Kumon of Astoria Opens New After-School Enrichment Program

Entrepreneurs Bring Passion for Education to Community

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Kumon, the world's largest after-school math and reading enrichment program, opens a new center in Astoria, New York, at 32-78 48th St. Kumon Instructors and co-owners, Yogita Bisram and Jigisha Shah, invite the public to attend the Grand Opening of their new business, Kumon of Astoria-South Center, on Saturday, June 4, 2011, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

"At Kumon, we believe children have unlimited potential to succeed," said co-owner, Ms. Bisram. Co-owner, Ms. Shah adds, "Our goal is to help each child develop strong academic skills, a love of learning and the confidence to excel beyond the classroom."

Kumon's individualized approach helps children progress by ability rather than age or grade. In the U.S., 200,000 students from preschool to high school are developing advanced skills and confidence through Kumon's Method of Learning.

Special Event Information:

Event: Grand Opening

Day: Saturday, June 4, 2011

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: 32-78 48th St., Astoria, New York 11103

In a recent report, "Teaching Math to the Talented," published in Education Next, American students were significantly outperformed by 33 countries including Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Finland. America's lack of advanced students impacts the country's future economic growth, which inspired Ms. Bisram and Ms. Shah to help students in their after-school enrichment program. More than half of U.S. Kumon students study advanced math, and 24 percent of these students are learning materials two to three years above their grade level.

Prior to opening Kumon of Astoria-South, both Instructors attended Hunter College. There, Ms. Bisram earned a bachelor's degree in English and Language Arts and a master's degree in Math and Science Education. She also holds a teaching certificate in Elementary Education. Ms. Shah earned a bachelor's degree in History Language Arts. In addition, Ms. Bisram and Ms. Shah both worked in a Kumon center for five years. There, they observed how students developed a love of learning in Kumon, as well as discipline, accuracy, mastery, and confidence. These attributes acquired by using the Kumon Method of Learning enabled students to advance above their grade level and get accepted into prestigious schools based on academic excellence. After seeing firsthand how using the Kumon Method of Learning could be beneficial towards a child's daily life, they were inspired to open their own franchise.

Kumon of Astoria-South class hours are: Tuesdays and Fridays from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Students study for approximately thirty minutes per subject at 32-78 48th St. Astoria, New York 11103 and have short assignments to complete at home. For more information, or to schedule a free placement test, please call 718-545-6100 or email astoriasouth_ny@ikumon.com

About Kumon Math and Reading Centers

Kumon is an after-school enrichment program that unlocks the potential of children so they can achieve more on their own. Founded in Japan in 1958, the learning method uses an individualized approach that helps children develop a solid command of math and reading skills. Through daily practice and mastery of materials, students increase confidence, improve concentration and develop better study skills. Kumon has 26,000 centers in 46 countries and more than four million students studying worldwide. The company's North American headquarters is in Teaneck, New Jersey. Visit www.kumon.com to learn more. Join us: www.facebook.com/kumon or follow us: www.twitter.com/kumonNAmerica

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