Please join me in welcome Jennifer Hopkins, founder of childhood enrichment program A Play Date Everyday, for a Cake Panel. This panel is open for questions now.
About Jennifer: Jennifer Hopkins had been performing and teaching dance for over twenty years when she was asked to take over as lead pre-school teacher at an after-school program in Brooklyn. She immediately noticed the different ways that her students struggled socially. It was hard for them to have conversations with more than one person at a time. Some children exhibited bullying behavior to get attention and others didn’t know how to overcome shyness. Then she realized that parents generally had no idea when their children made positive connections with others on the playground or in the classroom. As a natural connector, Jennifer could not leave these observations unaddressed. For the next four years, she focused increasingly on helping her students get to know each other, using skits and stories to teach them how to include each other in conversations and play, and making recommendations to parents about playdates for their children. Eventually, she formalized her curriculum into A Play Date Every Day, an after-school program for three to six-year-olds focused on building social skills for success. The program is beginning its fourth year and its enrollment has doubled in that time. Jennifer is a regular guest speaker at the Small Business Association in NYC, and was recently awarded the CAMBA 2019 award for Entrepreneur of the year.