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New preschool learning program on track to open at Loyola Corners

The Bodercks know business. After all, Steve Boderck and Laura MacDonald-Boderck have over 30 years of combined experience in banking, real estate and marketing, among other areas.

"Both of us have had wonderful careers ... and this is an opportunity to give back to society in some way or form," MacDonald-Boderck said.

Now the couple is planning a new challenge in a new field - education.

Slated to begin Sept. 1 in Los Altos, the Bodercks will open FasTracKids Academy, an educational enrichment academy for children, 3 to 6.

"It was about a year ago when we were actually living in Idaho, and Laura wanted to figure out something to do ... a business to start," said Boderck about getting involved with FasTracKids, "something with giving back and having a business. She found FasTracKids. ... When we moved back to the Bay Area in September (2003), she became more involved in understanding the company and took a full interest in starting the work."

FasTracKids International Ltd., headquartered in Denver, Colo., offers curriculum in 12 areas, including astronomy, biology, economics and mathematics. The program uses CD-ROM-based lessons to engage children in learning.

"The goal of the academy is to 'teach children how to learn. Kids are our future," said Boderck who, with his wife, is a licensed FasTracKids area developer in Santa Clara County.

"Both my parents were in the education field. ... and having the ability to be with children and to enhance their ability to learn and to stimulate their minds so that they have more of an open book, more exposure to what's available to them in this world, I think, gives back to society."

The curriculum is based on the company's belief that early childhood education does not meet the needs of every child in school. The company has stated educational goals, including how to apply and transfer the things they learn, develop communication skills and stimulate brain development.

"It enables (children) to become better people or discover what they want to do and what they want to be," Boderck said. "In my mind, it's getting to them at an early age so that they can become better people and have more exposure to this big, huge, vast world that we live in."

Classes will be scheduled 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, with some Saturday classes. Sessions will meet once a week for a two-hour class, according to Boderck.

Pricing begins at $195 per month, according to MacDonald-Boderck, but the academy will offer price breaks for parents who enroll their children longer than a month. The classes will have an 8-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio, according to MacDonald-Boderck.

"What I hope to achieve is to bring this type of educational program to areas, to the disadvantaged, to children all over," MacDonald-Boderck said.

The Bodercks FasTracKids Academy is scheduled to open Sept. 1, at 941 Fremont Ave, Loyola Corners.

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