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Team Amazing Athletes Participates In Laps For Little Ones To Raise Funds For Special Needs Students »

September 22, 2014 at 9:19AM PDT | Source: Amazing Athletes

The 36th annual Laps for Little Ones event on Oct. 11 brings the Tulsa community together to help raise funds for the children with special needs at the Little Light House
September 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // Amazing Athletes of Eastern Oklahoma owner Michael Amberg and his team are raising awareness and funds for the 36th annual Laps for Little Ones fun run and alumni carnival on Oct. 11, from 9-10 a.m. at Cascia Hall with an alumni carnival following shortly thereafter.
Laps for Little Ones is a one-hour fundraising walk/run event with the aim of raising much-needed funds for the students at the Little Light House. Funds raised at the event will ensure Little Light House students continue to receive comprehensive, tuition-free special education and therapeutic services - including speech, physical, occupational and low vision therapy - at the preschool...

British Swim School Multiplies Its National Presence By Offering Swimming Lessons At LA Fitness »

September 22, 2014 at 4:34AM PDT | Source: British Swim School

Ft. Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) September 22, 2014 - More of our nation's children will soon be safer in and around water, thanks to a new relationship between British Swim School (BSS; http://www.britishswimschool.com) and LA Fitness. BSS, which offers child survival, water safety and lifelong swim instruction, now has the opportunity to operate in certain LA Fitness locations around the country. Under this agreement, BSS and its franchisees will have the ability to utilize LA Fitness' pools to reach additional families and hold more swimming lessons. Starting this week, classes will begin in multiple Florida locations; BSS anticipates expansion into specific Illinois, New York and Pennsylvania clubs within the next few months. Moving forward, existing and new franchisees will have the ability to coordinate with clubs in their area...

Local Entrepreneur To Open Children's Lighthouse Learning Center In Cary »

September 22, 2014 at 4:06AM PDT | Source: Children's Lighthouse Learning Centers

Seasoned Telecommunications Professional Signs Agreement to Open Premier Educational Childcare Center
September 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // CARY, N.C. – Children's Lighthouse Learning Centers, widely recognized as the leading values-based, early-education childcare provider in the United States, announced today that their Cary location has broken ground this week. The center is expected to open by late spring 2015.
"Families have fallen in love with the Children's Lighthouse Learning Centers around Charlotte, and we're excited to introduce families in Cary to the cutting edge Children's Lighthouse experience," said Davidarulappan, a local entrepreneur who left telecommunications to start this childcare center. "Cary is an ideal community for Children's Lighthouse, and parents will be delighted by our focus on values-based educational curriculum and hand-on teaching methods", he added...

Toys"R"Us® And Claire's, Inc. Enter Into Strategic Global Partnership »

September 18, 2014 at 11:03AM PDT | Source: Toys R Us

More Than 100 Claire's Branded Shops to Be Open in Toys"R"Us Stores Around the World by the End of 2014
September 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // WAYNE, NJ - Toys"R"Us®, the world's leading dedicated toy retailer, and Claire's, one of the world's leading specialty retailers of fashionable jewelry and accessories for young women and girls, announced they have entered into a strategic global partnership to bring trendy, fashion-forward products to Toys"R"Us customers in select stores around the world. Following a successful pilot program in Europe, Claire's-branded shops within Toys"R"Us stores will expand to nearly 100 locations across the continent, including stores in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria and Spain, and set in 12 Toys"R"Us stores in the United States by the end of 2014...

Founders Of Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies® Recognized With Charitable Hearts Of The Year Award »

September 16, 2014 at 11:18AM PDT | Source: Kids 'R' Kids

Pat and Janice Vinson were Honored at Sunshine on a Ranney Day's 2014 Gala for their Support of the Non-Profit Organization Committed to Creating Special Rooms for Children with Long-Term Illnesses
September 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // Duluth, Ga. - Earlier this month at Sunshine on a Ranney Day's Annual Evening of Sunshine Gala in Atlanta, the non-profit organization dedicated to creating special living spaces for children facing long-term illnesses and disabilities honored two people who have devoted their lives to early education, childcare and philanthropy. Pat and Janice Vinson – the founders of Georgia-based Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies® – were recognized with the 2014 Gracie's Charitable Hearts of the Year Award...

The Little Gym Introduces Tumbling And Parent-Child Sports Skills Classes »

September 16, 2014 at 10:59AM PDT | Source: Little Gym

Select Locations to Add Extra Training for Tumblers, Introduce Fundamentals of Popular Sports
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - (Marketwired - Sep 16, 2014) - The Little Gym, the world's premier experiential learning and physical development center for kids 4 months to 12 years, is adding two specialty classes for children this fall - one designed for young athletes, the other to help parents teach sports fundamentals to younger children.
The two new classes, Tumblers and Sporty Beasts, build upon the skills taught weekly in other classes at more than 300 The Little Gyms worldwide. The new Tumblers program is a coed class for ages 6-12 focusing primarily on building tumbling skills, with a secondary emphasis on conditioning and fitness. The Sporty Beasts classes will engage 2-to-3-year-olds and their parents by introducing fundamental sports skills, including soccer, t-ball, basketball and ball-handling activities...

Sky Zone Awards Franchise In Franklin »

September 16, 2014 at 9:38AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

Creator Of The World's First All-Trampoline Walled Playing Court Is Coming To Town
September 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // FRANKLIN, TN - Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, creator of the world's first all-walled trampoline playing court, announces it has awarded its newest franchise in Franklin with plans to open their doors in early 2015. For a WoW experience, the brand new 29,000 square foot facility will include an Open Jump Court, four Ultimate Dodgeball courts, a SkySlam Basketball court, SkyRobics classes, a SkyCafe for refreshments, and a Foam Zone.
Sky Zone will defy gravity with its newest park, offering residents of Franklin the ultimate active play experience. The all-trampoline walled courts are designed for optimal air time with popular activities such as Open Jump, offering a court of connecting trampolines where the sky is the limit, Ultimate Dodgeball, for a fresh new take on that favorite childhood pastime, Sky Slam which gives everyone the opportunity to slam dunk a basketball and SkyRobics, an innovative fitness class that burns up to 1,000 calories in one hour...

Toys"R"Us® Unveils The 2014 #Truhottoylist »

September 16, 2014 at 6:56AM PDT | Source: Toys R Us

Charm-azing Bracelets, Stretchy Heroes in a Half Shell, Little Chirping Love Birds, a Virtual Construction Set and 200 Pound-Towing Truck Are Among the Top Toys Named to the Company's Annual and Industry-Leading Gift List
September 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // WAYNE, NJ – With the holiday shopping season approaching, Toys"R"Us® today revealed its highly anticipated 2014 Holiday Hot Toy List. The annual list of 36 items, determined by Toys"R"Us play experts after months of extensive research, is packed with a wide range of brand new toys, games and other playthings expected to be at the top of kids' wish lists this year. For the full list, visit Toysrus.com/HotToys or follow the conversation on social media using the hashtag, #TRUHotToyList...

Creative Learning Corporation Announces 614th Franchise Awarded »

September 16, 2014 at 5:35AM PDT | Source: Bricks 4 Kidz
Bricks 4 Kidz Opportunities Available

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - September 16, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Creative Learning Corporation (OTCBB:CLCN), owner and developer of Bricks 4 Kidz,® Challenge Island®, and Sew Fun Studios®, the highly-popular children's education and enrichment programs, is pleased to announce it awarded its 614th franchise, located in North Dublin, Ireland. Brian Pappas, CEO of Creative Learning Corporation stated, "We're all excited here as we get closer to our target of 650 franchises by the end of the calendar year, and look forward to wrapping up our fiscal year on another high note."
About Creative Learning Corporation
Creative Learning Corporation, operating under the trade names of Bricks 4 Kidz® , Challenge Island® and Sew Fun Studios® offers educational and enrichment programs to children ages 3-12+...

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Names Voin Todorovic Chief Financial Officer »

September 16, 2014 at 4:01AM PDT | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

ST. LOUIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Sep. 15, 2014 - Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) today announced the appointment of Voin Todorovic as the Company’s new Chief Financial Officer, effective Sept. 15, 2014. As Chief Financial Officer, Todorovic will be responsible for global finance, accounting, tax, capital management and investor relations. He will report to the Chief Executive Officer of Build-A-Bear Workshop®, Inc., Sharon John."Voin has a solid background in linking financial goals and business objectives. I am excited to have him join the team as we continue to evolve our business model to leverage the strength of the Build-A-Bear brand to drive toward the Company’s stated objectives of sustainable, profitable growth,” said John...

Helen Doron ESL Internet Radio Attracts Teens From Over 100 Countries »

September 12, 2014 at 4:32AM PDT | Source: Helen Doron Group, The

(PRWEB) September 12, 2014 - Built on Helen Doron English's successes over the past 30 years, Helen Doron Radio for teens was launched August 20, 2013. The 24/7 programming is targeted at helping young people all over the world improve their English through: music, stories, quizzes, contests, several types of news, special guest interviews on various topics, targeted country weeks where the teens interview each other about their likes and lives, and more. All content is specifically geared towards teenagers, and in just one year, the station has attracted listeners from over 100 countries, with hundreds listening daily on a regular basis and participating in the diverse, interactive broadcasting.
In celebration of the one-year milestone, a new, upgraded website was launched, featuring a wide variety of content options including: what's on today, archives of past shows divided into categories (interviews, recipes, dog training, ecology and more), special segments hosted by students throughout the world, a Pen Pal programme, photo galleries, live chat and other topics of interest to teens...

The Gymboree Corporation Reports Second Fiscal Quarter 2014 Results; Comparable Sales Are Positive For August »

September 11, 2014 at 6:06AM PDT | Source: Gymboree
Gymboree Opportunities Available

SAN FRANCISCO - Sept. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - The Gymboree Corporation (the "Company") today reported consolidated financial results for the second fiscal quarter ended August 2, 2014.
"Despite a difficult second quarter, we continued to make progress on our key initiatives in product, inventory and execution," said Mark Breitbard, Chief Executive Officer. "We are seeing a meaningful improvement in trend at the start of the third quarter with positive comparable store sales across each of our brands in August. In addition, we are well on our way to achieve our annual efficiency and cost savings goals. Based on the progress we have made, we remain confident that we have the right action plans in place and the balance sheet strength to stabilize our sales trend and return our Company to consistent, long-term profitable growth...

New Jersey-Based Rainbow Academy™ Coming To Westfield »

September 11, 2014 at 4:21AM PDT | Source: Rainbow Academy

Child Care Franchise Company Set to Open New School in Union County in October 2014
September 11, 2014 // Franchising.com // Westfield, NJ – Representative of more than 100 square miles of land and well over half a million residents – a third of which are families with children under the age of 18*, Union County has a clear need for quality child care. Rainbow Academy – a family of early learning centers with a growing presence throughout New Jersey since its debut in Iselin seventeen years ago – is pleased to announce the planned opening of a new center in Union County in October 2014. The child care franchise's first Union County school opened to rave reviews in Cranford in 2003 and has boasted waiting lists for enrollment ever since...

Toys"R"Us® Lifts The Curtain On 2014 Holiday Season »

September 10, 2014 at 11:35AM PDT | Source: Toys R Us

During a Special Preview Event, Hank Mullany, President, Toys"R"Us, U.S., Shares the Significant Steps Taken to Prepare for the Months Ahead; Company Announces Launch of New Rewards"R"Us Loyalty Program, Introduces Free Online Layaway, Plus "Here's What's Hot" and "Gift Express" Shops; The World's Leading Dedicated Toy Retailer Focused on Making Gifting Easy for Shoppers, While Demonstrating Its Toy Category Leadership through Ownership of Hot and Exclusive Products, Breadth of Selection, Imaginative Marketing and Expert Employees
September 10, 2014 // Franchising.com // WAYNE, NJ - Toys"R"Us® today lifted the curtain on its plans for the 2014 holiday season at a special preview event for business retail reporters in New York City...

Building A Foundation For A Brighter Future: Children's Lighthouse Learning Center Opens In Murrieta »

September 09, 2014 at 4:37AM PDT | Source: Children's Lighthouse Learning Centers

Educationally-Spirited Female Entrepreneur Brings Leading Values-Based Educational Childcare Center to California
September 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // MURRIETA, Calif. – Paving a path to academic success for young students, Children's Lighthouse Learning Centers announced today the opening of its new school in Murrieta. The new center offers high-quality educational childcare that helps stimulate intellectual development in a safe, warm and welcoming environment designed to bring out the best in children. The center is located at 23656 Clinton Keith Road, conveniently situated off the Temecula Valley Freeway.
Millie Lee, the South Korean-born owner of Murrieta's new Children's Lighthouse has a family history in education - her mother was a school principal in Korea for nearly 40 years...

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Welcomes Cancun Residents To The Ultimate 3-D Play Experience »

September 08, 2014 at 11:52AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

Creator Of The World's First Indoor Trampoline Park Opens First Cancun Location For High-Flying, Active Fun
September 08, 2014 // Franchising.com // LOS ANGELES – Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park opens in Cancun, Mexico to offer a thrilling 3-D experience for the whole family atop a court of connecting trampolines. Specializing in Active Fun, the creator of the world's first all-walled indoor trampoline park has a variety of gravity defying activities that will get people of all ages jumping for joy. Beginning today, residents are welcomed to hop into Sky Zone Cancun to check out the wildly popular activity that has the whole country bouncing off the walls!
Sky Zone currently has more than 70 opened locations, over 85 additional parks under development and 20 which are projected to open by the end of 2014...

Primrose Schools® And Save The Children® Partner For America's Children »

September 08, 2014 at 9:40AM PDT | Source: Primrose Schools

Primrose Kicks Off National Partnership with $145,000 Donation
ACWORTH, Ga. - Sept. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Primrose Schools, an early education and care provider with schools across the United States, has officially partnered with Save the Children on a multi-year initiative that will focus on early literacy, child sponsorship and protection from harm for at-risk children in America.
Executives at both organizations have been developing the partnership for nearly a year, incorporating opportunities to actively involve more than 285 Primrose schools and 60,000 Primrose families coast-to-coast. Save the Children will be a primary charitable partner for Primrose Schools as part of the company's Primrose Promisesm corporate social responsibility efforts, which include partnerships with other organizations to advocate for all children, especially those at the greatest risk...

Once Upon A Child Opens 300th Store »

September 08, 2014 at 9:11AM PDT | Source: Once Upon A Child

Kid's Resale Store Achieves Retail Milestone, Following in the Footsteps of its Sister Brand, Plato's Closet
September 08, 2014 // Franchising.com // MINNEAPOLIS – As consumers continue flocking to resale stores for greater discounts and to stretch their families' budgets, Winmark Corporation's resale brands are seeing the results and continuing to grow rapidly across the United States and Canada to meet demand.
Winmark Corporation's children's resale franchise, Once Upon A Child®, has opened its 300th location, following swiftly in the footsteps of its sister brand, Plato's Closet®. The teen to 20-something resale franchise opened its 400th location earlier this year and was recently named the top franchise in the "$150,001 - $500,000 investment" category by Forbes magazine in its first annual Best and Worst in Franchising list...

Kiddie Academy® Adds Four New Educational Child Care Centers To Its System »

September 08, 2014 at 8:55AM PDT | Source: Kiddie Academy
Kiddie Academy Opportunities Available

ABINGDON, MD - (Marketwired - Sep 8, 2014) - Kiddie Academy®, a nationally recognized provider of comprehensive education-based child care programs, has just opened its newest franchise locations in Hamilton, New Jersey; Asheville, North Carolina; Morrisville, North Carolina and West Cary, North Carolina this month.
The company, founded in 1981, has been franchising since 1992. According to Greg White, vice president of franchise development, the Kiddie Academy team provides thorough support services to all of the academies within the system. By maintaining constant interaction with the franchise community, they are able to provide truly relevant tools, assistance and ideas to each franchisee in the following areas: site selection, construction, marketing, training and assistance with the pre-opening/grand opening stage...

Creative Learning Promotes Richard Nickelson To Chief Financial Officer »

September 08, 2014 at 5:45AM PDT | Source: Bricks 4 Kidz
Bricks 4 Kidz Opportunities Available

September 08, 2014 // Franchising.com // St. Augustine, Florida - Creative Learning Corporation (OTC: CLCN), owner and developer of Bricks 4 Kidz®, and Challenge Island®, the highly-popular children’s education and enrichment programs, today announced that it has promoted Richard Nickelson to Chief Financial Officer.
Nickelson, has served as the company’s Controller for the past 2.5 years. As Controller he managed all aspects of corporate finance and SEC reporting. Previously Mr. Nickelson held the Controller position for the franchise company, Ellianos Coffee Company. Prior to that Mr. Nickelson served in key accounting positions at several companies including a natural gas supplier and an automated manufacturer of architectural millwork...



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