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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
  • Cooking class, Music & More, soccer and chess academy
  • Monthly Parent's Night Out
  • NAEYC Accredited
  • Webcams in every classroom and on the playgrounds

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  • Ms. Elyce, Academy Director

    Ms. Elyce has been teaching with Kiddie Academy of Des Peres since August 2016; she holds an AA in Nutrition and is...   Read More

    Ms. Elyce, Academy Director

    Ms. Elyce has been teaching with Kiddie Academy of Des Peres since August 2016; she holds an AA in Nutrition and is finishing up her BS in Elementary/Special Education. "If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn" - Ignacio Estrada

  • Ms. Gina, Operations Director

    Gina started teaching with Kiddie Academy of St. Louis in November 2014 & holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology & Education....   Read More

    Ms. Gina, Operations Director

    Gina started teaching with Kiddie Academy of St. Louis in November 2014 & holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology & Education. "Every child is "GIFTED"; they just unwrap their packages at different times."

  • Ms. Katelyn, Assistant Director/Academy Support Coordinator

    Ms. Katelyn has been with KA-STL since March of 2019 and holds a CDA. She loves working with children and being part of...   Read More

    Ms. Katelyn, Assistant Director/Academy Support Coordinator

    Ms. Katelyn has been with KA-STL since March of 2019 and holds a CDA. She loves working with children and being part of their formative years while helping then learn intrapersonal skills

  • Ms. Candace, Assistant Director/ Curriculum Coordinator

    Candace has been teaching with Kiddie Academy of Des Peres since August 2019 & holds a Bachelor's in Social Work & a...   Read More

    Ms. Candace, Assistant Director/ Curriculum Coordinator

    Candace has been teaching with Kiddie Academy of Des Peres since August 2019 & holds a Bachelor's in Social Work & a Child Development Associate.

  • Ms. Alex, Unit Lead

    Ms. Alex, Unit Lead

    Candace has been teaching with Kiddie Academy of Des Peres since August 2019 & holds a Bachelor's in Social Work & a Child Development Associate.

  • Ms. Christina, Food Service Manager

    Ms. Christina, Food Service Manager

    Candace has been teaching with Kiddie Academy of Des Peres since August 2019 & holds a Bachelor's in Social Work & a Child Development Associate.

  • Ms. Melissa, Food Service Management Supervisor

    Ms. Melissa has been cooking at Kiddie Academy of St. Louis since February 2016 & holds her Missouri ServSafe Manager Certificate. "One...   Read More

    Ms. Melissa, Food Service Management Supervisor

    Ms. Melissa has been cooking at Kiddie Academy of St. Louis since February 2016 & holds her Missouri ServSafe Manager Certificate. "One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." - Virginia Woolf

  • Ms. Elayne, Director of Education

    Ms. Elayne has been with Kiddie Academy of St. Louis since February 2014 & has 30+ years of experience wearing several hats...   Read More

    Ms. Elayne, Director of Education

    Ms. Elayne has been with Kiddie Academy of St. Louis since February 2014 & has 30+ years of experience wearing several hats within the world of Early Childhood Education. Elayne won Kiddie Academy's National Director of the Year Award in 2016!

  • Michayla Payne, Corporate Administrative Specialist

    Michayla has been with Kiddie Academy of St. Louis since June 2021 & holds an associates in business administration. "The child is...   Read More

    Michayla Payne, Corporate Administrative Specialist

    Michayla has been with Kiddie Academy of St. Louis since June 2021 & holds an associates in business administration. "The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.” -Maria Montessori

  • Yuree Jeong, Recruiting Manager

    Yuree has been recruiting for Kiddie Academy of St. Louis since May 2021. Yuree has been in the education industry for over...   Read More

    Yuree Jeong, Recruiting Manager

    Yuree has been recruiting for Kiddie Academy of St. Louis since May 2021. Yuree has been in the education industry for over 15 years between the US and Korea. “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” -Albert Einstein

  • Laura Eads, Operating Partner

    Laura loves observing the activities, interaction and learning of young children. Their curious minds and robust spirits are a joy to nurture....   Read More

    Laura Eads, Operating Partner

    Laura loves observing the activities, interaction and learning of young children. Their curious minds and robust spirits are a joy to nurture. She especially enjoys a delightful conversation over the meaning of a favorite book or the virtues of growing a garden. Her personal experience with a structured and educationally-based pre-school and the positive experience that process created for her family, is something she wants to duplicate at Kiddie Academy. “The opportunity to impact young children with the resources of the Life Essentials program is very exciting to me.” As a working parent, she understands the level of responsibility the academy has to provide a nurturing environment to our families’ most precious assets. She will work hard to meet the whole family’s needs and will build relationships that last well beyond the preschool years. Laura has participated with PTO boards and programs throughout her children’s education. She has taught religious education at the elementary school level and helped create a weekly faith program for families. Laura has worked in professional and leadership training and human resources for more than 20 years, ten of which were with Tom at Keller Laboratories. She holds a B.S. degree from the University of Colorado and resides in Wildwood. She is married and has two adult children.   

  • Tom Keller, Managing Partner

    Tom is a father and grandfather who knows what it’s like to have a little hand reach for his, and loves to...   Read More

    Tom Keller, Managing Partner

    Tom is a father and grandfather who knows what it’s like to have a little hand reach for his, and loves to hear the inquisitive questions asked by young children. He has been asked on many occasions why he has chosen to go into the child care business. His response is because early childhood education is where children begin developing their foundation for how they will live as lifelong learners. Professionally, Mr. Keller was CEO and President of Keller Laboratories, Inc., a dental laboratory group with offices and manufacturing in Missouri and four surrounding states. He is a firm believer in continuing education through professional leadership and personal development. A University of Kentucky graduate, Mr. Keller has participated in numerous leadership development programs and has been invited to speak at professional conferences. He lives in West St. Louis County with his wife, Marsha. They have two children and five grandchildren.

Hear from our parents

Extremely friendly and enthusiastic teachers, very clean facilities, wonderful activities for children, healthy meals.
Stacy D., Des Peres

All of it! The teachers really get to know my son and fill us in every day. The activities they do always look fun! Most importantly my son wants to come to school every day. We are all VERY happy!
Emily H., Des Peres

We love KA! Every day, our kiddos come home excited about something new they’ve learned.
Cathrine M., Des Peres

Graham moved into Ms Momo’s class & we have seen him grow so much in these past few months! He is always excited in the morning to visit “momo” and every time we pick him up she gives us a full download of how he did that day! We feel so lucky that our little…
Kathryn J., Des Peres

My kids are always happy when I pick them up!
Shannon M., Des Peres

My son has attended KADP for over a year now. My husband and I are so happy with how he has developed verbally, social, and more from his care at this school. The teachers are all very caring and kind. I appreciate how each teacher has open communication regarding my son’s care. As a mom,…
Tarah C., Des Peres

We are very happy with Kiddie Academy. Everyone knows our daughter's name and is very welcoming and helpful with anything we need. We absolutely love Ms. Maggie and Mrs. Courtney! They both do such a great job with Caroline and show lots of love, care, and concern.
Deborah H., Des Peres

We appreciate that our daughter not only gets to play all day but is also taught things like sign language and independent feeding skills.
Lauren D., Des Peres

I am so grateful for Mr. Ty lately! His presence and consistency has been so helpful to that classroom. In addition his attitude is wonderful and refreshing. Lastly when he has had to help with behavioral issues he does it in a professional way that's beneficial to all. He's also great with all the kids…
Kelly M., Des Peres

We love Kyla and Mikayla - they’ve taken such good care of our kiddo and have helped ease his transition into being a big brother by offering a supportive and nurturing, structured environment at school! I loved that Kyla sent out a survey/questionnaire at the beginning of the school year to get to know the…
Kelly S., Des Peres

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