Children of America Announces Grand Opening for New School in Setauket, N.Y.

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New location is the third Children of America facility in the state.


Thad Pryor, CEO and founder of Children of America Childcare and Academy

Our unique environment and highly qualified staff offer innovative and creative solutions for helping children learn and grow on an intellectual, physical, social and emotional level.

Children of America Educational Childcare & Academy (COA) today announced the opening of a new child care center in Setauket, N.Y. An open house for the new facility is scheduled Saturday, Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The school is located at 6 S. Jersey Ave in East Setauket.

Parents and children are invited to tour the 10,000-square-foot facility and learn about the educational programs geared toward children from six weeks to 12 years old. The first 50 families to enroll will receive 10 percent off tuition rates. Children of America will also meet or beat the advertised rate of any national competitor.

“We are excited to be opening a third Children of America location in New York,” said Thad Pryor, CEO and founder of Children of America. “Our unique environment and highly qualified staff offer innovative and creative solutions for helping children learn and grow on an intellectual, physical, social and emotional level.”

The other New York locations include Nyack and Stony Point. The new facility in Setauket has state-of-the-art classrooms designed for both fun and learning. The programs cater to the needs of each age group including infants, toddlers, preschool and elementary children. The new facility is able to accommodate about 180 children.

Parents may even monitor their children and classroom activities throughout the day using the school’s Internet video surveillance program.

Central to the Children of America curriculum is its Mind & Body Matters program. The initiative 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 students that can be accessed online or through 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 U.S. Department of Agriculture-approved menu that ensures children are provided wholesome meals and snacks. 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.

“These programs underscore the importance of helping children develop a love of the written word, healthy eating habits and a healthy respect for physical fitness,” Pryor said.

Those interested in enrolling their children or learning more about Children of America may call 855-285-6892 or visit

The new school in Setauket is part of an effort to expand Children of America into more than 60 locations by the end of 2012.

“In addition to our grand opening in Setauket, we have plans for expansion in Illinois, Indiana, Virginia, New Jersey, Ohio, and other locations,” Pryor said.

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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