Our Story

Joy Sprouts was founded by two married (Not to each other!) classmates who were inspired to help shape the next generation for future success. Since then, we've grown into a joyful yet professional team of educational experts, game designers, game artists and engineers who are passionate about helping young children to develop.

A child's early years of development are very important, as this is when they learn the most about the world around them. Development during the early years lays the foundation of future learning success and helps to ensure that a child reaches their full potential.

The Joy Sprouts Approach

At Joy Sprouts, we believe that every child can achieve their full potential with a balanced approach to learning. We call this approach "Total Development". The foundation of our program is based on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Head Start Framework.

Our educational experts have carefully selected content from a variety of sources, including the Oxford University Press and the BBC. The content is divided into different modules. Our modules, which we call Sprouts, have been designed to help your child reach their full potential.

Total Development is focused on helping your child improve in 5 key areas:

  • Cognition and General Knowledge (Math, Science, and Social studies)
  • Language and Literacy
  • Learning Approaches
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development and Health

The benefits of Total Development:

  • Intellectual - higher intellectual development and deeper understanding about themselves as individual
  • Social - more positive interaction with peers and prosocial behavior
  • Emotional - builds resiliency
  • Academic - better school performance in later years

Vision

Our vision is to empower parents to help their young children reach their full development by providing data driven educational technology that enables a better understanding of their child's unique learning behavior across key developmental areas.

Team

Our interdisciplinary team includes experts in early childhood education, app development, marketing, operations and educational product development.

Technology

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Leo L.

Leo calls himself a geek.

He lived in Toronto for 20 years, and worked over 14 years at the IBM Research Lab with 19 patents filed. Leo earned First Honors in his Bachelor of Science Degree (Software Engineering) from the University of Toronto, and received an MBA & MScFA from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, which ranks #8 in the world.

He received a license to kill from George Brown College. When he is not working, he spends his time chopping and slicing on the cutting board preparing fine French cuisine.

Marketing

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Richard O.

Throughout his career in marketing, Richard has worked on some of the best known brands for kids and parents including Nickelodeon, Disney, Mattel, Hasbro and Ergobaby. He is very excited to help parents and kids understand the benefits of Joy Sprouts and Total Development. As Dr. Seuss said, "The more that you read, the more that you will know. The more things you know, the more that you learn, the more places you'll go. In his spare time, Richard volunteers at the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House.

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Suzanne S.

Suz loves kids and has been in the kids business for over 10 years.

She has served in the capacity of the Brand and Licensing Manager of the hugely popular Angry Birds and the Smurfs. Earlier, Suz held project management roles leading in the development of over 40 campaigns for McDonald's at its exclusive promotional marketing agency, including Happy Meal toy projects and Family Marketing campaign.

Suz has been named as one of the top 50 women in tech dominating Silicon Valley. Suz recently shared her thought on SF CBS for a successful business career, citing passion, Integrity and, feedback and results as essential. She was also quoted by American Express Open Forum, on her experience in designing games for children

Suz graduated from the Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales in Australia. She is a Chartered Accountant and has an MBA from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

In her spare time she volunteers to teach underprivileged children literacy and numeracy at the Boys' and Girls' Club Association.

Education

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Cindy C.

Cindy has over 30 years of experience in early childhood education in North America. She is passionate about discovering new ways to help children learn. Cindy believes that songs and music can be an effective tool to help children develop language skills. Cindy has produced over 20 children's songs and nursery rhymes aimed at improving pronunciation and expanding vocabulary. Cindy has a Bachelor of Education degree from McGill University where she received the University Scholar Award for her outstanding achievements.

Operation

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Ricky L.

Ricky possesses a solid blend of experience in operation and technology.

He lived in Toronto for over 20 years. Ricky holds a Bachelor of Science (Engineering Science and Japan Internship) from the University of Toronto and received an MBA from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. After working for over 12 years at IBM, Broadcom and Nortel, Ricky has co-founded and led the operation effort at Joy Aether, a mobile technology company founded in 2009. He has successfully grown the team from 2 to 14 people in 2 years.

Outside work, Ricky volunteers in teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) to adults, one-on-one tutoring with high school kids, and is invited to give talks in universities about Information Technology.


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