Our Story

Providing more than 30 years of childcare expertise.

Since 1981, Kiddie Academy® has provided a better way to care for and educate children and create stronger communities. It's something we're passionate about and why we've been an education-based childcare leader for more than 30 years.

Community Begins Here.®

The way we see it, community goes beyond the walls of our academies. We strive to be the epicenter of learning and connectivity. When talk about community, we refer to the bonds we create between children and families, families and educators, and educators with communities we serve. That's why we say Community Begins Here.®

People and Culture

Parents wouldn't trust just anyone to care for their children. And neither do we. This is why we take extra special care in ensuring that only the most qualified and caring people taking care of your child. Equally important, we strive to create an environment of growth and learning for our people as well.

Our Vision — A community that shapes and inspires children for the future.

Our Mission — Awakening possibilities through Life Essentials®

Our History: Strength, Stability and Vision

The First Academy Opens in Baltimore County, MD; a 5,000 square foot space with a capacity of 86 children. The first version of the proprietary Kiddie Academy® Curriculum launches through the efforts of Co-Founder Pauline Miller.

1981

1983

Kiddie Academy moves into it's first Corporate Office; a 1,200 square foot building. The second Academy opens in Baltimore County, Maryland; a 4,000 square foot freestanding building with a capacity of 64 children.
The third Academy opens in Baltimore County, Maryland; a 5,000 square foot space with a capacity of 100 children.

1984

Michael Miller, son of founders George and Pauline Miller, joins Kiddie Academy

1985

The second updated version of the proprietary Kiddie Academy Curriculum is launched.

1986

The fourth Academy opens in Baltimore County, Maryland; a 7,000 square foot space with a capacity of 120 children.

1988

The fifth Academy opens using the first freestanding prototype building. This 6,500 square foot academy, with a capacity of 100 children, is located in Harford County, Maryland.
During this year, the sixth and seventh Academy open on the same day, each having a capacity of 120 children.

1989

1991

Kiddie Academy Corporate outgrows its current office space and relocates to a second corporate office; a 10,000 square foot office building in Harford County, Maryland. This building was built and designed specifically for the company's needs at the time.
Under the leadership of George Miller, Co-Founder, Kiddie Academy obtains Federal Trade Commission approval to franchise The Kiddie Academy system. During this year, the first versions of operational manuals and training programs are developed.

1992

1993

Kiddie Academy awards the first franchise agreement; the franchisee is located in the state of Maryland.
The first franchised Academy opens in Elkton, Maryland; a 6,000 square foot prototype building with a capacity of 100 children.

1994

1995

During this year, the third version of the proprietary Kiddie Academy Curriculum is launched.
Founders, George and Pauline Miller retire from day-to-day operations, son Michael Miller takes over leadership of the company.

1996

The first Academy franchise opens outside of the state of Maryland.
The second Academy building prototype version opens in Harford County, MD: a 7,200 square foot academy with a capacity of 140 children. This is the first Academy to offer full-time infant and toddler care.

1997

1999

Kiddie Academy launches the first generation of its website. This site features information about our educational child care services as well as information about the Kiddie Academy franchise opportunity.
A new Kiddie Academy proprietary summer program, Camp Adventure is launched and incorporated into Kiddie Academy's main curriculum.

2000

2001

Kiddie Academy's 7,000 page proprietary Curriculum receives Library of Congress copyright.

2003

Kiddie Academy's original website is updated with a new generation of Kiddie Academy website.
The first generation of The Kiddie Academy intranet is launched, enhancing support and communication within the Kiddie Academy community. This comprehensive academy resource is called the Kiddie Academy Reference and Electronic Support system (KARES).

2004

Kiddie Academy celebrates a terrific milestone with our 25th year of providing educational based child care.

2006

2007

Outgrowing the office building built in 1991, Kiddie Academy Corporate relocates to its third Corporate Office. Kiddie Academy launches its third prototype academy design.

Always evolving, Kiddie Academy launches its third generation website, giving parents even more resources.

Kiddie Academy obtains accreditation by The Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA). CITA becomes part of AdvancED in 2008.

2008

The Kiddie Academy proprietary and copyrighted Curriculum version four is launched. This version of The Kiddie Academy Curriculum introduces Life Essentials®, our educational philosophy, curriculum and supporting programs and techniques that help prepare children for life.

During this year, the first academy to utilize the third academy prototype opens in League City, TX with a capacity of 177 children.

The KARES intranet system is completely upgraded with additional on-line tools for the Kiddie Academy community. Kiddie Academy launches an informative video brochure, and television and radio commercials which can be viewed on the website and used in local marketing.

Kiddie Academy celebrates another milestone with the opening of our 100th franchised academy. Kiddie Academy develops a proactive social media presence.

2009

2010

Kiddie Academy airs national television commercial and begins our partnership with the Public Broadcasting System (PBS).

Kiddie Academy increases its brand presence through innovative online marketing campaigns.

eLearning, an educational resources portal, is introduced to academies and families.

Kiddie Academy celebrates 30 Years: Strength, Stability and Vision. Storytime LIVE!, a system-wide literacy event, is held on July 30, 2011

2011

Kiddie Academy launches a mobile accessible website.

2012

Kiddie Academy is Named One of the Hottest 125 Franchises for 2012 Named by Opportunity World Magazine, Kiddie Academy was the only child care franchise to be included in the list.
Kiddie Academy launches a new website.

2013

2014

Kiddie Academy unveils new brand logo.

Meet Our Team

Executive Management




Curriculum Advisory Board