COA Mind & Body Matters

Nurturing Children and Families

As part of our commitment, COA continues to employ rigorous research to bring the very best in educational and developmental strategies to the children and families we serve. With this in mind, we have established COA Mind & Body Matters. Our system is based on an integration of four detailed programs designed to educate young minds, encourage parent-child reading-time and help to instill a healthy-living lifestyle through nutrition and fitness.

The four focal points that make-up our program include:

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We emphasize teacher-child interaction, a carefully designed learning environment, and a plan-do-review process that strengthens initiative and self-reliance in children and young people. Teachers and students are active partners in shaping the educational experience. Using research-validated strategies, this approach enhances each young person's growth in the foundations of academics as well as in social-emotional, physical, and creative areas.


The vision of the COA Just Read Program is that every child learns to read early and well, thereby reaching his or her full potential in school and in life. This program consists of a series of interactive books written and illustrated by the COA children. This COA Just Read program has been initiated to encourage parents to read to their child in the comfort of their own home and is compatible with mobile devices and tablets. With as little as 15 minutes a day, you can be part of an important milestone in your child's life bringing the world around them into the home.


Our Nutrition initiative is power-packed. By bringing on a Registered Dietitian (RD) Jaime Windrow, we are expanding our reach to parents with a nutrition blog, private nutrition consultations, nutritious meal plans for the children we serve and healthy cooking tips and recipes.


We will continue to facilitate the idea that when started early in life "Physical Fitness" can become a healthy part of every child's life. With our philosophy THINK...BE...DO, the campaign incorporates a full curriculum of physical activities building endurance and cardiovascular strength in all our young participants.

Working in conjunction, these four components support the fundamental belief that parents and educators play a crucial role in helping children develop a love of the written word, healthy eating habits and a healthy respect for physical fitness.

Here at COA, we believe that it is our role, for that matter our duty, to act as a resource center for parents, by bringing sources of relevant information that may help enrich the day-to-day lives of our families.

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