The Online Room Launches as the Premier Early Childhood Education Virtual Classroom to Help Preschools Stay Open During Shutdowns

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The Online Room empowers preschools and early childhood education centers to stay open by easily providing engaging virtual classrooms to their families.

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Before we started using The Online Room, we were headed towards closing. Now we have families that are happy, and we’re able to make a real difference.

Across the country young children are facing something they can’t understand. Four weeks ago they were in classrooms with their friends and teachers. They were learning, having show-and-tell, enjoying playtime, and internalizing all of the great life lessons preschool instills in them. Now, they’re home all the time. Their parents and caregivers are facing a new reality: they’re isolated, and any “end in sight” to this for them and their children is repeatedly pushed down the road.

In this new COVID-19 induced environment, preschools and ECE centers are having a hard time keeping their community of families together and finding a valuable way to continue to offer education to children enrolled in their schools. Distance learning is quickly becoming the go-to choice for programs who wish to continue providing kids with the education they need, while collecting the much-needed tuition that’s critical for their schools.

The problem is that existing “make shift” options for preschools and ECE centers who want to build virtual classrooms are comprised of too many disjointed technologies, each with its own learning curve, integration issues, and costs. Preschools are faced with the idea of using email, apps, Facebook or blogs to reach parents; Dropbox or Google Drive for sharing downloads; and learning how to manage Zoom accounts and meetings settings to allow for proper interaction with the kids. They feel the strain of piecing together such a complicated system without guidance or support. Even when the preschool staff themselves are technologically savvy, it’s hard for these preschools to get their families excited about having to check multiple locations every day.

Tiffany Torres and Brian Foy, who run a marketing company that works exclusively with preschools and ECE centers, heard so many concerns first hand, they decided to do something about it. They created The Online Room ( a revolutionary early childhood learning platform that empowers preschools and early childhood education centers to easily provide engaging virtual classrooms to their families. The Online Room offers integrated video conferencing, for both classes and on-demand play groups, a daily schedule, an events schedule, digital downloads, and a video library. Everything that parents and teachers need is on one page, secure, and accessible from a single login. For administrators, it’s as simple to manage as filling out forms on a website, and for families it’s as easy as logging in.

“Most existing distance learning platforms were aimed at K-12. There was no platform for ECE. The schools and centers we spoke to were exhausted trying to plan out how to make all the various pieces fit, provide enough value to allow them to continue to collect tuition, and get families to push all the right buttons at the right times to make it all work.” says Tiffany, “All the while we hearing these stories about how lonely children are; missing their friends and their teachers… we had to do something. We had to offer these schools and ECE centers a simple solution that parents would love to use".

Centers using The Online Room love the new service. It allows them to stay open, regardless of what comes next. “It keeps us open, it keeps the bills paid, and, most importantly, we get to keep serving our children and their families,” says a preschool owner and The Online Room client in Oregon. “Before we started using The Online Room, we were headed towards closing. Now we have families that are happy, and we’re able to make a real difference.”

Preschools and ECE centers interested in booking an online tour can do so here.

The Online Room is the premier platform to provide virtual classroom capabilities to preschools and early childhood education centers. Created by a dedicated team of ECE industry experts to easily allow preschools and ECE centers to continue serving their families during closings, shutdowns, and quarantines.

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