Ages 8-12

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How to Help Your White Friends Raise an Anti-Racist Kid

These days, have you been hearing from your well-meaning white friends who want to know how they and their children can, to quote Mrs. Trump,  "be better"?  Here is a great quick read from the NYT, "How to Raise an Anti-Racist Kid", which lays out a few very useful bullet points, including: "not racist" implies neutrality; "anti-racist" recognizes that [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: New Voices

In today's Thoughtful Thursday we focus on two young African American poets: Angelo Geter (left photo) and Joshua Bennett (right photo). Angelo Geter is a poet and performance artist also known as "EyeAmBic." A National Poetry Slam champion, Geter is releasing his debut poetry collection in late 2020. He is the Poet Laureate of Rock Hill, SC,  and an Academy [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: What Shall We Tell Our Children?

Today's Thoughtful Thursday presents the poem "What Shall I Tell My Children Who are Black (Reflections of an African American Mother)" by artist, poet, author, and educator Margaret Burroughs (1915-2010).  It was written in 1968,  but could well have been written this week.  In it Burroughs addresses the issue of how to raise black boys up to be confident [...]

Anti-Racism Resources

              Have you or your children been getting a lot of requests from your white friends for resources about Black history and the struggle for racial justice these days?  It is exhausting, trying to deal with your own and your family's reactions to everything going on AND having your well meaning but less [...]

The Summer of 2020: What Are Your Kids Going To Do?

What will your children be doing this summer?  After a Spring of remote learning, no organized sports, no extra-curriculars and no playdates,  they are facing a summer of cancelled activities and continued social distancing. Many parents who made camp plans for their children last year or early 2020  are now trying to figure out a new plan. A new [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Memorial Day Gratitude

Memorial Day is a few days away.  While we are usually celebrating it as summer's official start, this year it makes much more sense to think about what the holiday is really about:  honoring those who have died during war while serving the U.S.  Honoring our war heroes. These days our war heroes have expanded beyond members of the [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Celebration of Lives

As we wrap up the second full month of lockdown,  we at GCP want to pay tribute to all of the many people who have been lost in this pandemic.  Friends and family members who succumbed to the Covid-19 virus, as well as those lost to unrelated illnesses.  Families and loved ones have been denied the ability to publicly [...]

College in the Time of Covid-19: What We Learned

Thanks to all who attended the GCP/Hunter College Continuing Education webinar College Admissions in the Time of Covid-19, which was held on May 6th.  A great many parents registered and turned out for this webinar to hear the latest on college admissions news from our panel of experts: David Coleman, CEO of the College Board Eric J. Furda,  Dean [...]

Happy Mother’s Day from GCP!!!

Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms, Grandmothers, Aunties, Godmothers and Bonus Moms from GCP!!! Hope your Mother's Day is filled with people you love, things you love to do, and gratitude from the children and others that you love to do things for. To honor you all, we offer two poems, both by the beloved Maya Angelou (1928-2014). [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Be Encouraged

  There are glimmers of encouraging COVID-19 news these days: mortality rates falling, hospital admissions going down and releases going up, a drug showing promise at combatting the virus.  In this spirit, today's Thoughtful Thursday offers poems of encouragement and hope.  First, a favorite from Lucille Clifton (1936-2010), "Blessing the Boats", which holds the promise of a better day.  "Instructions [...]