If you have a child at a public school in the metro area, you’re probably familiar with the rating system the Oklahoma State Department of Education uses to assess school performance. Their Report Card method gives A-F grades to campuses based on specific criteria: student performance based on assessment scores and student growth comparing current scores to the prior year.
When Pam Newby’s daughter was approaching preschool age, she did what most moms of toddlers do and sought out great preschools in the metro area. In fact, a good preschool meant even more to Pam as her young daughter had battled leukemia and gotten a bit behind developmentally.
Since 1998, MetroFamily Magazine's mission has been to help Oklahoma City area parents be more successful and have more fun with their families. Technology continues to provide more ways outside our print magazine to do that. We're thrilled to announce we've just opened three Ages & Stages Closed Facebook Groups to help parents of children in specific age ranges connect with other local parents.
AAA reported this week that Oklahoma is experiencing the lowest gas prices since 2009. This graphic reveals prices in several cities throughout the state, including a statewide price of about $2.42 per gallon. Last summer, the price per gallon was almost an entire dollar more. The cheaper prices mean more summer traveling. Where will you go? Check out some exciting options on our Exploring Oklahoma with Children page.
Oklahoma has experienced a very wet spring, leading to an unusually bad season for mosquitos. As you head outdoors this summer, be aware of how to prevent mosquito bites and keep kids safe.
The EF-5 tornado that touched down in Moore on May 20, 2013 claimed 24 lives and left many more injured. As the community was grieving lives lost, some Oklahoma moms were celebrating the birth of their babies.
Here at MetroFamily, we believe every kid should have the opportunity to attend summer camp. For youth with special needs or circumstances, Oklahoma City has several non-profit organizations that help provide summer camp experiences at little or no cost. One of these is Church of the Harvest's Harvest Foster Camp.
Mae Kiggins has worked as a park ranger, research assistant, forest policy intern and environmental sciences academic adviser. Now a mom of two (her son Macen is 5 and her daughter Sydney is 2), Mae blogs about her outdoor experiences with her kids. There’s no one better to shed a little light on the joys of outside adventures. Read her thoughts on the importance of outdoor play then plan to explore an Oklahoma state park.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports 11 teens die every day from texting while driving, but a new Oklahoma law aims to keep drivers of all ages safer on the road. Come November, Oklahoma will join almost every other state in the country in making it illegal to text and drive.
Oklahoma's only nonprofit recovery high school recently received a top honor at the annual Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence Awards. The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits hosts its annual award ceremony to recognize outstanding area nonprofits. Teen Recovery Solutions received a $7,500 gift for winning the youth services category at the award ceremony.