Tonya Ellis is a wife and mother of two children. She has a background in Education.
Her passion for children can be traced back to her high school years. Tonya and her husband own and operate multiple businesses. The first family business was a plumbing business. But soon after operating it, the desire to work with children and make a difference in their lives and in the community grew strong. So, they decided to start Edutainment Learning Center, a small After School Youth Club in 2005. By 2010, it was time to expand, so they opened a larger location. Not long after that Dejuan Ellis Sports Performance Training, a youth training center was opened. Recently, Edutainment Learning Center ll was open to serve even more families.
Tonya felt the need to reach more children and parents, so writing the book Work Hard, Play Hard: 10 Power Moves for the Best All Around Student, gives her the opportunity to reach students all over the world.
When she isn’t busy with the businesses, she is being productive helping aspiring female entrepreneurs start their businesses through Woman of Action. Tonya enjoys shopping and watching her children play college sports.
As most working parents, Tonya and her husband noticed that by the time they both came home from work, there was limited time to dedicate in assisting their children with homework and could not go into detail. After spending a short period of time helping with homework, it was time for dinner, preparation for the next school day, then bedtime. Eventually, Tonya and her husband discovered that they were not the only family having this challenge. Families in their community were too! Tonya and her husband came up with a solution that would benefit both their family and the community, the solution, Edutainment Learning Center. Edutainment Learning Center provides children the opportunity to engage in a variety of activities. It’s designed to assist children with motor skills, social skills, creativity, problem solving, self-confidence, fitness and childhood obesity. In addition, they offer an exceptionally one-one tutoring program for students who would need assistance in a particular subject. Tonya enjoys seeing women prosper. She’s Making Moves asked her what steps she would recommend an aspiring mother to launch a Before and After School Program. Here’s Tonya’s recommended plan:
- Get the necessary qualifications to run an After School Program in your specific state. This varies state to state.
- Assess the need for the program in the area of interest.
- Find a niche that makes the program in the area of interest.
- Talk to the schools in the area to form a partnership.
- Find a good location with a limited amount of After School programs.