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Kumon of Madison Helps Children Develop a Love for Learning

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When Kit Yuen left the finance industry after more than 20 years to work with kids, he never looked back. He is now the proud owner of Kumon Math and Reading Center of Madison, a TAPinto Madison sponsor.

As the head instructor, Yuen provides individualized lesson plans for children based on skills and abilities rather than age or grade level. Yuen said he loves helping children grow through education. He and his family have owned children daycares for the past 10 years.

“If you love what you’re doing, then you’re not working,” he said.

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Yuen co-owns the business with his son, Nicholas, 19, who heads up Kumon of Madison’s grading department. Nicholas is a Honors math student at Kean University in Union who received a full scholarship to pursue his Master’s degree in mathematics. 

Kumon focuses on reading and math, “two critical subjects that will help children throughout their careers in school,” Yuen said, and empowers each student to become a self learner. 

“When you become a self learner, we believe that you’re going to become a major contributor to society,” Yuen said. “It just helps society in general when that person becomes that productive.”

Kumon is designed to help children develop a love for learning, whether a student is seeking enrichment, needs help catching up or is just beginning their academic career.

The Kumon reading program begins with phonics and progresses through advanced high school level reading comprehension, and the math program helps children learn skills from counting to calculus and beyond. Each session can last up to 30 minutes. 

“Kumon have students as young as 9 or 10 years old that have completed the program all the way up to calculus,” Yuen said. Some children that start as young as 3.

“How a student succeeds and advances is up to that individual,” he said. “We don’t try to put up any kind of block just because of their age.” 

Yuen said he chose Madison not only because of its “small-town, community feeling,” but also its lack of supplemental education and early learning in the surrounding area.

Yuen said he thinks Kumon has a “very bright future” in Madison. He said he and his family have spent numerous hours attending community events and talking with parents about the benefits of individualized learning. 

“Madison and the surrounding community have received Kumon in a very positive way,” Yuen said. “We want to continue to be a good neighbor for everybody here in Madison and to be a contributor to the town in general.” 

Kumon of Madison, located at 10 Elmer St., has exceeded enrollment targets since the center opened in October and is still growing strong. It is now offering free registration through Dec. 15, normally a $50 cost. 

Classes are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3-7 p.m. Parent orientation and free math and reading placement tests are available by appointment either on the website or by telephone. For more information, visit kumon.com/madison or call 973-937-7001.

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