Children of America Announces Grand Opening Event for New School in Orland Park, Ill.

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New child care facility features innovative reading and nutrition programs along with real-time video monitoring for parents.


Officials at Children of America Educational Childcare & Academy plan to open a new school in Orland Park, Ill.

The early years in a child’s life are the most crucial to their development. We offer a unique environment that positively promotes children’s intellectual, physical, social and emotional needs through the help of our highly qualified staff.

Children of America Educational Childcare & Academy (COA) has announced the opening of a new child-care center in Orland Park, Ill. The school will open its doors for the first time on July 9. And a grand opening celebration is scheduled Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 16124 S. LaGrange Road.

Contact school officials for more information at 708-403-2719.

Parents and children are invited to tour the 10,000-square-foot facility to learn about the educational programs geared toward children from six weeks to 12 years old. The new facility is able to accommodate about 180 kids.

“We are thrilled to be opening a sixth Children of America location in Illinois,” said Thad Pryor, Children of America CEO and founder. “The early years in a child’s life are the most crucial to their development. We offer a unique environment that positively promotes children’s intellectual, physical, social and emotional needs through the help of our highly qualified staff. We are committed to providing the best educational experience for young minds, making a profound difference in each child’s life.”

The new facility in Orland Park has state-of-the-art classrooms designed for both fun and learning. Curriculum has been developed that takes into account the needs of each individual age group including infants, toddlers, preschool and elementary children.

The school has high-level safety standards, with access only given through single-entry security, personal identification numbers and strict identification procedures. Parents may monitor their children and classroom activities throughout the day using the school’s Internet video surveillance program.

Also, the COA Mind & Body Matters mission provides three distinct programs that encourage a healthy lifestyle through proper nutrition and fitness, and emphasize the importance of continuing to learn outside of the classroom. The programs include:

The COA Just Read Program offers a series of interactive books for COA children that can be accessed online or with smartphones and tablet devices. The program encourages parents to spend at least 15 minutes a day reading with their children to continue building literacy and reading skills.

The “An Apple A Day” nutrition program is taking Children of America’s nutrition initiative to a new level by bringing in Jaime Windrow, a registered dietitian, to advise parents through a nutrition blog with healthy cooking tips and recipes, private nutrition consultations and nutritious meal plans at school.

The school follows a United States Department of Agriculture-approved menu that ensures children are provided wholesome meals and snacks. The menu includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free and low-fat milk. Meals can be adjusted to meet specific nutritional needs.

The COA Presidential Fitness Program helps instill a love of physical fitness at an early age, while emphasizing the importance of building endurance and cardiovascular strength through a variety of activities.

“Physical fitness and eating healthy can become a part of every child’s life. By starting early, children can grow to develop healthy habits. It’s our duty to provide these tools,” Pryor said.

Those interested in learning more about Children of America may call 855-285-6892 or visit Other Children of America locations in Illinois include Aurora, Bolingbrook, South Elgin, Flossmoor, Oswego, Plainfield, St. Charles and Yorkville.

The new Orland Park school is part of an effort to expand Children of America into more than 60 locations by the end of 2012. Children of America’s innovative child care centers currently thrive in a dozen U.S. states.

About Children of America Educational Childcare & Academy

Founded in 1999, Florida-based Children of America is a leading provider of high-quality child care and after-school programs. With about 1,500 employees, the firm operates nearly 50 schools in Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. With the opening of an additional 10 schools in 2012, the company will add about 350 new employees. An industry pioneer, Children of America's programs are developed to accommodate key age ranges and include innovative teaching methods such as "Tray Tasking," a learning tool proven to promote early reading and writing skills. Children of America is a subsidiary of World Wide Child Care Corp.

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