Making the most of every learning opportunity.

Your child’s curiosity and imagination are always on the move, searching for and expanding on every learning opportunity—from morning to bedtime. Life Essentials ® inspires teachable moments, while our caring teachers guide every aspect of your child’s day.

The lessons learned from our Life Essentials curriculum will inspire your child long after graduating from Kiddie Academy.



Each Kiddie Academy is held to the highest standards of care and education. Our independently owned and operated Academies are encouraged to secure accreditation from one or more nationally recognized organizations. Read More

School Readiness

Being “school ready” requires more than academic skills. It encompasses an entire range of physical, emotional and cognitive skills that children need to thrive in a school setting. Read More

Our Programs & Curriculum

Please, check with your local academy to confirm programs offered at their location. Not all Kiddie Academy locations serve all age groups.

Meet Our Education Team

  • Dr. Beth Rogowsky

    Curriculum Advisory Board Member

    Beth Rogowsky, Ed.D. has 14 years of teaching experience in both rural and urban public schools. In 2013, Dr. Rogowsky completed postdoctoral training at the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at Rutgers University where her research focused on improving the language and literacy skills of learners from birth to adulthood. Being a postdoctoral fellow in a neuroscience research center linked Dr. Rogowsky’s previous teaching experience with the science of how the brain learns. Currently, Dr. Rogowsky is an Assistant Professor at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in the College of Education.

    Dr. Patricia Scully

    Curriculum Advisory Board Member

    Pat Scully, Ph.D., is an associate professor of education and the coordinator of the Early Childhood Education Program at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County where she teaches courses in literacy development and curriculum. Dr. Scully received her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Maryland College Park, and has more than 35 years of experience as an early childhood educator of children from 2 to 12 years old. Her first-hand experience directing a child care center helped her establish a training and professional development institute for teachers working in a variety of early childhood settings. Dr. Scully has authored several publications focusing on topics of early childhood curriculum, teacher and child stress, and community building in early childhood classrooms including the textbook, Families, Schools, and Communities: Building Partnerships for Educating Children, 7th Edition.

    Dr. Ocie Watson-Thompson

    Curriculum Advisory Board Member

    Ocie Watson-Thompson is Professor and Chairperson for the Department of Early Childhood Education at Towson University. Her graduate degree and undergraduate degree were earned at the University of Alabama in the areas of Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education and Special Education with a concentration in Language and Literacy. She has over thirty years of experience as a teacher and teacher educator. Developmentally appropriate practices, cultural inclusive instruction for young children and quality preparation of teachers/practitioners have been the focus of her scholarly work. Dr. Watson-Thompson continues to teach, supervise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students as they deliver effective instruction and learning experiences in diverse and culturally inclusive environments.

    Sheena Robertson

    Director of Education Quality

    Sheena Robertson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Psychology from Bowie State University. She has been in Early Childhood Education for over 12 years, taking on many different roles, including Director. Her passion is in training and leading a team to success.

    Jennifer Fernandez

    Early Learning Project Manager & Training

    Jennifer comes to us from the Y of Central Maryland where she was the Center Director with a focus on their Head Start Program. Jennifer earned her BS from Towson University.

    Sandra Graham

    Director of Training

    Sandra earned her Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology, with a minor in Elementary Education, from Our Lady of the Lake University. She is also a Certified Maryland State Department of Education Trainer.

    Richard Peterson, CFE

    Vice President of Education

    Prior to joining Kiddie Academy, Richard lead education and operations for the Eastern division of an employer-sponsored child care company and spent more than 20 years in multi-site management in educational settings. Richard holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Maryland.

    Renee Thompson

    Director of Curriculum

    Renee holds a B.S. degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Towson University. She has over 17 years of experience in the field of education as a Pre-K and Kindergarten teacher, preschool center director and curriculum specialist.

    Dr. Scott Andersen

    Curriculum Advisory Board Member

    Dr. Andersen has over 25 years of experience in the field of education that includes teaching, being a principal and leading a region of preschools in the Southeastern United States. He is currently with Pearson leading a team of educators developing virtual learning partnerships with school districts across 11 states. He has served as a Superintendent of Schools in three districts and as a high school principal, teacher and software developer. Dr. Andersen has been recognized as a Leader for Learning by AASA – the School Superintendent’s Association – and is a two-time recipient of the Magna Award by the National School Boards Association. He is a founding member and former Board President for the ABLE school, designed using effective non-traditional, project-based learning to provide hope to students who fall through the cracks of a traditional classroom. Dr. Andersen holds a B.S. in Computer Science, an M.S. in Educational Technology, and an Ed.S. and Ed. D. in Educational Leadership.