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Top Teacher Award Nominations 2012

Metro Parent asked southeast Michigan parents to tell us which teachers have made a difference in your child's life. Here are the 2012 nominees.

MakersKit Review: Dinosaur Kids Terrarium Craft Kit

This crafty company offers a variety of fun kid-friendly DIY projects. We fell for this ecosystem with rocks, soil, flower seeds, moss and, of course, dinos!

Craft Roundup: Kid Gardening Gear, Toys and More

Looking to cultivate a little green thumb? Try these DIY ideas and resources, from creative, engaging websites to felt toys and mini Disney garden kits.

Betti Wiggins, Executive Director, Office of Food Services at DPS

Detroit Public Schools' head lunch lady overhauls child nutrition one meal at a time for 55,000 students in the district.

Julia Putnam, Principal of The James And Grace Lee Boggs School

The Boggs School on Detroit's east side has been five years in the making. For principal and founder Julia Putnam, it's a dream finally realized, one she hopes transforms the community and lifts up Detroit.

Japhet School Gets New Home in Clawson

The character-driven school, previously leasing space in Madison Heights, is looking forward to its new location on Crooks Road.

How to Save Money for College in Small, Simple Ways

Saving $25 (or more) every month to put toward your kid's future tuition rates is very doable. Here are 20 steps to help parents get started.

Spring Themed Toys and Fun Products for Kids

From gardening kits and coloring your own kite to frog rain boots for the puddles, Metro Parent dug up some fresh new ideas for springtime good times.

Tips for Properly Freezing Your Food

Celebrate National Frozen Food Day March 6 by following these helpful tips when freezing everything from meat to veggies to herbs.

Mom Susan Westhoff of Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann...

The great outdoors is a job, a joy and a family affair for the executive director of this Washtenaw County gem - and her two young kids love that Critter House.

New Greenhouse at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital

Healthy food, grown by a certified organic vegetable farmer, will be used to feed patients and staff and for community education - including schools and children.

Homegrown Food: A Family Trend in Southeast Michigan

From home gardens to farmers markets to organic produce, parents and kids are getting in on fresh, local choices, mindful of healthy eating and the environment.