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Mission Statement

A robust curriculum is not enough for a complete education. If you really want students’ to absorb the content and continue to seek out new information, you have to engage the whole person. We strive to motivate students to develop a thirst for knowledge. Simultaneously, we provide a multimodal curriculum with fun yet educationally rigorous nonfiction content in the sciences, reading and math.

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Early Scholars uses a strength-based teaching approach. We start with and accentuate students’ strengths. The Early Scholars’ strength-based tutoring approach not only boosts students’ self-esteem but also encourages them to be active participants in the sessions; they are motivated to learn. In small groups, Early Scholars’ teachers create an environment that is optimal for learning. Our students range in their knowledge, skills and abilities as they come to tutoring for different reasons—whether remediation or enrichment. The small-group sessions allow for individualized student attention, which helps to identify and encourage student’s strengths.

History of Co-Founders

Early Scholars Learning Center was conceived after an educator and entrepreneur joined forces. Dr. Erin and Jean-Claude Jacques opened Early Scholars in 2011, impassioned to change the way students view learning.

Jean-Claude Jacques was educated in Haiti, where the educational system was far different from the United States. They came from a place where education was for the privileged and those who had the wherewithal to pursue this goal. They faced overwhelming academic demands, parental expectations and fierce competition. Finally, it was exciting to be in a place where an education was afforded to all.

Mr. Jacques had an interest in the sciences, first pursuing a degree in engineering. He later ventured into health, earning a nursing degree from SICA Nursing School. However, his true calling was in business management. With experience as a manager at F. Schumacher and Company and Fortune 500 companies, he focused on operations and development of new business strategies. He was formerly the vice president of Seeking Consultants; before that, he ran his own photography business.

Dr. Erin Jacques has been an educator in higher education for more than a decade. She has held teaching and administration appointments at St. Francis College and Kaplan Higher Education Corporation, as a leader in test preparation. In addition, she directed state and federally funded programs serving children and adults at HAUP Inc.

Dr. Jacques is a human services board-certified practitioner in New York who is trained in administering school-age educational assessments within the New York City Board of Education. Dr. Jacques holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from York College, a master of arts in industrial/organizational psychology and a master of arts in mental health counseling from Brooklyn College, City University of New York. Dr. Jacques completed graduate courses at Teachers College, Columbia University, and a doctor of philosophy in educational leadership, with a focus on curriculum instruction and assessment, TUI, Touro College.

She served as a reviewer for the Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice and the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks. Dr. Jacques’ professional memberships include the Association for Psychological Science, Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology and Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education.

Together, they have three children: Jeffrey, 19; Zachary, 5; and Hillary 3.