Children’s Focus began in 1984 as a newsletter providing
parents with information on cultural activities throughout
the city. The newsletter was published monthly with listing
of all the museums, cultural and educational events in New
I believe that all children should be exposed to art and
the cultural programs in the community so the listing
included many events that were free or inexpensive and a
few pricey events to add to the mix. The goal was to be
inclusive so there was information about many ethnic and
cultural groups and everyone was encouraged to share their
holiday traditions. Education and shared celebrations are a
great way of breaking down the walls of intolerance.
My son, nephews and niece all became a part of the project
drawing pictures, handing out, flyers and helping with the
mailing, etc. They grew up working on the publication.
After twenty -four years, however, I was exhausted from the
daily routine of creating a monthly newsletter so I took a
break and stop publishing. This was always with the
intention that Children’s Focus would return.
Since then I have started exploring the world through fresh
eyes with the new additions to my extended family. My grand
nephews Jamal, Isaiah, Emmanuel, Joshua, Angel and grand
nieces Shakina and Yonina have given me that needed spark
and inspiration to continue Children’s Focus. Also I still
have so much information, ideas and stories to share with
So here is our digital version of Children’s Focus with the
same goal to support parents and educators in their quest
to provide wonderful experiences for their children.
Children’s Focus will be providing information on urban
living in my new blog, the best places for fun and
education in What’s Happening New York and opportunities to
help build our global community in the Charities section.