Workshops

Sharing our expertise through public and private workshops

Nursery

Demystifying the Nursery School Admissions Process for NYC Parents

The workshops below are private and not open to the public. If your school or company would be interested in offering one of these workshops, please call Smart City Kids at 212 249 4066 or email jessivelasco@smartcitykids.com.

  • Brooklyn Schoolhouse — May 8, 2018
  • Caedmon — June 1, 2017 (open to the public)
  • Cerberus Capital Management — April 18, 2018
  • Columbia Preschool — April 17, 2018
  • Debevoise — May 8, 2017
  • Goldman Sachs — April 20, April 27, and May 2, 2018
  • Herrick Feinstein — June 1, 2017
  • Imagine Early Learning Center — May 1, 2018
  • J.P. Morgan — April 4, April 11, and May 1st, 2018
  • Parents of Accelerated Learners (PALNYC) — Summer 2017
  • Paul Weiss — April 24, 2018
  • Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP — August 2, 2017
  • Tribeca Community — March 28, 2018
  • Viacom — October 18, 2017

Identifying and Working with Special Needs Children

  • The Nursery School at Habonim — January 26, 2018
    • Private workshop hosted for the faculty at The Nursery School at Congregation Habonim

Working with Resistant Parents

  • The Nursery School at Habonim — April 13, 2018
    • Private workshop hosted for the faculty at The Nursery School at Congregation Habonim

Kindergarten & Lower School

Demystifying the Kindergarten Admissions Process for NYC Parents

The workshops below are private and not open to the public. If your school or company would be interested in offering one of these workshops, please call Smart City Kids at 212 249 4066 or email jessivelasco@smartcitykids.com.

  • Broadway Dance Center — 2017
  • Brooklyn Schoolhouse (Cobble Hill) — 2017
  • CCLC Child Care — 2017
  • Debevoise — May 8, 2017
  • Feds Kids Child Care — 2017
  • Goldman Sachs — May 10, 15, and 25, 2018
  • Herrick Feinstein — June 1, 2017
  • Imagine Early Learning Center (Dumbo, Brooklyn) — Fall 2016
  • Imagine Early Learning Center (Gramercy Park) — 2017
  • Imagine Early Learning Center (Jamaica, Queens)  — Fall 2015
  • Imagine Early Learning Center (Mount Sinai Kids) — 2017
  • J.P. Morgan — April 11th and May 1st, 2018
  • MOCHA MOMS (Brooklyn based) — Spring 2017
  • Parents of Accelerated Learners (PALNYC) — Summer 2017
  • PIMCO Financial Planners — Fall 2015
  • PIMCO Global Wealth Management — 2017
  • Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP — July 27, 2017
  • Sunshine Early Learning Center (East Harlem) — March 2017
  • TriBeCa Community School — March 2017
  • United Nations Child Care Center (Bright Horizons) — April 2017
  • Vets Kids Child Care, VA Medical Center — 2017
  • Viacom — October 18, 2017
  • Village Preschool Center — Fall 2017
  • Weil Gotshal — Summer 2015

Middle School

Demystifying the Middle School Admissions Process for NYC Parents

The workshops below are private and not open to the public. If your school or company would be interested in offering one of these workshops, please call Smart City Kids at 212 249 4066 or email jessivelasco@smartcitykids.com.

  • Goldman Sachs — May 10, 15, and 25, 2018
  • Parents of Accelerated Learners (PALNYC) — Summer 2017

High School

The workshops below are private and not open to the public. If your school or company would be interested in offering one of these workshops, please call Smart City Kids at 212 249 4066 or email jessivelasco@smartcitykids.com.

  • Columbia University Family Services — April 2017
  • Goldman Sachs — May 10, 15, and 25, 2018
  • Parents of Accelerated Learners (PALNYC) — Summer 2017

College Admissions

The workshops below are PUBLIC. You could register directly for these workshops using the links below. All workshops will take place at Smart City Kids.

If your school or company would be interested in offering one of these workshops, please call Smart City Kids at 212 249 4066 or email jessivelasco@smartcitykids.com.

Demystifying the College Admissions Process

Have you ever wondered what happens behind closed doors during the application review process? In this workshop, we will use case studies to teach you how admissions officers think when reviewing applications. This hands-on approach clarifies the importance of “fit,” test scores, grades, essays, extracurricular activities, and teacher recommendations. By the end of the workshop, participants will feel empowered and have a much clearer idea of how applicants can produce stronger college applications.

This workshop will be presented by Estela Diaz, College Advisor at Smart City Kids. Estela Diaz is a former admission officer at Princeton University.

Intended for students and parents in 9th through 11th grade. This workshop is offered at $50 per family. Maximum of 1 student and 1 parent per registration. To RSVP, please visit our Eventbrite page here.

  • Monday, April 23rd (6-8pm)

How to Take Advantage of High School with an Eye Towards College

Your child was just admitted to high school—congratulations! College is a long way from now, but the conversations and rumors begin early. Our goal is to preempt those conversations and help clarify the goals and expectations you and your child will have in high school. In this workshop, we provide advice on how to best support your child in this next educational stage. We will cover course selection, extracurricular activities, summer activities, testing timelines, and the importance of breadth v. depth. By the end of the workshop, you will have a greater sense for where to direct you and your child’s attention over the course of the next four years.

This workshop will be presented by Estela Diaz, College Advisor at Smart City Kids. Estela Diaz is a former admission officer at Princeton University.

Intended for parents of students in 8th or 9th grade. This workshop is offered at $50 per family. Maximum of 2 parents per registration. To RSVP, please visit our Eventbrite page here.

  • Wednesday, April 25th (6-8pm)

 

Special Education

The workshops below are private and not open to the public. If your school or company would be interested in offering one of these workshops, please call Smart City Kids at 212 249 4066 or email jessivelasco@smartcitykids.com.

How to be the Most Effective Advocate for Your Child

  • Goldman Sachs — May 1st, 2018

Navigating Your Child’s Learning Disabilities

  • The Child Mind Institute — December 7, 2017
    • This workshop was part of the “Special Education Symposium” hosted by the Child Mind Institute. Wendy Federico, the Smart City Kids Special Education Advisor and Advocate, was a speaker on the panel titled “Advocacy and Intervention Options.”

Identifying and Working with Special Needs Children

  • The Nursery School at Habonim — January 26th, 2018

 

Workshops Open to the Public

The workshops below are PUBLIC. You could register directly for these workshops using the links below. All workshops will take place at Smart City Kids.

If your school or company would be interested in offering one of these workshops, please call Smart City Kids at 212 249 4066 or email jessivelasco@smartcitykids.com.

Demystifying the College Admissions Process

Have you ever wondered what happens behind closed doors during the application review process? In this workshop, we will use case studies to teach you how admissions officers think when reviewing applications. This hands-on approach clarifies the importance of “fit,” test scores, grades, essays, extracurricular activities, and teacher recommendations. By the end of the workshop, participants will feel empowered and have a much clearer idea of how applicants can produce stronger college applications.

This workshop will be presented by Estela Diaz, College Advisor at Smart City Kids. Estela Diaz is a former admission officer at Princeton University.

Intended for students and parents in 9th through 11th grade. This workshop is offered at $50 per family. Maximum of 1 student and 1 parent per registration. To RSVP, please visit our Eventbrite page here.

  • Monday, April 23rd (6-8pm)

How to Take Advantage of High School with an Eye Towards College

Your child was just admitted to high school—congratulations! College is a long way from now, but the conversations and rumors begin early. Our goal is to preempt those conversations and help clarify the goals and expectations you and your child will have in high school. In this workshop, we provide advice on how to best support your child in this next educational stage. We will cover course selection, extracurricular activities, summer activities, testing timelines, and the importance of breadth v. depth. By the end of the workshop, you will have a greater sense for where to direct you and your child’s attention over the course of the next four years.

This workshop will be presented by Estela Diaz, College Advisor at Smart City Kids. Estela Diaz is a former admission officer at Princeton University.

Intended for parents of students in 8th or 9th grade. This workshop is offered at $50 per family. Maximum of 2 parents per registration. To RSVP, please visit our Eventbrite page here.

  • Wednesday, April 25th (6-8pm)