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LEXINGTON, Ky.—May 14, 2018—Breakout Games, the largest escape room brand in the industry, will release Dispatch Kids, its newest offering specifically designed for children preparing for kindergarten, on June 1, 2018.

Dispatch Kids follows the success of Dispatch, its first at-home product, a mystery subscription box released in fall 2017 to foster relationships through shared problem solving. The new product strategically uses puzzles and challenges to develop critical thinking in children ages 3-5.

“We believe learning should be fun—and humans learn best through experience. Dispatch Kids allows children to escape ordinary play by designing their own adventures through hands-on problem solving in a fun, engaging story-based game,” said Bryce Anderson, co-founder of Breakout Games. “Through engaging play, we hope to build a solid foundation for learning as children enter pre-school, and to then bridge the educational gap between semesters once they enter the school system.”

In a survey of kindergarten teachers by UpToDate® U.S. Department of Education, 35 percent of students are not school ready by five years old. According to studies by Child Trends, only 25 percent of four-year-olds can recognize letters, and fewer than 30 percent of three-year-olds can write their names. Additionally, the return on investment for kindergarten readiness is more than $8 per $1 spent, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

Each Dispatch Kids box is packaged with a problem-solving activity that unfolds throughout the month, building a student’s core competency in skills they will be tested on in the earliest grades. From early numeracy and literacy to social, emotional and motor skills development, this game builds critical skills for foundational learning while young students earn prizes, interact with digital components and enjoy everyday play.

Dispatch Kids launched in May, just in time for the summer school break. To purchase, visit dispatchkids.com. In honor of Memorial Day, families of veterans can sign up to receive the first box free through the month of May. To qualify, visit http://veterans.dispatchkids.com.

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