Peterson completed a comprehensive program in franchise management offered by the Institute, which is the academic branch of the International Franchise Association’s Educational Foundation. IFA is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide.
Candidates are required to complete a rigorous course of study to earn the CFE designation, which includes attending Institute-sponsored educational seminars and workshops. The program enhances franchising professionals’ understanding of both the industry’s fundamental and complex aspects.
“We’re very pleased to have another member of Kiddie Academy’s management team earn the respected Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) designation. In both his professional and personal life, Richard has a commitment to lifelong learning and we applaud his ongoing pursuit of knowledge in the franchising industry as part of his education,” said Kiddie Academy president, Gregory Helwig.
In addition to serving as Kiddie Academy’s vice president of education since 2013, Richard Peterson has more than 20 years of experience working with parents and students in a wide variety of educational settings. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Biological Science from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Certificate in Franchise Management from Georgetown University, Washington DC.
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 school and 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.
Kiddie Academy Domestic Franchising is based in Maryland and has over 114 academies in 24 states, including four company-owned locations. Approximately 30 additional academies are in development, with 15 to 20 new locations slated to open each year.
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