Kiddie Academy of Gaithersburg Received National Accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children

GAITHERSBURG, MD (August 27, 2018) — Kiddie Academy of Gaithersburg, recently received national accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)–the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children.

NAEYC Accreditation is a rigorous and transformative quality-improvement system that uses a set of 10 research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize and drive quality-improvement in high-quality early learning environments.

“We’re proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” Kiddie Academy of Gaithersburg Franchisee, Namita Shah 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.”

The recognition comes from the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals and less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition. The accreditation is for five years.

To earn the accreditation, Kiddie Academy of Gaithersburg completed an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against more than 400 related accreditation criteria and a set of 10 research-based early childhood program standards.

“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.”

The standards were created with contributions 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.

Kiddie Academy of Gaithersburg received excellent scores from their accreditation site visit, both in portfolios and classroom observations. Their high scores along with the corporate improvements in policies and procedures made both Kiddie Academy and Kiddie Academy of Gaithersburg a great candidate for a new partnership with NAEYC. This partnership encourages us to provide feedback to NAEYC on how the process has improved the academy, discuss the benefits for staff and families, and to share examples of the evidence used in portfolios. The ongoing partnership between Kiddie Academy and NAEYC will help us to each better support our programs and each other as leading organizations in early childhood care and education.

Kristen Johnson, Senior Director, Accreditation of Early Learning Programs at NAEYC and Meghann Hickey, Quality Improvement Specialist at NAEYC joined Richard Peterson, Vice President of Education at Kiddie Academy, Heather Schorah, Director of Education Quality at Kiddie Academy and Treena Richardson, Franchise Business Consultant for Kiddie Academy of Gaithersburg, to deliver the exciting news in person.

“NAEYC-Accredited programs bring our definitions of excellence for early childhood education to life each day,” said Kristen Johnson, senior director of Early Learning Program Accreditation at NAEYC. “Earning NAEYC Accreditation makes Kiddie Academy of Gaithersburg an exemplar of good practice for families and the entire community.”

For more information about the Kiddie Academy of Gaithersburg or its national accreditation, please contact Director, Stephanie Bradshaw or Angela Cirincione at 301-978-7468 or


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