Kiddie Academy of Lakewood Ranch Earns National Accreditation
December 15, 2015
Local early learning program in Manatee County receives a National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation
Lakewood Ranch, FL (Grassroots Newswire) Dec. 15, 2015 — Kiddie Academy of Lakewood Ranch recently received national accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Kiddie Academy of Lakewood Ranch is now the only provider in Manatee County to earn the accreditation, which is for five years. The recognition comes from the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.
“Since opening we have aspired to achieve the highest educational standards,” Kiddie Academy of Lakewood Ranch owner, Marina Schmidt said. “Achieving NAEYC accreditation is a proud moment for us, as we can now highlight the fact that we’re operating against the organization’s high standards in early childhood education to offer parents unparalleled education and care.”
To earn the accreditation, Kiddie Academy of Lakewood Ranch completed an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against more than 400 related accreditation criteria and the 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Program standards.
The standards were created with input from experts and educators from around the country, and developed to raise the quality of education for children from birth through age eight, while defining what NAEYC believes all early childhood programs should provide.
“High-quality early childhood education is directly linked to better cognitive function and language development,” Richard Peterson, vice president of education at Kiddie Academy, said. “This accreditation process is a powerful tool to set benchmarks for educational excellence and improving program quality.”
About Kiddie Academy®
Since 1981, Kiddie Academy® has been a leader in education-based child care. The company serves families and their children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old, offering full time care, before- and after-school care and summer camp programs. Kiddie Academy’s proprietary Life Essentials® curriculum, supporting programs, methods, activities and techniques help prepare children for life. Kiddie Academy is using the globally recognized AdvancED accreditation system, signifying its commitment to quality education and the highest standards in child care. For more information, visit kiddieacademy.com.
About Kiddie Academy® Franchising
Kiddie Academy International, Inc. is based in Maryland and has nearly 120 academies located in 23 states, including two company-owned locations. Approximately 70 additional academies are in development, with 15 to 20 new locations slated to open each year. For more information, visit kiddieacademy.com/franchising/.