Our Day Care History
Since 1994, Celebree Schools has been caring for and positively impacting the lives of children in Maryland and Delaware. Today, our day care history is taking a big next step to supporting children and their parents in more locations and in more mid-Atlantic states. We can’t wait to meet you!
Celebree School™ Historical Timeline
1994 – Richie Huffman opens his first child care location in Ellicott City, MD. He names the center Enchanted Child Care and employs a staff of 25 people.
1996 – Richie opens his second location in Parkville, MD known as the “Carney” location, representing the neighborhood it serves. This location fills up so quickly, Richie knows he is on to something. He begins to build a team that could support multiple locations.
1997 – Richie expands his footprint into his third and fourth Maryland counties opening 2 new locations in Bel Air and Frederick. He now employs over 100 employees and provides care to over 400 children! A successful model is in place and ready for accelerated growth.
2002 – With 11 locations in operation, Enchanted Child Care is re-branded as Celebree Learning Centers®. The company’s core values to “Protect, Educate & Nurture” are defined.
2006 – Celebree Learning Centers opens its 13th location and is now located in 5 Maryland counties. At this point, the company has 420 employees and provides care to over 1000 children! Celebree has now established their business model around 3 key areas: Talent, Brand, and Operations.
2007 – Celebree opens its first location outside of Maryland, in Bear, Delaware.
2008 – The Celebree team continues to focus on rapid expansion, and opens its 19th location in Hampstead, Maryland. Celebree now has 500 employees and provides care for nearly 1,800 children.
2012 – The Celebree Pasadena infrastructure has really taken shape. A call center has been established on behalf of the Celebree locations. A sales touch point process is established, and CRM tools are enabled. Most importantly, employee development methodologies are beginning to have a big impact on employee satisfaction and the quality of care. At this point, Celebree Learning Centers is caring for over 2,100 children.
2014 – Celebree opens its 23rd location in Lutherville, Maryland, established as a flagship location beneath a new Pasadena headquarters, complete with robust training facilities. A new leadership development program is now helping Celebree to retain and develop top talent. Recognized as an industry leader in quality education, Celebree begins to apply for state accreditation through the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).
2016 – With a 24th location now opened in Germantown, Maryland, Celebree employs nearly 700 people and cares for over 2,600 children! The very first center that opened in 1994, Ellicott City, is the first center to be awarded accreditation through MSDE. Richie also begins to build a franchise offering, which would reproduce the success of his Pasadena center model and allow him to expand the Celebree brand at a more rapid rate.
2018 – Celebree opens its 26th location in Pasadena, Maryland and 6 locations are now fully accredited through MSDE. At this point, it’s clear that a “Learning Center” doesn’t do Celebree justice. Celebree is rebranded to “Celebree School®” and brings the Celebree franchise offering to market.
2019 and beyond – With like-minded professionals plugged into their neighborhoods, we will continue to celebrate the education of children. We will teach them to be confident, so they may grow into self-assured adults.
This is our day care history. This is our village. Join us.