Northvale, New Jersey, located in Bergen County's Northern Valley, and just minutes from Rockland County, New York, has long been a family-focused community. The percentage of Northvale households with children runs higher than the overall state's average and many of these families consist of working parents with young children.

Fortunately for these families, Kiddie Academy, a nationally recognized provider of comprehensive education-based child care programs, has just opened its newest location in Northvale.

"For more than 35 years Kiddie Academy has been successfully combining learning with child care", said Patrick Paul, who, along with his wife, Deepika Jethani, owns Kiddie Academy of Northvale, located at 271 Livingston Street in the Northvale Square shopping center. "Our well-trained, attentive staff assists children in developing the confidence and self-esteem necessary to meet the challenges of tomorrow. Our philosophy at Kiddie Academy is that care and learning go hand in hand," Paul said. "We also believe that it’s extremely important to foster bonds between not only our educators and children, but between educators and parents, academies and the local community."

According to the National Childcare Accreditation Council, children’s learning and development is enhanced when they make choices and guide their own experiences through their individual interests, personalities and skills. Children’s learning occurs through planned and spontaneous experiences, during their participation in daily routines and through their experience of positive modeling by adults and peers. Paul says that’s exactly Kiddie Academy’s focus. "The assortment of activities we have available for the children is endless, which encourages them to learn, play and explore. When children attend Kiddie Academy of Northvale, they will acquire the skills and strength of character that will foster their success."

Kiddie Academy, founded in 1981, began with the idea to combine learning with child care, and a commitment to be a leader in the industry. Kiddie Academy developed a comprehensive education-based child care program for its academies, which are structured to respond to the increasing demand for child care. The Northvale location utilizes the Kiddie Academy Life Essentials® curriculum created to promote each child’s intellectual, social, physical and emotional growth. According to Paul, the programs emphasize continuous, open communication between teachers and parents concerning each child’s development. "We invite children to embark on a journey with Kiddie Academy that wil