With school back in session and Fall fully in swing, parents throughout the city are on the hunt for after-school programs that can help give their kids an extra boost. Families crave accessible extra help without the weight of a stressful commute, so what could be better than exceptional learning centers right beyond your doorstep? We all know after-school programs are extremely beneficial, giving kids access to homework help, tutoring and extra socialization. In a city where commuting can suck up most of your day, having a learning center outside your door can make all the difference. Lucky for some families, a number of residential developments are right around the corner from great after school learning opportunities.
From Jersey City to Manhattan and Queens, the below residential developments make the stress of busy schedules and homework loads a little easier.
Since its creation in the 1980s, Newport has become one of the most dynamic residential and commercial neighborhoods in the country. Totaling 5,500 homes, Newport residences bring luxurious design to a carefully-planned neighborhood that provides a comprehensive lifestyle and ready access to Manhattan. Located at the base of the Parkside East development, The River School, a branch of Bright Horizons, is the ideal spot for new learners. This program is primarily for the younger crowd (two months to six years old), so when the time comes, your child will be ready for that official first day of school. Residents of Newport’s Parkside East development don’t even have to leave their building to access this awesome educational option. Another great option, Stevens Cooperative School, located down the block from Newport’s Aquablu development, offers a lively after-school program through eighth grade that provides homework help, study groups and specialty classes like dance and chess. For those true early birds, Stevens even offers a before-school program.
Nestled in the lush greenery and waterfront parks of NYC’s coveted Battery Park City neighborhood, Gateway is a peaceful residential oasis comprised of six high-rise buildings with breathtaking harbor and city views. Gateway offers over 30,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities for residents of all ages, including the largest residential rooftop in Downtown Manhattan, a beautifully-landscaped private outdoor lawn overlooking the Hudson River and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Gateway has its very own Kumon Learning Center. Located inside the complex, Kumon is an extremely convenient option for Gateway residents. The center welcomes anyone from three-year-olds to soon-to-be high school graduates. This program focuses on reading and math and provides individualized instruction, so parents can expect their kids to get an extra dose of special attention.
Ideally located in the heart of Queens, LeFrak City offers an unbeatable combination of a neighborhood charm and modern convenience. Serving its 15,000 residents, LeFrak City offers access to some of the most classic and sought-after educational and cultural experiences. For residents, LeFrak City Community Library is conveniently right outside their door. This Queens Public Library branch is ideal for homework and, for those soon-to-be graduates, a head start on college prep-work. The after-school learning program, STACKS, is free-of-charge and open to a variety of ages. Plus, it’s a library, so there are unlimited choices for bedtime books and leisure reading. Right down the road from LeFrak City is FasTracKids JEI, a top-rated learning center that offers a variety of programs for elementary-aged kids. From after-school homework assistance to specialty programs like handwriting, science and test-prep, JEI provides a well-rounded experience.
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