October 15, 2012 - As Americans find their workdays longer than ever before, the need for extended hours in childcare has become a necessity. In response, Children of America Educational Childcare & Academy (COA) is helping parents with busy schedules by offering longer, more flexible hours.
"Some of our locations open as early as 5:30 a.m. and close at 7 p.m., because parents have demanding schedules that often require them to work outside a traditional 9-to-5 schedule," said Thad Pryor, Children of America CEO and founder. Parents can be confident that their children are getting the highest quality care while they are away and can even check in on their children throughout the day using our Internet video surveillance program."
Children of America will even provide a night out for Mom and Dad with their "Parent Date Night" the last Friday of each month. Children enjoy a fun-filled evening that includes movies, music and snacks.
COA also caters to various age groups and learning styles, including infant, toddler, preschool and elementary children. Children of America has nearly 60 facilities across the U.S. with plans to expand into more than 30 new locations.
Children of America offers state-of-the-art classrooms designed with both fun and learning in mind. The highly qualified staff, educational curriculum, value-added programs, advanced security measures and extended hours make COA a popular choice for parents.
"Children of America is dedicated to helping students develop and grow on an intellectual, physical, social and emotional level," Pryor said. "We offer a variety of resources to help parents when their child is away from the classroom, including our Mind & Body Matters program. It encourages a love of reading, good eating habits and a healthy respect for physical fitness."
The COA Just Read Program offers a series of interactive books for students that can be accessed online or through smartphones and tablet devices. The program encourages parents to spend at least 15 minutes each day reading with their children to continue building literacy and reading skills.
The "An Apple A Day" Nutrition Program is taking Children of America's nutrition initiative to the next level by bringing in Jaime Windrow, a registered dietitian, to advise parents through a nutrition blog with healthy cooking tips and recipes, private nutrition consultations and nutritious meal plans.
The school follows a United States Department of Agriculture-approved menu that ensures children are provided wholesome meals and snacks. The menu includes plenty of vegetables, whole grains and fat-free and low-fat milk. Meals can be adjusted to meet specific nutritional needs.
The COA Presidential Fitness Program helps instill a love of physical fitness at an early age, while emphasizing the importance of building endurance and cardiovascular strength through a variety of activities. "Our Mind & Body Matters program helps take away some of the stress of being a busy parent. They don't need to worry about their child getting a healthy meal or enough exercise, we take care of that for them while providing support and additional resources that parents and students can use at home," said Pryor.
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.