James Ihedigbo was an undrafted Free Agent in the NFL in 2007 out of the University of Massacusetts. He is a 9 year NFL Veteran leader and Super Bowl Champion. Ihedigbo has played with the New York Jets, New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens and the Detroit Lions throughout his career. James launched his own foundation, Hope Africa USA in 2009 which helps students of African Decent receive educational scholarships, college prep courses and assistance to ensure all students get the best possible help and guidance along their college journey. Ihedigbo has attend the NFL Broadcast Boot camp and has been active in the media across the country giving his NFL insight to the game on and off the field. James’ focus is teaching and educating others about leadership, teamwork and how to be successful in not only the workplace but in life overall. James is married to Brittany and has a daughter, Grace, they reside in Houston, Texas.
Leading Educational Child Care Company Ramps up Staff for Continued Growth as it Approaches 200 Open Locations
Kiddie Academy®, a nationally recognized provider of comprehensive educational child care programs, today announced nine new hires and seven promotions to its corporate team including two new appointments to its executive leadership team. Coming off the company’s most successful growth year, the expansion and evolution of its corporate team reinforces Kiddie Academy’s position as a top franchise and a leader in the educational childcare industry.
“We’re proud to be growing our corporate team with skilled and passionate employees as we prepare to ramp up for the company’s next stage of growth,” said Kiddie Academy President Greg Helwig. “With 35 new academies slated to open this year, we look forward to tapping into our new team members’ combined expertise to build upon the momentum, as well as continue driving strategic growth and long-term success for the company.”
Kiddie Academy recognizes its new hires and well-deserved promotions in the following departments:
For more information on Kiddie Academy, please visit www.kiddieacademy.com, and 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 has more than 186 academies located in 24 states and the District of Columbia. With 35 more Academies expected to open in 2017, Kiddie Academy’s network will grow to more than 200 open and operating locations next year. For more information, visit www.kiddieacademyfranchise.com.
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This summer, early education child care provider Kiddie Academy® will teach children to discover their inner courage as they learn about Amelia Earhart, Gertrude Ederle, Rosa Parks, and Katherine Switzer – historical pioneers known for their fearlessness when facing enormous personal and political challenges. The lesson is an extension of Kiddie Academy’s ongoing Amazing Starts Here® creative campaign, which highlights strong role models from America’s past to inspire generations of the future. According to Richard Peterson, vice president of education for Kiddie Academy, the latest curriculum is designed to help children understand what “courage” really is, because life’s greatest adventures can happen in a moment of bravery.
“Many people associate courage with a heroic act or a brave deed, but courage isn’t always impressive and powerful. In fact, courage is a virtue that children get to practice daily – when they stand up for themselves or a friend, or do the right thing even when it’s not the easy choice, or reach out to the new kid in class, or try something new,” said Peterson. “In short, courage is inspired by fear; fear of a new situation, person, or task that feels risky or unfamiliar. Children who overcome that fear to reach out and embrace new people and experiences are demonstrating ‘courage,’ and building a cornerstone of a strong, determined character, distinguished by inner strength, integrity, and honesty.”
This summer, Kiddie Academy’s CampVentures® program will inspire children’s imagination through a program of exciting and developmentally appropriate activities, field trips, and special visitors designed to turn summer vacation into a summer of exploration for children ages 2 through 12. With four brave and determined role models as their inspiration, children will be encouraged to try new things, take new risks, meet new friends, and discover that they have the courage to make mistakes as they learn and have fun, according to Peterson.
“Amelia Earhart, Gertrude Ederle, Rosa Parks, and Katherine Switzer each, in her own way, demonstrated extraordinary courage and determination. Earhart challenged both societal norms and the unknown when she became the first woman to pilot a plane solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Gertrude Ederle was the first woman to swim across the English Channel, Rosa Parks’ courageous acts made her an icon of the modern Civil Rights Movement, and Katherine Switzer forged a new path in sports history as the first woman to run the Boston Marathon,” said Peterson. “Introducing children to a variety of role models helps them understand how courage can take many shapes. Our goal is to have each of the children in our care recognize his or her individual capacity for courage so that they can use that self-knowledge to face and overcome challenges in the classroom and in life.”
For more information about why Amazing Starts Here® and the CampVentures® summer program at Kiddie Academy, please visit www.kiddieacademy.com.
Kiddie Academy® Teaches Children How to Care About Others with Inspiration from Florence Nightingale
Education-based child care provider introduces role models from history to teach character values to children today
Kiddie Academy's® latest Amazing Starts Here® campaign introduces young children to compassionate and empathetic historical pioneers like Florence Nightingale, Marie Curie and Elizabeth Blackwell as inspiration for learning kind-hearted values. The current curriculum at the early education child care provider is inspired by these and other iconic role models known for their strong character and pioneering legacies. The goal, according to Richard Peterson, vice president of education for Kiddie Academy, is to help parents raise children who sincerely care about others.
"Nightingale created the foundation for modern nursing and personifies what we want to teach children about how to care about the feelings and wellbeing of other people," said Peterson. "Teaching values like compassion and empathy can be challenging because they are concepts which can't be played with or held. Children learn best when they can touch and manipulate items, so our curriculum concentrates on specific actions children can take that illustrate these concepts. This approach keeps the children learning as they develop their own individual personality and character. Incorporating strong role models like Florence Nightingale into our 'Life Essentials' curriculum helps us communicate the idea of compassion in a tangible way."
Using a variety of activities and daily actions meant to teach children character values like compassion, the curriculum at Kiddie Academy aims to help young children approach classroom challenges, and by extension life, with both sensitivity and understanding as they deal with teachers, classmates, and their siblings and parents. Compassion, cooperation, kindness, and empathy are emotional responses, allowing people to understand and respond with caring concern for the welfare of others, explains Peterson. Research shows that children who possess these social-emotional skills are more likely to do well in school, have stable employment, and be successful later in life.
"Children typically demonstrate an inherent capacity for compassion and kindness, which is apparent in their interactions with family pets, nature, and even other children," said Peterson. "Our curriculum encourages children to cultivate these valuable social skills as a foundation for healthier relationships not only at home but ultimately with their friends, their communities, and their play spaces."
To learn more about Kiddie Academy, visit www.kiddieacademy.com.