Photo courtesy of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce

A brand new Kumon Math & Reading Center opened its doors in Flushing on Friday.

On Sept. 21, the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Kumon, located at 149-36 Northern Blvd., Suite 101.

The ceremony kicked off with a number of activities at the new location. Hundred of children and their families came out for a family appreciation night, which included face painting, games for children, a parent orientation, and free placement tests.

For more than 50 years, Kumon’s after-school academic program has helped children achieve success worldwide.

“Kumon’s individualized approach helps children progress by ability rather than age or grade,” said Dr. Shalini Outram, director of the Kumon Center. “More than 280,000 preschool to high school aged children across the United States are developing their math and reading skills independently and gaining confidence through the Kumon Method of Learning. The Kumon Center of Flushing-North joins the more than 1,500 U.S. instructors committed to helping children excel through the self-learning program.”

“The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to serving our community and very happy to welcome Dr. Outram and his new Kumon Math & Reading Center to Flushing, Queens,” said John Choe, executive director of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce. “We need all the help we can get to expand economic opportunities for all those who live and work in our community. Kumon’s educational resources will provide a big boost for local parents and students.”

A Townsend Harris High School graduate, Outram enrolled her child in Kumon after she was introduced to the program by a colleague at UMDNJ Medical School, where she worked as a Post-Doctoral fellow.

“As a Kumon mom, I witnessed how my 2.5 year old daughter gained self-confidence to tackle holding a pencil for the first time and watching words come alive on the page. She learned how to study by practicing her work daily and quickly advanced two-years above her grade level in both Math and Reading at the age of 5,” stated Dr. Outram. “With unwavering commitment, I chose to follow my heart to nurture and develop future brilliant minds as a Kumon instructor. I am dedicated to fostering the potential of all of my students in their pursuit of academic success.”

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