DULUTH, Ga., July 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Kids 'R' Kids International, Inc., an international early childhood education franchisor with three decades of experience, announced today its second center in China has opened in Shanghai. The news comes on the heels of the success of the brand's first international franchise location, which opened in Beijing last year. The company is on track to open an additional 10 schools across China by the end of next year, including the opening of two schools in Nanjing and Tianjin this fall.
"We are thrilled to open the second Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy in China," said David Vinson, president and chief executive officer of Kids 'R' Kids International, Inc. "Our long-standing principle of "Hug First, Then Teach" has not only stood the test of time, but has demonstrated the ability to transcend cultures in the classroom. The concept has been well received in China since Kids 'R' Kids first opened its doors and we see strong potential for growth in Asia and other parts of the world."
The Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Shanghai is nearly 70,000 square feet – more than four times the size of its average center – with a total of nine classrooms, full library, dedicated STEAM classroom, art and music rooms, full indoor playground, an American football field and more. The Shanghai center also offers Kids 'R' Kids' standard curriculum, including a supplemental Mandarin program that further supports the concept's longstanding philosophies while meeting the requirements of the Chinese education system. Approximately 80 percent of the curriculum is taught in English and the remaining 20 percent is communicated in Mandarin. The school currently has nearly 50 staff members, including 10 foreign instructors from the U.S. and around the world.
"There is a growing demand for early childhood education programs in the States and abroad and this is only the beginning," continued Vinson.
As part of its long-term growth strategy for international development, Kids 'R' Kids is targeting cities across South America, the United Arab Emirates, Australia, and India. Domestically, the brand is seeking qualified franchisees to open 15 to 20 schools in cities, such as Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Denver, Las Vegas, and Orlando; as well as communities in New Jersey, Virginia, and Maryland.
For the past 30 years, Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies has upheld its long-standing principle of strengthening and encouraging childhood development on an emotional, intellectual, social and physical level through a unique partnership between its child care providers and parents.
The company offers a variety of curriculum programs designed for infants through prekindergarten. Its proprietary First Class Curriculum™ is designed specifically for every developmental stage of education with theme-based units, specific learning activities and teacher-friendly lesson plans. Most recently, Kids 'R' Kids launched a revolutionary music curriculum called ColorSoundation™, which was developed by noted Los Angeles-based musician and teacher Shiho Yamamoto, to teach very young children the fundamentals of music through the integration and interplay of colors with sounds. Last year, Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies unveiled its new STEAM AHEAD™ curriculum, an integrated project-based curriculum for preschool students, ages three to five, which incorporates more science, technology, engineering, art, and math into everyday learning through play.
With a nationally awarded curriculum, Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies provides early education and care for children from six weeks through 12 years of age at its nearly 160 schools located in 16 states across the country. Programs offered to children include infant care, toddler and preschooler care, private pre-K and kindergarten, before-and-afterschool care and summer camp. In order to provide even more convenience for families with busy schedules, Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies remain open during all major school breaks and holidays nationwide, all year round.
For more than six years, Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies has been accredited by AdvancED in America, the world's largest education community. This accreditation ensures its schools are meeting and exceeding the highest accreditation standards and providing excellence in education beyond most daycare and childcare providers.
To learn more about ownership opportunities with Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies, contact Rashid Khan, vice president of franchise development for Kids 'R' Kids International, Inc., at (844) KRK-FRAN (844-575-3726) or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit kidsrkidsfranchise.com.
About Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies
Headquartered in the North Atlanta suburb of Duluth, Ga., Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies provide a secure, nurturing, and educational environment for children (ages six weeks - 12 years) to bloom into responsible, considerate, and contributing members of society. With nearly 160 learning academies in 16 states, Kids 'R' Kids International® is a family-owned and operated organization that ranks in the top three nationwide for franchised early childhood education centers (www.kidsrkids.com).
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