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Flex Academies Provides After School Enrichment — and a Great Boost to PTAs

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[Note: This is a sponsored guest post contributed by Flex Academies.]

If you are active in your school’s PTA, you can probably relate to the experience that once you get involved in one thing, you’re likely to be asked to do 10 more things. One PTA position leads to the next, and soon you may even be asked to run the after school enrichment programming. This is when it might be the time to say no. And this is where Flex Academies comes in.

While PTA’s rely on volunteers, certain tasks, like managing after school enrichment offerings, may be better left to outside sources for a few reasons:
Volunteer Burnout: Parent volunteers donate a lot of time and resources to create and manage a successful program. These well-intentioned parents become so overloaded that they become frustrated and quit, leaving schools in a difficult situation.
Relying solely on volunteers: It literally “takes a village” to run an enrichment program. Getting volunteers to commit is difficult. Plus, there is constant turnover when the children of the volunteers graduate.
Quality of programs: PTA volunteers have the best intentions, but may not be informed about the latest trends in enrichment or know of the best local vendors.

Flex Academies: Enrichment Made Simple
Flex Academies is the nation’s first before and after school program management solution. We partner with your PTA to create a true “win/win” where your PTA does virtually no work, makes more money, and creates an incredible enrichment program for your families! Our extensive experience allows us to come up with a fun, safe program utilizing the best vendors. We also help eliminate “volunteer burnout” in your PTA, freeing up volunteers to focus on other priorities.

Flex Academies now serves 54 schools in DC, Connecticut, and New Jersey. In DC, Maryland, and Virginia alone Flex Academies manages 30+ schools in 3 districts.

Fill in your PTA about about what Flex Academies can do for your school. We’d love to discuss how we make PTA volunteers’ jobs easier and generate funds for your PTA at the same time.

Contact us to learn how working with Flex Academies can help transform your enrichment program!


This post is sponsored by Flex Academies, however, I only promote programs, places, and services that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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Explore Bright Horizons Early Education & Preschool Programs at an Open House

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Are you trying to find the perfect fit for your child’s early education? Attend a Bright Horizons Open House even and find out what sets them apart from the rest.

Several Open House events are taking place this spring at Bright Horizons locations all around the DC-Metro area where you can:

* Meet engaging teachers
* Visit the bright and beautiful classrooms
* Learn about their world-class curriculum
* Discover how children’s interests are incorporated into classroom experiences
* Find out how parent/teacher partnerships contribute to your child’s success

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Visit Bright Horizons online for more information and to find an event near you!

This post is sponsored by Bright Horizons, however, I only promote programs, places, and services that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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Join the Launch Party for the Acton Children’s Business Fair

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Acton Academy of Washington, DC, however, I only promote programs and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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MoCo Students Invited to Show Their Love for Trees in an Arbor Day Video Contest!

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Calling all 3rd to 5th grade students in Montgomery County schools! In celebration of Arbor Day, Montgomery Parks invites you to participate in an Arbor Day Video Contest for a chance to host an Arbor Day Celebration at your school this April. It’s a great opportunity to exercise creativity, highlight local nature, and have fun!

The 2016 Arbor Day contest winner

The 2016 Arbor Day contest winner

To enter:
Create a short video expressing why “We Love Trees in Montgomery County.” Submissions must be received by March 30, 2017 and submitted with the Arbor Day Video Contest Submission Form. The winning student or classroom will be selected March 31, 2017, and the winning school will be notified by April 03, 2017. The school with the winning entry will host Montgomery Parks’ Arbor Day Celebration!

Last year's Arbor Day Celebration at Travilah Elementary School

Last year’s Arbor Day Celebration at Travilah Elementary School

For more information, contest rules, and to submit entries, visit the Arbor Day Celebration web page. Now, go get your cameras rolling and get your videos in!


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: November 21-25

The playground at The Beauvoir School will be a great place to #OptOutside this Friday

The playground at The Beauvoir School will be a great place to #OptOutside this Friday



Monday – Let little ones burn some energy during an open gym session at Sport Bounce of Loundon, where a massive roomful of giant inflatables is a blast for kids. Open gym time is 10-11:30am on Mondays, and admission is $10/ages 2 and up, $6/18-23 months. And while open gym occurs every weekday, the time varies, so be sure to check the schedule if you go a different day.

Tuesday – Go over the rainbow and beyond at Watkins Regional Park. The adorable Wizard of Oz themed playground will keep kids frolicking for hours. While you’re there, stop by Old Maryland Farm to visit the animals and the Watkins Nature Center to view some cool creatures and birds. Park hours are dawn to dusk, 9am – 4pm at the Farm, and 10am – 5:30pm at the Nature Center. Admission is free.

Wednesday – Head to the National Museum of American History for opening day of Muppets & Puppets, a showcase of Muppets and marionetts from the museum’s collection illustrating the evolution of puppetry. Included in the display will be an Italian Prince and Princess marionette from 1900, an elf marrionette used at the 1963 World’s Fair, the first Kermit Jim Henson created for the television program, “Sam & Friends,” and two popular Muppets, Fozzie Bear, and Swedish Chef. Museum hours are 10am – 5:30pm. Admission is free.

Thursday – Enjoy some pre- or post feast fun — find a bunch of ideas here for activities on the holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday – Take a cue from REI and #OptOutside on Black Friday. The compilation of The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids easily has you covered on this one.


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