About Us

 

Hello,

My name is Taseea and I am the Founder of Ivy Kids. I am a certified early childhood teacher and mother of two. After my second child was born, I became a stay-at-home mom. Trying to entertain two young children at home proved to be more difficult than I had expected. I had a tight budget and could not afford those great early childhood classes. I also became frustrated with the lack of developmentally appropriate educational games available for young children. As a result, I began creating my own projects and activities to keep my children engaged and cognitively stimulated. I wanted the time I spent with my children to be meaningful and not just trying to get the day to go by. I noticed that when the activities were based around a favorite book and characters, my children were more invested. I worked hard to create activities that would encourage problem solving, creativity, and critical thinking. I started making kits for family members and friends that were also staying at home with their kids. I always included one personalized item or activity in the kit for the child, which was a big hit. I received so much positive feedback about the creativity, entertainment, and educational value of the activities that I thought I might try starting a business and sharing the kits with other parents. I have now recruited some other teachers (turned stay-at-home moms) for their expertise. We believe Ivy Kits are a great resource for parents and caregivers looking for creative ways to spend quality time with their children while also helping them build important foundational skills.

 

  Meet the Ivy Kids Team:

 

Taseea Lainas-Cruz is the Founder and CEO of Ivy Kids LLC. She is a certified early childhood teacher and mother of three. She earned her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College and obtained her Bachelors of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University. Taseea was a classroom teacher for 6 years in New York City. Taseea researches and develops the games, projects, and activities for each Ivy Kit in her small home office in Brooklyn, New York.

 

 

Joselyn Dennis is a certified teacher and mother of two (soon to be three). She earned her BA in Psychology at Barnard College and her Masters Degree in Child Development from the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study at Tufts University. She taught for 5 years in early childhood classrooms. Joselyn currently acts as Ivy Kids’ creative and educational consultant. She helps to develop fun, creative, and educational activities for each monthly kit. 

  

 

Eloisa Chavez Avino is a certified early childhood teacher and mother of two. She earned her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood General and Special Education from Bank Street College and her Bachelors of Arts Degree from Williams College. Eloisa was a classroom teacher for 10 years in New York City. Eloisa acts as Ivy Kids’ creative and educational consultant. She ensures each activity is fun, unique, and developmentally appropriate.

 

Maggie Rogers is a certified early childhood teacher and mother of three. She earned her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Bachelors of Arts Degree from  the College of Notre Dame. Maggie was a classroom teacher for 15 years in New York City. Maggie is a part-time contributor to the development of educational activities for monthly kits. 

 

Meet Some of Our Testers:

 

 Anna, age 4

Exploring with color paddles 

Maggie, age 3

Painting a sun catcher

 

Xavier, age 4

Playing letter jump  

 

 

Alyssa, age 2 

Creating a frog habitat

 

Selina, age 3

Working with pattern blocks

 

Sahil, age 6

Reading the book of the month

Arhman, age 3

Playing Hide the Mice

Aneesa, age 5

 Making patterns

 

 

 

Noah, age 5

Creating a sun catcher

Eliana, age 3

Playing "Runaway from the Cat"