Early childcare and education franchise Kiddie Academy sold its first franchise agreement in 1993 and has since grown to more than 260 locations. Now, the brand has created a new role—health and wellness adviser—and appointed Dr. Jason Goldstein, who is a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics.
“While I have experience as a health practitioner specializing in pediatrics, as well as advising in the health space for several schools and hospitals, Kiddie Academy offers a unique opportunity to explore health and wellness beyond the exam room,” Goldstein said. “The brand is an innovative organization that explores all aspects of health and wellness for children and families. In this way, I am inspired to think beyond traditional approaches, particularly as we work to navigate this global pandemic.
Having specialized in pediatrics and served as a health adviser for several schools and hospitals, Goldstein will help strengthen Kiddie Academy’s company operations and develop new health-focused systems for the brand. Thus far, Goldstein has advised on health and safety protocols to address COVID-19, including preventative, protective, and corrective measures. Goldstein will also educate the Kiddie Academy team on pediatric medicine developments to help inform their early childhood education programs
“During this very pivotal time, I am honored to be lending my knowledge to the Kiddie Academy team. The challenge that comes with bringing my expertise to a new industry not only makes me better at what I do, but it is something that inspires me in the way of widening the scope of people I can help,” Goldstein said. “I also appreciate the fact that Kiddie Academy is a Maryland-based business, as I’ve spent the better part of my career in the area.”
Goldstein graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2001 and completed his residency in pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he sits on faculty in the pediatrics department.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a lot of worry in our country, and Dr. Goldstein’s expertise in pediatric health will inform our efforts to alleviate parents’ concerns about sending their children back into the classroom, as well as easing back into social settings overall,” said Greg Helwig, CEO of Kiddie Academy.
“I think for the Kiddie Academy team, this partnership is evidence of their consistent commitment to providing the best possible care and experiences for their families,” Goldstein added.