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Hmmmm. Usually kid-teaching is done at a summer sailing camp or as part of a yacht club or sailing club program. I'm thinking of the one here in New Orleans for the Southern yacht Club kids, who start at around 7 or 8 years of age and are taught in the harbor first, then later outside.
And the problem with an Opti is you almost have to teach them by remote-control, since putting an adult or sizable teen in the boat with the kid is too much weight in too little space.
Informal solution possible? Corral one of the better, older, and helpful Opti sailors and pay him/her to get in with your kid and teach them?
To answer your direct question, I don't know of any "commercial" programs that teach just kids, other than summer camps etc. I teach ASA basic here part-time, and will certainly teach a 9-10 year-old sailing, but it would typically be in larger boats, with the parents.