household, and you might try to avoid angry confrontations. “The best way is to think about it and talk to your spouse or partner about what is happening, what you want to keep and not keep and to try to modulate that,” Crohn said. Donahue agrees: “A good spouse can be helpful to remind us that our initial reactions are not always best.” Most importantly, parents should keep in mind what sets them off and avoid the triggers. “It’s really important to have fun time and positive time with our kids,” Gerrity said. “Otherwise, we will lose the reasons they listen to his. They listen to us because we matter to them.”

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THE PARENT GAP: raising teens & toddlers together BY MAJA TARATETA


n a typical multi-child scenario, families have several children spaced two or three years apart. I have a friend who has four children, each exactly 18 months apart. This type of planning has become the historic American norm for a family. But more and more, American families are becoming less traditional. This can take on many forms, but one is the age difference between children. In my house, I have two children who are 13 months apart. In my neighbor’s house, her children are 13 years apart. Sometimes, a large age gap can be the result of second marriages. Other times, it is just the choice of the family. When there is a large gap between children, does parenting become more difficult? There can in fact be many benefits to a large age gap, say the experts. Think reduced competitiveness among siblings, and less compacted financial stress associated with big expenses, like braces and college tuition. “There’s some great advantages,” said Sue Gerrity, associate professor of psychology at Manhattanville College in Purchase, where she teaches courses in developmental psychology, among other areas. One she sites is experience. “Parents have learned which battles are important.” Sounds good? Well, there can also be challenges to raising two children separated by a decade plus. For one, depending on the size of the age gap, parents may struggle to accommodate different developmental needs and interests. Stamina and energy can be key, the experts agree. “Parents will need a lot of rest,” advised CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE

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CONTINUED FROM THE PREVIOUS PAGE Dr. Paul Donahue, Ph.D., who has a clinical practice in Scarsdale focused on children, adolescents and parents, among others. He recently wrote the book, “Parenting Without Fear,” which provides a road map for parents toward a more peaceful and satisfying family existence. “Dealing with both age groups [toddlers and teens] can be exhausting. Especially when you’re not 25 years old. Kids are up early, teens are up late.” He continued, “Little kids are physically demanding, older kids are emotionally demanding. One way to be a good parent,” he said, “is to have endurance.” Donahue also pointed out that parents can recognize that there are a lot of similarities between their teens and toddlers. “Little kids, preschoolers in particular, much of what they go through they repeat as teenagers,” he said. “Tantrums and inability to control their parents, we see the same behavior in teens.” He continued, “The goal of those years is pretty similar — to learn how to separate from parents, to be more independent and to survive on their own. These goals are more similar than we might realize.” Another important point to remember is that teens oftentimes regress. “They can need TLC and to be babied as much as any other age,” said Donahue. “They like it when parents bring them a blanket while they watch a movie on the couch, or a hot drink. They still need physical affection. Teenagers,” he said, “can swing



back and forth. But there are similarities.” Many experts list possible upsides and downsides to age gaps of four years plus between siblings. Benefits can include getting more one-on-one time with each child, having more parenting experience and an older child who can help care for the younger one. Challenges can include that parenting skills for the younger set can be rustier and the siblings may not relate well. Some behaviors families have grown accustomed to may have to change with a new little one around. “Put the horror films away,” advised Gerrity. “Don’t watch the news and listen to talk radio with the younger one around.” Experts advise giving kids headphones so they can listen to age-appropriate music and watch age-appropriate videos without exposing the other sibling to inappropriate material or driving the other sibling crazy. Protecting and fostering each child’s development is key. But parents should make sure that all children are included in family time. “Sequestering older children off is a bad idea,” said Gerrity. “You don’t want to convey that what they are doing is toxic.” Despite the challenges of having one child who wants to watch a rated R film and another who wants to watch one rated G, with forethought and a flexible attitude, experts agree that parents can find balance that keeps families together… and happy.


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self-directed with guidance, choose activities on their own, care for others and their environment, and help them to be as independent as possible. To refine and develop independence is a process and takes time, routine and repetition.”

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self, including “care of self/care of the environment; independent thinker; ability to follow multi-step directions; ability to perform both listener and speaker roles; expanding curiosity/self-educate; ability to self-advocate; good manners; physical activity/endurance; self-regulate; social awareness; and sense of belonging to a larger community.” Nan Blank, director of the Kol Ami Early Childhood Program in White Plains, noted the skills the school fosters and encourages in its programs for 4- and 5-yearolds: “independence, comfortable and confident learners, learning to be part of a community of learners, taking turns, enthusiastic learners, social and emotional skills, and phonemic awareness.” Jane Arcaya, director of Elmwood Day School in White Plains, and a number of the school’s teachers offered their expertise as well. “We believe that children who begin kindergarten well tend to be confident and able to enjoy school and learning,” Arcaya said. “Children who can navigate a new environment successfully adjust quickly. Taking care of themselves and their belongings is a basic necessity. Being able to listen, follow routines, negotiate transitions and be flexible are all important tasks. Making a friend and being a friend, being a member of a community CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE

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said. “Taking care of personal belongings, drawing for themselves and using thinking skills to solve a problem are all ways children can develop independence and trust in themselves. We think it’s important to give children the guidance and the space to practice these important habits. When children are encouraged to do more thinking and to reflect on the progress they’ve made, they develop a positive sense of themselves as learners. Having a growth mindset enables children to face educational challenges with excitement, curiosity and interest.” Lori Kornrich, school co-director and 4s teacher, says a big goal of Elmwood’s 4s and 5s program is for children to make a friend and be a friend, to see themselves as a member of the community. “We want them to become good communicators, able to work well with others and negotiate,” Kornrich said. “When children can develop those connections, they are really able to make use of their school experience. These skills can be practiced in so many ways — by passing dice to a friend in a game, asking another child if they’d like the first turn, or working with a friend to develop a building plan or plan for play.” When children are figuring out how to entering into group play, Kornrich said, “We teach them to ‘read the room,’ noticing what’s going on, and to think of a role for themselves. Other ways they learn to enter play are by asking a friend a question or complimenting something the child is working on.”

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HEALTH: Asthma needn’t sideline kids from sports BY LAURIE SULLIVAN

the cold air… it’s not perfect but it is helpful,” Lief said. Anyone working with the child, be it a teacher or a coach, should know the severity of the child’s condition. “Someone needs to be noticing that the child is having trouble,” Lief said. Lief recommends kids should see their doctors every six months for an asthma check and to see if any medication needs changing. If there is a change, she would see them around 4-6 weeks or sooner if there’s a problem. For kids who are using their inhalers a lot and have worsening symptoms, Lief would refer a specialist. Some asthmatic kids also have bad allergies in addition to asthma, but Lief said there’s a way to have them exercise, which she said is the goal. Most of her patients do sports, maybe not organized ones. They could be going to the gym or walking or doing yoga — it doesn’t have to be competitive.


xercise is good for everyone and children are no exception, even kids with asthma. There are so many reasons for asthmatic kids to participate in team and individual sports, from the benefits of social interaction to sharing team spirit and camaraderie to improving their health. As the mother of an asthmatic son who played soccer from age 5 into adulthood and ran track as a young teen through college, I can say from personal experience how tremendously my son benefited from sports. Diagnosed with asthma at age 3, as he got older sports only increased his lung capacity so much so that his allergist said he had more lung capacity than children without asthma. According to asthma.net, anywhere from 30-70 percent of elite athletes have asthma. Soccer superstar David Beckham has asthma; so does six-time Olympic winner Jackie Joyner-Kersee, who never imagined she’d have a career as a runner because of her asthma. Asthma didn’t stop Olympic diver Greg Louganis, and so many other world class athletes. In terms of your own child playing sports, every child’s situation is different but with the right medication(s) there’s no reason he or she should be limited in the sports they want to do. If children require a rescue inhaler they should know how to use it. If a child has a flare-up while practicing or playing, the inhaler should be easily accessible. Dr. Amy Lief, a pediatrician at Scarsdale Medical Group treats patients up to the age of 21. Lief, who said it was difficult to diagnose asthma before the ago of 2, encourages her patients to play sports. She noted there are people who don’t have asthma but have exercise-induced asthma, noting that it’s really broncho constriction, which is the same process that’s going on in asthma.

Asthmatic kids: living happy, full lives Common triggers for asthma for some children include cold weather, colds and allergies, she said. Before embarking in physical activity, Lief advised parents should first talk to and have ongoing conversations with their child’s doctor. It’s important to see what environmental factors affect a child. Are they more susceptible in the spring, summer or fall? Lief feels that asthmatic kids shouldn’t be limited in playing sports, unless they are having acute illness, at which point the medical experts and family should reassess the situation. For a child who’s not having symptoms, but who knows exercising is a trigger, they may have to take two puffs of the albuterol inhaler before they play. In the cold weather, Lief recommended kids do a warm-up wearing a scarf or mask before playing. “When you’re first breathing

Dr. Peter Richel — better known as “Dr. Pete” — is Chief of Pediatrics at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco. He sees “lots and lots” of asthmatic kids and said it’s quite common. Dr. Pete said asthma usually begins in early childhood. His practice shares their asthmatic patients with the pediatric pulmonologists in the practice. Dr. Pete said there are many different asthma triggers, including upper respiratory infections, changes in the weather, exercise and stress from social interactions in social situations that don’t go well. Any of these can induce bronco spasm ,which translates to a tightening of the smooth muscles of the tiniest branches of the lungs and that leads to an increase in the work of breathing, which leads to shortness of breath. CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE

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CONTINUED FROM THE PREVIOUS PAGE When asthmatics use albuterol or a bronchodilator, the medicine relaxes the muscles that are constricted. Two puffs before vigorous exercise can last four hours and help prevent exercise-induced asthma. Sometimes a player needs to sit for a prolonged period before returning to action. Dr. Pete noted that sometimes there’s audible wheezing but it’s preventable. “It’s wise to confirm it with a pediatric pulmonologist,” and depending on their history perform a pulmonary function test, he said. For kids playing team sports, Dr. Pete said parents should be there and responsible when their children have practice or games, depending on the age of the child. For high school kids, the doctors give them forms for older kids to self-carry their inhalers. “There are good guidelines for that,” Dr. Pete said. Exercise is key for anybody with or without asthma. “Exercise is nothing but helpful,” he said. “[Asthmatic kids] can live normal, totally happy lives. Asthma should not hold them back.”

Better meds, better education Dr. Joel Kahan is a pediatrician affiliated with Allied Physician Group on Long Island, primarily a pediatric practice with sites in New York City and Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties. The group also includes pediatric allergy pulmonologist doctors. The biggest change in asthma is “We [just] have better pharmacology to deal with it,” Kahan said. And what does he advise his asthmatic

patients who want to play sports? “I think it’s about education… It’s probably good for kids to improve lung function,” Kahan said. “There’s not contraindication for them not to play sports unless they are in distress. Some kids need medicinal help to help prevent exercised induced broncho spasm.” Often between the ages of 8 and 10 — though not a hard and fast range — some kids will develop exercise-induced asthma. That’s easy to test for using a spirometer so that doctors can get a baseline reading to see if they can get a sense of the situation. The weather affects asthmatics to one degree or another Dr. Kahan said. Some kids are affected by the cold, which can cause bronco spasm; illness like a simple respiratory infection could be a problem; and then there are seasonal allergies which are impactful — in spring when things are blooming, in summer when there’s ragweed, fall when there’s mold. Seasonal allergies can impact the activity in children. “In the short-term, yes,” Kahan said. “It’s not a contraindication. In the long-term we should be able to get it under control using various medication and they should be able to participate.” In terms of asthmatic children needing medication changes to play sports, it depends on how bad the symptoms are. Some kids use rescue inhalers, some use bronchodilators, some take steroids. “If we can find the trigger that causes the episode, we try to eliminate them from the environment,” Kahan said. And are sports beneficial for asthmatic kids? “Absolutely!” he exclaimed.

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Help kids with disabilities stand up to bullies At least 1 in 4 American children will experience bullying at some point during their school years and children with disabilities are twice as likely to be bullied, according to the National Center for Education. Even those who are bound for celebrity status as award-winning actors can experience bullying. “Growing up, my disability made me a target for bullies,” said R.J. Mitte, who portrayed Walter “Flynn” White Jr. on the AMC series “Breaking Bad.” Like his character, Mitte has cerebral palsy. A former patient of Shriners Hospitals for Children, Mitte has partnered with the organization to promote the #CutTheBull anti-bullying campaign. “I was harassed, knocked down and even had my hand broken,” he said. “Now I have an opportunity to give a voice to people with disabilities and promote acceptance.”

Understanding bullying Twenty-eight percent of children in grades 6-12 say they’ve been bullied, and 70 percent of young people say they’ve witnessed someone being bullied at their school, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). While cyber-bullying grabs headlines, it’s actually the least common type of bullying; verbal and social attacks are the most common. Bullies tend to target children who are perceived as different, which is why children with disabilities are at greater risk of being bullied. Physical vulnerability, appearance and social or emotional difficulties can make children with disabilities easier targets for bullies. According to DHHS, “Persistent bullying can lead to or worsen feelings of isolation, rejection, exclusion and despair, as well as depression and anxiety...”

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Standing up to bullies is the best way to stop bullying, experts agree, whether the person who stands up is the victim or a bystander. In fact, when a witness to bullying speaks out, the bullying stops within 10 seconds 57 percent of the time, the DHHS reports. Through the #CutTheBull campaign, Shriners Hospitals for Children offers some guidance for parents and kids to prevent and stop bullying: • Parents should teach (and model) the

three Rs of anti-bullying: respect, reach out and respond. Children should try to look beyond differences to see and respect everyone’s abilities and value. They should talk to, get to know and include someone who may be different or who is being treated differently. Finally, if they witness bullying or experience it themselves, kids should speak out and tell an adult. • Help children identify ways to respond to bullying, either as the victim or as a bystander. For example, children who are being bullied could choose to walk away and ignore the bullying, calmly tell the bully to stop or act bored and disinterested in the bully’s words. Children who witness bullying can tell the bully to stop or inform an adult. • Encourage children to take up activities they enjoy and that give them an opportunity to meet others with similar interests. Activities can help children build their selfconfidence and create friendships that will help protect them from being bullied. • Help children understand that bullies are looking for an emotional response from their victims. Acting confident not only helps children feel more confident, it can deflect a bully’s interest. Practice confidence-building and calming exercises with kids, such as taking a break when they’re feeling upset or breathing in and out to relieve stress. • Research bullying policies in your school and anti-bullying laws in your state, so you know what resources are available to you. “It’s time to embrace our differences,” Mitte said. “It’s time to accept people for who they are. It’s time to cut the bull.” To learn more about how to prevent bullying and download anti-bullying tools, visit cutthebull.org. — BPT

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School eye screenings don’t replace comprehensive exams After schools across the country administer vision screenings to students, parents mistakenly breathe a sigh of relief upon hearing their children “passed” the screening. What parents don’t know are the significant limitations of school-based screenings. School vision screenings fail to detect a range of potentially harmful vision issues, the American Optometric Association (AOA) reports. Nine of 10 parents think school-based vision screenings are all their children need to confirm good eye health. Those screenings miss up to 75 percent of dangerous eye conditions in children, according to AOA’s new Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline: Comprehensive Pediatric Eye and Vision Examination. What’s more, when a vision screening does indicate a possible problem, only 39 percent of children receive the care they need from an eye doctor. One of the biggest hurdles to detecting poor vision is the child’s awareness of the problem. Most children with vision problems don’t know that other children see better than they do; they think their poor vision is “normal.” “Healthy eyes and good vision are essential for every child’s development,” AOA president Christopher Quinn, O.D, said. “Parents need to know that school vision screenings can miss potentially severe eye or vision problems. They cannot replace a comprehensive exam by a doctor of optometry.” The AOA, which represents more than 44,000 optometrists, optometric professionals and optometry students in communities across the country, recently is-

sued a new, evidence-based guideline for vision care in children that informs parents and caregivers about protecting their children’s eye health. The guideline, which is based on a three-year review of the latest research, concludes that children should receive a comprehensive eye exam during their first year of life and again between the ages of 3 and 5 before entering first grade and annually thereafter. “Regular, comprehensive eye exams not only contribute to helping children succeed, they prevent and diagnose serious eye problems that can be more expensive to treat and cause permanent vision impairment if left undetected,” Quinn said.

Vision and academic performance Multiple studies have linked vision problems with poor academic performance and behavioral issues. In fact, children

with undetected and untreated vision problems can exhibit some of the same symptoms as kids with attention-deficit disorders, leading to false diagnoses. “Good vision is more complex than just being able to see clearly,” Quinn said. “In order to see well enough to perform to the best of their academic abilities, children’s eyes need to focus, track, work together and judge distance and depth. Typical school vision tests only screen for nearsightedness.”

Eye health problems A comprehensive eye exam by a doctor of optometry can help detect serious eye health and vision problems that in-school screenings simply aren’t designed to catch. These problems include amblyopia, a condition that impairs vision in one of a child’s eyes because the eye and the brain are not working together properly.

According to AOA, parents should keep these four tips in mind when it comes to their children’s eye health and safety: 1) Know that pediatric eye exams with a doctor of optometry are most likely covered by your health insurance plan. Most health insurance plans, including those sold in health insurance marketplaces, cover comprehensive pediatric eye exams. 2) Look for indicators of vision and eyehealth issues in your children. Common signals that your child may have a vision problem include covering one eye, holding reading materials close to the face, a short attention span and complaining of headaches or other discomfort. Remember, most children don’t know they have a problem, so they are unlikely to say anything, even if they are struggling. 3) Prevent eye strain by monitoring use of digital devices. Increased exposure to electronic devices in and out of the classroom can cause digital eye strain, including burning or itchy eyes, headaches, blurred vision and exhaustion. AOA recommends following the 20-20-20 rule (taking a 20-second break every 20 minutes and looking at something 20 feet away), blinking frequently and adjusting your child’s computer screen to prevent glare. 4) Make sure your kids wear proper eye protection for sports and outdoor activities. Well-fitting, protective eye-wear and quality sunglasses that offer UV protection are critical to maintaining key visual skills and preventing injuries. To learn more about vision health, visit aoa.org. — BPT

Ear tube surgery for your child: what you can expect Ear tube surgery is one of the most common pediatric procedures in the United States, with more than half a million surgeries performed each year. In fact, by age 3, approximately 1 in 15 children will have had ear tubes. Dr. Robert Bridge, Chief of Otolaryngology at HonorHealth in Phoenix, Ariz., said, “In my practice, we see hundreds of children each year who will need ear tube surgery, and despite how common the surgery is, as parents, we tend to worry.” So if you are one of the many parents whose child needs ear tube surgery, read on to learn more about what Bridge says you can expect leading up to and following the procedure.

What is ear tube surgery? Ear tube surgery is a common procedure usually performed by an ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor in which ear tubes — tiny, hollow cylinders usually made of plastic or metal — are placed into the eardrum, allowing ventilation to the middle ear. This airway helps alleviate the accumulation of fluid behind the eardrum. Did you know one of the most common complications of the cold or flu is ear infections? Children who experience frequent ear infections in both ears are common candidates for ear tube surgery because this fluid build-up in the middle ear can lead to hearing loss or speech problems. Addition-

ally, the average age of ear tube patients is between 1 and 3 years old. Immediately following surgery, your child may be groggy, grumpy or tired. Each child recovers differently, but after surgery it’s a good idea to take a day off from your normal routine to allow your child time to relax and recover. Children are typically prescribed antibiotic eardrops that must be given multiple times a day over several days. But these eardrops can come with challenges. Bridge said

that many parents call or return at a postop visit expressing difficulties administering the eardrops along with the uncertainty that they are administering the medication accurately and completely. However, ENT doctors now have an alternative treatment option available where the prescription antibiotic is actually placed in the middle ear at the time of ear tube surgery. If your ENT is recommending ear tube surgery, see if this antibiotic treatment may be an option for your child.

Once the middle ear is rid of excess fluid, your child may become more sensitive to noise. “But it’s important to remember children are resilient,” said Bridge. “While you may notice a change in your child’s hearing, I typically find that by days two and three parents report their child is back to enjoying their normal activities and are satisfied with the surgery.” If your child’s ENT recommends ear tube surgery this cold and flu season, here is a quick list of questions to ask your doctor before surgery: •How many hours before the procedure should my child stop eating or drinking? •How soon will I be able to join my child after surgery? •How soon can my child take a bath or go swimming? •Are there any particular activities my child should avoid after surgery? For how long? •How soon after surgery will we need to schedule a follow-up appointment? •Do you offer an antibiotic treatment option that you give during ear tube surgery so I don’t have to give ear drops at home? For more information about a singledose antibiotic given to your child during surgery, ask your child’s doctor. — BPT



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PRESCHOOL GUIDE balance between the need for play as well as exciting opportunities for learning through hands-on activities. Goals for the children are to have an assurance of God’s love, a belief in their individual abilities, a yearning for further learning and an independence that enables decision-making and verbalization of ideas. All families are welcome. Enrollment: 50-60 children Student-teacher ratio: Busy Beginners: 5:1; 3s and 4s, 6:1 Calendar: September through June; separate summer program during the month of July Hours: School year: 9:15-11:45 a.m.; summer: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fees: Available from office or call for a brochure Special programs: Chapel, visitors (community helpers, music, special events, etc.), Kreative Kids Club, Fit Kids Club, Dance with Ms. Michelle, Yoga and Karate, early drop-off program 8:45-9:15 a.m. Other: Community service opportunities for children. In-house celebrations and events related to unit themes.

ALCOTT SCHOOL MONTESSORI PROGRAMS 27 CRANE RD. SCARSDALE, NY 10583 (914) 472-4404 Pamela Serra, Site Director 535 BROADWAY DOBBS FERRY, NY 10522 (914) 693-4443 Sarah Marinelli, Site Director 46 FOX MEADOW RD. SCARSDALE, NY 10583 (914) 725-7551/472-4404 Pamela Serra, Site Director ALCOTTSCHOOL.ORG

Monica Zenda, Executive Director Philosophy: Alcott School encourages each child to reach his or her full potential while acquiring respect for self and others. The children are provided with opportunities to develop independence, self-confidence and pride in their individual abilities. The developmentally appropriate program offers a unique multicultural learning environment complete with a full range of Montessori materials. Special education services and programs are also available. Enrollment: Crane Road: 120 children; Dobbs Ferry: 180; Fox Meadow: 60 Student-teacher ratio: Toddlers, 4:1; 3s-5s, 7:1 Calendar: September through June. Six-week summer program for toddlers and 3-5-year-olds Hours: Scarsdale: toddlers, 9-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3 p.m.; 3s-5s, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. or 8:45-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3:15 p.m. or 8:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m.; Dobbs Ferry: 3s-5s, 8:45-11:30 a.m. or 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. or 12:303:15 p.m.; toddlers, 9:15-11:45 a.m. or 1-3:30 p.m.; Fox Meadow: toddlers, 9-11:30 a.m. Fees: Half day, 3s-5s, $8,650; full day, 3s-5s, $17,500; 2s five-day program, $12,240; other fees vary according to program. Special programs: Early drop-off available from 7:30 a.m.; enrichment including music, yoga/ movement and nature/science; after-school art, science, cooking, soccer and more; parent activities and workshops days and evenings; family picnics. Summer programs are available for 2-5-year-olds. Times and dates are flexible. Other: Registered with the NYS Department of Education. Licensed by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services. Affiliated with the American Montessori Society.


INFORMATION@ACNS.US Dr. Gloria Wolpert, Director Philosophy: ACNS develops and expands each child’s unique interests through creative and fun activities. Language and social skills are worked on

COMMUNITY NURSERY SCHOOL 343 BROADWAY DOBBS FERRY, NY 10522 (914) 693-9072 to build self-esteem and pride in accomplishment, as well as respect for diversity. Pre-academic skills are incorporated along with a strong art, music and science enrichment program. The goal is to foster a love of learning and friendly community. Enrichment program consists of music, dance and yoga. Enrollment: 2s, maximum 9 children; 3s, maximum 16; 4s, maximum 16 Student-teacher ratio: 2s, 3:1; 3s, 6:1; 4s, 8:1 Calendar: Follows regular school year, Sept. 15-June 6; June interim program for three weeks; summer camp for six weeks, late June to Aug. 6. Hours: 2s, 9-11:30 a.m.; 3s and 4s, 9-11:45 a.m.; also 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. day care Fees: $35/day drop-off; three-day, $525/month; five-day, $625/month; camp fee, $1,200/summer Special programs: Inclusive nursery school for children of diverse abilities and backgrounds Other: Accredited by New York State.

school pickup, homemade lunches and snacks, and an array of age-appropriate activities and experiences, explored in a pressure-free environment within a variety of cultural traditions. Enrollment: Maximum 14 Student-teacher ratio: 6:1 Calendar: Open most holidays and snow days; closed Dec. 25-Jan. 1, Feb. 14-19, July 1-Sept. 1 Hours: 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Fees: $11/hour, $5.50/hour for second sibling who attends at the same time Special programs: In celebrating diversity, Mandarin Chinese and French languages are introduced through song and play and incorporated into daily life. Other activities include yoga, cooking and tasting, gardening and lots of outdoor play and nature exploration. Other: New York State licensed.

CHRISTIAN PRE-SCHOOL AROUND THE WORLD CHILDREN’S CENTER 522 BROADWAY DOBBS FERRY, NY 10522 (914) 479-0762 AROUNDTHEWORLDCC@GMAIL.COM Hilary Tucker, Director Philosophy: Around the World Children’s Center is a prekindergarten and after-school program with a special interest in cultural diversity and world traditions committed to providing highquality, home-based care in a warm and nurturing environment that engages the imagination. Around the World offers flexible scheduling,


CNSDOBBSFERRY@AOL.COM Linda Jo Platt, Director Philosophy: Young children learn by doing. For over 70 years, Community Nursery School has offered a developmentally appropriate curriculum in all areas of the young child’s development. CNS provides a caring, highly qualified staff; a separation policy allowing parent and child a chance to feel comfortable; a place to be a part of a group learning, playing, participating and sharing; a magnificent outdoor play area where children are free to explore nature and expand their social and physical development and growth; an indoor play area for those young muscles that need to move in all kinds of weather; and The Creative Curriculum® blueprint for planning and implementing a program which helps children acquire social competence and the skills they need to succeed as learners. Enrollment: 100 children


Student-teacher ratio: 2s, 5:1; 3s, 6:1; 4s, 8:1


Fees: 2018-19: two morning 2s, $3,810; three morning 2s, $5,250; three morning 3s, $5,150; three afternoon 3s, $4,120; four morning 3s, $5,910; five morning 3s, $6,560; four afternoon 4s, $6,100; five morning or afternoon 4s, $6,790

DFCHRISTIANPRESCHOOL@YAHOO.COM Barbara Bayer-Mertens, Director Philosophy: At Christian Pre-School, children explore and discover God’s world in a safe, loving environment with kind, caring teachers as role models. Christian Pre-School recognizes the importance of each individual’s impact in the larger community and encourages a child’s empathy for others and helps them experience the importance of caring for the world God created. CPS offers a

Calendar: September through first week of June Hours: 8:55-11:45 a.m. or 12:25-3:15 p.m.

Special programs: Nature and movement. Extended day through Creative Hearts Inc., an exploratory art program. Optional bonus two weeks in June and four-week summer session. CONTINUED ON PAGE 24A

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INFO@DAYSOFWONDERCHILDCARE.ORG Jennifer Dawber, Director Philosophy: Days of Wonder understands the importance of learning through experience. Dedicated teachers create a stimulating yet relaxed environment, which enables children to explore and discover the world around them. Days are filled with music, play, cooking, dance and so much more. Your child will reconnect on the natural playground, which enhances imagination and creativity. In the heart of Dobbs Ferry, children enjoy walks through town, exploring the riverfront and parks and visiting the library. The home-away-from-home atmosphere along with home-cooked meals creates a feeling of warmth and nurturing for both the child and parent. Enrollment: 44 children Student-teacher ratio: Toddlers, 4:1; 3s, 6:1; 4s, 7:1 Calendar: 12 months/year, full-time five days/week Hours: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Fees: Available upon request Special programs: Yoga, nature, art enrichment Other: Licensed by the Office of Children and Family Services.


materials, teachers and peers in the classroom. The aim is to enhance learning in all areas: cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and moral. Enrollment: 92 Student-teacher ratio: 2s, 5:1; 3s, 6:1; 4s, 8:1 Calendar: Mid-September through mid-June Hours: 2s Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Friday, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; 3s three days, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9-11:45 a.m.; 3s and 4s five days, 9-11:45 a.m.; extended day 4s Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 11:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; 3s Thursday, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; 4s art Thursday 11:45 a.m.1:30 p.m.; 3s art Monday 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Fees: 2s, two days: $3,779/school year; 3s, three days: $4,768/school year; 3s and 4s five days, $6,547/school year. Optional extended day extra. Special programs: Extended days for 3- and 4-year-olds. Children bring lunch and have a special afternoon program. In the morning there are music specialists, yoga and the Nature of Things. Sign language for the 4-year-olds twice a month. Other: Licensed by NYS Office of Children and Family Services. Registered New York State. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.




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Philosophy: Children are imbued with a natural curiosity that can be used as a springboard to learn new skills necessary for success in school and in life. Since young children learn best by doing, Greenburgh Hebrew Center ECC projects are experiential and open-ended, integrated through play and focus on the process rather than the product. All activities are age-appropriate and incorporate various learning styles, giving children the opportunity to demonstrate problem-solving skills, explore at their own pace and benefit from a wide variety of educational experiences. Student-teacher ratio: 2s, 4:1; 3s/4s, 7:1 Calendar: September through June Hours: 3s/4s, 9-11:45 a.m.; 2s, 9:15-11:30 a.m. Additional hours to school families with 3- and 4-year-olds. This includes early drop-off and a later extended day program. The early drop-off begins at 8 a.m. for all enrolled 3- and 4-year-olds. The children will work with a qualified teacher and enjoy free play and projects during this time. This option will be offered five mornings per week. The other option that is offered for 3s and 4s is an Extended Club Lunch after school program until 2:30 p.m. Fees: Tuition varies by age and number of days attending starting at $3,782 for two-day 2s to $7,491 for five-day 4s. Discounted tuition offered for members of GHC and siblings. Contact the school for more specific information. Special programs: The Judaic component is an essential element of the children’s educational experience at GHC. Through the introduction of an age-appropriate Judaic curriculum in preschool years, children will acquire a lifelong love and devotion to Judaism and the Jewish people. GHC ECC strongly believes in teaching and practicing Jewish values. The children are exposed to and participate in Jewish rituals, cultural practices and holiday celebrations through song, story and art.


FIVECORNERSPROGRAM@GMAIL.COM Mary Cahill, Director Philosophy: A home-away-from-home nurturing environment will enrich and secure your child’s journey through the early childhood years. Enrollment: 45 children Student-teacher ratio: 2s, 5:1; 3s, 4s and 5s: 7:1 Calendar: September through June, plus summer camp Hours: 8:45 a.m.-noon Fees: Available upon request Special programs: Music, movement, cooking, dance and yoga. Also offers The Beginner’s Club, a creative arts-based, fun-filled after school and summer camp enrichment program uniquely created for kindergarteners and first-graders. Call or email for more information. Other: National Association for the Education of Young Children.


MANDY.LANDIVINEC@IRVINGTONPRESBYCHURCH.ORG Mandy Landivinec, Director Philosophy: Good Shepherd ECC believes that knowledge for young children is best acquired through the experience of exploration and discovery. Concept development takes place through the child’s own actions as he/she interacts with

DIRECTORED@G-H-C.ORG Amy Kessler, Director

Other: Terrific Toddlers is a six-week program for children and a parent/caregiver who will be eligible to begin a 2s preschool program in September 2018 (generally those born in 2016). This class includes music, movement, free play, snack, stories and art.


TWOSTEACH@AOL.COM Cindy Nibur and Irene Balint-Wemer, Directors Philosophy: A place where children and their families are valued, Hastings Nursery School promotes social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of young children. The highly trained staff and parent board believe that the real work of a preschooler is play and exploration. Therefore, the school offers both hands-on and minds-on activities that guide each individual child to reach his or her fullest potential. Ageappropriate curriculum, learning centers, enrichment programs, a large playground, input from the parents and a nurturing staff open avenues for learning on a daily basis. Social and emotional growth are at the core of the program. Feeling good about who you are opens doors for others to enter, as well as allowing an individual to grow. Teaching children to value themselves as well as others and the world they live in is vital. Enrollment: 50 children Calendar: September to June Hours: Five days per week, 8:45-11:30 a.m.; extended day until 2:30 p.m.; 8:15 a.m. early dropoff available Fees: 2017-2018: two days, $3,900; three days, $5,400; five days, $6,800. Extended day: packages of 34 days, $1,300; 64 days, $2,500; 96 days, $3,600; unlimited $4,600, or hourly at $15/hour. Special programs: Nature, music, movement, field trips, summer camp.


Philosophy: The JCC Early Childhood Program welcomes children of all faiths and backgrounds and strives to build confidence and skills and encourage questioning minds. Children find meaning and joy through their play and the JCC’s developmentally appropriate play-based curriculum guides children as they experiment, explore and create while forming new friendships and relationships. Through play, children construct their understanding of the world and acquire the physical, intellectual and social skills that will be needed throughout their lives. A deeply engaged professional staff works closely with families to stimulate and nurture children in their transition


from home to school, and in preparation for their more formal education later on. Parent committees and family involvement create a strong sense of community and our extended hours help parents regardless of work or at-home schedules. Enrollment: 175 children total, both sites. Student-teacher ratio: Low student-teacher ratio as per NYS guidelines Calendar: September through June. Many summer day camps available. Hours: 2s, 9-11:45 a.m.; 3s and 4s, 9 a.m.-noon. Also, flexible hours from 7:45 a.m. (Children’s Garden Center from 7:a.m.) to 6:00 p.m. Days: 2s: 2-5 days; 3s: 3-5 days; 4s: 5 days. Fees: Available upon request Special programs: Specialists in music, creative movement, nature, science karate. Afternoon enrichment classes offered in ballet, art, cooking, science, extended literacy, gymnastics, swimming, yoga and sports. Other: Licensed by Westchester Department of Children and Family Services.


INFO@TBSHASTINGS.ORG Judith Michael, MSW, Executive Director of Education and Programming Philosophy: Temple Beth Shalom Nursery School and Early Childhood Center offers a remarkable opportunity for preschoolers to have playful, hands-on creative learning experiences that encourage their growth and individuality. In a warm and nurturing setting, developmentally appropriate practices meet the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of each child while responding to the needs of their families. Enrollment: Currently enrolling 2-year-old, 3-year-old and 4/5-year-old classes for 2018-19. Student-teacher ratio: Team-teaching approach uniquely offers beneficial student-teacher ratios, allowing for creative full class and small group experiences facilitated by well-trained professional staff. Hours: 2s, Wednesday through Friday, 9:15-11:15 a.m. plus extended day options. 3s and 4s/5s, Monday through Friday, 3s from 9-11:45 a.m. and 4s/5s from 9 a.m.-noon with full day option until 2 p.m. Early drop-off program begins daily at 8 a.m. for all students as needed. Fees: Contact the school. Special programs: Cultural enrichment through music, art, sign language, yoga/mindfulness and intergenerational programming. Visits with naturalist and animal friends, and environmental education in beautiful park-like setting. Rewarding parent involvement through social activities and education workshops. Full day enrichment programs offer gym, science workshops, foreign language, art and cooking. Gesher June mini-camp bridges the end of the school year with transitions to summer programs. Weekly U2 classes for toddlers and their accompanying adults provide a great early childhood introduction. Celebrations of Jewish holidays and traditions with the Temple’s rabbi and cantor. Other: NYS Licensed. Ongoing Professional Development and Early Childhood Association memberships for all teaching staff. Affiliation with Project SEED (Supporting Early Emotional Development)



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Stretch creative muscles at RiverArts For families seeking a rich, creative experience for their children this summer, RiverArts® will offer three unique day camps. Grades five and up will learn the art of improvisation from seasoned professionals at Jazzcamp. A basic proficiency on one’s instrument is all that is required. All instruments and vocalists welcome. No prior improvisational experience necessary. Runs July 30-Aug. 11, Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., in Dobbs Ferry. Visit riverarts.org/jazz. Celebrating its 35th year, SummerArts offers four one-hour workshops each day exploring different art forms, each led by accomplished teaching artists. For kids with a keen interest in the arts in grades 3-9. Runs Aug. 6-31, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., in

Hastings-on-Hudson. Visit riverarts.org/ summerarts. Storycamp offers creative drama reinventing classic tales for today’s kids. Grades 4-9 can create their own dramatic world charged with mystery and magic. Runs Aug. 13-17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., in Dobbs Ferry. Visit riverarts.org/storycamp. For over half a century, RiverArts has been the catalyst that connects performers, musicians and art-makers with Rivertowns audiences and students. In addition to unique events, RiverArts is renowned for arts education with professional instructors at affordable prices. Visit riverarts.org for all events and activities.

Music Conservatory for the summer It’s time to get excited about the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s summer music programs. The White Plains community music school offers fun musical experiences for kids grades k-9 over four twoweek sessions with half- or full-day options June 25-Aug. 19. During the three Summer Music & Arts two-week sessions, grades k-6 can try an instrument, create in arts and crafts, participate in dance and creative movement, and young children can experiment with music in music skills and buckets and beats. The Conservatory’s comprehensive Suzuki Summer Program teaches the Suzuki method of learning an instrument for beginners

at age 4 through students grades k-8. Students in grades 1-6 can show their theatrical side and perform on the recital hall stage in Musical Theatre Immersion. In the Conservatory’s newest summer program, students grades 5-9 can develop their piano abilities in the Summer Piano Festival. Get to know the Music Conservatory of Westchester at the open house on Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m.-noon and take advantage of the early bird rate until March 14. Give your kids the gift of music this summer and experience a musical community unlike any other. Call 761-3900 or visit musicconservatory.org.

MDC has new activities, programs Every summer, Mohawk Day Camp adds new activities and program areas for campers to experience and enjoy. According to camp director Adam Wallach, “At Mohawk Day Camp, we are always striving to provide our campers with new and exciting opportunities to have fun. After all, a little bit of summer is what the whole year is about.” In 2017, Mohawk unveiled the largest capital improvement project in the camp’s 89-year history for the Mohawk Performing Arts Center (MPAC). In 2018, the camp will add eight state-of-the-art program studios: Yum Kitchen, Cool Cooking, Jewelry Arts, Art Studio, Hands on Clay, Pottery, Hobby Shop and Brainstorm. New activities being introduced include hydro blast, mountain biking, golf, pioneering and sports with Coach Steve. Hydro blast offers different ways to cool down: the four-way downpour derby, water blasting cannons and a team-based wa-

Central Park Dance celebrating 35th year anniversary Central Park Dance, Westchester’s largest dance center, is devoted to artistic excellence in training the aspiring dancer and will offer an expansive summer study for dancers of all ages and levels. Celebrating their 35th year anniversary and rooted in the mission of cultivating authentic and well-rounded artists, the studio will roll out a carefully curated program tailored to the skills and abilities of specific age groups. From the youngest dancers in Little Broadway Performing Arts Camp (ages 4-5 and 6-8), students will train in a range

of disciplines: ballet, jazz, musical theater, tap and hip-hop, while engaging in the actions of storytelling and performance preparation, offering weekly themed performances to friends and parents. Weekly programs for teens and preteens are available with a deep focus on artistry, technique and strength building, offering classes in multiple disciplines. In addition to strength training, audition techniques, health and wellness and other preparatory components to establishing a professional career, dancers will work with esteemed teachers from

Broadway, major stages across the globe and choreographers who are at the forefront of the dance industry. From guest teachers to audition workshops with the industry’s leading influencers, immersive studies inspire growth, confidence, and physical development all under one roof, at 450 Central Park Ave. in Scarsdale. Weekly classes will also be offered throughout the summer as well as an extensive adult program of morning and evening classes in all disciplines. Visit centralparkdance.com.

The Beginner’s Club is a ‘home away from home’ for K-1 The Beginner’s Club (BC) is a “home away from home” for Rivertowns kindergarteners and first graders, providing a warm, safe and healthy afterschool environment, rich with age-appropriate stimuli in Hastings-on-Hudson. Staff does homework with the first graders and aims to see that each child feels loved, respected, comfortable and appreciated. BC strives to build mutual trust between the teachers and children. BC believes this is necessary for each child to benefit most from all the program has to offer.

Children are like snowflakes — no two are alike. BC understands and enjoys the uniqueness of each child with different wants and needs. BC is theater-arts based, enriched with dance, music and movement. BC believes strongly in its emphatically professed and often repeated No. 1 rule: “To come here to The Beginner’s Club, you don’t have to be big or small, fast or slow, happy or sad. The one thing you must be to join us, is nice. You have to be nice.” BC kids are always moving and playing, always growing and learning!

BC’s 20th annual Summer Enrichment Camp will have a “Frozen” theme for children entering grades k-3. “Frozen will be explored through song and dance. Each week there will be a new adventure with new scenery and costumes made by the campers. Mornings will be filled with a kaleidoscope of creative art experiences, music and movement, water activities and outdoor fun in a private playground. Present throughout the day will be costumes, props and scenery making. There will also be yoga, music, dance, arts and crafts. Call 478-2334.

ter balloon launching game. Mountain Biking will be offered as both an activity and elective choice for campers entering grade three and above. They will explore new bike trails, race their friends and receive bike and safety instruction. Golf will be offered as its own activity for grade one and above in the newly expanded golf driving range. Campers will learn the fundamentals of the sport: grip, stance, posture, alignment, ball position and balance. Pioneering will introduce campers building a fire, constructing a shelter, whittling wood, campfire cooking, survival skills and more. Sports with Coach Steve will be offered for preschoolers through second graders. Coach Steve Stone will bring his enthusiasm and amusing methods of sports instruction while introducing fundamental skills and teamwork.

90 years of Camp Hillard This summer, Camp Hillard will be celebrating its 90th summer of family-owned and operated success. Founded in 1929 by Morris and Hannah Libman, the tradition has been carried on by the Libman family at Westchester’s first day camp. Its tradition of excellence spans four generations of single-family ownership. Festivities will include games, fun and traditions from the past nine decades, including visits from former campers and staff. For 90 years, the Libman family has been providing children with active, safe and memorable summers. Impeccably maintained and constantly improved, Camp Hillard offers a complete program that uniquely combines spirit, tradition and fun with first class modern facilities. Located on 20 beautiful acres in the Edgemont section of Greenburgh. Campers learn skills while having fun in a safe, active and well-supervised environment. The program is a balance of outstanding swimming and sports instruction combined with high quality creative and performing arts programs and exciting special events. Visit camphillard.com or email directors Jon and Jim Libman at camp@camphillard.com.

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Ardsley Day Camp for grades k-7 Ardsley Day Camp has four dynamic divisions based on the campers’ current year in school: 1) The Wanderers program is tailored for children eligible to enter kindergarten in the fall of 2018, 2) the Jet Setter groups have completed kindergarten through second grade, 3) the Globe Trotters have completed third and fourth grades and 4) the Navigators program is for middle school students that have completed grades five and six. Both the Globetrotters and Navigators travel once per week to area waterparks and attractions.

Daily camp activities include project adventure, makerspace, sports, arts and crafts, movement, science and nature, coding, music and storyland. Campers also participate in daily instructional and recreational swimming in the camp’s private indoor pool. All activities are run by highly qualified, certified teachers. The camp runs form June 25-Aug. 3 and is located on the grounds of Ardsley Middle School. Director Sean Grady can be contacted at 295-5706 or camp@ardsleyschools.org. Visit ardsleydaycamp.org.

STEM and more at Challenge Camp Challenge Camp (CC) at Schechter Westchester is celebrating its 38th year of offering summer enrichment learning opportunities for bright and curious children. Challenge Camp is dedicated to providing meaningful opportunities for children ages 4-15 to realize their intellectual and personal potential. Challenge Camp is an ACA accredited camp located on a picturesque campus in Hartsdale. The Challenge Camp advantage is that parents and campers customize a program of selections based on the child’s interests and the students follow their course selections for an entire session. CC offers over 100 STEM- and artsfocused courses including 3D printing, chess, coding, cooking, drones, littleBits, magic, Minecraft, model rocketry, pho-

tography, robotics, theater, video production and many options in between. The Afternoon Challenge includes enrichment and sports options as students are encouraged to challenge both their mind and body. These include the continuation of sports, swimming, fencing and tae kwon do programs. CC offers bus transportation and early drop-off/extended day options for families that require flexibility. Session 1 will run four weeks June 25July 20, session 2 three weeks from July 23-Aug. 10. An open house will be held Sunday, March 25, from 2-4 p.m. at 555 West Hartsdale Ave. in Hartsdale. Visit challengecamps.com or call 7796024 to learn more about the innovative program.



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Whether at school or at home, most youngsters interact with screens before they turn 5. According to a survey conducted by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, more than 8 in 10 children from age 2-10 use digital media every week. In fact, two-thirds have tablets or e-readers. While the interactions are practically inevitable, significant parental and caregiver involvement can help steer them in the right direction, ensuring kids are exposed to content providing the best opportunities for learning. Between laptop computers, desktop PCs, tablets, televisions and smartphones, there’s probably a screen in nearly every room of your home. Although these screens can and often do serve as virtual babysitters, games, apps and other content should be carefully selected, and screen time should be limited to an hour or less a day for toddlers.

Parental involvement By using technology with your children, you’ll introduce them to the most beneficial content, while also bonding with them over an exciting, shared experience. Something as simple and fun as taking turns in a game or reading together on a tablet can also help ensure technology is being con-

sumed in a responsible way that can educate and aid development. While education is key, it doesn’t always have to be about learning your ABCs and 123s. Plenty of games and apps combine learning and entertainment experiences that are fun for kids. Checking the ESRB age and content rating information in console and online stores (like the Nintendo eShop, the PlayStation Store, the Xbox Store and Windows Store) is a great way to find appropriate games for kids of all ages. ESRB ratings are also assigned to mobile games and apps in the Google Play Store, complete with content descriptors and interactive elements when applicable. As your little ones mature from toddlers to tweens, their use of technology as well as the technology itself will certainly evolve. The breadth of content they enjoy will greatly expand, highlighting the importance of parental involvement in managing and monitoring their time with tech. Regardless of where our smartphones and tablets take us, parental involvement and engagement is key to ensuring kids enjoy a healthy, responsible relationship with technology. — BPT

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DREAMING OF SUMMER: SAP at Hoff-Barthelson Music School Hoff-Barthelson Music School’s (HBMS) Summer Arts Program (SAP) provides budding musicians in grades 2-10 multiple opportunities for artistic exploration and friendship. Taught by top-flight faculty, offerings include instrumental classes, chamber music, chorus, large ensembles, visual arts, rock, jazz, musical theatre and frequent performance opportunities. Students at all levels receive instruction in a program individually tailored to their needs and interests. “Unfettered by schoolwork and the scheduling challenges often faced during the school year, SAP students have the latitude to try additional instruments, experiment musically, take lessons every day, and perform each week,” said Joe Piscitelli, the program’s dynamic director. “Consequently, they’re able to make tremendous progress and develop lasting friendships over the program’s five weeks.” Registration for the June 25-July 27 session is currently underway, with early bird discounts through March 30. Mary Margulis-Ohnuma, mother of three SAP participants, said, “For many years now, our family has planned our summers around the kids attending Hoff-Barthelson’s Summer Arts Program. The program offers opportunities to work with a world-class faculty in a fluid format that catalyzes learning. SAP provides a warm and welcoming environment that is at once familiar from summer to summer and yet also manages to provide new challenges from year to year.” Visit www.hbms.org, or contact Lucy Rosenberg at summerarts@hbms.org or 723-1169 to learn more about the Scarsdale-based program. HBMS has achieved national recognition as a premier community music school for its unsurpassed leadership in education, performance and community service. With a faculty drawn from the region’s most talented teachers and performers, the school has long been one of Westchester


Students enjoy a drum lesson during Hoff-Barthelson’s Summer Arts Program.

County’s most cherished cultural resources. Whatever a student’s age or level of musical interest, Hoff-Barthelson’s diverse offerings provide the highest quality musical education, personally tailored to his or her specific passions and goals in a supportive and vibrant community.

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ARDSLEY Ardsley Community Nursery School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-4932 DOBBS FERRY Alcott Montessori School . . . . 693-4443, 472-4404 or 595-7551 Chabad Pre-school. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-6100 Christian Pre-school, Dobbs Ferry Lutheran Church . . . 693-0026 Community Nursery School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-9072 Greenburgh Hebrew Center Nursery School . . . . . . . . . 693-5121 Hudson River School of Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-9481 HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON Five Corners Nursery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478-2334 Goddard School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478-1390 Hastings Co-op Nursery School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478-3777 Rivertowns Pre-School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478-6181 Temple Beth Shalom Nursery School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478-3833 IRVINGTON Good Shepherd Early Childhood Center . . . . . . . . . . . . 591-4104 TARRYTOWN The Early Childhood Program at JCC On Hudson . . . . . 366-7898 The Children’s Garden Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 631-1607


John Cardinal O’Connor School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 591-9330


ARDSLEY UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT Superintendent of Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-6300 Board of Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-6300 Concord Road Elementary School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-7510 Middle School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-7564 High School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-6300 DOBBS FERRY UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT Superintendents Office. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-1506 Business Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-1500 Springhurst Elementary School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-1503 Middle School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-7640 High School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-7645 HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON PUBLIC SCHOOLS Superintendent’s Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478-6200 Board of Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478-2900 Hillside Elementary School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478-6270 Farragut Middle School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478-6230 Hastings High School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478-6250 IRVINGTON Superintendent’s Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 591-8500 Dows Lane Elementary School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 591-6012 Middle School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 591-9494 High School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 591-8500


Hackley School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 631-0128 Masters School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-1400




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(non-emergency numbers) ARDSLEY Ambulance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-1700 Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-1700 Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-1700 DOBBS FERRY Ambulance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .693-5500 Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .693-3000 Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .693-5500 HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON Ambulance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .478-2344 Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .478-2344 Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .478-2344 IRVINGTON Ambulance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 591-5151 Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 591-9867 Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 591-8080

HOSPITALS EMERGENCY ROOMS Dobbs Ferry Pavilion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phelps Memorial Hospital Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . St. John’s Riverside Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . White Plains Hospital Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

693-5187 366-3590 964-4349 681-1155

Bee Line Bus Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 813-7777 Metro North Railroad From New York City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .212-532-4900 From all other areas. . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-METRO-INFO

LIBRARIES Ardsley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-6636 Dobbs Ferry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-6614 Greenburgh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 721-8200 Greenburgh (children’s) . . . . . . . . . . . 721-8227 Hastings-on-Hudson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478-3307 Irvington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 591-7840

CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE Ardsley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dobbs Ferry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hastings-on-Hudson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Irvington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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RECREATION Ardsley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-8012 Dobbs Ferry Recreation & Parks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-5505 Greenburgh Nature Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 723-3470 Hastings-on-Hudson Community Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478-2380 Irvington Recreation Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 591-7736


Ardsley Children’s Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-6686 Ardsley Pals -5th & 6th Grades, Middle School . . . . . . 674-1222 Around The World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 479-0762 Aspire - Hastings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478-5521 Beginners Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478-2334 Days of Wonder Child Care Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-2980 Dobbs Ferry After-School Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-2406 Irvington Children’s Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .591-8182 Little Village Day Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-0600


POST OFFICES Ardsley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-0476 Ardsley-on-Hudson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 591-7299 Dobbs Ferry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-0451 Hastings-on-Hudson . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478-3786 Irvington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 591-6487

THE ARTS The Hudson River Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 963-4550 Irvington Town Hall Theater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 591-6602 Newington Cropsey Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478-7990 Rivertowns Art Council. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 476-2321

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