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What’s your school’s Walk Score?

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

We’re excited to announce that the Walk Score for all schools in the country is now included in our SchoolFinder resource.  A Walk Score allows parents to learn how walkable their school and surrounding neighborhood is, making walkability now part of the school decision process.

Walk Score aims to promote walkable neighborhoods to combat climate change, improve health, and strengthen communities.  As the latest Walk Score blog explains, fewer and fewer children are walking to school and the child obesity epidemic continues to rise.  Promoting the option to walk or ride a bike to school is one way to increase exercise for school-aged children.

Education.com is also excited to announce that Walk Score is the latest SchoolFinder Local Schools web service partner. Here’s a sample of how school information is included in Walk Score:

This weekend- Free Access to Local Caregivers, Babysitters, and Tutors

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

This weekend you can use Care.com’s services completely free of charge!  The Care.com Free Weekend promotion will run Friday, March, 19th thru Sunday, March 21st.

The Free Weekend begins at midnight (PDT) on the morning of Friday, March 19th and extends through Sunday, March 21. During these 3 days, Care.com will waive its regular subscription fee and allow all care-seeking families full access to hundreds of thousands of high-quality babysitters, nannies, and other caregivers for free.  Every visitor to Care.com during the Free Weekend will have the opportunity to experience the benefits of paid, premium membership for FREE: post jobs, review mom-reviewed profiles of caregivers in their area, contact care providers to schedule interviews, check references and run a free background check.

To get started with your search for local childcare providers and tutors, search for your school.  From your school’s profile on Education.com, you’ll be able to browse through local providers from our partner, Care.com.  Also, feel free to go to Care.com directly to learn more about this great promotion!

Roost’s New Facebook App, Social Real Estate

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

We’re excited to spread the word about Roost‘s new Facebook application, Social Real Estate.

The application creates a “Real Estate” tab on Facebook profiles that displays city-specific housing, education info using SchoolFinder’s local school data web service, and walkability data.  It’s perfect for real estate agents and brokers to promote engagement and show off their expertise with their many Facebook connections.

Learn more about this hot new app!

New in SchoolFinder: Find Local Child Care & Tutors

Monday, October 5th, 2009

SchoolFinder users can now find local resources from our partner, Care.com, while learning more about their child’s school.

Care.com is the leading online provider of trusted child caregivers and tutors.  The site makes the usually intimidating process of finding child care easy for parents by including extensive information on both babysitters and nannies, such as experience, availability, reviews from other parents, and personal introductions.  Also, Care.com’s extensive tutor profiles include tutor’s education, experience, and subject specialties.  Parents can browse all of the options in their area and find the best match for their family as a Care.com member.

Many parents come to SchoolFinder to learn about their child’s school or schools in their neighborhood or city. We hope that by providing local Care.com babysitters, nannies, tutors, and special needs providers within SchoolFinder will provide a valuable resource to our users.  We are thrilled to recommend the high quality of Care.com members to our Education.com community!

Get started today by finding your local school.

New and Improved Local Schools Widget

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

The Local Schools widget has become a popular free tool for real estate sites and blogs to showcase local school information. We’ve received positive feedback on how easy the widget is to customize and install. The recent enhancements were made in order to further meet our user’s needs around free school data.

So what’s new and improved on the widget?

Now, you can showcase schools near an exact address. Simply input the street address and city or zip and the closest schools to the address will be shown in the widget, both in the map and list view. Now real estate sites can implement the widget to showcase nearby schools for specific properties.

Another great new feature is the ability to browse the widget map past the default location. For example, if a widget is created for the zip code 94603, the user can browse past the schools that lie within the zip code to see schools in surrounding zip codes or cities.

Lastly, our widget has an updated look and feel- we’ve updated the look but kept all of the customization options available, such as color choice, size options, and custom title so it can be visually integrated onto other sites.

Don’t worry, we’ve kept our other key features, such as the ability to create a widget for a zip, city, entire county, or a specific school district. That way you can create a widget for the exact area you serve.

Our local school data tools are free and popular with sites and blogs in a variety of industries, including real estate, local media, and school districts.  We hope to continue to see the popularity of the widget grow and are really excited to showcase the new and improved widget at the Real Estate Connect conference in San Francisco this week! Feel free to contact us with any questions on widget use at api-support@education.com.

Back to School Gear now at Education.com

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Education.com is excited to announce a new partnership with PrepSportswear.com, a leading provider of custom school and team apparel.  School apparel and gear is now easy to find, customize, and afford.  SchoolFinder school profiles include individual school gear stores, where you can customize your school’s t-shirts, sweatshirts, jerseys, or any other spirit gear.  Put your name on the item, include your school mascot, and make it your own! I can’t wait to get a new Stevenson Patriots sweatshirt from my old high school… or get my niece excited about her new school with some school gear of her own.

Head back to school with spirit! Just in time for back to school savings, find your school and get your gear today!

Green Schools

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Learn all about green schools- find ways to help your school go green and browse LEED certified schools in your state.

Green Schools

Students, parents and teachers are working together to promote green schools.  Recycling programs, bus transportation, and water efficiency are just a few of the many ways schools save energy and reduce waste.  Also, environmental education programs raise students’ awareness on how they can impact their environment. Learn about five easy ways to green your school

Although many schools promote green programs and activities, some schools are actually ceritified as green schools.  This means they have been certified by the U.S. Green Builing Council as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified.  Find LEED certified green schools near you.  The LEED for Schools Rating System is specific to the design and construction of K-12 schools and buildings, addressing such things as energy efficiency, water conservation and mold prevention.  

Green School Review Prize

How green is your school?  Find your school with our SchoolFinder tool and tell others about your green school!  Writing a ”green” review gives you a chance to win a beautiful hard cover copy of Blue Planet Run: The Race to Provide Safe Drinking Water to the WorldLearn more.

SchoolFinder Praised as Valuable Tool to Research Schools

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

On Friday, the Associated Press released a story, “Web sites help do the math to find a good school.” The article walked through a handful of sites, including Education.com, that allow parents to research and learn about local schools.

The article explains the variety of resources on our site, “Education.com hosts stories on everything from child development to bullying, but also features a detailed catalog of public and private schools across the U.S.”

The article also highlights the school information available in SchoolFinder, “Like the other sites, parents can find a trove of testing data, teacher information and a demographic overview of the school’s student population. Look here for other details, such as the percentage of students who were absent more than 21 days, classified as gifted, or speak limited English.”

We also thought it was great that one our school information partners using our free school data web service, Zillow.com, was commended for allowing their users access to this valuable information was researching a home. The article explains that Zillow nicely places “the school results in the context of a home buying decision.”

We hope parents check out SchoolFinder and let us know what they think!

Learn about Free School Info with this How-To Video

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

We’ve received great feedback about our local school data and tools, but also some questions on how real estate professionals can access them. With this video guide, learn about our free school info and how to make a local schools widget! Walk through the five steps of creating a local schools widget for your site or blog and see sample widget implementations.

Winners of the School Reviews Contest!

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

A big congratulations to the winners of the School Reviews Contest!  All three schools will win a $1000 donation to the school parent organization.  We were thrilled with the participation in our contest, over 600 schools were reviewed!  Alongside local school data and information, parent reviews are a great way to get a sense of a school’s culture and environment and help with school decisions.  A big thank you to all of our participants!  Here are the contest results!

In 1st place with 91 reviews!
Gifford Elementary School in Racine, WI

In 2nd place with 37 reviews!
Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary School in Fraser, MI

In 3rd place with 26 reviews!
Judith A. Resnik Community Learning Center in Akron, OH