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Closing in... Will Teach Your 2- to 6-Year-Old Their ABCs (And 'Thank You' & 'Please!') — All Online!

Tue, November 16, 2010 9:29am EDT by 6 Comments

The brainchild of Neopets Inc. founder Doug Dohring, the Early Learning Academy will transform early-childhood education with its vibrant, energetic — and intellectually engaging — online curriculum.

So you want to bring your young child into an online, media-rich teaching environment before they head off to kindergarten, but you’ve wondered if it’s safe, educationally useful, and, more than anything, intellectually enriching and more than just loud noises and bright colors. With the launch of today, a fantastic solution has emerged.

The Early Learning Academy is a pioneering, fully online-based educational environment for children ages two through six. As we’ve learned, is both exactly what kids need to know before they embark on school — and offered to them precisely the way they want it.

From the alphabet to counting to those pesky manners lessons, offers more than 2,000 individual learning activities in an incredible panoply of choice — online books, games, songs, puzzles, and art lessons — that cohere to six academic levels, all for preschool, pre-K, and kindergarten-aged children.’s Early Learning Academy can be accessed by families for less than $8 per month for up to three children, and the website will be made available to all public schools who apply for the program for no charge at all.

The site and content have already been rigorously tested by 10,000 families and were developed and advised by such deeply-respected educators as National Teacher of the Year award winner Kimberly Oliver Burnim, longtime pre-K/kindergarten teacher Dr. Rebecca Palacios, Scholastic, Inc. editor Phyllis Baecker, and venerated lexicographer Dr. John Bollard. is a product of Glendale, Calif.-based Age of Learning, Inc., founded by Doug Dohring, who also founded Neopets, Inc. and assembled the team that created the highly successful, which was one of the top-ten “stickiest” sites on the Internet prior to its acquisition by Viacom, Inc. in 2005.

“After more than three years in development and extensive website testing with more than 10,000 families, we have been extremely pleased with the positive response from parents and educators to our site content and delivery systems,” said Mr. Dohring. “The rate at which children are learning as reported by our members has exceeded our own expectations.”

It’s fun, it’s safe, it’s got the charisma and vibrancy that kids crave — and the educational underpinning that parents have sought, but have yet to find, online.