With the Cat in the Hat and other storybook characters, Kiddie Academy, a Pre-K, and Kindergarten childcare center in East Pasadena, welcomed dozens of members of the community for a “story time” Saturday.
According to School Director Christine Jennings, the event was the first open-to-the-public event at the school in more than 18 months, since the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic.
“With the pandemic and everything that has been going on, we haven’t had a chance to say hello in a while, and this is our chance to do that,” she said Saturday. “It’s a chance to reconnect with the community.”
The event was free and open to the public with pre-registration, said Jennings. She also emphasized that all necessary COVID-19 precautions were being taken, from taking temperatures at the door to wearing masks indoors.
According to Jennings, while Saturday’s event was the first public one, the school has been providing education for its students throughout the pandemic with a combination of onsite learning, and using the small school campus as a base for children’s regularly scheduled Zoom learning at other schools.
“With some parents still needing to go to work, and unable to stay home,” said Jennings,” we’ve been able to safely provide work stations for children who need a place to do that.”
According to their website, Kiddie Academy Educational Child Care is a franchise system of early learning centers for children from six weeks to six years old, with a play-based curriculum. There are over 250 franchised academies in 30 states and the District of Columbia.