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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. 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. 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. Candace, Assistant Director/Preschool Supervisor

    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/Preschool Supervisor

    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. 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. Roby, Unit Lead

    Ms. Roby started educating at Kiddie Academy of Des Peres in June 2015 & holds a BS in Early Childhood Education

    Ms. Roby, Unit Lead

    Ms. Roby started educating at Kiddie Academy of Des Peres in June 2015 & holds a BS in Early Childhood Education

  • Ms. Lily, Food Service Manager

    Ms. Lily has been cooking with Kiddie Academy of Des Peres since November 2020 & holds a ServSafe Manager certification.

    Ms. Lily, Food Service Manager

    Ms. Lily has been cooking with Kiddie Academy of Des Peres since November 2020 & holds a ServSafe Manager certification.

  • 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

  • Karla Peebles, Human Resources Director

    Karla is a mother of two adult children, two grandchildren, and has been happily married for 32 years as of Thanksgiving Day!...   Read More

    Karla Peebles, Human Resources Director

    Karla is a mother of two adult children, two grandchildren, and has been happily married for 32 years as of Thanksgiving Day! As a grandmother of a 5-year-old and 4-month-old it is very exciting to learn new ways of teaching children. Technology is a huge part of our new COVID-19 world and with new challenges come new ideas. Karla loves teaching swim lessons in her spare time, and education is always on the top of her list. Professionally, Mrs. Peebles has her BA and Master’s Degree in HR Management from Lindenwood University, in addition to a PHR (Professional in Human Resources). She has worked for a variety of companies as either Customer Service Management or Human Resources Director. Karla was previously in the Adult Daycare business and decided work on the opposite spectrum of the business because it gives her insight into how our future world will be taught and continue to evolve.

  • 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

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Nikki T., Des Peres

The staff is so nice and supportive to new parents and so friendly and caring for the kids. We feel so comfortable with our son there and love being able to watch him on the watch me grow app.
Rachel D., Des Peres

I really like that you are an education child care with a wonderful curriculum but at a reasonable price.
Kayla S., Des Peres

Ms Van has just been the best! She is so thoughtful and caring with these sweet kiddos and makes them feel loved and important during all of their big emotions. We can’t thank her enough for all the care, attention and preparation for kindergarten classes that she gives every day.
Katie L., Des Peres

How they care for the kids and the whole staff is so professional and respectful!
Neftalin F., Des Peres

The awesome, caring teachers & staff.
Kristi S., Des Peres

Each teacher and staff member knows and seems to genuinely care about my child. My baby comes home each day happy, healthy, well-cared for and a brighter child because of Kiddie Academy.
Kristina B., Des Peres

Our child loves his teachers and friends at Kiddie Academy. Even with everything going on in the world, knowing that I can trust his teachers and the entire school to do what is best for them being peace of mind to me and my wife. And the stable environment they provide has helped our child…
Homer P., Des Peres

I am so impressed with the education. My son uses words that are above his age and is constantly surprising us with his numbers and letters! The cameras make me feel so secure and the food they provide to the children is always very nutritional and gives my son the chance to try new food!…
Laura D., Des Peres

Quick to respond to concerns, transparent in communications with parents, wonderful staff!
Kelly S., Des Peres

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