AISD Offering Free Summer Meals

This summer, Austin ISD will provide meals to any child under the age of 19 at more than 70 locations throughout Austin.  Both breakfast and lunch will be offered Monday through Friday at the curbside and bus stop meal sites established during...

TEA Helps Solve a Critical COVID-19 Special Education Distance Learning Challenge

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced today that its partnership with AmplioSpeech, a leading provider of speech pathology technology, has reached 10,000 Texas students with special education needs. The collaboration is a response to the COVID-19-related shutdown...

Happy 75th Birthday, Thomas the Tank Engine!

If you’re looking for something new and fun to entertain the kids… keep reading! Here are all the ways you and your family can take part to celebrate the famous train and his friends:    Thomas & Friends Storytime Podcast- Beginning May 12, kids will be...

Austin Ed Fund Celebrates, Supports AISD Teachers During Teacher Appreciation Week and Month

In an effort to honor the extraordinary work teachers are doing and the impact they continue to have on students, the Austin Ed Fund, Austin ISD’s nonprofit public education foundation, is launching the #thankyouteachers campaign to celebrate, support and bring...

Leander ISD COVID-19 Response

We reached out to Leander ISD Superintendent Dr. Bruce Gearing and asked about his district’s response to COVID-19.   AF: Tell us about any unique student projects or activities that have been happening in response to campuses closing and students learning...

Youth Shakespeare

ImprovEd Shakespeare is taking William Shakespeare’s As You Like It online. Their upcoming, all-teen theatrical production will be broadcast on Zoom. Faced with social distancing measures, ImprovEd Art’s Director Andee Kinzy gathered her students virtually for weekly...

Round Rock Parent Volunteer Nominated for National Award

It didn’t take long for Gattis Elementary to notice when Maria Medina decided to get involved with the PTA. And now Maria’s efforts have attracted the attention of a national award. Medina, a Round Rock parent and PTA president, has been nominated for the Volly...
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5 Budget-Friendly Backyard Activities

5 Budget-Friendly Backyard Activities

“Mom, I’m bored!” Those three words strung together can trigger waves of anxiety in any parent, especially during the summer months when a child’s daily schedule is wide open while a parent’s is cresting to its fullest. You may be tempted to surrender the smart device...

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Fun Family Hiking Ideas

Fun Family Hiking Ideas

What better way to spend quality time with your family and get in touch with nature than a fresh, invigorating walk in the woods, along a river, or at the beach? What’s more, family hikes make for fun learning opportunities for kids and parents alike. So, try some of...

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Dig This 10 Big Benefits of Gardening with Kids

Dig This 10 Big Benefits of Gardening with Kids

Most parents want their children to get outside away from phones, TV, and video games, and gardening is a great way to achieve this goal. However, recent research shows that there are several other benefits to gardening with kids. Here are 10 great reasons to get kids...

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10 Tips for Staying Sane While Sheltering in Place 

10 Tips for Staying Sane While Sheltering in Place 

Whether you are sheltering in place alone or with your family, the new normal of social distancing and isolation can be disconcerting and stressful. Below are a few tips that might help. Include your family as you implement these strategies. Everyone in your household...

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Treating Bug Bites and Stings 

Treating Bug Bites and Stings 

As the weather becomes warmer, the risk of bug bites and stings increases. Although most bug bites are harmless, some can cause serious illness. The number of people who have contracted diseases from infected mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas has tripled in the past 13...

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The Benefits of Art Therapy 

The Benefits of Art Therapy 

Many people think that art therapy is coloring in an adult coloring book or taking a craft workshop. While those activities have definite mental health benefits, arts and crafts projects are not the same as art therapy.   What is Art Therapy? Art therapy is a...

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3 Steps to Building a Heart Healthy Lifestyle

3 Steps to Building a Heart Healthy Lifestyle

Every 37 seconds someone in the United States dies from cardiovascular disease. Adopting a heart healthy lifestyle can reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other chronic illnesses. A heart healthy lifestyle is not a “diet.” It’s a pattern of eating and...

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Learning Together at Home

Learning Together at Home

For many Austin families, summer came before we expected it. Not the summer of pool parties, sprinkler playdates, and sparklers with neighbors after dark, but the summer of lots and lots of unexpected family togetherness. When you add in anxiety about the state of the...

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How Nature Impacts Childhood Development

How Nature Impacts Childhood Development

The statistics on how much time American children spend outside each day is startling. The National Recreation and Park Association states that the average child spends only four to seven minutes engaged in unstructured play outdoors, while spending an average of...

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How to Help a Reluctant Reader

How to Help a Reluctant Reader

Getting some kids to read is like pulling teeth.  Actually, for most reluctant readers, pulling teeth would seem like a walk in the park— that’s how resistant they are to reading!   While most of us would agree that reading is good for children, we might not know...

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Why Educational Summer Camps Matter

Why Educational Summer Camps Matter

It’s February and love is in the air. I would say that a chill is also in the air, but we do live in Austin after all, so no guarantees! Good weather or bad, though, chances are that thoughts of summer and summer camps are not top of mind. You might want to try a...

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Family Matters
Express Love Through Teaching Useful Skills

Express Love Through Teaching Useful Skills

Q.  My husband and I have six children. Since we’ve all been spending so much time together at home, I’m finding that I’m so tired and grouchy, I want to nap all day. However, I can’t because I have household chores like cooking, cleaning, laundry, and more. I’m...

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Is Your Family Ready for a Pet?

Is Your Family Ready for a Pet?

Q.  Our children are seven and nine years old. They’ve been asking us for a dog. How can we tell if our kids are ready to take on the responsibility of caring for a dog on their own?   A.  Your children are at an age when it’s possible for them to help with the...

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Can a Child Be His Own Superhero?

Can a Child Be His Own Superhero?

Q.  My first-grade student, Tony, is a little guy who always has his head hung low. When asked to do something, he says he doesn’t know how to do it, or he can’t. Recently he told me he is “no good.” His mother does not seem as interested or involved as other parents....

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6 Ways Parents Can Model Healthy Relationships

6 Ways Parents Can Model Healthy Relationships

By Betty Richardson Q: Sometimes I don’t like my husband much and often don’t agree with him or appreciate him. Will my lack of love for my spouse affect our kids negatively? A This question could have come from a husband, a partner of the same gender, or divorced...

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Out and About
For the Love of Live Oaks

For the Love of Live Oaks

Treaty Oak Estimated between 500-600 years old, the Treaty Oak is one of Austin’s oldest and most famous trees located in Treaty Oak Park. Back in 1989, the Treaty Oak was poisoned by a disgruntled feed store employee and the historic tree nearly perished. But,...

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Outdoor Art in 3D

Outdoor Art in 3D

Outdoor Art in 3D As the weather warms up, it’s a great time to get the kiddos and head outdoors. And in Austin, art is in the air (and on the grass and beside the lake and next to the library…). Private and public community visionaries have made Austin a place with a...

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Hearts of the City

Hearts of the City

By Jill Sayre February is the month for love, and Austin is a place that adores photo backdrop murals that feature sweet sentiments. There are too many vibrant, lovely pieces of public paint to cite in one piece, so we chose four that are especially LOVEly. Your kids,...

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Juicy January

Juicy January

A juice cleanse is a modern twist on the New Year’s resolution. But what is a cleanse, or detox, and is it right for you? And what will your kids eat while you try a cleanse? According to Juiceitup.com, a cleanse is a period of time where you replace meals with fresh...

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