Our Difference

The Kiddie Academy difference.

We realize that there are many childcare and daycare options available. Only Kiddie Academy provides the kind of care that focuses on days filled with learning and fun, the key ingredients of our Life Essentials® curriculum. We are also a nationally networked franchise, which ensures strict standards and a consistent experience for your child.

Why standards-based learning is important.

Kiddie Academy's proprietary Life Essentials curriculum focuses on social and emotional character education, and physical and cognitive outcomes which are aligned with state preschool learning standards. These standards are based on skills, knowledge and abilities that children achieve through developmentally appropriate activities and experiences.

The Life Essentials curriculum meets or exceeds the requirements of each state.

Life Essentials®

Every experience is an opportunity to learn. Life Essentials is an overarching philosophy that includes our programs and techniques. From family style dining to character education, our developmentally appropriate curriculum gives your child a full day of learning no matter what he or she is doing. Some of the best learning happens without your child knowing it.

The Four Pillars of Life Essentials:

Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum

The difference of six months between adults may not seem significant, but in childhood development that can be the equivalent of a lifetime. Our standards-based curriculum is designed to suit each stage of child development, from infancy to preschool, and up to the age of 12.

Health & Fitness

Learning and encouraging health and fitness at a young age is a gift that lasts a lifetime. Good physical health is a critical component of brain development. We provide nutritious meals and ample playground time for physical activities.

Technology Education

We take advantage of the latest learning software and technology to make learning engaging and fun. Not only do children learn age-appropriate basic developmental skills, they learn computer literacy—a skill as essential as reading and writing.

Character Education

It's never too early for kids to learn the values that will help them to develop into good citizens, which is why character education is part of our Life Essentials curriculum.  Life Essentials is the key to turning moments of interaction into moments of learning. From the playground to the classroom, we take advantage of every opportunity for children to learn values such as:

  • respect
  • friendship
  • sharing
  • kindness
  • manners, and more.

There's a reason parents choose us. Well… actually several reasons:


Life Essentials®:

Our core philosophy that empowers children to make great choices by giving them the opportunity.

We encourage children to explore and progress at their own pace, in their own style. When your child learns and plays in this manner, he or she is empowered to learn and grow socially, physically, emotionally and intellectually. This is the beauty of including character education as part of our standards-based learning curriculum. 


Our Teachers:

Highly trained, extremely attentive and enormously admired.

The continuous training we provide for our staff—always meets and often exceeds the standard for childcare services. We require staff to participate in ongoing professional development programs to ensure their mastery of our standards-based curriculum, character education and early childhood education skills.


Our Commitment to Safety:

We never stop thinking about your child's safety, so you don't have to think twice about it.

From background checks for every employee to passcode secured entries and much more, your child's safety is our number one priority.

We make choosing the best environment for your child an easy choice.

We realize the tremendous level of trust you place in a childcare provider. You want your child to thrive in an environment that 's as clean, safe and nurturing as your home. Kiddie Academy sets the standards for safety, education and trust.

Still Undecided on Your Childcare Options?

Put our more than 30 years of experience to work with our Childcare Checklist. We have included all of the criteria, considerations and even concerns you may have about selecting a child care facility to help you determine if a particular program or location is right for your family.

At Kiddie Academy, we have given all of these aspects of child care a great deal of thought. The development of our Life Essentials curriculum, character education standards and security measures were all influenced by a parents perspective,

Quality Childcare Checklist

Child’s Experience

  • What is the background and training of teachers and staff?
  • What is the teacher to child ratio?
  • Is the educational philosophy one that will fit with your child?
  • Does the curriculum balance education and play appropriately?
  • What is the amount of time spent outdoors?
  • Is a significant amount of the day dedicated to physical fitness?
  • How are nutritious meals and snacks incorporated into your child's everyday routine?

Equipment and Supplies

  • Has the child/day care center provided state-of-the-art, developmentally appropriate educational tools and aids?
  • Does playground equipment meet federal and safety standards?
  • Have learning aids and furniture been designed for maximum comfort and learning?
  • Are detailed inspections and evaluations of the day care facility performed before any piece of equipment is brought onto the premises?


  • Does the daycare center appear exceptionally clean, both inside and outside?
  • Are there established guidelines for sanitizing the diapering stations, bathrooms, kitchens, toys and tables?
  • Is there a janitorial service hired to thoroughly sanitize and cleanse the entire facility on a regular basis?
  • When you walk around the daycare center does it smell fresh and clean?

Parent Partnership

  • How involved do you feel you will be with your child's experience at the daycare center?
  • What kind of constant communication does the center promise?
  • How open are the teachers and staff about talking with you?
  • Are they willing to share information about your child's activities daily?

Health and Safety Features

  • Do all entries and exits provide secure/controlled access?
  • Are there established fire alarms/security systems/evacuation procedures posted?
  • Is there stable fencing surrounding the entire facility?
  • Does the daycare center have security cameras and/or webcams?
  • Is there a well-established health and safety program?
  • Is a health check performed every morning by each child's teacher to look for signs and symptoms of illness?
  • Have all staff members and teachers had background checks?
  • Are door safety protection devices installed on all doors?

Floor Plan

  • Does the daycare center layout allow for constant sight and sound contact with your child?
  • Is the childcare classroom configuration one that promotes safe learning and encourages creativity?