DULUTH, Ga., Nov. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As National STEM/STEAM Day approaches on Tuesday, November 8, Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies will celebrate throughout the country with activities based on their acclaimed STEAM AHEAD® Curriculum. STEAM AHEAD combines science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics for a well-rounded, dynamic learning experience. In recognition of National STEM/STEAM Day, Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies reaffirms their dedication to being The First Step to Higher Education® executed through the continued advancement of teaching techniques in early childhood development.
National STEM/STEAM Day is a nationwide effort that aims to inspire children to pursue an interest in the various areas of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. With the goal of motivating children to pursue a career path in one of these varying fields, STEAM AHEAD offers an integrated project-based curriculum that incorporates the basic principles of these subjects into the student's every day learning through play. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the 10 fastest growing occupations are comprised of careers directly related to the STEM or STEAM programming efforts, offering the nation's youth the tools they need to forge successful careers. As part of the STEAM AHEAD education model, teachers at Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies are encouraged to think outside of the box, employing both thoughtful and engaging activities designed to spawn creativity and tap into each student's natural interests. For example, in honor of the upcoming elections, the Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy in Clayton, N.C. is hosting their annual 2016-2017 Student Body Elections. Much like an actual election, these students will be participating in classroom speeches and debates, vying for their spot as Class President. Local Kids 'R' Kids franchisee, Tara Abernathy, felt it was important to launch this initiative to explain the nation's election process along with instilling leadership skills in children beginning at a young age. "We've discovered after 30 years, as a leading early education provider, the importance of focusing on what a child's brain is absorbing. This is why we fill each day with lessons from our highly impactful, comprehensive and exclusive curriculum rooted in brain development and STEAM education," said David Vinson, chief executive officer, Kids 'R' Kids, Inc. "We can provide your child with a strong educational foundation through hands-on learning experiences and innovative teaching practices paired with a national accreditation. There's no telling what a child's future may hold, but we can give your child the best start possible. Kids 'R' Kids is the smart choice for a smarter child." Programs offered to children include infant care, toddler and preschool 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 remains open during all major school breaks.