10 Years

Tips, Tricks & Resources

What to Expect

As your child’s physical development accelerates, expect them to frequently grow out their clothes! During this age they will also develop a more advanced vocabulary and engage people with more confidence. Talking about the physical and emotional changes of puberty will help prepare them for the changes ahead! Scroll down to learn more about COMPASS NYC afterschool programs, which offer cultural, academic, and enrichment activities to help your child during this time of change.


Claremont in Motion Bike Ride

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Families are welcome to come out on Saturdays for our Bike Ride Program! Bikes provided.

Library Lab: (STEM)

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Kids explore Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math with fun, free activities through hands-on experiments.

Library Lab

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Kids explore Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math with fun, free activities through hands-on experiments.


After school programs for students

Comprehensive After School System of NYC (COMPASS)

NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

COMPASS NYC has hundreds of programs for young people in kindergarten through 12th grade.

School breakfast and lunch


NYC Department of Education

NYC students can enjoy free breakfast and low-price lunch every school day.

Free health care in schools

School-Based Health Centers (SBHC)

NYC Department of Education/NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Your child can get free medical services in their school.


How your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts offers important clues about your child’s development.

What most 10 year olds do at this age:

  • Social

    • Display an ability to resolve social problems, such as fights with friends or siblings
    • Show a sense of wanting to gain social approval and live up to expectations of people close to them
    • Continue to develop and test opinions and moral values
    • Display a wider interest in affairs outside of their everyday life
  • Communication

    • Can hold prolonged conversations both with other children and adults outside the family
    • Write well without ruled lines
    • Express feelings and emotions effectively through words
  • Learning

    • Can follow complex written sentences
    • Are able to read longer books with chapters in stages, picking up where they left off
    • Enjoy books and magazines on nonfiction topics of interest
    • Engage written material in more sophisticated ways
    • Competent with addition and subtraction, and begin to practice fractions, multiplication, and division
    • Master concepts of time, weight, and distance
  • Physical Development

    • Display increased control of hand movements for more legible handwriting and detailed artwork
    • Enjoy activities such as drawing, painting, sewing, or playing musical instruments
    • Run, climb, ride a bike, and skate with confidence
  • Health

    • Have 5 to 6 ounces of grains daily
    • Have 2 to 2 ½ cups of vegetables daily
    • Have 1 ½ cups of fruits daily
    • Have 3 cups of milk daily
    • Have 5 ounces of meat and beans daily
    • Have 1 hour of moderate and vigorous physical activity each day
    • Participate in many 15-minute periods of physical activity
    • Sleep about 9-11 hours per day
    • Are on schedule with immunizations

Act early by talking to your child’s doctor if your child:

    • Has difficulty maintaining posture for extended periods
    • Fails to follow verbal and written directions in class
    • Uses grammatically incorrect sentences
    • Has low self esteem
    • Avoids activities involving movement and physical coordination
    • Avoids eye contact with children and adults