Future Kiddie provides tech programs for preschoolers
December 13, 2017
By Suzanne Jameson
A Chandler-based technology curriculum provider for preschool and kindergarten students is bringing its innovative programs to Scottsdale. Future Kiddie, a company that teaches beginning computer skills and the principles of S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and math) to kids at 19 East Valley preschools, is now instructing little ones at the Goddard School on Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard.
Founded by Ken Chan and his sister Linda in 2010, Future Kiddie classes use mini-laptops designed for small hands and Puterbugs Technology software.
The program for kids 3 to 6 years of age is embedded into school curriculums and consists of weekly or bi-weekly 30-40 minute classes. Each class starts with an interactive lesson overview by the Chans, followed by computer time. Specialized software integrates letter and number recognition, science, math, music, art, problem-solving and other components into the program through a combination of fun word games and other exercises.
“What is so unique about Future Kiddie is our focus on keyboarding,” Linda Chan said. “This teaches students how to type and about computer navigation. These are important skills, and as schools move from traditional pencil and paper tests to online testing, this will help students be more comfortable during testing later on.”
The Goddard School started offering the Future Kiddie program on November 9.
Natalia Elfimova, owner of the Scottsdale-based school, said, “We’re excited to bring these classes to students. This program not only teaches basic computer skills, but it introduces the children to sophisticated concepts like wireless networks and understanding the functions of a browser, and also helps with language development, social learning, logic and creativity.”
The Future Kiddie program has grown from two schools offering the program in 2010 to 19 locations including schools in Tempe, Ahwatukee, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and now Scottsdale. The company also is a registered vendor for the Arizona Charter Schools Association in providing local high-quality, low-cost computer classes and hardware.
“Many schools want to offer technology programs but simply can’t afford to. We bring in the equipment and instructors so schools don’t have to purchase computers, allocate storage space or hire staff. This is a more cost-effective solution for educators to bring this type of training into the classroom,” Chan added.
The Chans also own and operate The Mighty PC, a company that provides high-quality repurposed computers to businesses and schools nationwide.
According to Ken Chan, “It’s important for young children to be exposed to computer science and STEM principles. Like learning a second language, studies show that the earlier a child is exposed to technology, and the more they practice, it gets easier plus it increases their retention rate.”
For more information on Future Kiddie or to schedule a demonstration, call 480-331-3068 or visit futurekiddie.com.