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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

The facility is very nice, clean & well equipped. The teachers are the best; so sweet & caring. And the curriculum is great! Our 3 year old has learned so much in the last month!
Kelly G., Darien

Learning through activities, good food and teachers are very nice.
Shruti K., Darien

Staff is great, our girls had an amazing experience.
Matt G., Darien

I like the curriculum that is used, the interaction my son gets with other students, the variety of food he gets served, the communication that we get from his teachers, and the projects that they work on.
Heather S., Darien

Very friendly and loving staff. kids are encouraged and motivated to learn through new method that kids welcome.
Maher E., Darien

Love the facility, staff and weekly themes! They follow a great curriculum
Michele C., Darien

Teachers are solid
Anuj K., Darien

Our girls have been at Kiddie Academy Darien for a few years, and the teachers have been fantastic at every age. They have gained confidence socially and curriculum has been great for them!
Matt G., Darien

The facility, curriculum, and teachers
Jake P., Darien

I love how personable the teachers and staff are. They know my son so well and make him feel so special
Kelly B., Darien

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