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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
  • NAEYC Accredited
  • Three age-appropriate playgrounds with large field and blacktop area

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  • Jessica and Matthew Bartkowski, Owners

    Matt and Jessie’s journey, starting out as high school sweethearts in Mt.Lebanon, reflects a beautiful blend of diverse experiences and shared values,...   Read More

    Jessica and Matthew Bartkowski, Owners

    Matt and Jessie’s journey, starting out as high school sweethearts in Mt.Lebanon, reflects a beautiful blend of diverse experiences and shared values, all converging to create a vision for Early Childhood Education in Pittsburgh. Their backgrounds in sports, scientific research, and parenting equip them with a rich tapestry of skills and perspectives that they will bring to their endeavor. Matt is a recently retired thirteen season defenseman of the National Hockey League. His career in professional hockey instilled in him the values of discipline, teamwork, and perseverance, which are invaluable traits not only on the ice but also in the realm of education. Now, he continues to stay connected to the game with his role as a TV and radio analyst for SportsNet Pittsburgh, and nurturing young talent in his role as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Vengeance Ice Hockey team, where he imparts invaluable knowledge and mentorship. This enables him to work on communicating effectively as he shares insights with a wide audience; fostering community engagement and support for his and Jessie’s vision. Jessie's experience in scientific inquiry and research, coupled with her management skills in a research lab and as a household manager, provides a strong foundation for organizational leadership and attention to detail. Her dedication to overseeing the household and raising their children reflects her commitment to nurturing and supporting young minds, qualities that are essential in leading the Academy. Their decision to invest in Early Childhood Education stems from their personal journey of seeking quality education for their own three daughters, reflecting a deep understanding of the importance of early learning experiences and warm connection, in shaping a child's future. Inspired by the Life Essentials curriculum offered by Kiddie Academy, they aim to create a nurturing environment where children can safely thrive intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally. Together, Matt and Jessie are committed to upholding the highest standards of quality and care for every child and family entrusted to their school. Their shared vision and dedication to excellence position them to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children and families in Cranberry and beyond.

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We have two boys that have been through Kiddie Academy, one is now graduated and off to elementary school and one still working his way through. Both our boys are excited to go to go to school every morning, what we call going to Kiddie Academy. Our oldest son is is ranking in the top…
Lisa B., Cranberry Township

I love how much the staff cares about the kids. They really put in a ton of effort. Out child is excited to go there, and we're amazed how much he's learned!
Matthew Z., Cranberry Township

The teachers are very innovative and creative and helps to bring the best in each child .. less screen time and more creative play and more importantly they encourage the children to be more social and the parents are assured that are loved
Nagabhushana S., Cranberry Township

Our daughter has been attending KACT for the past 4 years. The employees have become a second family to her. She’s learning so much and comes home happy everyday. She’s safe and loved. There’s nothing more I could ask for!
Courtney S., Cranberry Township

Wonderful, caring teachers!
Emily L., Cranberry Township

Miss Emily and Miss Ellen are amazing. My daughter's language is improving so much and she loves going to "school". I am so happy we chose Kiddie Academy.
Ashley G., Cranberry Township

I like the educational quality they have, the work they do, the discipline they instill in the children, as well as their routines and especially how affectionate the teachers are with the children. Thank for everything, excelente work.
Blanca E., Cranberry Township

We love the structure of the days for the kids! All of the educational activities they do really make a difference, and we notice that our son thrives on all of it! We are so grateful for the teachers that help facilitate all of that daily! The structured morning times really help with the flow…
Cassie V., Cranberry Township

I really appreciate how much our son has been exposed to at Kiddie Academy. His vocabulary has really taken off! He is always eager to tell us about special events (like the bug man) or how much fun he had running around outside. He is happy, safe, loved, and learning!
Matthew Z., Cranberry Township

The fact that you have straightforward caring knowledgeable flexible and understanding faculty. The fact that you put safety of our children at the forefront of all. I also love the photos and the communication. I can go on. :Chuck.
Charles B., Cranberry Township

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