Our Philosophy

Our classes are designed to make learning relevant to a child’s world in a fun an innovative way while meeting children at their level. We lay a solid foundation that helps instill a love of learning and is designed to help propel them to future educational successes all while having fun, getting messy and making social emotional connections with friends and caretakers.

We believe learning should be fun, messy and developmentally appropriate. We also know that’s not always easy to do at home.  With almost 40 years of combined educational experience working with young children, we know we can provide an environment that will allow children to reach their greatest potential and have fun while doing so.

"School is tough, but learning shouldn't be. If we lay a solid foundation in a child's early years- before formal education begins- we can help children succeed and more importantly inspire a love of learning."

Peggie Madden Marano

Cofounder & Director of Curious Kids

About the Teachers

Peggie Madden Marano and Kerri Smith have a combined 40 years of experience in Early Childhood Education.

Peggie has a Masters in Administration, Curriculum and Instruction and is an Adjunct Professor at NJCU in the Early Childhood Education Department.

Kerri has a Bachelors in English Literature, Teaching Certification in the State of NJ and owns the Kerri Smith Academy of Irish Dance, with which Peggie assists.