By engaging children on their own level, the teachers at Kids R Kids childcare center and learning academy recognize their students for what they really are: developing brains trapped inside tiny, perfectly spherical heads. The programs hew to a philosophy of "Hug First, Then Teach," meaning they encourage a child's development on an emotional, intellectual, social, and physical level. Also essential to their teaching approach is family involvement—when new skills are introduced, the instructors make sure the parents know about the approach and aren't politically opposed to arithmetic.
They rely on their own curriculum, Brain Waves, which takes a neurologically based approach that combines educational lessons with good nutrition, regular sleep schedules, and secure relationships. Additionally, the Brain Waves curriculum helps develop brains with many forms of language (including sign language) and exposure to technology in a controlled environment.
There’s only one thing the staff at Wonderwilder cares more about than fun: safety. That’s why its members have separated the indoor play place’s slides, bouncy zones, and rope obstacle course into two distinct areas; one for those under the age of 8 called Wonderwild, and one for more adventurous kids aged 5–11 called Wonderwilder. This allows younger kids to happily ride a 20-foot inflatable crocodile slide at a safe distance from their elders, while the older kids race on the go-kart bikes. Our birthday parties incorporate elements that both girls and boys enjoy, from Nerf battles and superheroes to pretty princesses and IRS audits.
At each of its 31 area locations, the YMCA of Greater Houston pursues a mission to bring health, wellness, and personal growth to communities. Kids leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to a teen Youth & Government program that stirs up confidence and leadership abilities in students, preparing them for mudslinging student-council campaigns.
Zumba, ballroom dance, and Les Mills group exercise classes shake up adult workout routines, as complimentary childcare frees up parents to pursue fitness goals. Meanwhile, adult sport leagues such as basketball and racquetball result in friendly competition and hyper-literate team names inspired by obscure philosophers.
Cassandra Myers was raised to believe that education was vital to personal development. That's why, after working as a teacher, school counselor, and special-education administrator, she decided to open Eagle Achievers Academy—a place where she could instill a love of learning in children during their earliest years.
But just because Myers and her trained, certified staff are focused on education doesn't mean they've forgotten how to have fun. The center's curriculum fosters a love of literature, music, art, and science through playful activities that encourage self-expression and the development of social skills. Activities are designed for kids between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years, with daycare and preschool sessions scheduled during the day, before and after school, and for the summer.
This education-based childcare center offers schooling, summer camps, and enrichment programs for children aged 6 weeks to 13 years. Based on the philosophy that children "learn best by doing," these programs use hands-on activities to teach students basic skills in literacy, mathematics, and bedtime negotiations. Summer workshops explore topics ranging from robotics to soccer, and certified instructors lead groups through scavenger hunts and volunteer projects during assorted camp programs.
At New ADDition Childcare, daycare takes on an entirely new meaning. As opposed to a place for glorified babysitting, New ADDition keeps kids engaged, active, and learning with afterschool activities and summer programs that, in addition to structured playtime, include tutoring and homework help, hip-hop classes, and even Zumba.