Sound Foundations For Learning
Sound Foundations For Learning
About Sound Foundations for Learning
Sound Foundations for Learning was started in San Diego, CA in 1999.  Founding Partner, Darren McCarthy, saw a clear gap in the world of education. Each child he assisted came with a diagnosis of some sort and a list of challenges, but very few strategies to address them. With this in mind he sought programs, products and instructors that were willing to go outside of the box to help kids reach their potential.  

In 2005 Karen Schuster McCarthy took this concept to the next level by working directly with students on the brink of potential. Her background as a team leader and instructor at Milton Hershey School combined with her Educational Psychology knowledge brought a new perspective to the Sound Foundations offering. The business was moved to Easton, MD and the program broadened. 

Through all of these years parents and professionals continue to focus on the issues above the roots such as reading, writing and arithmetic. There remains an absolute need for programs, products and instruction that address core issues. 

This site is dedicated to providing answers and solutions to foundational challenges. Throughout their careers Karen and Darren have learned from the best in the business, some of whom have over 50 years of experience. In this easy to navigate platform you can also learn from these educational pioneers.

Sound Foundations licenses the BEST demonstrable proven programs, content and training from around the world to resolve the hardships that parents, teachers, and professionals have in building foundational skills and confidence.

The content is augmented by a client only Facebook group which features webinars that answer the most frequently asked questions.                    
  •  One to One Instruction
  • This technique provides a tailored program which addresses specificchallenge areas. Top programs from around the country are utilized to address underlying issues and build a solid foundation for learning.  
  •  Assessment Review                                                                                                          Building a successful road map requires assessment. Oftentimes parents will have assessment from schools or private professionals. We also offer screening tools to help measure student deficits and attributes.
  •  School Meetings 
  • Success is a team effort. We meet with school professionals to ensure strategies are communicated. Teachers, administrators and private professionals must work jointly to light a path for the student's success. 
  •  Tutoring 
  • As a student progresses through the foundation building process it is important to integrate newly acquired skills into academics. We work one to one with homework, study skills, test anxiety and an array of school related skill-sets.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Additional Services
  •  Professional Training 
  • We have been honored to learn from industry pioneers such as Dr. Joan Smith and Gayle L. Moyers. Their training secrets are now available online and we offer them to professionals on a local and national level.
  •  Speaking Engagements
  • The successful education of our children is a community endeavor. We work with local professionals and industry leaders to offer parent seminars on a consistent basis. 

What People Are Saying...

Jackie Sadler
Karen found the way Oliver learns and realized how to teach him effectively. Before Sound Foundations we were extremely frustrated with the lack of strategies. All we dealt with was Oliver's frustration and our frustration. I cannot say enough about how it has changed our son, his self-esteem, his confidence in his ability to learn.

Accomplished Learning Centres Ltd. 

Darren and Karen are great, they love the kids and really know how to help each child be their very best.

Carolyn K Shreck 

You could not find two more dedicated people who put the students they help in the forefront!! Parents and professionals are lucky to have Sound Foundations for Learning Inc.

Dana Kapusta

Darren and Karen were able to determine what reading challenges our daughter was having and structure programs that fit her specific needs. Everyone was focusing on her weaknesses, they helped her gain the competence she needed which strengthened her underlying skills. Her reading has improved significantly and so has her confidence and enjoyment of reading and learning in general..

Woody and Dorie L.

When you have a smart child that struggles with learning inside the box, you need an educator to meet him where he is. Karen and Darren did exactly that. They met our son where he was and helped him build confidence in himself, so he could achieve in school and life.