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Pretzel Kids to Offer Yoga and Mindfulness Training to Wonderschools

SAN FRANCISCO, February 28 – Wonderschool, a network of boutique early childhood programs, has teamed up with Boston-based Pretzel Kids to provide teacher training in mindfulness and yoga to the educators and parents in the Wonderschool community. A leader in children’s yoga education since 2005, Pretzel Kids runs a proprietary online kids yoga certification course and has developed a Preschool Yoga-in-a-Box program specifically for the needs of Wonderschool. This online training takes less than 12 hours to complete and gives Wonderschool partners an opportunity to, in a short time, roll out an effective yoga and mindfulness program to its youngest and most impressionable learners. “Wonderschool makes it easy for teachers to start and operate their own programs and for families to easily find them,” said Chris Bennett, CEO and Founder of Wonderschool. “We’re always looking for resources and professional development we can bring to the Wonderschool community to make teachers lives easier so they can focus on what they do best — teaching. This partnership allows us to expand our offering.” “Over the past 13 years, we have seen remarkable success with the Pretzel Kids curriculum,” said Robyn Parets, founder of Pretzel Kids. Our unique and proven approach to teaching yoga classes and mindfulness techniques helps children relax, develop more self-confidence, and get fit.” Physical activity, which can include yoga, is becoming increasingly limited in today’s world of commutes, smart phones, and more academically focused formal education systems. Research suggests that school-based yoga and activities such as mindfulness cultivate competencies in mind-body awareness, self-regulation, and physical fitness. These capabilities combined may contribute to improvements in students’ behavior, mental state, health, and performance. One January 2015 study on the effects of classroom-based yoga on second graders showed a significant reduction in their measured cortisol levels, suggesting that school-based yoga could be advantageous for stress management and behavior. Another 2010 study revealed that pre-adolescents who did a mindfulness program showed significant increases in optimism and improvements in classroom social behavior, as rated by the teacher. “Our teachers recognize that movement is a powerful teaching tool and wanted ways to incorporate bodywork and mindfulness into their programs,” said Mia Pritts, Head of Early Care and Education at Wonderschool. Pretzel Kids, with its online offering and deep experience in kids yoga, offered a proven solution to meet our community’s need.” About Pretzel Kids Boston-based Pretzel Kids® is a comprehensive kids yoga and mindfulness program offering kids yoga classes, special events, and branded products. A leader in children’s yoga education, Pretzel Kids also runs a proprietary online kids yoga certification course. This affordable and accessible teacher training program gives teachers, parents and fitness enthusiasts alike the opportunity to become kids yoga teachers – immediately. To learn more, please go to www.pretzelkids.comAbout Wonderschool Based in San Francisco, California, Wonderschool is a network of boutique early childhood programs that combine the quality standards of the early learning institutions in the world with the warmth of an in-home program. The company makes it easy for teachers to start and operate their own programs and for families to easily find them. Wonderschool has a proven track record on the West Coast, where it has created job opportunities for teachers and has helped educators take care of their own children while earning more money. The company is currently expanding in the greater New York Area. Founded by a team of successful entrepreneurs with a background in edtech and SaaS technologies, Wonderschool is funded by Omidyar Network, First Round Capital, Cross Culture Ventures, SoftTech VC, Lerer Ventures, FundersClub, and Edelweiss. To find out more, please visit www.wonderschool.com.

CONTACT: Wonderschool Kristen Sager 415.505.1202 kristen@wonderschool.com

Pretzel Kids Robyn Parets 781.883.5771 robyn@pretzelkids.com

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