Children of America Educational Childcare & Academy to Hold Annual Leadership Summit April 19-21 in Tysons Corner, Va.

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Weekend will bring together Children of America directors, managers and other industry executives as officials meet to celebrate the company’s growth and strategize 2013’s rapid expansion plans.

Thad-Pryor

Children of America CEO Thad Pryor reads to children at a Children of America Educational Childcare & Academy in Chicago.

While we have experienced many accomplishments, especially over the past year, by far the most important is the growth of our dedicated staff.

This weekend, Children of America Educational Childcare & Academy will hold its annual Leadership Summit at the Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner in Tysons Corner, Va. Among the distinguished speakers scheduled to address the group is Vicki Hitzges, whom after beginning her communications career in the front office of the Dallas Cowboys, went on to host the football team’s television program, “Special Edition.”

“Having worked in communications all her life, Vicki knows the value of telling stories and involving her audience,” said Thad Pryor, CEO and founder of Children of America. “I am excited to have her as this year’s guest speaker. As a certified speaking professional, we can all learn much from Vicki’s common-sense approach to the use of humor and other important elements of communications.”

This year’s Leadership Summit will bring together Children of America managers, directors and other high-level industry executives for a weekend focused on teamwork, promotion and how best to move the rapidly growing company into the future. Children of America Educational Childcare & Academy operates child care centers and after-school programs in about a dozen states.

“We expect to have more than 70 schools by the end of 2013,” Pryor said.

In the late 1990s, Children of America had one facility in Woodbridge, Virginia.

“While we have experienced many accomplishments, especially over the past year, by far the most important is the growth of our dedicated staff,” Pryor said. “With such a powerful team of talented professionals, we are only limited by the limitations we place upon ourselves.”

Pryor called out a few of Children of America’s most significant developments of the past 12 months:

  •     Launched Children of America’s Mind & Body Matters program, which stresses the importance of reading, nutrition and maintaining an active lifestyle
  •     Hired a registered dietician and started a nutrition blog
  •     Created a fitness program for all age groups
  •     Opened child care centers in new territories

Others scheduled to speak at this year’s Leadership Summit include: Children of America President Jim Perretty, Vicki Folds, vice president of education for Children of America, and Lynne D’Andrea, who supervises Children of America’s marketing and branding efforts.
The Leadership Summit is scheduled April 19-21.

About Children of America Educational Childcare & Academy

Founded in 1997, Florida-based Children of America is a leading provider of high-quality child care and after-school programs. With about 1,500 employees, the firm operates nearly 60 schools in Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. With the opening of several new schools within the next year, the company will have a staff of about 2,000 employees. An industry pioneer, Children of America's programs are developed to accommodate key age ranges and include innovative teaching methods such as "Tray Tasking," a learning tool proven to promote early reading and writing skills. Children of America is a subsidiary of World Wide Child Care Corp. Visit http://childrenofamerica.com/ for more information.

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