Friday, May 28, 2010

Kidzmet: Connecting enrichment teachers and students

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of KidzmetJen. All opinions are 100% mine.

It's that time of year again -- when parents scurry to find summer enrichment programs for their children. I know. I've been there many times.

Kidzmet, a new website serving the California counties of St. Barbara and San Luis Obispo, offers parents a centralized location to browse through the various opportunities available for kids. Some moms favor academic enrichment, while dads might search for more sports-minded ventures. At, you'll find it all in one centralized location.

I tried out the search function to see how well it worked. We have a four-year old in our family (SK), so I entered his age, a zip code, and the type of opportunities I was seeking.

Educators and parents know about the brain drain that happens over the summer. Enrichment activities keep children engaged intellectually. Research suggests that these children perform better throughout the school year.

Physical activity is equally as important. SK is a very active toddler with a great imagination. He's our own "Calvin" (Calvin & Hobbes)! I think he'd love "Kids Dig Dirt," a program offered by the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum. Another great possibility: "Discovery Camp (Extended Day) - Down on the Farm" at the Santa Barbara Zoo.

Little SK could also benefit from gymnastic classes. Several are listed. This activity keeps him from jumping off the furniture at home. Nothing wears out a mom more than a wired four-year old!

If your child is in middle school or high school, don't fret. Kidzmet lists opportunities for them, too.

For moms and dads seeking to enroll more than one child in activities, the website makes it easy. Once parents take advantage of free registration at, they can create accounts for each of their children to keep track of the classes in which the kids are enrolled. Nice feature!

There's more. If you're a harried parent (and who isn't), wondering what's best for little Suzie or Tommy, Kidzmet offers an entire section on advice and ideas.

The folks who created Kidzmet tell me that it "was born to connect enrichment teachers with the students they were meant to teach by streamlining kids' activities planning in one central, easy-to-use portal." Connecting teachers and students -- that's a great public service.

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EXSENO said...

It's wonderful that there are programs these days that working parent can depend on knowing their children are in a safe place when they go to work.

Deb S. said...

EXSENO: Good point. When I knew my children were in a safe, nurturing environment while I was at work, I could deal with the demands of my job much better.

Belizegial said...

Good ideas here. I am now set to pondering what I shall do for summer activities for my pre-teen.

Deb S. said...

Belizegial: Keeping pre-teens occupied in the summer is such fun! Enjoy! :-)

Rose said...

It's a good feeling when you know your child is in a good place. If they are learning new things and enjoying themselves that is a great bonus!