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Introducing Best Brains New Veterans Franchising Program

Nov-11, 2021

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Best Brains has always been a place to promote personal growth. Whether for our students, who gain confidence and knowledge from our programs, or our staff, who find an outlet for their talent and fostering skills in others, to our owners, who provide support and guidance to their community. We challenge ourselves each year to find new ways to grow as a company. The core of Best Brains is strong and with each year in operation we can stretch further than ever before. That is why we have decided to add a special discount available to military veterans.

While in service to our country, military service members often dream about what life will be like after they have finished their duty. It's no surprise then how many veterans are small business owners, comprising almost 10% of the SBO's in the United States! Being a successful entrepreneur takes a lot of planning, strategizing and follow through. These are behaviors that servicemen and women practice every day.

For veterans transitioning to civilian life, the job market can be tricky. Many employers believe that active service does not foster interpersonal relationships in the business world and will overlook veterans for roles in management and leadership for that reason. However, experts agree that veterans do learn a lot of the social-emotional skills necessary for these types of roles. Being passed over is difficult for anyone who has a lot to offer and going into business for yourself is the natural response.

For veterans seeking entrepreneurship opportunities, there are many organizations mobilized to help make their dreams a reality. The US Department of Veteran Affairs and US Small Business Administration has several resources for our vets, from business planning to financial advice. Publications like U.S. Veterans Magazine and the non-profit organization VetFran provide advice and counsel to veterans when choosing their next career move.

So, what makes a veteran an amazing Best Brains center administrator? Firstly, it's the commitment to service. Teachers often speak of being called to their jobs, feeling an obligation to devote their life to a higher purpose. Veterans understand that obligation well and are looking for opportunities to continue their service in civilian life. Then, there's the organization. Veterans are used to clear procedures, codes of conduct and know how to organize and mobilize their environment. Running a Best Brains center can be hectic! Hundreds of students, multiple classes running at once, phone calls and emails and new faces coming in and out every day! Someone with discipline and cool under pressure is needed to organize the chaos. Additionally, there is the commitment to excellence. We ask a lot from our owners, and our parents expect the best from our centers and their staff. A veteran knows how to deliver, how to follow guidelines and how important it is to get it right. Best Brains Families at a veteran-owned center know that they are getting the very best from someone who is 100% committed to the business and their children's success.

If you are or know a veteran looking to continue their service by helping kids achieve success inside and outside the classroom, fill out a no-obligation application to learn more.


How Teachers Make Money with Best Brains

Aug-18, 2021

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There are few professions more difficult and rewarding than teaching. Education is one of most valuable employment sectors and educators have a huge impact on the people we become as we grow up. So why are teachers themselves so undervalued?

Currently, the US is facing a teacher shortage. State and local governments are down over a half million jobs, and a recent survey of teachers found that nearly a third are planning to leave their careers sooner than they had planned. While some districts have implemented to handing out bonuses to new teachers and current ones to try grow their numbers, many teachers feel that even with these incentives, their overall compensation is not worth continuing on.

As a prominent employer of certified teachers, what is that Best Brains can do to help teachers make money and achieve financial freedom and stability? Let's take a look at the options which are currently available: Part Time Teacher, Administrator, and Franchisee.

Teach for Best Brains

Best Brains was created to be the perfect side hustle, part time job, or supplemental income solution for teachers across the US and Canada. Unlike other tutoring jobs, our teachers incur no costs by working for us. We provide our teachers all the materials and equipment they need to run a successful class. Our curriculum is designed to support a teacher in the classroom, utilizing their skills with children to impart knowledge.

Our centers are also run to support a teacher's schedule, hosting classes after normal school hours to avoid conflicts but not running late into the night. We also restrict our weekend hours so that teachers have plenty of time to relax and recharge before another work week begins. Working with the center owner, each teacher creates their schedule to fit their life and their goals.

Additionally, our teachers are competitively compensated for the valuable work they do for us, according to local standards. Teachers also receive discounted tuition for their own children who participate in Best Brains programs. Overall, teaching with Best Brains is the perfect part-time position for a teacher looking for a job that will value their skills and support them doing what they love: teaching children.

Summer Camp, Preschool, and Specialty Programs

Best Brains classes don't stop when the school year ends! In fact, summer provides the perfect opportunity to increase our course offerings when teachers and students alike have more free time. We offer a variety of programs like Public Speaking, Creative Writing and Science Lab which teachers can run to impart more specialized skills. These weekly classes offer more time for teachers to work with students to increase their confidence and creativity. Any teacher looking for summertime work can benefit from running one of these classes just as much as their students benefit from taking one!

Our Summer Camp program provides the same standard of education as our core curriculum, employing teachers as counselors to run both tutoring and activities. Best Brains parents find our summer camp options to be the safest and most trustworthy they can find in their area, with qualified educators looking after their children for multiple hours per day and keeping them from the learning loss that so many other students experience during summer break.

Recently added, our Preschool Program functions similarly to our summer camp, employing Early Childhood Educators to provide an education-forward preschool experience for our Baby Geniuses. Again, teachers are provided with all the materials and equipment needed to provide the most fun-filled learning experience for preschoolers and prepares them for their first day of school better than any other program.

Administration and Starting a Franchise

While most of our locations are administered by their owners, some of our franchisees require help to manage their many centers. A teacher can be employed full time by an owner as an administrator, trained at our corporate office to provide the same level of center support parents would expect from any owner operator. Many Best Brains teachers and administrators want to become more deeply invested with Best Brains over time. This is why we created our Teacher Franchising Program.

The Teacher Franchising Program is designed to help teachers transition from working in a classroom to running their own center in a matter of months. Any teacher, regardless of previous affiliation with Best Brains, is eligible for this program, provided that they have current state or provincial board certification in ECE or K-12 education. The Teacher Franchising Program provides discounts and incentives to get your Best Brains center up and running with minimal burden so that a teacher can do what they do best: provide quality education to their community.

Franchisees who are eligible for the benefits of the Teacher Franchising Program pay no upfront fees for franchising or training with us. We also cover the costs of advertising for their first Open House, which is a crucial event to getting a new center on its feet. Lastly, teachers who open a center with Best Brains are able to utilize a loan program directly through us, so that there are no financial obstacles between them and their dream of financial independence and stability. Teachers have already invested so much into their education and we believe that we should invest in them!

At any level, Best Brains supports local teachers. We see you, we appreciate you, and we are here for you. Together, our incredible staff of teachers across the US and Canada helps thousands of kids to Be Their Best every year.

If you're a teacher who'd like to know more about what Best Brains can do for your career, email us at info@bestbrains.com.


Time to Get Back to School

Aug-04, 2021

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Yes, you read that right. Back-to-School season is upon us again. Pretty soon our kids will be sitting down in the classroom or in front of the computer to attend classes. Do you feel prepared?

If you're concerned about getting ready for the new school year, be sure to consult our Ultimate Back-to-School checklist. Transitioning from summer to fall can be a lot of steps.

Next, prioritize the educational goals of your kids this year. What is going to be their biggest academic challenge? Are they starting their first year at a new school? Is there an important exam like the Texas STAAR that may determine future opportunities? Maybe it's their last year at a school before they graduate to a new one, transitioning from elementary school to middle school? Whatever the circumstances, you can anticipate and work towards any upcoming or ongoing event which may cause a lot of stress.

You'll also want to check in with your Best Brains center administrator. How will your child balance school work and Best Brains work? Maybe you'd like to change the frequency of receiving homework packets, or change the date and time of weekly classes to fit your child's new schedule. Our center admins can work with you to help with the transition and make sure that your child feels confident and supported.

We also suggest looking into our other programs. You might be thinking that your child can't handle more work, but we offer a variety of homework-free courses designed to both teach and entertain. School can be stressful! Having a new after school class to look forward to can help relieve some of that pressure. Our new Coding courses are beginning at many locations. Public Speaking is a great course to take as well, especially if a new school or uncertain situation is causing anxiety in your child. They can use our Speech League exercises as a way to cope and gain back their confidence.

Lasty, many of our test prep programs will begin this fall. Students in grade 7 or above are eligible for our new ACT/SAT prep course. This program is designed to boost students' performance in high school level courses, as well as prepare them for college admission tests. Now is the time to start planning and making sure your child will have the availability in their schedule.

From all of us at Best Brains, we wish you a productive Back-to-School season, and we'll see you in class!


Best Brains Summer Camp is Serious Fun

May-10, 2021

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Our kids have a lot of catching up to do this summer! Between potentially having fallen behind in their studies due to distance learning and being separated from friends and opportunities for socialization, our kids have been missing out!

Lots of parents are making plans to enroll their children in day camps to combat this situation. But did you know that your local Best Brains can also provide those services? They sure can! Best Brains Summer Camp provides serious fun for your kids while keeping them caught up with their studies!

What is Best Brains Summer Camp?

Our Summer Camp is a daytime program with morning, afternoon or all-day sessions running on weekdays. Campers are provided with a snack and enjoy a number of activities. All Summer Camps include regular Math and English instruction so that campers can attend class during the day instead of the evening. Abacus students also have their weekly classes during camp hours. Camp itinerary also includes an additional Best Brains program, such as Public Speaking, Creative Writing or Science Lab.

Depending on location, other activities include arts and crafts, life science, book club, outdoor activities, field trips, sports and more! Parents are provided with an activity guide so that they can keep track of the daily activities.

Who Qualifies for Best Brains Summer Camp?

Children in Kindergarten through 8th grade qualify for our Summer Camp program. New students are welcome to Summer Camp and it is often a great introduction to Best Brains and motivates them to continue their studies all year long. Current students also benefit since they attend their normal classes during the day and have their evenings and weekends free for unstructured activities and visiting with friends and family.

How are Summer Camps Staffed?

Since Math and English classes are taught during summer camp, our certified teachers are on hand to conduct daily teaching sessions and other activities. We also employ qualified educators and educators-in-training much like other city-organized day camps. Our staff is dedicated to providing quality education along with lots of fun!

How is this Program Priced?

We offer competitive pricing based on number of weeks, days of the week and hours per day that parents sign up for. Since pricing varies by location, we encourage parents to contact their local center for detailed information.

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The ABCs and 1-2-3's of our Baby Genius Program

Apr-26, 2021

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Our Math and English programs were designed to support kids' educational journey from preschool to high school. But with so much educational content designed for toddlers, what sets our Baby Genius program apart?

The Baby Genius program is designed for kids ages 3-5. If they're developmentally ready for preschool then they're ready to be a Baby Genius! The first two levels of our Math and English program are designed for the youngest students and provides the foundation for the knowledge they will acquire during their time with us.

So what does the Best Brains Baby Genius Program do? It helps our youngest students learn their A-B-C's!

Ability

Through our engaging and non-repetitive curriculum, we teach kids the building blocks of Math and English knowledge. Number comprehension, recognition and 0-10 addition in Math, and letter recognition, letter sounds and reading/writing the alphabet in English. Our Baby Genius levels are designed to transition young students into our more advanced levels. Baby Genius English creates a strong foundation for our phonic levels to accelerate reading literacy which we consider the key to learning. Baby Genius Math graduates are ready to understand subtraction and two-digit addition. And our Baby Genius courses help parents, too! Since our curriculum is aligned to the Common Core standards your kids are taught in school, going through the Baby Genius program with them helps you understand this new way of conveying information, giving you a head start as your child enters elementary school!

Behavior

Graduating from preschool and kindergarten to first grade can be difficult for most kids. Sitting at a desk, homework assignments and other classroom behavior is expected of them from Day 1. For the Best Brains Baby Geniuses, this transition is a breeze! As early as 3 years old, our kids are sitting with a teacher and are expected to work quietly, be respectful of the other children, raise their hand to ask questions and are even tested on their progress. Our Baby Genius teachers, who have degrees in early learning, help their students to master these skills and practice perfect classroom etiquette. Coming to Best Brains 30 minutes a week improves behavior noticeably according to our parents. Our Baby Geniuses can step into any classroom and know exactly how to act, which helps them focus on learning with no time-wasting or tantrums.

Confidence

Our parents have overwhelmingly reported that enrolling in Best Brains increases their child's confidence. For our Baby Geniuses, imparting this confidence puts them on the right track for academic success as they grow and age up through their schooling. The Math and English instruction and practice they receive is designed to set the groundwork for Common Core instruction so that they understand the basis of new concepts as they are introduced. Through a combination of 1-on-1 attention and daily practice at home, our Baby Geniuses learn that they can acquire new skills with dedication, positivity and a spirit of discovery. They also know that using their voice and asking for help will get them to the next level. Baby Geniuses walk tall into school even if they're only knee-high!

Now you know the benefits of our Baby Genius program. So how do you get started? It's as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Attend orientation. Our center director will meet with your family, assess your child's current knowledge and then find the perfect place in our Junior or Senior Baby Genius program to place them.
  2. Show up for class! Our Baby Geniuses love attending class with our teachers, all of whom are state certified for Early Childhood Education or K-5 (Kindergarten through 5th grade). In small groups of 2 to 5 children, our youngest students learn new concepts and practice fine motor skills.
  3. Practice daily. Our daily homework makes learning fun! Remember to read instructions for your little ones so they can reinforce those skills to be ready for the next class.

That's all it takes. Whether you focus on one or both subjects, your youngest can benefit from this program designed especially for them.

Looking for more instruction than one day a week? You're not alone! Best Brains has also designed an Early Learners Preschool Program! This unique program operates on the same schedule as a normal preschool, but with the high educational standards you expect from Best Brains. Students are in the care of Early Childhood Education teachers and other caring professionals, receive their Best Brains Math AND English instruction included in the program. And the best part? Unlike the regular Baby Genius program, Early Learner's is a daytime program so you and your little ones have the late afternoons and evenings free. Not every location currently offers the Early Learners program so see if there's a location near you!

Does your community need an education-forward preschool program? Open a Best Brains center and provide the highest quality education for your very youngest!