While her husband was in Iraq, KinderJam founder El Brown struggled to entertain her toddler with high-energy, enriching activities that would prepare him for kindergarten. Drawing on her master's degree in early-childhood education and more than a decade as an educator for children around the globe, Brown devised a program that has since become a preschool franchise reaching more than 1,300 children in four countries. The KinderJam curriculum, designed to mesh with NAEYC framework and Developmentally Appropriate Practice standards, fosters creativity and school skills with vibrant props, creative movement, and boisterous music. For younger participants, weekly BabyJam sessions strengthen bonds between infants and parents through music-fueled tickling, cuddling, and trigonometry-proof analysis.
Tutoring, college prep, and hands-on classes inspire and educate at Extreme Learning Center, whose mission is "affordable, high-quality support and enrichment programs that utilize technology" for those in kindergarten through grade 12. Individual and small-group tutoring sessions are among the services offered at the center. Test-prep sessions, Homework Lab, and homeschool support systems also endeavor to push students not only toward better grades, but also toward genuine enthusiasm for their academic experiences.
Navigating since 1979, Pacific Sailing equips would-be windjammers with the skills needed to successfully maneuver on the open ocean. Skins eager to build up their salt crust can enroll in the two-day basic-sailing-and-seamanship course. Offered year round in Saturday-Sunday and Monday-Tuesday pairs, the class trains budding mariners in the essentials of sailing, including trimming, tacking, and screaming "white whale!" in a believable fashion. Classes are limited to four students and helmed by U.S. Coast Guard-licensed instructors who coach novice wave-wranglers aboard 27–30-foot sailboats in Monterey Bay. After 12 hours of on-board instruction, landlubbers are sufficiently schooled to pass themselves off as deckhands to gangs of pirate filmmakers.