NORTHAMPTON, Mass., April 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Tinkergarten, the leading provider of outdoor early childhood education, has just welcomed its 100,000th child to class this Spring. Since launching its platform in Spring 2015, the fast growing, technology-enabled education start-up has grown from serving a handful of families from its one class in Brooklyn, NY to reaching thousands of families in all 50 U.S. states.
"We're seeing Tinkergarten leaders launch in urban, suburban, and rural communities everywhere," said Brian Fitzgerald, co-founder and CEO. "This is validation that most parents believe that learning through play and time outdoors are critical elements to ensure that a child is ready to learn, ready to thrive, and ready for anything."
The growth is a direct result of the number of exceptional teachers Tinkergarten has mobilized since its launch in Spring 2015. Co-founder Meghan Fitzgerald ran the original class, trained the first cohort of leaders, and now has developed a training and development organization serving 1,500 leaders nationwide. "Tinkergarten has taken a novel approach by mobilizing a previously untapped workforce to provide high quality early learning everywhere. We enable teachers across all age groups: lawyers, nurses, stay-at-home-parents, pediatricians, retirees and others, to do purpose driven work and make significant impact in their community," said Meghan Fitzgerald, co-founder and Chief Learning Officer.
Tinkergarten's technology platform helps to recruit, train, and deploy on-ground teachers, called leaders, then enroll families in classes and provide parent coaching on the best ways to support their child's learning through play. "I love the open-source aspect of the company and the platform it is built upon, and the way we are leveraging technology to access what most of us loved so much about our childhood: making art, being out in nature and running wild!" shared Sara To, a leader in Palo Alto California.
Tinkergarten's consistently high parent ratings are a result of the learning experience facilitated by its talented workforce as well as Tinkergarten's exceptional training, support and curriculum. The curriculum is designed by education experts and incorporates research-based methods to engage kids in building creativity, problem solving, persistence, and more through joyful play experiences. Parents and caregivers learn how to support their child's independent learning in and out of class. "I learned how and when to step back and let my son be himself, a lesson that I needed so much as a parent. Not only was that a useful lesson, it was life changing," said Anne from Seattle WA.
Tinkergarten is now enrolling families for Spring 2018 classes in most communities across the country.
Tinkergarten is a leader in high quality early childhood education. We believe that the richest learning environment is the outdoors, and that independent exploration and well-designed play-based activities are the keys to developing a host of important capacities, including self reliance, creativity, and persistence. Our expert-designed curriculum helps kids ages 1-8 years old develop, grow, and better prepare, while they enjoy fun, engaging experiences in the physical freedom of their local green space. Tinkergarten classes are led by trained, certified leaders who bring a healthy, social, and engaging learning experience to their community. Tinkergarten is rapidly expanding nationally, with classes led by over more than 1500 leaders across all 50 U.S. states. Anyone can nominate a leader and bring Tinkergarten to their community. Tinkergarten is making high quality early childhood accessible to all. To learn more, visit www.tinkergarten.com, or follow us @tinkergarten.