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Upbring Extends Christian School Initiative to Houston

HOUSTON – January 29, 2018 – – Upbring, a leader in early childhood education, announced the opening of
Upbring School of Discovery and Leadership (USDL) – Downtown Houston. Located at 1316 Washington Avenue, USDL offers a Christian education with a STEAM emphasis to students between six weeks and kindergarten.

Over the past decade, employment in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) occupations grew 24.4 percent, compared with 4 percent in non-STEM occupations, according to a March 2017 report by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

USDL’s STEAM emphasis makes STEM subjects more approachable and fun for children by incorporating music, drawing and other arts. STEAM also fosters children’s ability to think creatively find innovative solutions to problems.

USDL and its sister school, Upbring School of Arts and Sciences – Central Austin, are the first schools under the newly formed Upbring Education Association. Brenda Burdick, Upbring director of Christian school expansion and operations, said the association represents the next step in the nonprofit agency’s long-term strategy to help Texas children build brighter futures through education.

“We have developed innovative methods for helping kids succeed inside and outside the classroom through our longstanding Head Start and Trinity Charter School programs,” Burdick said. “Upbring Education Association empowers us to build on that knowledge and apply it in a Christian school environment.”

Burdick adds that although the curriculum and teaching approaches at Upbring Education Association schools will be tailored to the communities they serve, each school will have at least one thing in common.

“When parents partner with Upbring, they can trust that faith will form the foundation of their child’s education,” Burdick said. “We’re going to teach English, math and science, but we’re also going to teach children about Jesus and His love for them. Nothing brings our staff more joy than witnessing the first steps in a child’s life-long walk with Christ.”

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