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Kiddie Academy 2018

by Amy Nichol Smith

Featured Photo from Kiddie Academy 2018

There are several good reasons why so many local parents trust the early education of their children to Longwood’s Kiddie Academy. Of course, there’s the significant academic jump-start that Kiddie Academy students receive. There are the fun activities and caring staff, too, and the social and emotional boost the children enjoy. Then, there’s the future-ready focus on STEM learning that really sets Kiddie Academy apart.

The STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) have become a huge emphasis in K-12 education, and Kiddie Academy is doing its part to pair STEM with entertaining activities to help its students enter school one step ahead.

Ted and Hilda Cockram, who own and operate Kiddie Academy in Longwood, know how important it is to introduce technology to children the right way.

“Our job is to prepare children for when they go into public school,” Hilda says. “We know the public schools are integrating technology, and if students aren’t exposed to technology until they start kindergarten, then they’re at a disadvantage.”

Educators at Kiddie Academy are constantly using new methods and activities to appropriately introduce children to tech. The Kiddie Academy curriculum is updated every year, which is vital when it comes to technology and STEM. 

“We have a team of educators who refresh the curriculum every year so that we stay on trends,” Ted explains. “If we never refreshed it, we’d still be talking about the technology of CD players.”

During Kiddie Academy’s open house events, parents get a chance to see firsthand why the school often keeps a waiting list for its summer camps, and why Kiddie Academy is a favorite during the school year. The Longwood location is the only early learning academy in 50 miles to feature both APPLE accreditation (Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment) and NAEYC accreditation (National Association for the Education of Young Children).

“Accreditation was a rigorous process,” Ted says. “But it makes all the difference.”

Storytime Live is coming up, and it’s one of the most popular events Kiddie Academy offers for parents and children. Everyone’s favorite PBS celebrity Curious George will be there, and the community is invited to this open-house-style event from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 4.

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