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New Kiddie Academy of Mercer Crossing celebrates Earth Day in environmentally friendly facility


'Green design' defines Dallas-Fort Worth child care experience

DALLAS, April 18, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Kiddie Academy of Mercer Crossing, the newest Dallas-Fort Worth location of nationally recognized Kiddie Academy® Educational Child Care, is celebrating Earth Day with a special lesson plan for its children set in an intentionally Earth-friendly environment. The facility is the brainchild of co-owner and architect Samina Hooda, who employed "green design" philosophy to create an environmentally friendly child care experience.

"Our purpose in building Kiddie Academy of Mercer Crossing was twofold: One, to provide our proprietary Life Essentials® curriculum which focuses on nurturing children's cognitive and social-emotional development. Second, to design the architecture that enhances the well-being of families and offers care for our environment," said Hooda, who owns and operates the facility with her husband Sean and business partners Nimira and Ali Gowani.

Green architecture incorporates custom approaches to energy efficiency, such as natural lighting and solar panels, both key elements of Kiddie Academy of Mercer Crossing. The building features a two-story sunlit atrium with skylights as well as large windows throughout the 12,000 square-foot space. The eco-friendly child care facility, which held its ribbon-cutting event on March 21, uses a ZONO Machine to disinfect and sanitize toys and equipment with ozone rather than harsh chemicals. The facade of the building is made of carbon-negative Stonecoat materials.

Hooda envisions a dedicated outdoor learning center with a butterfly garden and a greenhouse, where children can grow vegetables and native plants. Plans are already underway to bring her vision to life at Kiddie Academy of Mercer Crossing, which is licensed to serve up to 240 children ages 6 weeks to 6 years old.

"A well-designed building can immerse you in nature and let you experience the power of it," said Hooda. "Our children are the future and need to interact with the outdoors to understand their role in the world."

For more information, visit kiddieacademy.com/academies/mercer-crossing/.

About Kiddie Academy®
Since its inception in 1981, the Kiddie Academy system has been recognized as a leading brand in educational child care. The company serves families and their children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old, offering full- and part-time care, before- and after-school care, and summer camp programs, through the Kiddie Academy system. Kiddie Academy's proprietary Life Essentials® Curriculum, supporting programs, methods, activities, and techniques help prepare children for life. The company's philanthropic efforts, including support of national nonprofit Family Promise, take character education lessons learned in the classroom beyond Academy walls. Kiddie Academy Domestic Franchising, LLC has also received corporate accreditation from the globally recognized Cognia accreditation system, signifying its commitment to quality education and the highest standards in child care. For more information, visit kiddieacademy.com or find Kiddie Academy on Facebook at Facebook.com/KiddieAcademy.

About Kiddie Academy Domestic Franchising, LLC
Kiddie Academy Domestic Franchising, LLC is based in Maryland. There are currently more than 320 open Academies in the Kiddie Academy system, located in 36 states and the District of Columbia, serving more than 38,000 children. Each franchised location in the Kiddie Academy system is an independently owned and operated business. For more information, visit franchising.kiddieacademy.com.

Media Contact:
Taylor Castillejo, APR
Tombras
[email protected]
865.257.0026

SOURCE Kiddie Academy


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