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What Matters for Kids Announces the Expansion Into the Greater Casco Bay Maine Area

Cranford, NJ, December 19, 2015 --( What Matters for Kids is proud to announce the expansion to the Greater Casco Bay Maine area in 2016. The planned expansion will bring new, science based educational opportunities to children and schools in the region, supplementing existing STEM programs.

Carleen Barra and Julie Wagner founded What Matters for Kids in 2008 after discovering a lack of hands-on science programs for kids. They developed study materials that harnessed the natural curiosity of children, and capitalized on a child’s open mind. As What Matters for Kids grew, they created a curriculum that could be replicated and franchised throughout the country.

Leah Barry will open the first What Matters for Kids franchise location in Maine in 2016. Barry is an expert in early childhood education, earning a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Boston University, and a Master’s in Science Education from Lesley University. After ten years of teaching experience, Barry decided to pursue a new career by combining her love of science education with the What Matters for Kids franchising opportunity.

The new Greater Casco Bay location will bring three unique class types to residents of the area. First, parents will want to explore the hands-on classes, where students explore and experiment with basic scientific principles in physics, chemistry, biology and more.

Second, community groups, like schools or scout troops, can schedule a one-time science presentation that includes a fun demonstration and hands-on experimentation.

Finally, What Matters for Kids provides workshop classes for the professional development of area teachers. In the workshops, teachers learn new, inexpensive experiments and techniques to engage students, and enrich scientific education in the schools.

Barry’s expansion of What Matters for Kids into Maine opens a world of new learning opportunities for children and improves the quality of science education in the region.

About What Matters for Kids:

What Matters for Kids™ is an enrichment company founded on the belief that children are inherently curious and learn by doing. Therefore, our lessons are unique and hands-on, taught using a multi-sensory philosophy. Students get up and jump around, stick their hands in goop, smell the stink of a chemical reaction, hear the thud of gravity and even see color changes in some experiments!

For more information please visit or call (732) 637-9635 (WMFK).
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