Art Education Franchise Co-Founder Offers Expert Advice on Nickelodeon's ParentsConnect

KidzArt president gives creativity tips and ideas to parents through online family resource.

September 18, 2008 // Franchising.com // (New Braunfels, TX)- Renowned artist, Ms. Chris Cruikshank, president and co-founder of KidzArt, is now offering "Expert Advice" on Nickelodeon's ParentsConnect.com Web site. The site strives to provide parents with daily tips, recipes, activities, product recommendations, expert (but nonjudgmental) parenting information as well as family-friendly resources in local communities.

Cruikshank is one of many expert contributors who offers advice to parents in a question and answer format on topics ranging from health and development to activities and entertainment. As an artist and president of an international art education franchise company, Cruikshank offers tips and ideas on how to incorporate art and creativity into children's lives for fun, academic benefits or even stress relief.

"I'm proud to be able to offer my professional advice to support parents in encouraging their kids to be the creative problem solvers of tomorrow. Art is a fun way to stimulate imaginative thinking and creative solutions to everyday challenges that children face," says Cruikshank. "One of my roles at KidzArt is to develop art curriculum that will empower children and increase their perception and awareness of the world around them. I hope I can assist parents by conveying some of these principles on ParentsConnect."

Featuring the tagline "We're not perfect, we're parents," Nickelodeon's ParentsConnect celebrates the reality of parenthood and make parents' lives easier. Geared towards parents with kids of all ages, from newborns to teens, the site offers unique features like the ParentsConnect Local city guide (formerly GoCityKids.com) for family activities; personalized profiles that help parents connect with each other; a digital multimedia scrapbook; daily tips for all ages and stages; expert parenting advice; a weekly meal-planner for quick and healthy meals; and celebrity-guest editorials. Each age-related section on the site provides users with daily content to help them through both large and small parenting challenges.

About KidzArt

Founded in 1998, KidzArt is an international art enrichment franchise company that helps kids of all ages (including senior citizens) explore their inner artistic potential in a safe, structured, non-competitive environment. KidzArt ranked in Entrepreneur magazine's Top New 50 Franchises for 2007, was named Top Children's Art Franchise for 2006 and has been in the Franchise 500 for the past six years. In addition, KidzArt was named a "World-Class Franchise" by the Franchise Research Institute for 2006 and 2007. Franchising since July 2002, KidzArt has franchised units throughout the US and internationally. To find out more about KidzArt visit www.kidzart.com or call 800-379-8302.

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