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21st Century Early Childhood Education

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21st Century Early Childhood Education
21st Century Early Childhood Education
21st Century Early Childhood Education
21st Century Early Childhood Education
21st Century Early Childhood Education
21st Century Early Childhood Education
21st Century Early Childhood Education
21st Century Early Childhood Education
21st Century Early Childhood Education
21st Century Early Childhood Education
21st Century Early Childhood Education
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Hands on Parenting


When I got married and had a child my son's mother took the course and together we implemented much of what we learned coupled with my knowledge of how Rolfing and massage could improve the neuromuscular development of babies. we implemented the techniques with our son. 


By the time Bray was one he could count to 100 in English and Spanish, he could read over 1,000 flashcards words and could identify hundreds of flashcards of President, primates, great art masterpieces, and much more. 

By the time he was around 2 1/2, he mastered turning on a computer and playing learning programs like reader rabbit, math rabbit, learning express and many more. 


He had a dedicated computer in every one of his classrooms from preschool through 8th grade. 


Despite the fact that I am not a college graduate and his mother passed away when he was 10 graduated 2nd in his class from high school. He was one of the first 400 kids accepted into Georgetown early acceptance. At George town, besides being in a Fraternity and being in the PEP Band (quite well rounded) he made great grades. Since he majored in English and turned himself into a news writer/editor.


After Georgetown, he worked for a number of years for EDWEEK and national education publication. While there he created a blog sports in education. At one point he took on writing about concussions in sports. Hw wrote so many articles that EDWEEK turned it into an ebook and it is still available. Google Bryan Toporek Sports in Education concussions. 

Now he is a senior copy editor for a major sports web site. 


But it gets better. A number of years ago I was able to get that program into a Preschool program of a major Hispanic Charter school. Over 30 teachers were able to take the course at the institutes and began implementing the program in their classrooms. 


Then I discovered a program developed by KL Wong in China that makes the fundamentals of early learning available online and we have distributed thousands of copies of the program on our lowcost refurbished computers we have distributed


OUR NEW CHALLENGE IS TO RAISE $250,000 to fully fund, staff and expand our efforts. 


Our Volunteers make the difference
Our Volunteers make the difference
The First kid we gave a computer
The First kid we gave a computer
Kids with their flash cards
Kids with their flash cards



According to much research, the summer brain drain is real and potentially damaging to our nations academic, economic, and social future


To succeed in school and life, children need ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills. This is especially true during the summer months.

  • Parents consistently cite summer as the most difficult time to ensure that their children have productive things to do (Duffett et al. 2004)
  • Low-income students lose more than two months in reading achievement, more than other income groups
  • (Cooper, 1996)
  • Summer learning loss is NOT correlated to race, IQ or gender (Cooper, 1996)
  • About two-thirds of the ninth-grade achievement gap between lower and higher income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities during the elementary school years (Alexander et al. 2007)

Summer Learning Loss Impacts Every Student and Teacher Every Year


At TeamChildren we are hard at work distributing low cost refurbished laptops and desktops to families, schools and organizations throughout our region.

Over the past 23+
 years with minimal funding and mostly all-volunteer staff we have distributed close to 18,000 low costs refurbished computers reaching over 85,000 kids 

We are now expanding our effort to reach veterans/first responders and their children and grandchildren

your contribution has and will continue to  make a difference



TeamChildren Volunteers
TeamChildren Volunteers

In Philadelphia alone, over 60% of first graders are not able to read proficiently in the 4th grade.

Throughout our state and across the country half of our kids in elementary school can not read proficiently. I heard recently a politician talking about how great Colorado was then we looked on and found that 75% of elementary kids in Dever alone are not proficiently in Math or reading.

This problem begins at home and can end there. 


These four web sites are a way for parents to go online and find invaluable early learning programs for their kids. 

The challenge is then the digital divide. how many of these parents do not have computers at home. Why is this not a national crisis? 

Your contribution will help us deepen and expand our impact. 

We have now distributed over 18,000 low cost - high quality refurbished computers to families, schools and organizations. We are impacting the academic, economic, social and physical future of over 80,000 kids.  

Here are some statistics 

Elementary and Secondary Education


In fall 2018, about 56.6 million students will attend elementary and secondary schools, including 50.7 million students in public schools and 5.9 million in private schools. Of the public school students, 35.6 million will be in prekindergarten through grade 8 and 15.1 million will be in grades 9 through 12. The fall 2018 public school enrollment is expected to be slightly higher than the 50.6 million enrolled in fall 2017 and is higher than the 49.5 million students enrolled in fall 2010 (source). Total public elementary and secondary enrollment is projected to increase between fall 2018 and fall 2027 to 52.1 million.


Of the projected 50.7 million public school students entering prekindergarten through grade 12 in fall 2018, White students will account for 24.1 million. The remaining 26.6 million will be composed of 7.8 million Black students, 14.0 million Hispanic students, 2.6 million Asian students, 0.2 million Pacific Islander students, 0.5 million American Indian/Alaska Native students, and 1.6 million students of Two or more races. The percentage of students enrolled in public schools who are White is projected to continue to decline through at least fall 2027 along with the percentage of students who are Black, while the percentage of students who are Hispanic Asian, and of Two or more races are projected to increase (source).

In fall 2018, about 1.4 million children are expected to attend public prekindergarten and 3.6 million are expected to attend public kindergarten (source).

our amazing volunteers
our amazing volunteers

Imagine if every parent had the tools, training and technology to teach their babies and children reading, math, music and encyclopedic knowledge by the time they were two.

Imagine early child education if kids started school already proficient in reading, math etc. 

In this country, we have the ability to do that. What is missing is the will.

If we accepted the inevitability of cancer and knee pain and stopped looking for cures where would we be today. 

In about 6 weeks I will be having knee replacement surgery. 

Here is a brief summary of the advancement of the field

The first total condylar knee replacement. Hospital for Special Surgery's John N. Insall, MD, Chitranjan Ranawat, MD, and Allan E. Inglis, MD, along with biomechanical engineer Peter Walker, PhD, developed the modern knee replacement and implanted it in the first patient in 1974. The first total knee replacement was performed in 1968, but the implant wasn't reliable and the HSS team aimed to create a better option for patients with knee arthritis than pain medication. Their implant was designed to recreate how real knees work and became a game-changer in the field. It was the first implant to address all anatomically shaped parts in the knee. With this implant as the foundation, surgeons and developers have advanced the field immensely. Now knee replacements are standard-of-care procedures and new patient-specific technology is built on the anatomical principles the HSS surgeons studied.


Mickey Mantle's first knee surgery in 1951. We consider Mickey Mantle a baseball legend today, but in 1951 he was a New York Yankees rookie that spent part of the season in the team's farm system and was trying to prove himself in his first World Series when an injury during game two forced him to watch the rest of the series from the sideline. He was attempting to catch a ball when his cleat spike hit a rubber drain or sprinkler and caused the first knee injury of his career. Mantle subsequently underwent knee surgery — and several surgeries throughout his career — yet still managed to become one of the most well-regarded baseball players in history. However, according to a New York Times, the injury and surgeries prevented him from becoming one of the greatest statistical performers in history.


First knee arthroscopy. Dr. Severin Nordentof, a physician in Denmark, is credited with using the first endoscope to look inside of a knee joint in 1912. He used the Jacobaeus Laparoscope, to examine the interior of knees and discussed his findings at the 41st Congress of the German Surgical Society in Berlin. However, without evidence of surgical intervention, he is not considered to have performed the first knee arthroscopy. Forty-three years later, renowned Japanese surgeon Masaki Watanabe, MD — known for his development of arthroscopy instrumentation — performed the first recorded operative procedure under arthroscopic control. He removed a solitary giant cell tumor from a knee joint during the procedure, and then in 1962 performed the first partial meniscectomy under endoscopic control. Dr. Watanabe was also considered a great teacher and shared his knowledge freely. He authored the Atlas of Arthroscopy, published in English in 1957, and his research became the basis of modern minimally invasive knee surgery today.


Adrian Peterson's 2011 knee surgery and amazing recovery. Adrian Peterson was in the running for the National Football League's 2012 most valuable player and noted Hall of Fame prospect for the Minnesota Vikings when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in December 2011. The injury was gruesome and would have left many athletes on the sideline for months — if not the rest of their career. However, Peterson called on renowned knee surgeon James Andrews, MD, noted for his work with elite athletes and returning them to play. Mr Peterson not only underwent the surgery six days after injury but also completed a rigorous rehabilitation schedule and then returned to start for the Vikings week one of the 2012 season — just nine months after surgery, according to Bleacher Report he continued to put up outstanding numbers post-injury and threatened to break league records. Peterson's recovery has now become a benchmark for other athletes suffering ACL tears — fairly or not — as he raised the bar for future knee surgery recovery.


Dwayne Wade's 2002 knee replacement surgery. Nearly a decade before he became part of the Miami Heat's "Big Three," Dwayne Wade underwent his first knee surgery to remove the meniscus from his left knee. He was a Marquette college basketball player and decided to undergo the procedure to return to play. While Wade still became a superstar in the National Basketball League, he battled chronic knee pain and issues throughout his career, leading toward a second knee surgery in 2012. In a 2013 interview with ESPN, Wade said he regretted that first knee surgery — technology was less advanced than it is today, and he wasn't thinking about having a long-term career. He was more focused on returning to play in the short term. Wade helped lead the Miami Heat to several championship games, even winning two championship rings, but his injuries may have prevented him from achieving even more. The Heat lost the championship series in 2014 and the key member of Miami's "Big Three" — LeBron James — left the team for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Wade continues to play for the Heat, but without that first knee surgery he may have made more significant contributions to the game and changed basketball history forever.


Bill Clinton's 1997 knee surgery. In the midst of his second term as president, Bill Clinton injured his knee during a fall at Golfing Pro Greg Norman's estate. The president tore a tendon and his subsequent procedure was performed by the chief of orthopaedic surgery at Bethesda Naval Hospital David P. Adkison, MD. The procedure put the president on crutches for eight weeks and caused then-First Lady Hilary Rodham Clinton to postpone a two-week, six-nation tour of Africa, according to the Baltimore Sun. While the procedure didn't immediately hamper the President's legacy, life with an improperly healed torn tendon would have inhibited President Clinton for years. Since finishing his second term, President Clinton has made a huge impact on global affairs with the philanthropic Clinton Global Initiative — which made nearly 2,500 commitments valued at $87.9 billion, according to Forbs. He also campaigned for President Barack Obama in the 2010 and 2014 campaigns and is considered one of the reasons why the president was elected. His philanthropic work and campaigning would have been impossible — or at least much more painful — with an injured knee.

We have to apply the same knowledge and commitment to transforming early childhood education, your contribution can make the difference. 




From the moment we are conceived our brains are growing a a faster rate unitl five or six. With a world of technology and knowledge of early brain science one would think that we could begin teaching every baby to read, do math, learn music and encyclopedic knowledge. 

However there are forces in the universe particularly in this country that hide behind the statement age appropriate. While in Philadelphia there is an organization that teaches parents how to teach babies all of this wonderful stuff.

In addition I am pioneering the power and importance of touch in Early Childhood development. All of the things we propose were tried on my own son Bryan. By the time he was one he could count to one hundred in English and Spanish, and read more than one thousand words.

By the time he was two he had learned not only his alphabet but keys on a keyboard. He could turn a computer on, type on the keyboard and teach himself anything he wanted to learn. We started with reader rabbit, math rabbit, and language express. from there he went through all of their learning programs and more.

He had a massage from either his mother or me every day for the first three years and was breast fed for three years.

Despite the fact that I am not a college graduate, and his mother passed away when he was 10, he graduated 2nd in his class from high school, he was one of the first 400 kids accepted early into Georgetown. After Georgetown he worked for for five years. He was an online news editor, he took over their social media, he created a blog Sports in Education. By the time he was 23 he had written so many articles on concussions in sports hit was published as an eBook.

Now he is a senior copy editor for Bleacher report and his wife is in her 2nd year of residency at Vanderbilt. 

However throughout our nation over half the kids can not read, write aor do math proficiently.

We have the technology to replace the Hubbell telescope yet we can not adequately teach kids to read Something is missing we are making a difference both by distributing low cost refurbished computers to families in need but by giving teens an opportunity to learn about technology and making a difference,. 

We have the technology to insure that every baby is receiving a 21st century early childhood education whether they are in day care, preschool, or head start as a nation we need the will..


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Location: Audubon, PA - USA
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Project Leader:
Robert Toporek
Audubon, PA United States
$2,820 raised of $99,000 goal
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