Preschool2me Partners with Kaplan Early Learning Company

Preschool2me Partners with Kaplan Early Learning Company

Partnership brings Online LAP™ digital solution to educator’s assessment needs

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AUSTIN, Texas, May 23, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Preschool2me today announces a partnership with Kaplan Early Learning Company, a leading international provider of products and services that enhance young children’s learning, to bring nationwide educators a more comprehensive classroom management tool. Preschoool2me will integrate Kaplan’s Online Learning Accomplishment Profile (LAP) into its classroom application to offer educators new digital assessment and reporting capabilities.

“Early childhood professionals are frustrated with the current assessment and reporting tools and need better, more intuitive and streamlined solutions,” said Kapil Rajurkar, founder and CEO, Preschool2me. “Preschool2me is partnering with Kaplan to bring our users a turn-key approach to individual assessment. Our partnership will help educators spend more time engaging with children and keeping parents informed of their progress, and less time inputting data into an assessment program.”

The Online LAP is a part of the larger LAP system, which brings a comprehensive approach to facilitating and measuring the development of children from birth through age six. Providing a complete picture of developmental progress, the Online LAP helps educators assess each child’s skillset, create and implement individualized and developmentally appropriate activities to enhance skills, and monitor progress throughout the year. Importantly, educators may access all of these capabilities on any device.

“In order to close the growing education gap, we need to provide our educators with the right tools and resources to help young children succeed,” said Matthew Marceron, president, Kaplan Early Learning Company. “We’re partnering with Preschool2me to bring educators a more seamless process of gathering and integrating assessment and classroom data that will help them better prepare children for the high expectations and rigors of kindergarten.”

The Online LAP will be available nationwide August 2018. For ease of use, educators may immediately access the integrated product upon purchase. No installment is required.

For more information or to purchase the Online LAP, visit or contact Kapil Rajurkar at

Using Preschool2me, daycare centers send beautiful activity reports, pictures, announcements and emergency text alerts to parents’ smart device, portal and email. Directors use our dashboard to get real time attendance snapshot of their center, to manage lesson planning and to keep parents informed. Preschool2me helps increase parent engagement, staff efficiency and increase enrollment. Based in Austin TX, Preschoo2me works with hundreds of childcare centers, headstart programs, YMCA and JCC around the country and world. Learn more at or email us at

Kaplan Early Learning Company
Kaplan Early Learning Company provides developmentally appropriate resources that help foster the growth of the whole child – cognitively, physically, and social-emotionally. Kaplan Early Learning Company is a leading international provider of products and services that enhance children’s learning. As a leader in the field of early care and education, we bring to market innovative curricula, cutting edge assessments, teacher resource materials, and valuable professional development opportunities to early childhood and elementary school educators, caregivers, and parents around the world. Learn more at or email us at

Learning Accomplishment Profile (LAP)
The Learning Accomplishment Profile (LAP) system, a comprehensive approach for facilitating and measuring the development of children from birth through age six, is grounded in decades of early childhood research. Developed by Chapel Hill-Training Outreach Project (CH-TOP) and validated by the US Department of Education, this time-tested, proven model recognizes children as active partners in learning. The results of the LAP provide a complete picture of a child’s developmental progress so that individualized, developmentally appropriate, activities can be planned, implemented and monitored.


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ECMC Foundation Commits $1.39 Million to Communities Across 19 States Where Employees Live and Work

ECMC Foundation Commits $1.39 Million to Communities Across 19 States Where Employees Live and Work

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LOS ANGELES, May 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — ECMC Foundation announced today that its GO! Program (GO!) has committed $1.39 million to 92 education-related organizations across 19 states.

An annual employee engagement program, GO! gives team members across affiliates of the Foundation’s parent company, ECMC Group, the opportunity to nominate organizations in their communities. Employees across the U.S. then cast votes to select winners of grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000.

“The GO! Program gives our colleagues the ability to bring ECMC Foundation’s mission of improving educational opportunities to their communities and to the folks that matter most to them,” said Peter Taylor, president, ECMC Foundation. “The stories we hear about the grants are inspiring and empower employees to make a difference.”

Some employees nominated programs that have personally helped them. Tamara Poole, account specialist at ECMC’s office in Sacramento, is a single mom and former participant at Single Mom Strong, an organization that provides weekly seminars, discussion groups and classes to empower single mothers and their children to be their best selves. 

“I nominated Single Mom Strong because the program has helped me through my own trying times,” Poole said. Single Mom Strong received a $25,000 grant.

Libby Considine, corporate communications specialist at ECMC Group’s headquarters in Minneapolis, nominated Minds Matter, which provides summer enrichment programs for low-income, high-achieving students to help them successfully navigate the challenges on the path to college. For Considine, the opportunity to give back to an organization where she regularly volunteers her time was especially rewarding.

“As a volunteer for the organization, I see first-hand the difference the program makes in the lives of the students, and how the trajectory of their futures becomes increasingly brighter upon graduation,” Considine said. Minds Matter received a $25,000 grant.

Employees like Phillip Moore, program chair at the Altierus Bissonnet campus in Houston, nominated an organization that introduces students to the potential of a college degree.

“Rayzor Sharp Community Development has provided support in the Houston community for several years,” said Moore. “To watch them grow to the point where they are taking future college students on campus tours and having teacher appreciation nights makes me very proud to have nominated them for the GO! Program.” Rayzor Sharp Community Development received $10,000 to fund a project that will educate high school students on how to obtain a higher GPA.

Now in its fourth year, GO! received 227 nominations and enjoyed widespread participation across all 31 sites where voting occurred. Grantees were selected based on the number of votes each organization received. In total, the Foundation has awarded approximately 200 grants and nearly $5 million through this program.

About ECMC Foundation
ECMC Foundation is a Los Angeles-based, nationally focused foundation whose mission is to inspire and to facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes—especially among underserved populations—through evidence-based innovation. It is one of several affiliates under the ECMC Group enterprise based in Minneapolis. ECMC Foundation makes investments in two focus areas: College Success and Career Readiness; and uses a spectrum of funding structures, including strategic grantmaking and program-related investments, to invest in both nonprofit and for-profit ventures. Working with grantees, partners and peers, ECMC Foundation’s vision is for all learners to unlock their fullest potential. Learn more about ECMC Foundation by visiting

About ECMC Group
ECMC Group is a nonprofit corporation focused on helping students succeed. Headquartered in Minneapolis, ECMC Group and its family of companies provide financial tools and services, nonprofit career education, and job placement services to help students achieve their academic and professional goals. For more information, visit


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DataBank Announces Expansion of Pittsburgh Data Center


DataBank Announces Expansion of Pittsburgh Data Center

New build will provide incremental 10,000 RSF and 1.5MW of UPS capacity and access to dense interconnection ecosystem

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DALLAS, May 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — DataBank Ltd., a Digital Bridge portfolio company and leading provider of business solutions for colocation, cloud, connectivity, and managed services, announces today the expansion of its Pittsburgh facility (PIT1). This key strategic location offers direct access to more than 25 fiber carriers, making it the most connected data center location in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area.

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Located inside Nova Place, a technology center in the heart of Pittsburgh’s North Side, DataBank’s PIT1 is a powerful hub for interconnection and the placement of mission critical infrastructure supporting cutting-edge technologies. Pittsburgh is at the center of autonomous vehicle development, engineering and testing and is home to premier research facilities at Carnegie Mellon University and Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. DataBank’s expansion is a direct result of the rapid development the city has experienced with these and other emerging technologies.

“We are seeing continued demand from customers seeking edge access to the rich interconnection ecosystem we offer at our Pittsburgh data center,” states Kevin Ooley, President and CFO for DataBank. “We believe expanding in our existing building envelope will allow us to provide high quality, enterprise grade colocation space in close proximity to our diverse carrier ecosystem.”

“We are excited to see continued investment in this type of critical infrastructure in the Pittsburgh area as it further demonstrates the growing role of technology in our region,” comments J. Ray Scott, Senior Manager, Storage and Virtualization, Computing Services, Carnegie Mellon University.

DataBank’s Pittsburgh data center expansion will add 10,000 square feet of raised floor and 1.5MW of redundant power and be located directly adjacent to the existing 10,000-square-foot data center site. The PIT1 expansion will be ready for service in Q4 2019.

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About DataBank

DataBank is a leading provider of enterprise-class data center, cloud, and connectivity services, offering customers 100% uptime availability of data, applications, and infrastructure. DataBank’s managed data center services are anchored in world-class facilities. Our flexible technology solutions are designed to help customers effectively manage risk, improve their technology performance and allow them to focus on their core business objectives. DataBank is headquartered in the historic former Federal Reserve Bank Building, in downtown Dallas, TX. For additional information on DataBank locations and services, please visit or call 1 (800) 840-7533.


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