Like most good ideas, Gymboree Play and Music didn't begin in a business meeting—it began out of necessity. In 1976, Joan Barnes, a California mom, found herself frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time. Knowing that other parents were undoubtedly feeling the same frustration, she took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play and Music. She consulted experts to design a curriculum of activities to foster the development of children’s cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play. She hired a nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beckwith to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers. And her staff began conducting entertaining classes covering subjects ranging from music to sports to impart valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. As their children learned and socialized, parents also found benefit in meeting and befriending other moms and dads in their local area. More than 30 years later, her vision has proved to be a success: more than 712 child-centered franchises now spread over 42 countries, bringing confidence and creativity to thousands of youngsters in several continents and to one in the center of the earth.
At Connecticut Cycle Center, indoor spinning classes or triathlon training with coach Kelli Montgomery beckon students to wheel in their own bikes and affix them to cycling apparatuses. Both classes and training sessions emulate outdoor adventures thanks to ErgVideo and CompuTrainer systems, which mimic famous routes on TV screens. Virtual Tour de France inclines or Spanish plains challenge cyclists to push their endurance to the brink as they mingle with peers. Classes, like the art of hanging out in an operating laundry machine, range from beginner base spins to high-power interval training. Feedback after each session charts your ascent to fitness. High-quality Apex bikes are available for rental and can be taken to nearby roads for an alfresco adventure.
STEP Preschool's teachers don't just shape kids cognitively?they also develop them physically. That's because the state-licensed preschool employs multitalented staffers who lead clinics in soccer, gymnastics, swimming, arts and crafts, outdoor fields and other sports to help refine the motor skills and kinesthetic learning of children aged 2?5. Physical education boasts as integral a role in the curriculum as reading and writing, math, technology, and other academic areas that prepare kids for kindergarten.
Kidville's wide range of classes and activities were developed by early childhood specialists who understand the importance of cultivating social and developmental skills for newborns, toddlers, and kids up to 5 years in age. Inside the bustling learning center, pint-sized participants engage in an array of activities, including a Rockin' Railroad music series and dance classes. Art sessions foster creativity and self-expression, while an on-site gym plays host to the Big Muscles Series to boost coordination skills. Additionally, kids up to 9 years old can call on Kidville to host their birthday party, which may feature themes such as princesses and knights, superheroes, or treasure hunts, to name a few. During these celebrations, the staff takes care of the invitations, set-up, goodie bags, and cleanup, allowing parents to join in on the fun.
In the late 1970s career educators Eileen and Raymond Huntington opened the first Huntington Learning Center in Oradell, New Jersey. Their goal was to take an individualized approach to education, adjusting instructional tactics according to each student's set of needs. Their success in helping K–12 students prepare for exams and improve grades and study skills quickly spawned franchises across New York and New Jersey.
Today, the certified Huntington tutoring staff utilizes testing and rubrics for assessing each child's skills, academic needs, and potential for growth. The teachers even note the student's behavior in different testing and academic situations to craft a methodology sensitive to each child's learning style. Teachers also adhere to the company's code of ethics that stresses professionalism and confidentiality and encourages pupils to improve their grades honestly through dedicated study rather than shortcuts.
Childcare and tutoring. For busy families and working professionals, this bundle of services can solve a lot of problems. College Nannies and Tutors takes on the task of hiring and placing qualified nannies and baby sitters with families, eliminating the hassle of extensive research and interviewing. When those babies and kiddies get big enough to study, they can call on a team of tutors to make learning engaging and fun. With one-on-one mentoring, the agency uses clearly structured programs to help students reach their full potential. They tutor all ages and all subjects, and can ready pupils for standardized tests such as SATs.