Cultivating that inner amazing:
it’s what sparks us and the children in our care

Kiddie Academy Corporate Headquarters in Abingdon, MD (2015)

Kiddie Academy Corporate Office in Abingdon, MD

Our values, plans and goals for the future are all focused on one thing: fostering what’s possible in every child. Intellectual, emotional and physical development happens all day, every day here, in and out of the classroom. It’s how we nurture healthy confidence and big ideas. It’s how we’ve formed so many connections with parents and families—growing from a single day care center in 1981 to an industry-leading presence in educational child care.

Our Life Essentials® curriculum grows along with the lives of our children, families and communities. The highly respected educators and thought leaders on our Curriculum Advisory Board make sure of it.

Learn more about our Life Essentials curriculum

A team that leads and guides passionately

As a Kiddie Academy franchise owner, you’ll discover that our leadership and development team is here to help. We’re as passionate about nurturing every ounce of imagination from each child as you are. It’s how we support the health and growth of every Kiddie Academy franchise. Get to know us and what drives us.

Meet the team that supports the efforts of all of our franchisees

A History of What’s Possible

How we’ve grown and developed

  • 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.

  • 1983

    We move into the first Corporate office and open our second Academy in Baltimore County.

  • 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.

  • 1992

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

  • 1994

    Kiddie Academy adds full-time infant and toddler care to meet growing demand from parents seeking trustworthy support.

  • 2001

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

  • 2007

    Outgrowing the second office built in 1991, Kiddie Academy Corporate relocates to its current space. We’re expanding with purpose: scaling our infrastructure to match the growing success of our franchise system. Our growth is also fueled by exceeding education-based child care standards. For example, we earned accreditation by the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA), which merges with AdvancED in 2008.

  • 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.

  • 2009

    Kiddie Academy reaches an exciting milestone with the opening of our 100th franchised location.

  • 2013

    An increasing number of franchisees become multi-unit owners, providing further validation for the strength of our brand within communities across the country. Currently, 45% of our franchisees are multi-unit operators, and that number is growing.


  • 2016

    We’re listed in Entrepreneur’s Top 500 Brands for the fifteenth consecutive year.