The free resources from Start with a Book build on what young children already like — dinosaurs, building, animals, sports, superheroes, and music — so that parents, camp counselors, and others can have fun and interact meaningfully with children while helping to strengthen their reading skills.
► Kid-friendly topics.
► Suggestions for using reading time to build a child’s reading fluency.
► Tips for parents in English, Spanish, and nine other languages to support English language learners.
Updated on March 23rd, 2021
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With Parks@Home Jr., parents, teachers, and guardians can make online learning exciting and fun. Draw and paint, play games, meet animals and nature, ask a Ranger questions, and so much more!
Join live tours, puzzling, art and crafts, wildlife map and calendar, family meditation, and so much more!
Visit Parks@Homes Jr for a calendar of activities.
Find a park
NYC Parks & Recreation offers free afterschool programs for children from 6 to 13 years old. Programming is based around monthly themes including sports, famous artists, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). This program takes place on weekdays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Registration opens mid-August. Enroll your child here.. Find a park at https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks or filter by facilities (e.g. pool, baseball fields, roller hockey, handball courts, media labs, etc.) by clicking on the tab “Search by Location and/or Facilities”.
Learn more visiting www.nycgovparks.org/programs/recreation/afterschool.
Police Athletic League, Inc.
34 1/2 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003
800-PAL-4KIDS (800-725-4543) | (212) 477-9450
PAL provides youth in K – 8th grade with a high-quality after-school experience based on a revolving schedule of academic enrichment (PAL Smarts), arts learning (PAL Arts), and physical education (PAL Fit). For decades, PAL’s After-school program has kept thousands of children safe and productive during high-risk after-school hours, which helps working families.
The after-school program is offered at 20 youth centers in all 5 boroughs from 3pm-6pm on school days and from 8am-6pm on school holidays.
Check out all the after-school programs at the PAL website. Find other children programs here.