BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 9, 2015 — Teaching Strategies, the Bethesda, Maryland based educational company that publishes The Creative Curriculum® and GOLD®, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Tadpoles, a leading provider of child management solutions to the private childcare market. Tadpoles’ digital communications tools were created to help childcare programs involve parents and simplify operations, improving the quality of care and developmental outcomes for young children.
“We are extremely pleased that this acquisition will allow us to help childcare centers everywhere benefit from Tadpoles’ technology platform that connects parents and care providers,” said Ron Davies, CEO of Teaching Strategies. “We are looking forward to working with Tadpoles to expand our product line with solutions that will strengthen the essential connection between families and childcare programs and support intentional teaching and caregiving.”
The merger will create opportunities to align Teaching Strategies’ award-winning curriculum and assessment resources with Tadpoles’ state-of-the-art communications tools. “This is an exciting leap for Tadpoles and our customers,” said Bill McHugh, co-founder of Tadpoles. “I’m personally elated to continue building our vision complemented by the Teaching Strategies experience in early education. Tadpoles has always been a very customer-centric company and this partnership with Teaching Strategies is a direct response to our customers.”
With 57 percent of 4-year old children being cared for primarily in center-based programs during the day[i], the need for resources that help families and childcare centers stay connected and streamline processes for caregivers and directors is more critical than ever. “I started Tadpoles to connect parents to the daily activities of their young children,” said Andy Monroe, co-founder of Tadpoles. “Now with Teaching Strategies, we can give teachers and families an expanded view on a child’s development unlike ever before.”
For the time being, Tadpoles will operate as an independent business unit of Teaching Strategies. “We look forward to creating some exciting, integrated solutions in the near future,” said Ron Davies, Teaching Strategies CEO. “We want to do everything we can to support the essential work of teachers, care providers, and administrators, and streamline and strengthen their communication efforts with families.”
Teaching Strategies is the leading provider of early education resources in the country, with The Creative Curriculum® used in over 100,000 classrooms across the country and 1.3 million children assessed annually with GOLD®.
About Teaching Strategies
Teaching Strategies provides the most innovative and effective curriculum, assessment, professional development, and family connection resources to programs serving children from birth through kindergarten. With ground-breaking solutions and a strong belief that a child’s first 6 years form a critical foundation for school success, Teaching Strategies has been an advocate for the early education community for over 25 years. Teaching Strategies consistently expands their product offerings to include award-winning products like The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool and widely-adopted assessment solutions like GOLD®. To learn why thousands of early childhood programs and many states choose to partner with Teaching Strategies to help ensure children’s success in school and in life, visit www.teachingstrategies.com.
Tadpoles helps early childhood programs to streamline operations and parent communication through mobile technology. Working with childcare centers and preschools around the world, Tadpoles delivers secure mobile software solutions designed specifically to support student achievement and involve parents. Tadpoles’ state-of-the-art communication and child management system helps educators to quickly and easily organize, document, and share student information and engage parents in the learning process. To learn more about how Tadpoles is revolutionizing childcare, visit www.tadpoles.com.
[i] SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2013). Digest of Education Statistics, 2012 (NCES 2014-015), Chapter 2.