|“To provide our students with fully hands-on activities that are designed to be fun,
educational, stimulating, and challenging. To ignite imaginations, foster friendship-building
and teamwork, encourage creativity, and give our students the opportunity to
experience learning in a way that will enrich their lives!”
Smartycat Kids LLC is owned and operated by Michelle Oppelt and Samantha Corveleyn, originally
from South Plainfield, NJ. The company was founded in 2007 by Michelle Oppelt, after she
became frustrated with the lack of hands-on science education at her son's preschool. Michelle
decided to take matters into her own hands, and using her educational background in science
(majoring in Biological Sciences at Rutgers University), she began creating the curriculum for a
series of hands-on science labs geared toward preschool and elementary school aged children.
Michelle rented a room at a local church and put out an ad to see if other local parents who were
struggling with the same frustration could benefit from the weekly enrichment classes. The Junior
Scientists program became an instant hit, and continues to be one of Smartycat Kids' most
popular programs to this day.
In 2010, Michelle Oppelt and Samantha Corveleyn (graduate of Raritan Valley College) became
business partners when they launched The Cupcake Experience LLC, a cupcake catering
company. While running the baking business, the women decided to offer a Little Bakers
program, a series of after-school classes that introduce young children to the world of baking and
decorating. The Little Bakers program was another big hit, and in 2012, Samantha and Michelle
decided to join forces as co-owners of Smartycat Kids LLC in order to continue launching new
enrichment classes that would all follow the same mission as the Junior Scientists and Little
Bakers programs - to make learning fun!
It is now their mission to bring educational entertainment to children across the nation! In 2013,
the company's second branch will begin offering programs in the Mid-South, and the women plan
to open additional branches across the country over the next few years.
Smartycat Kids LLC is dedicated to providing our students with highly qualified instructors. Our
staff must have college-level experience or professional work experience in the subject they are
instructing, have past experience working with children, and complete training with Smartycat Kids
LLC. Most importantly, they must share in our passion for educational enrichment! We strive to
employ instructors that are energetic, enthusiastic, caring, patient, and good role models and
mentors for our students. Background checks are required of all staff.
"The party was excellent -
the instructors were
awesome - everyone had a
great time ! We can't
thank you enough and will
everyone we know!"
~Jennifer D., Mt. Olive NJ
The parents are just amazed!
Can’t wait to run the program
again next year!"
School Official, Summit NJ
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