Kiddie Academy® Promotes Generosity for Family Volunteer Day

BALTIMORE, MD - (Marketwired - Nov 18, 2013) - Family Volunteer Day, a day that demonstrates and celebrates the power of families who volunteer together in support of their neighborhoods and communities, is strategically held each year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving to "kick-off" the holiday season with giving and service. It also signals the start of National Family Week. This year Family Volunteer Day takes place on Saturday, November 23.

"Today, families are finding new ways to spend time together-and volunteering is one way to do just that. It can benefit a child's psychological, social and intellectual development through new learning experiences and the development of new skills," says Richard Peterson, vice president of education for Kiddie Academy® Child Care Learning Centers. "Volunteering together as a family provides quality time, strengthens family communication and provides opportunities for family members to be role models and pass on family values to children."

Character education is a critical part of Kiddie Academy's Life Essentials® curriculum. Volunteering supports the character education pillar of Life Essentials by increasing self-esteem, instilling a sense of responsibility, and helping children develop new social skills. It also helps children develop empathy and learn that one person can make a difference. Our program teaches even the youngest students to practice generosity in a developmentally appropriate fashion.

Here are a few tips for nurturing your child's generous spirit during the holidays and throughout the year:

  • Generosity isn't only about donating money -- your time and talents are a great way to share.
  • Demonstrate that generosity should be a year round activity.
  • Read books that highlight the importance of kindness. For example, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister and The Lion and the Mouse by Aesop are three top books with a generous theme. Consider adding them to your home library to reinforce the importance of giving.
  • Point out examples of generosity that you witness in your daily lives.

Kiddie Academy® is a leader in education-based child care, offering full- and part-time care, before- and after-school care and summer camp programs to families and their children. For more information, visit

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, 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 life. Kiddie Academy is using the globally recognized AdvancED accreditation system, signifying its commitment to quality education and the highest standards in child care. For more information, visit

About Kiddie Academy® Franchising

Kiddie Academy International, Inc. is based in Maryland and has nearly 120 academies located in 23 states, including two 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


Jean Miskimon
Public Relations
Kiddie Academy Domestic Franchising
(410) 215-9891


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