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Morrisville moms open educational supply store to help parents like them

Posted October 6, 2013

Rupali Tayal and Geetika Dagar found they had a lot in common when they met a few years ago.

They both grew up in India. They live on the same street in a Morrisville neighborhood. They have kids - two grade schoolers for Tayal and a high schooler and a middle schooler for Dagar. And they stayed home with them.

The two got to know each other even better during time spent working out at the gym where the conversation turned to their own futures as their kids grew older.

"That's where we started bonding," Tayal tells me.

Both discovered that they have a passion for helping their own kids grow and develop in their learning. They found themselves seeking out curriculum-based books to learn more about what their kids were learning at school. Since both had attended school in India, they were seeking to understand how Americans teach their kids. Rupali Tayal and Geetika Dagar of Ladders store in Morrisville Moms open educational resource store to help parents like them

And those conversations turned into Ladders, a teaching supply and educational resource store, which the two friends opened in the Grace Park shopping center in Morrisville in December.

The two spent months searching for products to offer in their store. It's stocked with workbooks, art supplies, science kits, educational games, maps and classroom supplies for preschoolers to high schoolers. They carry textbooks for homeschoolers and books focused on the new Common Core standards by Newmark Learning.

"Every kid is different," Dagar said. "Their needs are different. Their way of learning is different. This can supplement at home." 

But they also are hoping to build a resource for the community where parents can come in with questions and Tayal and Dagar can send them home with either a workbook or game or the name of a local professional who can help their child.

"We're trying to build a resource itself," Tayal said. "If we are not able to help, we have other resources." 

Tayal and Dagar's own kids help them test the products and make it pretty clear what works and doesn't. It's turned into an added benefit.

"This store is helping our own kids, it's amazing," Tayal said. "It's amazing. It's awesome. We are learning so much from this store, but it is helping them also."

Ladders offers discounts for teachers and has worked with local PTAs on various projects. Find Ladders at 4104 Grace Park Dr., Morrisville.

For more, watch my video interview with Tayal and Dagar and check out their website and Facebook page.

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