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A little about our Academy

Each Academy is a little different. Here's what makes us unique:

  • A curriculum that exceeds state standards
  • Nutritious meals and snacks
  • Parent communications portal
  • Safe and secure state-of-the-art facility

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  • Allison McClaugherty, Owner

    Hello, hello! My name is Allison McClaugherty, the owner here at Kiddie Academy of Apex. My passion for early childhood education began...   Read More

    Allison McClaugherty, Owner

    Hello, hello! My name is Allison McClaugherty, the owner here at Kiddie Academy of Apex. My passion for early childhood education began when I started working as a nanny in college. During that time, I met my husband and we had our three wonderful children; Kari (age 6), Ellie (age 4), and Kassidy (age 2). I switched gears in college and got my Bachelor of Science in Education from NC State. I am currently pursuing a Master of Education in Early Childhood Education with an estimated completion of Fall 2024. My children were a driving force in my decision to franchise with Kiddie Academy. I discovered Kiddie Academy while researching countless options for my little ones and fell in love with Kiddie Academy's well-rounded approach to early childhood education. As a mom, I value play-based learning and character education for my children because I know emotional success correlates not only with academic success, but success in future endeavors as well. My goal is to be able to provide that strong foundation for the children in our community. In my free time, I enjoy playing cello, hiking with my family, snowboarding, and reading fantasy novels.

  • Vanessa Rhue, Director

    Hello! I am Vanessa Rhue. With great pleasure and excitement, I would like to introduce myself as the new Director of Kiddie...   Read More

    Vanessa Rhue, Director

    Hello! I am Vanessa Rhue. With great pleasure and excitement, I would like to introduce myself as the new Director of Kiddie Academy of Apex. I am truly honored to join this wonderful community of educators, parents, and most importantly, our precious little learners. As an educator with a passion for early childhood development, I come to Kiddie Academy with a deep commitment to nurturing a love for learning and providing a safe, engaging, and inclusive environment where each child can flourish. I hold a degree in Early Childhood with a focus on School-Age Education Special Needs, and my 15 years of experience in early childhood have equipped me with a strong foundation to lead and inspire our preschool community. At Kiddie Academy of Apex, my philosophy revolves around the idea that each child is a unique individual with unlimited potential. I believe that through collaborative efforts between home and school, we can create an environment that fosters curiosity, creativity and a sense of wonder. My aim is to provide a hospitable educational experience that not only focuses on academic growth, but also supports social, emotional, and physical development for our young learners. I am excited to embark on this adventure with you, and look forward to an enriching and rewarding relationship as a community. “Mit einem Lacheln und offene Augen ein gutes Herz, und viel Geduld ist alles moglich im Leben.”

Hear from our parents

My son loves to go to school/daycare. I believe that is a good indicator that he has a great time there.
Diana V., Elyson

The communication and hands on activities are amazing!
Paula S., Albany

The teachers and staff are all very kind and do a great job caring for and teaching the children. They pay close attention to the kids and maintain proper communication with the parents.
Shannon M., Stafford

All the teachers and staff love the kids and genuinely care about their happiness and development.
Laura M., Seattle at Queen Anne

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