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A little about our Academy

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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  • Nikki Lewandowski, Program Director

    I have been in the early childhood education field for the past 10 years as both a teacher and administrator. I earned...   Read More

    Nikki Lewandowski, Program Director

    I have been in the early childhood education field for the past 10 years as both a teacher and administrator. I earned my Bachelor's degree from Illinois State University in education and psychology. I also earned my Masters degree in Early Childhood Administration from National Louis University as well as the Illinois Director Credential Level 3, Early Childhood Credential Level 5, and Infant Toddler Credential Level 2. Early on in my life, I always saw myself as an elementary education teacher, however I found my love of the little ones when I got my first job at a child care center teaching Pre-K. I love the amazement on their faces when they learn something new and their ability to be silly. I truly believe that children learn best through their play in a loving and nurturing environment. I love getting to know our families and look forward to creating strong relationships within our school!

  • Heather Vogt, Assistant Director

    I have been working in the childcare field for the past 12 years. During those years, I also became a first responder...   Read More

    Heather Vogt, Assistant Director

    I have been working in the childcare field for the past 12 years. During those years, I also became a first responder and graduated with my Associates in Arts with a focus in Early Childhood Education. I decided to put my focus on education and childcare because I feel it is important to create an early foundation for learning. Creating a safe and nurturing environment that provides children with the resources needed to learn and have fun is a top priority of mine. I look forward to building relationships with new and current families and creating a strong stepping stone in their children’s education!

  • Katie and Larry Moore, Owners

    As the parents of two children, we struggled to find a satisfactory day care. During our search we decided to embark on...   Read More

    Katie and Larry Moore, Owners

    As the parents of two children, we struggled to find a satisfactory day care. During our search we decided to embark on our lifelong dream of owning a business and fell in love with Kiddie Academy. Kiddie Academy possesses all of the qualities that we were looking for with caring teachers, a fun atmosphere and strong curriculum. Katie helps oversee the day to day operations at both our Bolingbrook and Darien locations, and is very active with the Kiddie Academy corporate office in developing exciting changes to programs nationwide. Our children are our greatest blessing and during their time at Kiddie Academy, they received a well-rounded education while building on their personality and growth; all while having fun and making new friends! We thank you for choosing Kiddie Academy and we promise to give your children the same experience and treatment as our own!

Hear from our parents

Clear communication with families, fun and educational activities, and celebration of diversity!
Carrie E., Darien

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Linzhi H., Darien

We absolutely love Kiddie Academy of Darien! They are like a big family to us, everyone knows who my child is and their name. We could not have found a better daycare option than Kiddie Academy of Darien with all their child developement knowledge and their amazing caring nature for all the children. Anytime their…
Elyse B., Darien

Understanding and accommodating staff. Things feel very consistent and I don't see a lot of turnover, which can be an issue at other daycare centers.
Matt M., Darien

My child loves going to school and telling us what he did when he comes home
Jeremy W., Darien

What I like about the educational child care service is the learning environment. Young children start at a young age explorational learning, learning as a group and working independently. The staff and teachers have put in the effort to allow each child to learn at thier own pace with lots of encouragement and support. The…
Aasiyah B., Darien

The staff and the ability to check in with my child’s teacher throughout the day.
Shannon N., Darien

We love Kiddie Academy and can't say enough about this center. Great place for your children to learn and grow! Great staff! Loving and caring.
Branislava S., Darien

The teachers really care about my child. I feel that she is safe there and growing so much.
Nikki G., Darien

Since starting at kiddie academy my children have blossomed! It's a wonderful environment with a great and caring staff. I love seeing my kids participating in all different kinds of activities.
Patrick C., Darien

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