May 17, 2011 (Glendale, CA): ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy—a pioneering full-curriculum preschool-through-kindergarten educational website that launched publicly in November 2010—today announced that it has been awarded a Parents’ Choice Gold Award, the highest level of recognition from the prestigious Parents’ Choice Foundation. A Parents’ Choice Gold Award is given to products that are judged as the highest quality, most appealing products in their genre. Criteria for judgments, according to the Parents’ Choice Foundation, include the highest production standards, universal human values, and a unique, individual quality that pushes the product a notch above others.
“We are honored to receive this award and recognition from the Parents’ Choice Foundation, an independent, non-profit organization whose purpose is to inform and guide parents about which products and media are most appropriate for their children,” remarked Doug Dohring, Founder and CEO of Age of Learning, Inc., which owns and operates ABCmouse.com. “The Parents’ Choice Awards program is an invaluable resource for parents in identifying content that is enriching, entertaining, and educational.”
Established in 1978, the Parents’ Choice Foundation is the nation’s oldest nonprofit guide to quality children’s media and toys and is designed to help parents and caregivers of all achievements and backgrounds make informed decisions about which new products are right for their children. The Parents’ Choice Awards committees look for products that entertain and teach with flair, stimulate the imagination, and inspire creativity. Judging panels—which are made up of educators, scientists, performing artists, librarians, parents, and children—are interested in how a product helps a child grow socially, intellectually, emotionally, ethically, and physically.
ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy provides parents and teachers with a safe, engaging online environment that supplements and supports preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten programs in the subject areas of reading, mathematics, social studies, beginning science, art, and music. The goal of this unique learning experience is to help children build a strong foundation for future academic success by offering more than 2,000 individual learning activities in the form of online books, games, songs, puzzles, art activities, and printables—all of which are contained within more than 350 custom lessons that span six academic levels. ABCmouse.com’s extensive curriculum is available at no cost to public schools throughout the United States and Canada.
“This website took me by surprise… The amount of educational materials, the organization of the classroom levels, the ease of navigation and available help features and sheer depth of activities available is almost overwhelming,” said Parents’ Choice panelist Jessica Hensley, a web designer and mother of two who has been working with family and educational websites for more than 10 years. “This may be the first website that I have seen that is truly an online classroom, terrific for pre-school through kindergarten students.”
The ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy curriculum has been developed in close collaboration with nationally recognized early childhood education experts, including 2006 National Teacher of the Year Kimberly Oliver Burnim and Dr. Rebecca Palacios, a Founding Director of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
“ABCmouse.com is a valuable resource for parents of young children ages 2 through 6,” said Ms. Burnim. “The engaging comprehensive curriculum helps parents and educators achieve important objectives of language development and literacy for young children, while providing a wealth of enrichment activities.”
Added Dr. Palacios, “A great deal of care has gone into making sure that ABCmouse.com offers quality educational experiences that help young children develop a love of learning as they learn essential educational basics. We are quite pleased that the Parents’ Choice Foundation has recognized our efforts in this regard. From an educator’s perspective, the more parents who know about and use this outstanding resource, the better it will be for our young learners.”