ABINGDON, Md., Dec. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Baltimore-based Kiddie Academy®, a nationally recognized provider of educational child care, announced the opening of its 200th location—in Vancouver, Washington—this month. Founded in 1981 with a single location in Baltimore County, the rapidly expanding family-owned business grew more than 22 percent in 2017—launching 36 new Academies and adding 20 new company hires.
Kiddie Academy has grown to serve nearly 23,000 children in 27 states, including the District of Columbia. Its proprietary educational curriculum, Life Essentials®, was designed to help prepare children for success in both school and life.
The opening of the 200th Academy marks 25 years of successful growth for Kiddie Academy. Michael J. Miller, executive chairman of Kiddie Academy, notes the company expects to open an additional 40 franchised locations by the end of 2018 across the U.S., including expansion into three new states. He also anticipates more multi-unit franchise owners than ever before.
Recently, the company was named 2017's fastest growing educational childcare franchise by the leading franchise trade publication, Franchise Times, and has consistently climbed Entrepreneur's Franchise 500 list. Rankings are based on franchise systems' fiscal strength, stability and development, further solidifying Kiddie Academy's reputation as an industry leader in both franchising and educational childcare.
According to industry veteran Greg Helwig, president of Kiddie Academy, "2017 has been the largest growth year to date. Families all over the country are looking for quality childcare options that go above and beyond to engage their children mentally, physically and socially. That is the level of care we offer to our students. We look forward to our role in positively shaping the lives of children, families and communities across the nation in 2018 and beyond."
To celebrate the 200th academy opening, students in every Kiddie Academy across the country are participating in a month-long celebration of events, sharing gifts, activities and a photo contest. For more information on Kiddie Academy, please visit www.kiddieacademy.com. To learn more about franchising opportunities with the organization, visit www.kiddieacademyfranchising.com.
About Kiddie Academy®
Since 1981, Kiddie Academy® has been a leader in education-based child care. The company serves families and their children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old, offering full time care, kindergarten, before- and after-school care and summer camp programs. Kiddie Academy's proprietary Life Essentials® curriculum, supporting programs, methods, activities and techniques help prepare children for school and for life. Kiddie Academy is using the globally recognized AdvancED® accreditation system, signifying its commitment to quality education and the highest standards in childcare. For more information, visit www.kiddieacademy.com.
About Kiddie Academy® Franchising
Kiddie Academy Domestic Franchising is based in Maryland and operates 200 academies in 27 states, including the District of Columbia. With more Academies expected to open in 2018, Kiddie Academy's network will grow to more than 240 open and operating locations next year. For more information, visit www.kiddieacademyfranchise.com.
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