Nov. 4, 2015 By Jackie Strawbridge
An early development and children’s education center will open on Vernon Boulevard this winter, with a focus on fun learning in a flexible space.
My Treehouse Early Development Center will be located at 46-07 Vernon Blvd. The center will serve kids from 6-months-old to school age.
Owner Robert Cilinghir said there will be about 50 kids across four classes, with at least two teachers per class.
“The whole idea is for the kids to learn and to have fun while they learn. Every class will be tailored for that,” Cilinghir said.
My Treehouse aims to achieve this goal by incorporating an educational element into each activity at the center, from interactive reading exercises to singalongs to educational games and toys.
“When the kids are playing with [our toys], they don’t realize it but they’re learning the color red, they’re learning the numbers one, two, three,” he said.
The majority of My Treehouse will be dedicated to regular weekday daycare or pre-Kindergarten. However, one large classroom will be kept open for hourly programming with playspace, room for parents and a variety of classes.
“Sometimes parents cannot afford to pay the [full] tuition, or they have their kid at home or they have a nanny, and they just want to bring them out for a few hours,” Cilinghir said. “It’s going to be a very flexible program in which I will work with the parent to see what is good for their child,” be it full-day, half-day or individual programming.
Outside of the regular weekday, My Treehouse will offer afterschool, weekend classes, summer camps and private tutoring. The classes will include yoga, ballet, art and music.
“I want a universal school, with all of the needs of the children being met,” Cilinghir said.
Parents who are interested in registering for My Treehouse can set up a walkthrough at the center; contact information is online here.
My Treehouse will open “within a month or two,” Cilinghir said.
Disclosure: My Treehouse advertises with LIC Post