We're offering two free workshops in Manhattan and Brooklyn this week for parents exploring their pre-kindergarten and kindergarten options. Come and learn about neighborhood schools, charter schools, gifted and talented programs, dual language programs, unzoned schools, and services for children with special needs.
I'll be speaking at the Henry Street Settlement, 40 Montgomery St. in Manhattan on Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Pamela Wheaton, Insideschools managing editor, will be speaking at Brooklyn Free Space 298 Sixth Avenue, Brooklyn, on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.
The Manhattan workshop, co-sponsored by the Community Education Council for District 1, will mostly focus on options on the Lower East Side, but parents from outside the district are welcome. I'll be talking about what to look for in a school and how to apply. Simultaneous translations will be available in Spanish and Chinese. CEC chair Lisa Donlan will share her knowledge of the schools in her district. District 1 does not have zoned schools; all parents must participate in school choice.
The Brooklyn workshop, sponsored by a cooperative pre-school in Park Slope, gives an introduction to public pre-k and kindergarten in Brooklyn, including "What do I look for?" and "How do I know which school is right for my child?" Most students in Brooklyn attend zoned neighborhood schools, but the workshop will also outline other options. Kristi Barlow, founder of nycschools maps.com, will be on hand with a copy of zone maps for parts of Brooklyn, including zoning changes in Park Slope affecting PS 321, PS 107, PS 10 and PS 133.