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.
At Fleur de Lis Academy, instructors don't just nurture the inner dancer in students as young as 2; they also emphasize the importance of how one carries oneself in the world—with good posture and great manners. In addition to ballet, yoga, and dance classes, they also educate students on contemporary etiquette, accomplishing this through fun sessions such as Princess Tea Time. Led by a mother of four, Fleur de Lis Academy's lessons offer a nurturing, supportive environment for its students. The curriculum also branches out to include adult yoga and fitness classes.
Across the two floor facility, European-styled studios are equipped with high-tech sound systems, and an on-site dance boutique equips students with accessories and dancing attire.
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.
Piano specialist Eric Johnson employs degrees in piano technology from the University of Wisconsin and composition from the Berklee College of Music as he restores stringed instruments to their pluckiest selves. After graduation, Johnson traveled to Vienna to train in the Bösendorfer piano factory, where he internalized the distinct European sound, achieved only through careful tuning or by padding the inside of the piano with a handful of pommes frites. After his European stint, Johnson traveled through North America, readying grand pianos for concerts, artists, customers, and dealers. He now works with skilled technician Jim Salvatore of PerArts to tune pianos in the Fairfield County area.
Together, Johnson and Salvatore bring an astute ear to their craft, improving the sound quality of traditional and high-end pianos, ensuring that middle Cs meet appropriate standards and high Cs quench lingering musical thirsts. In addition to tuning, Johnson and Salvatore can perform regulation, hammer replacement, and reconditioning as well as hold consultations and offer advice. Working in tandem, the duo helps customers through a range of piano conundrums related to repair, regulation, voicing, and advice.
Passage East Kennels is devoted to all things pooch, so much so that John Travolta and Robin Williams filmed parts of their 2009 movie Old Dogs on its grounds. The family-owned business has provided dog care since 1967, and today, it offers pet owners flexible boarding options, doggy daycare, and full-service grooming. Passage East also donates its time and profits to helping homeless dogs find loving families, procuring new homes for more than 150 pups over the last decade.