SOURCE: Kiddie Academy International

August 04, 2011 12:22 ET

Kiddie Academy Locations Nationwide Host 4,000 Children at "Storytime LIVE!"

A Guest Appearance by Story Characters Delighted Children

BALTIMORE, MD--(Marketwire - Aug 4, 2011) - On Saturday, July 30, Kiddie Academy locations nationwide hosted Storytime LIVE! where children and their parents enjoyed a story and then met the story's lead character. One of four popular story book characters appeared at more than 90 locations in 24 states. Children met Clifford, Curious George, Pancake Pig and Cookie Mouse.

"We enjoyed meeting new friends and hosting current students on Saturday," said Claire Haas, vice president of education for Kiddie Academy, an educationally focused child care provider. "Parents spent quality time with their children in a classroom setting and the children spent time with their peers -- everyone had a terrific time!"

The event was free and open to everyone. Photos can be found on our Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/KiddieAcademy

"Reading together is an important part of preparing for school and for life," says Haas. "When the main character of the book 'jumps off' the pages and into the classroom, it helps to make reading an enjoyable and exciting experience for early readers -- and that helps to build a foundation for success in school and a lifetime love of learning."

For more information about Kiddie Academy, please visit www.kiddieacademy.com.

About Kiddie Academy®
For more than 30 years, 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, 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 child care. Kiddie Academy is an official partner of the nonprofit organization, First Book, and is dedicated to supporting children's literacy. For more information, visit www.kiddieacademy.com.

About Kiddie Academy® Franchising
Kiddie Academy Domestic Franchising is based in Maryland and has over 90 academies located in 24 states, including four company-owned locations. Approximately 70 additional academies are in development, with 15 to 20 new locations slated to open each year. For more information, visit www.kiddieacademyfranchising.com.