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

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

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  • Ms. Gina, Academy Director

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

    Ms. Gina, Academy Director

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

  • Ms. Tarra, Assistant Director/Academy Support Coordinator

    Tarra started teaching with Kiddie Academy of Des Peres in November 2016 & holds a Child Development Associate. "Education is the most...   Read More

    Ms. Tarra, Assistant Director/Academy Support Coordinator

    Tarra started teaching with Kiddie Academy of Des Peres in November 2016 & holds a Child Development Associate. "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela

  • Ms. Chassidy, Assistant Director/Infant & Toddler Supervisor

    Chassidy started teaching with Kiddie Academy of Des Peres in January 2018 & holds an Associate's degree in General Studies. "Every child...   Read More

    Ms. Chassidy, Assistant Director/Infant & Toddler Supervisor

    Chassidy started teaching with Kiddie Academy of Des Peres in January 2018 & holds an Associate's degree in General Studies. "Every child in your classroom is someone's whole world!"

  • Ms. Mel, Assistant Director/Preschool Supervisor

    Mel started teaching with Kiddie Academy of Des Peres in May 2017 & holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education....   Read More

    Ms. Mel, Assistant Director/Preschool Supervisor

    Mel started teaching with Kiddie Academy of Des Peres in May 2017 & holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. "Play is the highest form of research." -Albert Einstein

  • Ms. Gina, Unit Lead

    Gina has been educating at Kiddie Academy of Des Peres since September 2018 and is working on a BA in Elementary Education....   Read More

    Ms. Gina, Unit Lead

    Gina has been educating at Kiddie Academy of Des Peres since September 2018 and is working on a BA in Elementary Education. "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up" - Pablo Picasso

  • Ms. Elyce, Unit Lead

    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, Unit Lead

    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. Melissa, Food Service Manager

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

    Ms. Melissa, Food Service Manager

    Ms. Melissa has been cooking at Kiddie Academy of Des Peres 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. Michelle, Kiddie Academy of St. Louis Corporate Support Coordinator

    Michelle started teaching with Kiddie Academy of St. Louis in April 2014 & holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Studies...   Read More

    Ms. Michelle, Kiddie Academy of St. Louis Corporate Support Coordinator

    Michelle started teaching with Kiddie Academy of St. Louis in April 2014 & holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Studies - Child Development & Associate of Arts in Child Care & Guidance. “There are two gifts we should give our children; one is roots, and the other is wings”.

  • 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

Kiddie Academy is amazing for our daughter! First and foremost the safety of everyone is important and they continue to improve the check in process during COVID. The education and activities that are provided daily really do exceed my expectations and we continue to see growth from our daughter everyday.
Lauren H., Des Peres

We love so many things about KA. This month, we are most excited about CampVentures. Our kids love splash days and the special activities they get to share with their friends.
Cathrine M., Des Peres

Best teachers! Always reliable.
Jenna Q., Des Peres

The teachers truly care about the well being of each kid and build lasting relationships with them. My son still want to say goodbye to his infant and toddler teachers when he sees them at the end of the day.
Katie D., Des Peres

The teachers are all great and know our son Blake. I am always amazed that they know every kid in the building and the kids all adore the staff there. We can tell that Blake is a more social and friendly baby when he is going to daycare and it has helped him grow so…
Dan R., Des Peres

KA has a great enrichment program that is engaging at every age level.
Kathleen B., Des Peres

That the education and learning plans are impactful. I don’t hear from my child everyday that they just played all day. He tells me about animals he has learned about or shapes that they worked with, with details. This makes me feel good that he is getting something out his day while he is there.
Homer P., Des Peres

Great teachers! My kids love learning and are excelling in all areas!!
Anne M., Des Peres

I love the passion and commitment of the staff to the kids overall well being but also their education. The balance is unprecedented to me. I also really appreciate their focus on solutions and not problems. If something arises with one of the kids they address it not with just the issue but with how…
Kelly M., Des Peres

The staff really goes above and beyond for the kids. When you have teachers that enjoy and care about what they are doing, the better it is for the kids.
Cory B., Des Peres

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