African Art and Japanese Lighting for Toddlers - Smarter Toddler in New York City Leads the New Look of the Modern Preschool

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At Smarter Toddler you will find designer wall colors like chocolate and pale blue, pink orchids, Eames furniture, African and Abstract art, Japanese lighting and Norah Jones or Miles Davis playing in the 1 year old class. With its luxurious home-like spaces and advanced art-based curriculum, Smarter Toddler Nursery and Preschool in New York City is leading new look of the modern preschool.

If you think a preschool should look like a home and not a pediatrician’s waiting room, you would probably love Smarter Toddler Nursery and Preschool. As you walk into Smarter Toddler, located in New York City, you see the difference immediately. One look at the antique child’s rocking chair in Smarter Toddler's lobby and you might mistake the space for the playroom of a celebrity who has young children like Kelly Rippa of the Regis and Kelly. Smarter Toddler is incredibly visually stimulating but not in your face like an amusement park, but rather an expensive well-designed child’s bedroom. At Smarter Toddler you will find designer wall colors like chocolate and pale blue, pink orchids, Eames furniture, African and Abstract art, Japanese lighting and Norah Jones or Miles Davis playing in the 1 year old class.

It’s definitely not your typical preschool. Not surprising considering Smarter Toddler’s Creative Director apprenticed in London with John Galliano the design genius behind Christian Dior. Then again, what preschool has a creative director? That may be precisely the point. The Smarter Toddler management feels that if African art and Miles Davis broadens the minds of grown ups why not their children also. If all this seems a little unnecessary, parents would have it no other way. In the last six months demand for Smarter Toddler has increased so much that 2 more locations are planned for 2005, one of which is are already full and investors and franchise brokers are starting to take notice. A Smarter Toddler book series is also in the works with Scholastic Publishing.

“High schools have proven for years that a curriculum with a strong emphasis on the arts results in smarter better adjusted students,” said Ms. Collins, spokesperson for Smarter Toddler, “Smarter Toddler simply uses that philosophy to create a unique early childhood experience, which works because it doesn’t just stop at the curriculum and how the children learn but also includes their surroundings”.

The Smarter Toddler philosophy is simple; young children are not dumb and neither are their parents so why dumb down their early learning experience with primary colors, glaring hospital-style florescent lights and Nursery Rhymes? While there is nothing wrong with those things, why not introduce young children to other ways of experiencing and thinking about their world? Smarter Toddler believes that hanging up a picture of Elmo is ok as long as there is a Picasso or Rothko hanging also.

Smarter Toddler was founded 2 years ago by parents of 3 gifted young children who wanted a progressive preschool with an advanced art-based curriculum that their own children could benefit from, hence the name. It has long been proven that a child’s brain is like a dry sponge capable of absorbing knowledge at a much faster rate than an adult. As a result, at Smarter Toddler you’re never too young to begin learning. But don't think that the Smarter Toddler caregivers are doing flashcards at 3 month olds (they actually start at 6 months) the caregivers do teach with tons of love, oodles of patience, buckets of paint, Playdoh, puppets and anything else that will teach in a creative artistic way.

No wonder Smarter Toddler gets calls every week from people asking to set up schools in other parts of the world. “Visiting parents always say they have never seen anything like this, so we aren’t surprised when entrepreneurs call us about setting up Smarter Toddlers in places like Japan and Australia,” said Ms. Collins, “Smarter Toddler is the new look of modern early childcare and I predict that one day all preschools will look this way”. To contact Smarter Toddler Nursery and Preschool call 212.721.4964 or log on to http://www.SmarterToddler-NYC.com.

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