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History of Challenge Island

Challenge Island Founder and Creator, Sharon Duke Estroff M.A.T. is an award-winning educator with over two decades of teaching experience in Atlanta public and private schools. She is the author of the popular parenting book Can I Have a Cell Phone for Hanukkah? (Random House) and a feature parenting and education writer for numerous national publications including Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping, Parents Magazine, and Huffington Post.

Sharon created Challenge Island while on maternity leave with her fourth child. Maxed out on late-night reruns of a popular, realityTV show, she began wondering if the same basic principals (minus the voting and island part) could become a means of motivating her students to take on complex higher level thinking tasks. She poured everything she’d learned about children into developing this idea, incorporating cutting edge research and educational thought. By the time her daughter graduated from 3 am feedings, Challenge Island was ready for primetime. It’s been growing by leaps and bounds ever since.

Now a decade later, thousands of children have experienced the magic and benefits of Challenge Island, as Sharon continues to develop fresh curriculum and content for this popular enrichment program.
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Challenge Island has a high probability for success in your area because:

  • It’s a proven model – truly a home-based business;
  • Requires only a modest investment;
  • Has NO national competition;
  • Quick ROI on your low-cost franchise;
  • Can be operated as a part/full time business;
  • Has high profit margins;
  • Has low fixed overhead;
  • It’s easy to operate;
  • It can be easily taught to anyone;
  • The classes, camps and birthday parties are affordable by nearly any family;
  • Parents view the classes, camps, and birthday parties as educational and therefore feel that the fees are well spent.
  • Year-round income with camps during school vacations and birthday parties anytime.
  • Thrive in any economy by providing affordable classes to parents who put education first on their list of expenditures.