About Us

At Braithburn Academy your family will experience all of the benefits of a larger center, with the warm, family feel of a smaller center. Our long term, mature, professional staff are well trained. Their continuing education assures that they are current in the best early childhood education practices. Each day we provide a learning environment where children are safe, comfortable and happy. We offer extras such as field trips, library bus, guest speakers and more.

Why choose our center?

At Braithburn Academy children receive excellent childcare as well as kindergarten readiness skills. School age children enjoy a comfortable, safe and fun environment to spend time with friends, play games, get homework done, create art, play outside and enjoy down time.

We are a smaller center and all staff get to know each child individually. We have a cozy, family like atmosphere. Yet we are large enough to offer extras such as field trips, library bus, guest speakers and pony pictures. Also, your child will be in a classroom with specific age group and a developmentally appropriate curriculum and schedule.

Our Teachers

We hire staff who have experience, a positive attitude and who love working with young children. We maintain a positive work environment to help maintain our low turn over. Smiles and hugs are a big part of each day.

Teachers nurture children's self esteem, while encouraging them to explore the wonder of our world. Staff meet children's health and safety needs, teach an age appropriate curriculum and guide children in self help and social skills.

Our Owner

Shannon Burkhalter has owned Braithburn Academy since 2000. She has a BA in Early Childhood Education, with a minor in Business Administration. She has worked in the industry professionally for 34 years as a teacher, program supervisor, director and as a district manager overseeing 7 centers. She has worked with children ages 2 months through 15 years old in a variety of businesses, including non-profit, for profit, hospital, elementary schools and commercial centers.

Shannon thoroughly enjoys working with young children. Every day is a chance to see them learn and grow. Her philosophy is to teach children a love of learning. Her goal is for children to love school and to be set up for future success.