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Each Academy is a little different. Here's what makes us unique:

  • A curriculum that exceeds state standards
  • Nutritious meals and snacks
  • Parent communications portal
  • Safe and secure state-of-the-art facility

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  • Nirali Patel, Center Owner

    My husband, Pinakin Patel, and I are the owners of this center.  We live locally in Howard County and are grateful for...   Read More

    Nirali Patel, Center Owner

    My husband, Pinakin Patel, and I are the owners of this center.  We live locally in Howard County and are grateful for the opportunity to run our own Child Care Learning Center, Kiddie Academy of Elkridge.  We are so excited to be a part of a small community at our center.  Our children are a part of our everyday lives and we make every effort to make them feel comfortable at Kiddie Academy of Elkridge.  Our goal is to make Kiddie Academy of Elkridge a second home for our children, our parents, and our staff.  I am the Managing Member of Kiddie Academy of Elkridge, which means I am responsible for the day-to-day activities of our center.  I have a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Bio-Chemistry from USP, and Philadelphia based university, and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Baltimore, MD.  As the Managing Member, I collaborate with Kiddie Academy corporate and local agencies to identify and meet the childcare needs of families in our community.  My daily activities range from, but not limited to, being a teacher, nurse, friend, psychologist, advisor, trainer, business owner, filing specialist, cook, and interpreter at the center.  I am a very goal oriented and set very high expectations for myself, my children, and my staff.   Pinakin Patel, a veteran Air Force Capitan, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Rutgers University, NJ and a Master of Science (MS) in Management of Information Technology from the University of Virginia, VA.   Pinakin operated the Intelligence Section of Northrop Grumman’s Enterprise Solutions Division with 70 plus personnel that report directly to him.  He took his experience from Northrop and decided to branch out to form his own company.  Pinakin is currently the owner of a growing IT firm, IT Concepts, INC., and manages multiple contracts along with employees and sub-contractors.  We both enjoy what we do because we know that the trust given to us is not given lightly.  Whatever roles we are asked to balance in a particular day are roles that we cherish.  Many times the job is not simple and requires long hours, hard work, patience, and the ability to look at a floor requiring mopping and a classroom put out of order with tremendous amount of cleaning up to do and just laugh and get it done.  We have trusted our children, Ryan & Sanya, with the same staff members that we ask you to and are appreciative of the opportunity.  Both our children are graduates of or our sister  Academy in Elkridge and have thrived throughout school.  They were more than ready for elementary school. 

  • Crystal Chew, Center Director

    Crystal Chew has been working with Kiddie Academy of Arnold since October of 2014. She has worked with children ranging between the...   Read More

    Crystal Chew, Center Director

    Crystal Chew has been working with Kiddie Academy of Arnold since October of 2014. She has worked with children ranging between the ages of 2 years old and 12 years and has also worked in multiple child care settings (daycare, before/after school care). Crystal has been the Director since January of 2019. She graduated from Towson University in 2013 with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and is working towards her Associate's degree in Business. Crystal is also certified in Medication Administration, First Aid & CPR and is Maryland State Credentialed- Level 5.

  • Sheree Trent, Assistant Coordinator

    Sheree Trent, Assistant Coordinator

    Crystal Chew has been working with Kiddie Academy of Arnold since October of 2014. She has worked with children ranging between the ages of 2 years old and 12 years and has also worked in multiple child care settings (daycare, before/after school care). Crystal has been the Director since January of 2019. She graduated from Towson University in 2013 with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and is working towards her Associate's degree in Business. Crystal is also certified in Medication Administration, First Aid & CPR and is Maryland State Credentialed- Level 5.

  • Janai Mckinney, Assistant Coordinator

    Janai Mckinney, Assistant Coordinator

    Crystal Chew has been working with Kiddie Academy of Arnold since October of 2014. She has worked with children ranging between the ages of 2 years old and 12 years and has also worked in multiple child care settings (daycare, before/after school care). Crystal has been the Director since January of 2019. She graduated from Towson University in 2013 with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and is working towards her Associate's degree in Business. Crystal is also certified in Medication Administration, First Aid & CPR and is Maryland State Credentialed- Level 5.

Hear from our parents

it is wonderful
Laura H., Arnold

The caring teachers and great playgrounds
Emily G., Arnold

Love our teachers especially India Holland. She is patient and kind to our son and is helping him reach new milestones every month.
Kara W., Arnold

The flexible hours and the different activities my child gets to experience
Ashley D., Arnold

That the team is open and honest about what is going on with your child. The team is also willing to work with the parents on whatever actions are desired whether it’s nap times, food options, pacifiers.
Bridgid O., Arnold

That the staff seems to truly care about my children.
Mark P., Arnold

I love how friendly all the teachers are and how much they work with the infants. I also really like how much technology they have integrated into the center (app and webcam)
Sarah W., Arnold

The teachers are truly dedicated and take the time to really get to know our daughter. We love how much time is spent outside.
Emily G., Arnold

Kind staff, treats everyone like family. Truly love the kids. Go above and beyond.
Kristi C., Arnold

The staff in my child's room, the structure and education it provides for my daughter and I really appreciate the online features KA Arnold utilizes (tadpoles, watch and learn, etc).
Reanne P., Arnold

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