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Learning Care Group News: December 10th, 2010

Imagine Tomorrow® and Learning Care Group Empower Tech-Savvy Preschoolers

October 25, 2010 – Imagine Tomorrow, the leading provider of computer classes for young children and Learning Care Group, the second largest early education and child care provider in North America, have partnered to bring Imagine Tomorrow classes to select Learning Care Group locations nationwide, including Tutor Time, La Petite Academy, Childtime and The Children’s Courtyard.

“As a leader in early education, we are proud to offer our students an enrichment program like Imagine Tomorrow,” said Marshall Whaling, Chief Operating Officer for Learning Care Group. “Having an understanding of computers is essential for success in school and life, and giving our young children the opportunity to grasp this technology at an early age truly sets us apart from others in the industry.”

Step into an Imagine Tomorrow class and you will not see a “typical” computer class. Instead, you will find a group of very young children working together as they take on the roles of computer detectives on an exciting learning adventure. You will hear their voices respond enthusiastically to the interactive video voicemail that gives them their mission for the day – to solve a funny technology problem somewhere in the World of Imagine Tomorrow. Their mission could take them to places such as Microchip Mountain, Keyboard Castle or Internet Island.

Next, the children move on to their own computers where they work on Imagine Tomorrow software relating to the day’s mission. The custom software automatically adapts to each child’s level, as they apply new technology skills, as well as reading, math and critical thinking skills. All of the young computer detectives end the class with smiles on their faces, having successfully solved the mission.

“This is so magical!” says Gina, a student at Tutor Time in Phoenix, AZ. Gina and her class just solved “The Case of The Magnificent Meteor Shower” in which the software of the day simulated how to use search engines to look up weather online. “I wish every day was computer day!” says another student of Imagine Tomorrow.

Imagine Tomorrow’s unique program was developed specifically for very young children starting at age 3. It is the only curriculum and custom software designed to teach children everything from basic mouse, keyboard and navigational skills to more advanced mobile concepts, such as: networks, satellites, cell phones, hotspots, wireless, email and the Internet. Computers are always integrated as a tool, not a toy. The result for children is a genuine understanding and appreciation for technology and the role it can play in solving problems, completing tasks and communicating with others.

“Children today are surrounded by technology at a very young age, both inside and outside of the home,” says educator and Imagine Tomorrow founder, Judy Patterson. “Technology fascinates children and engages multiple senses, which makes it such a powerful tool for learning.”

Learning Care Group is the first national child care provider to form a strategic partnership with Imagine Tomorrow.

For more information about enrolling in an Imagine Tomorrow program at a Learning Care Group location, please contact:

Tutor Time: www.imaginetomorrow.com/tt Childtime: www.imaginetomorrow.com/ct
La Petite Academy: www.imaginetomorrow.com/lpa

For Imagine Tomorrow enrollment questions or support, you can also call 1-877-806-1830 ext. 6

About Imagine Tomorrow

Founded in 1991, Imagine Tomorrow has been offering its unique computer class experiences to children for two decades. Classes are based on a nationally-recognized teaching approach developed by Imagine Tomorrow founder and educator, Judy Patterson. Imagine Tomorrow’s impressive curriculum has continually evolved with the rapid changes in technology, keeping its content fresh and timely. Imagine Tomorrow developed its own proprietary software, content, and curriculum geared towards young children ages 3-7.

Currently, Imagine Tomorrow classes are offered nationwide in over 700 locations—in schools, daycares, arts centers, storefronts, and even on a mobile Puterbus. To hear stories from locations around the country, please visit the Kids Love Imagine Tomorrow Blog:www.kidsloveimaginetomorrow.blogspot.com.

For more information about the company and its offerings, visit: www.imaginetomorrow.com.

About Learning Care Group, Inc.

Headquartered in Novi, Mich., Learning Care Group, Inc. provides early education and care services to children ages six weeks to 13 years under its umbrella of brands: The Children’s Courtyard, Childtime Learning Centers, La Petite Academy, Montessori Unlimited and Tutor Time Child Care/Learning Centers. Learning Care Group operates approximately 1,050 schools (corporate and franchise) across 36 states, the District of Columbia and internationally, and has a system-wide capacity to serve 160,000 children.

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