Wonderschool has worked with hundreds of educators and child care providers in California and New York to deliver high-quality care to thousands of working families. Now we’re building our programs even higher — literally — and launching our first Wonderschools in Denver, Colorado. Wonderschool’s commitment to investing and expanding in the Denver area will advance our mission to ensure every child under the age of five has access to early education to help them realize their potential.
A 2017 Center for American Progress (CAP) report, which analyzed some 7,000 ZIP codes across the country, found that around 2.4 million Coloradans live in child care deserts, about 46% of the state’s population. Of the 175,900 children under the age of five in Colorado child care deserts, roughly half live in the Denver metro area. High-quality programs that meet a family’s philosophy, location, and schedule are even harder to find, so we’re thoughtfully expanding into markets where we feel we can quickly have a positive impact.
We’re thrilled to welcome both new and established Colorado programs to the Wonderschool family, like Lydia Amewu-Sirleaf’s Emmanuel STEM International Wonderschool in Aurora. Originally from Ghana, Lydia has a Ph.D. in education and has taught children of all ages, and started her program when she saw a need in her community.
“I am passionate about making learning a lot of fun — it’s engaging and nurtures a life-long love of learning,” says Lydia. “It’s my utmost hope to make a high-quality early childhood education accessible to kids who would otherwise not have it.”
Wonderschool gives program directors dedicated technology, training, ongoing mentorship, and community to operate their programs, including help connecting with area parents looking for care. If you’re an educator interested in opening an in-home program or growing your existing program, or you’re a parent looking for high-quality early education, visit us at wonderschool.com to start a Wonderschool or find a Wonderschool. If we’re not operating in your area yet, you can sign up to be notified as soon as we are.
We’re so grateful to the incredible Colorado educators and families we’ve met so far, we can’t wait to learn and grow with you!