Owners Erica and Curtis Singleton recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house at the new Smarty Pants Academy, 204 Georges Alley at North Street in Smyrna, just east of U.S. Route 13, near KFC. The academy is located in the former Telamon Kent County Head Start building.

The owners of the new Smarty Pants Academy daycare and preschool in Smyrna run after-school centers and a summer camp, but they didn’t think about opening a daycare center until something they experienced this year.

“We were calling around to find a daycare for our infant daughter and we kept getting put on waiting lists,” said Erica Singleton. “That’s when we knew there was a need for another daycare in Smyrna.”

Erica and her husband Curtis Singleton held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 18 at Smarty Pants Academy, at 204 Georges Alley at North Street in Smyrna, just east of U.S. Route 13, near KFC. The academy is located in the former Telamon Kent County Head Start building.

“We are already in the children’s care business, so we decided to start a daycare here in Smyrna,” said Curtis. “This building was the perfect spot.”

The Singletons own the “Change 4 a Dollar” after-school centers and summer camp in the Philadelphia area. They recently moved to Smyrna and are raising their three children here.

The Singletons said they put a lot of work into decorating the building with a jungle theme and lots of animal designs they think will appeal to children.

“I have to credit Pinterest,” said Erica. “It was such a big help as I was putting together my ideas. I wanted to pick designs that will catch children’s eyes so they’ll enjoy being here.”

The director of the academy is Ginger Bynam, and the head teacher for pre-kindergarten is Loraine Woods.

“We’re so excited to be able to help kids learn and develop in a positive manner so they’re ready for school,” said Woods, who is a licensed teacher with 12 years of experience.

Smarty Pants is enrolling children, infants to preschoolers.

For information, call (302) 715-2040, see the website www.smartypantsrocks.com or email Curtis@SmartyPantsRocks.com or Erica@SmartyPantsRocks.com.