October 19, 2012 - Early childcare can be vital to a working family's needs, and quality and affordability are two of the highest priorities for parents. New research shows that an early education not only benefits a child during their first few years of school, but throughout life. Officials at Children of America Educational Childcare & Academy, a leader in providing educationally based childcare, have seen how offering a rich learning environment benefits young children.
"Our early education curriculum and programs for grade school age children encourage children to develop a lasting love of learning by helping them discover new interests, while fostering their natural creativity," said Thad Pryor, CEO and founder of Children of America. "We have more than 50 schools across the U.S. that offer a unique environment for learning, with highly qualified staffs dedicated to helping children learn and grow on an intellectual, physical, social and emotional level."
According to Pryor, choosing a quality program should help prepare a child for school and potentially increase cognitive test scores. Children of America places students in a secure environment that encourages brain development and uses the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) assessment to monitor learning success.
Cost is another important consideration when selecting childcare. The cost of childcare will range by provider and often depends on a number of factors including location and the number of hours spent in childcare. COA does extensive research on childcare rates. With this research the firm prices services competitively in each community. COA offers services such as healthy meals, physical fitness programs, several enrichment classes and an exclusive curriculum written and directed by Dr. Vicki Folds.
"Our commitment to the families we serve goes beyond cost, and we work tirelessly with families burdened with financial woes to establish tuition costs within their family budget. Our company philosophy is that no family will be denied access to our services if a mutual arrangement can be made," Pryor said. "We have also patterned our programs to fit National Association for the Education of Young Children standards by following developmentally appropriate practices. Children are active learners, so we have made that the central element. A successful classroom incorporates three different types of learning environments: naturalistic, informal and structured. Children of America provides all three daily learning activities."
Founded in 1999, Florida-based Children of America is a leading provider of high-quality child care and after-school programs. With about 1,500 employees, the firm operates more than 50 schools in Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. With the opening of an additional 10 schools in 2012, the company will add about 350 new employees. An industry pioneer, Children of America's programs are developed to accommodate key age ranges and include innovative teaching methods such as "Tray Tasking," a learning tool proven to promote early reading and writing skills. Children of America is a subsidiary of World Wide Child Care Corp.