April 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // Duluth, Ga. - Ever since its launch nearly 30 years ago, Kids 'R' Kids® Learning Academies has been devoted to the success of its students – both inside the walls of its schools and beyond its doors. With the nationwide release of its ground-breaking Brain Waves™ curriculum in 2013, the international child care franchise tied an already solid First Class™ core curriculum and popular "Hug First, Then Teach" founding philosophy to the provision of an innovative educational program that promoted brain development in its students – the majority of whom are between the ages of 6 weeks to 5 years of age. Before the age of six, research indicates that children must be properly stimulated in order to form and reinforce vital connections within their young brains. Thoughtfully engineered to target the frontal, occipital, temporal, and parietal lobes of the brain, Brain Waves fosters and strengthens neural pathways for language, social-emotional, cognitive and physical development. In order to begin measuring the success of the curriculum and the progress of its students, Kids 'R' Kids has elected to partner with the nationally accredited Teaching Strategies to implement student assessments.
"We know from our teachers, franchisees and currently enrolled parents that Brain Waves™ has been extremely well received by our students," explained David Vinson, Director of Operations for Kids 'R' Kids International. "However, to truly measure its success, we wish to employ assessments that are specifically engineered to align with the various levels of our Brain Waves and First Class curriculums. Above and beyond that, we know that these assessments will also play a key role in helping us identify potential learning, social and behavioral challenges early on that a student may need to overcome throughout their educational career. We will be able to develop individual learning plans to help them climb to the next level while they are in our care, and these assessments could help their future kindergarten teacher understand how they learn, as well. Parents will receive regular updates regarding their child's development and progress so they can work side by side with their Kids 'R' Kids teachers to ensure that their child is making headway socially and academically. Our new relationship with Teaching Strategies is another shining example of Kids 'R' Kids' dedication to providing the best in early education to our students in order to promote a lifelong love of learning and set them up for success in kindergarten and beyond."
Teaching Strategies is the ideal partner for Kids 'R' Kids in this endeavor. Like Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies, Teaching Strategies is nationally approved by AdvancED™ - the global leader in advancing educational excellence through accreditation and school improvement. In addition to providing parents with feedback through regular student assessments, Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies is launching a Parent Portal to grant enrolled parents a backstage pass to their child's daily life inside the Kids 'R' Kids classroom. The Parent Portal provides electronic reports of everything from naptime and diaper changes to educational accomplishments and upcoming events to take school-to-parent communications to an entirely new level. The system is also designed to serve as a secure one-stop-shop for photos and information, plus access to closed circuit cameras in the classroom that are accessible via computer, tablet or smartphone so parents can feel connected to their children throughout the school day.
Established in 1985 and headquartered in the North Atlanta suburb of Duluth, GA, Kids 'R' Kids Academies provide a secure, nurturing, and educational environment for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years. Through its signature "Hug First, Then Teach" philosophy, the provision of state-of-the-art facilities that boast interactive whiteboard technology and secure internet classroom monitoring for parents, and the employment of a highly trained teaching staff, Kids 'R' Kids encourages its students to bloom into responsible, considerate, and contributing members of society. In 2013, the early education provider was proud to unveil its revolutionary and proprietary curriculum rooted in brain development called Brain Waves™. AdvancED Accredited by the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools, Kids 'R' Kids International® is a family owned and operated organization that is comprised of 160 locations in 14 states. For more information about Kids 'R' Kids International, please visit www.kidsrkids.com.
Teaching Strategies provides the most innovative and effective assessment, curriculum, professional development, and family connection resources to programs serving children from birth through third grade. With ground-breaking solutions and a strong belief that a child's first 8 years form a critical foundation for success, Teaching Strategies has been an advocate in the early education community since it was founded by Diane Trister Dodge more than 25 years ago. Teaching Strategies consistently expands its products, offering award-winning resources like The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool and the widely adopted assessment system Teaching Strategies GOLD®. To learn why thousands of early childhood programs and many states choose to partner with Teaching Strategies to help ensure children's success in school and in life, visit www.teachingstrategies.com.
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