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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
  • Highly qualified teachers celebrating 5- 10 years at Middletown
  • NAEYC Accredited

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  • Janel Work, Franchise Owner

    Janel A. Work is first and foremost a mother. Janel's oldest son, Maxwell, was then born shortly after and he has enriched her...   Read More

    Janel Work, Franchise Owner

    Janel A. Work is first and foremost a mother. Janel's oldest son, Maxwell, was then born shortly after and he has enriched her life and keeps her smiling each day. It was due to his birth that Janel decided to take a hiatus from public education and pursue Early Childhood Education. Then in January of 2011, the family was also blessed with their new arrival of Nathaniel (Nate). Then they were blessed with their final addition of Arianna. The family lives in Kimberton with their two dogs Momo and Lucy. Janel graduated from Susquehanna University in 2002 with a B.A. in Communications, Theater Arts and Education. While working in the public school system, she continued her education to complete her M.A. at Villanova in Education.  She also has pursued additional graduate education in ECE from Shippensburg University. After achieving her degree, Janel has worked as a daycare director and public school educator. She has taught at Owen J.Roberts School District, Reading Area School District, and in Montgomery County School System in Maryland. She was also an adjunct professor at Montgomery College. Not only did she teach, but she helped write standards-based curriculum for the school districts and several virtual charter schools. As an educator, Janel believes in enriching each child’s life and meeting their individual needs to help them flourish. Janel A. Work loves Kiddie Academy in Phoenixville and does not consider it a job but a wonderful lifestyle. She believes the center continues to redefine the standards for childcare in the area. Plus, it is a wonderful resource center to her beloved town. Janel is proud of the accomplishments at the ever growing and changing center.

  • Rikki Iatarola, Regional Director

    Rikki comes to us with over 12 years of experience in early education. Rikki has been with Kiddie Academy since 2011, beginning...   Read More

    Rikki Iatarola, Regional Director

    Rikki comes to us with over 12 years of experience in early education. Rikki has been with Kiddie Academy since 2011, beginning as a teacher in our infant room at our Phoenixville center. Throughout the years, Rikki has assisted in several roles throughout our academy both in and out of the classroom. Rikki holds an Associates's degree in Early Education from Montgomery County Community College, her Bachelors's in Education from West Chester University, along with a current Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate for grades PK-4. As Regional Director of the academy, Rikki strives to provide high-quality educational care for our community. She feels that all children deserve a safe and caring environment to learn, grow, and succeed in. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her sons, Carter, Chase and Will. Working with children is a passion of hers and she can't wait to watch your family grow at our academy.

  • Rachel Johnson, Director

    My name is Rachel Johnson. I am from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where I began my career in early childhood education. I attended Community College of...   Read More

    Rachel Johnson, Director

    My name is Rachel Johnson. I am from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where I began my career in early childhood education. I attended Community College of Philadelphia where I earned my associate degree in early childhood education. In 2008 my family and I moved to the state of Delaware. I attended Wilmington University, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with an early childhood concentration. I have been an early childhood educator for over 22 years. During my career, I have worked as a teacher and center director.    I recently adopted a golden doodle puppy named Neena. In my free time, I enjoy going camping with my family. I love working with children and their families and I look forward to serving in my role with Kiddie Academy as the Director..

  • Taylor George, Assistant Director

    Ms. Taylor G joined our Kiddie Academy family in 2012! She has her Associates Degree in Elementary Education and is one of...   Read More

    Taylor George, Assistant Director

    Ms. Taylor G joined our Kiddie Academy family in 2012! She has her Associates Degree in Elementary Education and is one of our Pre-K teachers. Taylor is our Health and Safety Coordinator, ensuring our building and classrooms are always kept to standard. Finally, Ms. Taylor is our closing manager and always here to help our families in the afternoon!

Hear from our parents

What’s not to like? The staff at Kiddie Academy all know my child and greet her each morning, even if they aren’t her classroom teachers. They always have a smile on their face and make it a welcoming environment. My child is excited to be dropped off everyday! Even if there are a few tears…
Alexis B., Middletown

All the great teachers, the app to keep us involved!
Samantha T., Middletown

We love our teachers and the family like atmosphere that our center has. I feel fully comfortable leaving my children there. They really enjoy going to school. No complaints at all!
Carla J., Middletown

The staff is amazing. My son has had difficulties with his emotions and they have worked with him and me to develop tools to help him. He is doing so much better and I know it’s because of their patience and kindness. I truly feel like that love my son which is the best feeling…
Stephanie G., Middletown

I love how professional your staff is, I love how they really educate the kids, I love how they always have things going on for the kids.
Nishemia C., Middletown

The staff is amazing and so welcoming!
Anna B., Middletown

I love that my daughter is excited to go to school every day and is comfortable with every staff member. The building has an open design that allows everyone to see into the classrooms at all times. My daughter is quickly learning, thanks to her teachers who take their time and put their all into…
Madeline J., Middletown

Not only is the center clean, well kept and welcoming but the staff are kind, nurturing and my child loves them! I don’t have any hesitations dropping her off each day because I know she’ll have so much fun!
Alexis B., Middletown

I enjoy the updates from the teachers and feel that the teachers love to engage with my child and give her an enriching experience everyday. I know my daughter loves coming to class everyday and has learned so much from the teachers already.
Katlyn A., Middletown

The teachers are great and all the activities. I love the daily updates.
Stephanie G., Middletown

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