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.
A year-round preschool, afterschool and camp center for kids ages 6 weeks- 12 years old. Kids R Kids uses an award-winning curriculum inspired by Dr. Piaget's learn-with-play philosophy, that focuses on building the emotional, physical, intellectual, cognitive, and social areas of a child's development.
When Joan Barnes founded Gymboree Play & Music in 1976, she envisioned a facility where parents and children could play together in a safe and age-appropriate environment. In the following decades, Gymboree Play & Music spread to more than 30 countries across the globe, helping youngsters from infants to 5 years old develop cognitive, physical, and social skills. The company's instructors lead classes such as Play & Learn, its flagship course, in which parents and kids move through a seven-level program filled with storytelling, play activities, and debates on the merits of sandwich crust. Talented staffers also prep youngsters for school and foster development in areas such as music, art, and sports. Throughout all classes, they make use of custom play equipment designed by acclaimed playground designer and seesaw-tamer Jay Beck.
The Crayon Academy's committed wisdom warriors have dedicated nearly two decades to setting solid scholastic footing for children before they step into classrooms. During this two-week trial (a $248 value) youngsters mold brain matter with a day-long itinerary that hones in on fellowship, academics, and art. Four different schedules cater to moppets of varying ages and experience, and Crayon's knowledgeable teachers can help students with homework, learning tips, and the latest in pencil-sharpening practices. Crayon's open-door policy allows curious parents to sit in on the learning whenever they like and without wearing kid disguises.
With thousands of LEGOs on site, the staff at Bricks 4 Kidz create programs that entertain and educate by instilling curiosity about engineering, architecture, and physics. Events spark imagination and creativity while they discover and learn basic math and science concepts. Children channel there inner engineer all while improving their motor skills; developing self-esteem, social, and problem-solving skills; and fostering a sense of teamwork.
Model building classes and birthday parties focus on designing and creating structures such as carousel swings or catapults, and field trips also give kids the chance to work in tandem. In addition to the enrichment program, the facility hosts Kidz Night Out events, which allow parents to go out on a date without having to hire a babysitter or build one out of LEGOs.