July 29, 2014
Focal Chinese Music Acquires Licensed Preschool; Establishes “Focal Learning Center”
RANDOLPH, MA – Focal Chinese Music Corp. (FCM), Boston’s innovative education company has acquired Amazing Learning Center in Randolph, Massachusetts. The acquisition of the licensed preschool – to be renamed “Focal Learning Center” - is a strategic move to complete the market offerings of Focal Chinese Music, which previously served the K-12 industry. With a new campus in Randolph, Focal Chinese Music is positioned to better serve communities in neighboring cities, including Milton, Stoughton, Brockton, Canton and Weymouth.
“Having our own licensed preschool means that we can now accept students for early childhood education,” says Jean Y. Foo, C.E.O of Focal Chinese Music. “We are very privileged to be chosen as a successor for Amazing Learning Center, a community-approved preschool founded in 2011 by exiting President Mr. Samuel Khan. The current early childhood faculty will stay on to continue the excellent work they and Mr. Khan have put in place. Starting in Fall 2014, as students of Focal Learning Center, our learners will also benefit greatly from Focal Chinese Music’s existing curricula and pedagogy.”
Founded in May of 2011, Focal Chinese Music, while recognized in Greater Boston for creating curricula and training programs relevant to Chinese culture, has over the years expanded its education offerings to provide a variety of classes in Chinese language, Accelerated English, English as a Second Language, Mathematics and Chinese cultural arts. The school is also known for its highly competitive music training method, proven by its students winning the 1st Prize (Choral Division) in the 2013 New England Youth Talent Contest. Focal Chinese Music is also the only education firm to prepare students for four major international exam types: the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Graded Exam, the Chinese Proficiency Exam (HSK), the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and the Advanced Placement (AP) Test.
While Focal Chinese Music has to date primarily served the K-12 market, it is certainly not new to the early childhood education industry. A key service of Focal Chinese Music is designing and implementing music and cultural arts programs at licensed preschools in Boston and beyond. The Early Childhood Music Literacy Program designed by Foo teaches preschoolers foundational music theory and musical elements so that they are music literate and can transition to learning an instrument by the time they enter kindergarten or elementary school.
“There was no doubt a high degree of interest by prospective buyers in the preschool,” said Mr. Samuel Khan, founding father and exiting President of Amazing Learning Center. He had listed his preschool for sale as he would be relocating to another state to pursue new education ventures. “Jean and Focal were by far the most qualified industry players interested in the competitive acquisition. I was certainly looking for a leader who could add value and take things to the next level for the long run. I was not interested in someone who would treat the acquisition as a side job or a stagnant operation. With Jean’s proven track record in education excellence, I am most assured to handover the preschool to her, knowing that she and her company will bring much value to the community and do an excellent job moving forward.”
Under Mr. Khan’s leadership, Amazing Learning Center – often enrolled to a capacity of 28 students - was a Top Ten Finalist in the Red Tricycle 2013 Most Awesome School and Preschool Programs, listing it in the same league as other renowned preschools in Greater Boston: The Advent School, Kingsley Montessori School, The Goddard School, Thacher Montessori School and The Eliot-Pearson Children’s School.
“Students who graduate from our early childhood program at Focal Learning Center will have a place to continue with their education at our K-12 enrichment classes,” says Foo. “Plans are under way to set up weekend and weekday evening classes using the preschool’s open floor facility. With the industry we are in, our students literally grow up with us. Therefore, we take our pedagogy very seriously knowing that we are grooming talents who will eventually shape society in whatever way they choose to contribute.”
Focal Learning Center is located at 30 South Main St, Randolph, MA 02360. To learn more about Focal Chinese Music, please visit www.focalchinesemusic.com.