Talk to Education Experts at Metro Parent's Education Expo

This year’s 20th anniversary of Education Expo, held at the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills on Sunday, Oct. 4, is the perfect chance to find out about all the different educational offerings available to local students. Parents and their kids will get a chance to talk one-on-one with representatives from our sponsors and exhibitors. Here’s a list of who will be at the event – so far. Be sure to preregister for Education Expo for a chance to win some cool prizes.

SPONSORS

Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Since 1886, the Children’s Hospital of Michigan has been dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to children and adolescents in a caring, efficient and family-centered environment. We are specifically designed to cater to pediatric patients, from our kid-friendly emergency room, to our inpatient facilities with features created just for children. With playrooms, activity centers, computer labs, a library and classrooms, the facility makes a child’s temporary transition from home to hospital easy with remarkable attention to detail.

Cranbrook Institute of Science

Cranbrook Institute of Science is a natural history and science museum that fosters in its members and visitors a passion for understanding the world around them. Drawing from its vast collection of more than 200,000 objects and artifacts, the institute offers public programs, exhibits, events and lectures throughout the year.

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Easter Seals Michigan

Easter Seals Michigan has been proudly serving Michigan since 1920 by providing excellent and innovative care to those with disabilities or special needs and their families. If your child has speech and motor delays, autism, ADHD or any other disability that may delay his or her progress in school, please call us.

Michigan Education Savings Program (MESP)

Invest in your child’s future with the Michigan Education Savings Program! Many families hope to see their child or loved one graduate from college. MESP is a 529 college savings plan that can help you save for higher education expenses while enjoying tax advantages, flexible features and more.

Michigan Education Trust (MET)

Michigan Education Trust (MET) makes saving for college easy by avoiding the rising costs of tuition and locking in today’s rates. MET also gives you the option of prepaying as little as one semester or in increments up to five years. Plus, MET contracts are transferable, tax-deductible and flexible.

Regional Great Start Collaborative

Through Help Me Grow Michigan (HelpMeGrow-MI.org), we strive to link children, birth-5 ½ years, to routine developmental screenings; giving families the ability to understand their child’s development while providing parents answers to general questions along with resources/referrals for skill building activities, and interventions or further evaluation for children.

United Dairy Industry of Michigan

The United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM) is a nonprofit organization that provides dairy product promotion and nutrition education services on behalf of Michigan’s dairy farm families and processors. UDIM is dedicated to serving communities, families and consumers across the entire state.

Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD)

Wayne County Community College District is a State of Michigan public community college offering a wide range of academic and professional courses necessary for a certification, an associate degree and all the breadth requirements of four-year state colleges or universities. The district’s six campuses are located in industrial, suburban and metropolitan areas where a major share of Michigan’s technical and skilled occupations are located. Because of the diversity of its service area, WCCCD places a strong emphasis on occupational and career programs as well as traditional college and university transfer programs, including those within the liberal arts discipline. The district offers more than 90 programs leading to either an associate degree or certificate in various disciplines.

At WCCCD, we value diversity and seek multiple perspectives to prepare our students for the global environment in which they will work and live. While striving to promote awareness, perspectives and understanding of international cultures, we also recognize that our students enrich the educational experience of our academic community, increase our global awareness and provide cross-cultural interactions among us.

EXHIBITORS

A Better Chance

A Better Chance is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase the number of well-educated people of color who can assume positions of leadership in society. Through our College Preparatory Schools Program, we provide pathways for academically talented students of color in grades 4-9 to access competitive independent and public schools.

Academy of the Sacred Heart

Academy of the Sacred Heart, established 1851, is Michigan’s oldest independent school, offering a Catholic, college-preparatory education to girls (infant-grade 12) and boys (infant-grade 8) of many cultures and faiths. It is a member of the global Network of Sacred Heart Schools.

Alpine Academy

Alpine Academy is an NAEYC-accredited early childhood center in Oakland Township. Alpine offers Tiny Tots, Preschool, and Pre-K classes, and is open year-round. Alpine Academy strives to provide the perfect balance of play and education with small classes, experienced teachers, and loving hearts.

Armadillo Printwear

Armadillo Printwear specializes in spirit wear for schools, sports teams and clubs. Spirit wear is a great way to show support and raise awareness for any organization. We offer custom design, printing and embroidery. When you want to look your best, buy the best. Go Armadillo!

Brain Balance

Is your child struggling Behaviorally? Academically? Socially? Brain Balance is the answer. Our groundbreaking short-term, drug-free program produces lasting results by conquering the root cause of your child’s struggles. Take the first step towards your child’s happiness and success by scheduling a Brain Balance assessment today.

Brightmont Academy

Brightmont Academy is an accredited private school, providing instruction with a one-to-one approach exclusively. Since 1999, Brightmont has customized instruction to meet individual student needs for more than 2,500 students in grades 6-12. We currently have 11 campuses located in five states, including Northville and Birmingham in Michigan.

Calvary Learning

Calvary Learning offers a unique academic enrichment program that identifies and incorporates accommodations and strategies that improve a student’s access to education. Our instructional model focuses on closing academic gaps while accelerating student learning. Calvary focuses on building self-confidence as we guide students in process of self-advocacy so that they are ready for career and college.

Classical Conversations

Classical Conversations is a tuition-based homeschool program for kids ages 4-18 who meet weekly to engage in the classical model of education (using the Trivium grammar, dialectic and rhetoric levels of learning). We equip parents and encourage students as we strive to know God and to make him known.

Clonlara School

Clonlara School offers individualized K-12 education at our Ann Arbor campus and through worldwide home-based education. We believe that a child’s unique interests, talents, learning styles and goals should guide his or her education.

College Funding Resources, LLC

College Funding Resources is a trusted planning firm that focuses on solving the college funding problem before it’s too late. Unfortunately, parents call our office after they have run out of money and their 401(k) is being drained. We have the solution to that problem and assist our families in designing a 100-percent funded college plan.

Connections Academy

Let’s learn together! Connections Academy offers three schooling options for students in Michigan: Michigan Connections Academy, an online public school for grades K-12; Great Lakes Cyber Academy, an online high school with flexible pacing options; and three Nexus Academy blended-learning high schools. To learn more, visit us online.

Cranbrook Schools

With 1,660 students enrolled in pre-kindergarten-12th grade, Cranbrook is one of the largest and most respected independent schools in the United States. We are known for our challenging and comprehensive college preparation and for the opportunities that abound for our students on our spectacular 319-acre campus.

Culver Academies

Culver educates its students for leadership and responsible citizenship in society by developing and nurturing the whole individual – mind, spirit, and body – through an integrated curriculum that emphasizes the cultivation of character. When thoughtful educators discuss the qualities necessary for success in today’s world, they end up describing Culver.

Detroit Historical Society

The Detroit Historical Society tells Detroit’s stories and why they matter. The Society operates the Detroit Historical Museum in Midtown and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle. We offer group tour experiences for all ages and can host rental events at either facility for groups from 12 to 2,000.

Detroit Institute for Children

Non-profit specializing in providing occupational, physical and speech therapy, social work and psychological services for children with conditions including learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, developmental disorders, genetic syndromes, neuromuscular disorders and cerebral palsy. Proven expertise in providing services in schools, Head Start and Early Intervention programs and pediatric care centers.

Detroit Waldorf School

Detroit Waldorf School offers a developmentally appropriate, balanced approach to education that integrates the arts and academics for children from preschool through eighth grade. Our extraordinary approach encourages a love of learning and prepares children for creative, critical thinking and individual initiative. Waldorf curriculum includes two foreign languages, fine and practical arts, music, and rigorous academics.

Discovery Toys

Discovery Toys, a premier learning toy company dedicated to helping children learn and grow through Pure Play, play that is hands-on, child-directed, multi-faceted, safe and FUN! Teach Play Inspire with Discovery Toys as a customer, hostess or earn income as a DT consultant!

DTE Home Energy Consultation Program

The DTE Home Energy Consultation Program advises customers on ways to conserve energy with a goal of helping residents better manage their energy costs. Energy consultants assess the customers’ energy usage and offer energy-saving recommendations. During the assessment, consultants also receive free energy-saving products.

Eagle Creek Academy

Eagle Creek Academy uses the science of how children learn to support and spur dramatic learning gains. Our mission is to give every child an excellent academic foundation and a strong sense of self-confidence.Visit us on “Walk-in Wednesdays” – tours 10:30 a.m.-noon every Wednesday when school is in session.

The Emily Stillman Foundation

The mission of The Emily Stillman Foundation is twofold. First, we resolve to raise awareness and encourage organ/tissue donation. Second, we resolve to raise awareness of all strains of Meningococcal Disease. We accomplish this through ongoing education and organized vaccination programs. In addition, we offer assistance to families who have been affected by either of these two issues. The goal of The Foundation is to create a world where all strains of Meningococcal Disease are eradicated and there is no longer a “waiting list” for those in need of an organ transplant.

Explore Lab Science Program

The Explore Lab Science program utilizes free hands-on activities to introduce children and young adults to careers in laboratory science and public health, while placing an emphasis on basic scientific concepts, methods, and technology. We visit schools and participate in after-school activities.

Four Corners Montessori Academy

Four Corners Montessori Academy is a tuition-free K-8 public school with a Montessori curriculum and tuition-based preschool. FCMA unites students from the “four corners” of the metro Detroit area to become a community of learners who embrace Maria Montessori’s teachings and ideals of diversity, peace education and individualized learning.

Goldfish Swim School

At Goldfish, our niche is extraordinary swim lessons in a child-friendly environment. Year-round swim instruction for children 4 months to 12 years. Small class sizes (max 4-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio). State-of-the-art aquatic facilities, family swim and birthday parties. Proud member of the U.S. Swim School Association. Seven locations to serve you. Enroll online.

Gphomestay

Gphomestay partners with high schools across the country to build their international program and provide homestays for Chinese students coming to study. Within Michigan, we partner with Mercy High School in Farmington Hills, Cardinal Mooney in Marine City, Saint Mary Catholic Central in Monroe, and Notre Dame Academy in Pontiac.

Grosse Pointe Public School System

Grosse Pointe Public School System is committed to meeting the needs of every student, every day. Come see what’s right in public education. Affordable housing, amazing parks and city services, and the highest quality schools anchor our community. Come live, learn and play in Grosse Pointe.

Hantz Group

Our primary responsibilities are to preserve our clients’ financial values and to help them achieve their financial goals. We exercise extreme diligence to ensure that they enjoy the benefits of the most knowledgeable resources in all areas of their financial management. As we safeguard our clients’ future, we also safeguard our own as a successful, leading-edge company.

Howe Military Academy

Howe Military Academy is a unique, co-educational private boarding school for grades 7-12. For more than 130 years, we have been perfecting our educational model so we can make life at HOWE as predictable and stable as possible for your child. Our fusion of military structure, Christian values, leadership training, and educational rigor helps students feel cared for while demanding respect, self-discipline, and academic growth.

Huron-Clinton Metroparks

The 13 individual Metroparks that comprise the Huron-Clinton Metroparks each offer a variety of activities that are tailored to families and individuals throughout the year. In addition, Interpreters from our Nature, Farm and Mobile Learning Centers provide educational nature, science and cultural history programs geared to enhance teacher’s curriculums.

Japhet

Serving preschool through eighth-grade, Japhet offers small classes that enable teachers to challenge students and get to know each child well, with integrated technology, hands-on learning, individual and team projects, and an emphasis on public speaking. Its character education curriculum builds a peaceful community and gives graduates an ethical foundation. Japhet is a national award-winning school. Open House dates for 2015/2016 are Sundays, 1-3 p.m.: Oct. 11, Jan. 31, March 13, and May 1.

K12, Inc

K12 is the nation’s leading provider of online learning programs for students in grades K-12. In Michigan, students can access the award-winning K12 program through tuition-free, online public schools that are available statewide. Every student receives an individualized learning plan with dedicated support from state- certified teachers.

AccelerateKid 

AccelerateKid is where kids, entrepreneurship and technology meet. We provide enrichment programs to teach kids ages 13 and under about entrepreneurship and the latest technology including computer programming, app development, web design, 3D printing, robotics, Minecraft techonology and more. Offers classes, camps, workshops and events.

KinderCare Learning Centers

With 1,660 students enrolled in pre-kindergarten-12th grade, Cranbrook is one of the largest and most respected independent schools in the United States. We are known for our challenging and comprehensive college preparation and for the opportunities that abound for our students on our spectacular 319-acre campus.

Ladywood High School

Ladywood High School is a Catholic, all-female, college-preparatory High School founded in 1950 by the Felician Sisters and rooted in the Franciscan tradition. In honor of them, we are proud to be an institution that provides academic excellence and the opportunity for spiritual and personal growth of all our students.

Leslie Science and Nature Center

Tucked away on the northwest side of Ann Arbor and situated on over 50 acres of forests and fields, the Leslie Science and Nature Center fosters respect for nature through environmental education and experiences for children, adults and families. Our grounds, trails and raptor enclosures are open daily, free of charge!

Macomb Center for the Performing Arts & Lorenzo Cultural Center

The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts and Lorenzo Cultural Center offer a variety of cultural and enrichment experiences to the young and the young at heart. Visit www.macombcenter.com and www.lorenzoculturalcenter.com for information about exhibits, presentations and performances.

Macomb Montessori Academy

Macomb Montessori Academy is a tuition-free K-8 public school. Here, you can expect a school where children’s natural desire to learn is celebrated, moving at their own pace is encouraged, and their unique learning style is embraced. Our multi-age classrooms are lead by state- and Montessori-certified teachers that guide students through long blocks of uninterrupted work time. We are dedicated to working together in supporting, nurturing and guiding our students to their brightest future.

Michigan Mineralogical Society

The non-profit MMS strives for awareness for the protection of the mineral heritage of natural resources in Michigan. We provide education and information about minerals and fossils; promote interest in the earth sciences; further the hobby of mineral and gem collecting-while considering social implications and scientific reflection.

Michigan Opera Theatre

The Detroit Opera House is the home of Michigan Opera Theatre, the state of Michigan’s premiere opera company which – through its commitment to producing the very best professional productions including grand opera, operetta, musical theater, ballet and arts education programming – serves as a statewide cultural resource.

Michigan Science Center

Located in Midtown Detroit, the Michigan Science Center is a dynamic museum offering programs that inspire all ages to explore and appreciate science, technology and math. Through interactive approaches with engaging, hands-on exhibits, live shows, the IMAX, planetarium and special activities, Mi-Sci strives to launch the next generation of engineers, scientists and innovators.

Michigan State University Gifted and Talented Education

The MSU Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) office offers accelerated academic year programs in Math, English, and French for gifted middle school students. Locations are on MSU’s campus and in Novi. GATE also runs summer programs: CSI Forensic Science, Future DOcs, and Math, Science, & Technology.

Montessori School of Clarkston

Montessori School of Clarkston (MSOC) enrolls children 18 months through 6 years old; we are open from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., which includes our before- and after-care programs. MSOC is located in Clarkston on Ortonville Road (M-15), three miles north of I-75.

Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts

Music Hall’s Family Theatre Series is second to none. Focused on classic storybooks brought to life from the page to the stage by dedicated touring theater troupes, the series inspires a lifetime love of live performance. Family four packs are just $50 and five-show subscriptions only $99. Generous reseller discounts available; call 313-887-8497.

My Virtual Academy

My Virtual Academy provides everything you need to reach your 6th-12th grade educational goals! Our tuition-free public school program provides a great alternative to traditional schools. Students are provided a computer, scanner, and Internet access if needed. Students communicate with our Michigan certified teachers via phone/email/text/video. Enroll today – 855-682-2333!

Nutty Scientists

Nutty Scientists is a science enrichment program with an extensive curriculum and many different types of activities. Our mission is to awaken the curiosity and imagination of children through unique interactive scientific activities. It is our goal that students not simply learn about science, but that they experience it!

Oakland Early College

Oakland Early College combines the best elements of high school and college: Students attend high school on OCC’s Orchard Ridge Campus. Dual enrollment is a central component of every student’s educational experience. This year, Newsweek ranked OEC 159th in the nation, fifth in the state and second in Oakland County.

Our Shepherd Lutheran School

Our Shepherd Lutheran School is a fully accredited Christian day school for boys and girls, preschool through eighth grade. With an emphasis on academic and spiritual development, our rigorous curriculum and ancillary studies encourage each child to grown his or her faith by maximizing his or his own unique gifts and talents.

The Robot Garage

The Robot Garage was created for LEGO and Robotics enthusiasts of all ages. Our mission is to create an “aha” moment every day for every guest, and to inspire the innovators of tomorrow with fun, hands-on, engineering experiences. Each of our locations provides classes, camps, field trips, and drop-ins as well as a maker-focused toy shop. Classes begin with Young Engineers at 4 years old, and continue on through Middle School. We also offer robotics team workshops for mentors and team members. (Programs align with FLL and FTC). Please visit us in Birmingham, Grosse Pointe Park, or Rochester Hills

The Roeper School

The Roeper School is a private, coeducational day school for gifted children in preschool-12th grade. Internationally renowned for its expertise in gifted education, Roeper strongly supports students’ academic, intellectual, emotional, and social growth. It provides a challenging curriculum in math, sciences, arts, and technology that prepares students for college and beyond.

Searching for Telos

Searching for Telos program offers fun ways for children to engage in doing Philosophy. Telos teaches mental habits like critically thinking, reasoning and forming sound judgments. The sessions are not about teaching views of particular Philosophers like Plato rather it is about equipping children with the tools of thinking.

Securitas Security Services

Securitas is dedicated to building the foundation for the next generation. Our operations and the corporate culture are built on values that help to shape long-term employees achieve goals and greatness while creating value for all upholding our core values. They are summarized in three words: integrity, vigilance and helpfulness.

Steppingstone School

Steppingstone School, the Center for Gifted Education, is an independent day school for gifted students, Young-K through Grade-8. Believing every child deserves satisfying and challenging learning, an atypically rapid pace (often above grade) leaves time for special interest studies, thus unlocking the gifts and the joy often trapped by traditional school structures.

TechShop Detroit

TechShop is membership-based DIY maker space that provides access to prototyping equipment, instruction, and a community of supportive people who can help you build things you’ve always wanted to make. Hands-on workshops/STEM camps are offered for children 8 to 17. Packages available for non-profits, public/private schools and corporate STEM initiatives.

Tri-County Foster Care Coalition

Tri-County Foster Care Coalition is comprised of agencies that each provide foster care and adoption services for children in the community who are unable to remain at home because of neglect or abuse by their families. The Tri-County Coalition is looking to locate safe, nurturing and loving homes for children who are in care. Potential foster parents are encouraged to call our Foster Care Navigators to get more information about the foster care agency right for you. If you are interested in providing a bright future for a child in care, contact us at 855-MICHKIDS.

Western & Southern Financial Group

Western & Southern Financial Group was established in 1888 as a mutually held company. We help families by having a plan in place to protect, preserve and prosper through insurance and investments. We specialize in educational funding as well as retirement funding. As a Fortune 500 company, we can help.

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