Joseph R. Martin is Acclaim Academy’s founder. He was born and raised in Philadelphia and is an active member of the community. He is a graduate of Hampton University and obtained his master’s of business administration (MBA) degree from the Pennsylvania State University. He has worked in the field of marketing for corporations while developing the concept of a high-quality early learning center for his hometown.
Mr. Martin places a premium on education, believing that children benefit from being in a mentally stimulating and nurturing environment. He believes that infants, toddlers, and children have an optimal chance for academic success when exposed to learning settings early. Additionally, he believes that the successful development of children at the center requires an ongoing partnership between families and the center’s educational providers.
Mr. Martin observed that suburban, affluent communities often have the type of progressive, early childhood learning centers that were missing in the city. He is now pleased to provide the most creative and enlightened early education practices to the city he loves.
Ms. Kia Douglass VP Operations and serves as our center Director. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Livingstone College and has over sixteen years of experience in early childhood education and management. Prior to her work with Acclaim Academy, she was a director of a child care center in the Germantown area for four years where she was responsible for maintaining requirements for licensure. She then worked for a national child care franchise where she succeeded in meeting licensing requirements and obtaining state licensing for new centers in 17 states for three years.
Ms.Douglass enjoys using her skills and experience to create the finest and most innovative early education learning center in Philadelphia. She has worked with many centers, and now she is able to combine the best practices into one place.
Ms.Douglass is responsible for the daily management of Acclaim Academy, the care and education of the students, and the supervision of the staff. She oversees the daily curriculum implementation and develops enrichment activities with the team.
Ms. Douglass believes that the most important mission of Acclaim Academy is to enhance the learning ability of all children while providing loving care and nurturance.