When I look back at what we have been able to accomplish, we really are helping families. ... I love knowing that we make a difference in the lives of children."
Delray Beach, Fla. (PRWEB) March 24, 2013
Experiencing rapid growth, Children of America Educational Childcare & Academy has named a new president to oversee expansion of the company throughout the Midwest and eastern United States.
Jim Perretty, who was hired as Children of America’s vice president of finance about 15 years ago, is the first person to be named president of the company. Perretty served as Children of America’s chief operating officer for the past seven years.
“The president slot has never been filled before,” said Thad Pryor, CEO and founder of Children of America Educational Childcare & Academy. “A president is now warranted because of our growth.”
Children of America had one child care center in Woodbridge, Va., when Perretty began working for the company in 1998. Perretty helped oversee the expansion of the company into a child care powerhouse with nearly 60 locations in a dozen states.
“When I look back at what we have been able to accomplish, we really are helping families,” Perretty said. “I love knowing that we make a difference in the lives of children.”
But not just parents benefit from having Children of America facilities in their communities, Perretty explained.
Within the next few months, Children of America Educational Childcare & Academy officials expect to open new facilities in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Together the new centers could provide more than 100 jobs.
“We anticipate having more than 70 schools by the end of 2013,” Perretty said.
According to Pryor, Perretty’s mind for business combined with his “loyalty, honesty and trust,” helped cement his promotion to president.
“[Perretty] is not only a coworker, he is one of my best friends through the working environment,” Pryor said. “It all comes down to having a friendship and partner in the company.”
In his new position, Perretty will guide Children of America’s department heads and executive leadership team.
“The CEO felt that we needed a president to balance out all departments,” Perretty said.
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.