Learning, creativity, compassion and character.
That’s what we’ve always been about, and always will be.

Shaping and inspiring children for the future has always been a critical part of the Kiddie Academy vision, and our Life Essentials® curriculum brings it to life. We’re here to care for, educate and encourage your child to do more and be more—not just while they’re with us, but all day, every single day. That’s our difference. That’s why parents like you have trusted us for more than 35 years. That’s why Amazing Starts Here.

We are educators and nurturers.

We believe in discovery. We believe teachable moments can, and do, happen at any time.
We believe amazing exists in all of us, and that it just needs to be given a chance to grow in a place that embraces and encourages it.

“Attending Kiddie Academy as a child served as a foundation for my formal education. It’s exceptionally gratifying to have the opportunity to now work at Kiddie Academy and be part of a community that educates thousands of children every day.”

—Casey R. Miller, Founder’s Grandson

Our Community Then and Now

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    2016

    Our new flagship location in Harford County, MD—Kiddie Academy of Abingdon—opens to serve families and train franchisees. This furthers our efforts to help entrepreneurs reach their own amazing potential as business owners who make an impact on the community.

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    2008

    Our evolving curriculum continues to help children make an amazing impact on the world. We name it Life Essentials® to further distinguish each Academy and to give franchisees a way to better communicate its benefits.

  3. 2007

    Kiddie Academy’s focus on helping children meet their full potential is recognized. We earn accreditation by the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA), which merges with AdvancED in 2008.

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    2001

    Kiddie Academy’s 7,000-page proprietary curriculum receives a U.S. Library of Congress copyright.

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    2000

    Amazing teachable moments extend to the most fun-filled months of the year. We incorporate our summer program (now CampVentures®) into our main curriculum.

  6. 1992

    The first Kiddie Academy franchise opens, meeting an increasing need for educational child care.

  7. 1991

    Kiddie Academy obtains approval from the Federal Trade Commission to franchise The Kiddie Academy system. This is great news for entrepreneurs ready to start a business that makes a positive impact on the community.

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    1981

    As a mother and an educator, co-founder Pauline Miller passionately sought to provide better child care options. Her vision created an experience that went beyond typical child care, inspiring the possibilities in each child for his or her future. She developed the first version of Kiddie Academy’s proprietary curriculum with the opening of our first location in Baltimore County, Maryland.

Meet Our Education Team

  • Beth Rogowsky
  • Pat Scully, PhD
  • Dr. Ocie Watson-Thompson
  • Stacey Brown
  • Jennifer Fernandez
  • Sandra_Graham
  • Richard Peterson
  • H schorah
  • Karen Thomas
  • Renee Thompson
  • 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, 6th 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.

    Stacey Brown

    Licensing Education Specialist

    Stacy holds a BS Degree in Human Development and Learning with an emphasis in Education from Lynchburg College.

    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.

    Heather Schorah

    Director of Education Quality

    Prior to joining Kiddie Academy, Heather worked in the early childhood field as a teacher, center director, team leader and trainer for over fourteen years. She holds a BA in Early Childhood Development and Education from the University of Delaware, with a minor in Elementary Education.

    Karen Thomas

    Curriculum Specialist/Project Manager

    Karen has almost 30 years of experience in childhood education field. Karen holds a BS in Early Childhood /Elementary Education from Furman University.

    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.