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Infants have individual personalities. We help bring them to light.
Toddlers are extremely active. We keep them actively learning.
At two years old, children need to explore. We give them every opportunity.
At three years old, children discover and create. We encourage them to do it all.
At four years old, children are preparing for school. We get them ready to go.
Between ages 4 and 5, children are about to take on the world. We give them the tools to do it.
School-age children are curious about the world. We help them decipher it.
Each Academy is a little different. Here's what makes us unique:
Erin Blanton, Owner | Marketing Director
Hello, my name is Erin Blanton and my family and I are so excited to share our passion for early childhood development... Read More
Hello, my name is Erin Blanton and my family and I are so excited to share our passion for early childhood development with our Twin Cities’ friends, families and neighbors. As a mother of two (Jack, now 5 and Olivia, 3 -- only 2 and 6 months when we first opened our doors), I know first hand what an important and personal decision choosing the right child care is for your family. I love that we’re able to provide families the support and tools necessary to make a comfortable and confident transition.After spending seven years as a PR, social media and marketing professional in the Twin Cities, I look forward to helping create unique experiences for our little ones at Kiddie Academy of Edina, building relationships with new community partners and getting to know all of our Kiddie Academy families!
Robert Blanton, Owner | Operator
Hello, my name is Robert Blanton and I'm thrilled to bring the first Kiddie Academy to the state of Minnesota and amazing... Read More
Hello, my name is Robert Blanton and I'm thrilled to bring the first Kiddie Academy to the state of Minnesota and amazing community of Edina. My wife Erin and I began the journey of opening an educational childcare center in 2017. As two full time working parents on a quest to find care for our son, we simply couldn't find a facility that checked all of our boxes (i.e. a nurturing staff, clean and safe environment, education-based curriculum, indoor/outdoor active play space, clean and balanced nutrition and an overall feel-good atmosphere). We found that Kiddie Academy was all of this and so much more. After completing my undergraduate education at the University of Notre Dame in 2012, I was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings and had the privilege of playing professional football for the Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys before retiring in 2018. During my career in the NFL, I obtained a Masters degree from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. I've always had a passion for children and helping shape, empower and educate the future leaders of tomorrow. I look forward to sharing this incredible school with you!
“Friendly staff, and the extra activities such as the holiday parties, weekend activities, field trips in the summer ”
Chanda H., Edina
“Clean and spacious work and play areas; Friendly and dedicated staff; Diverse and healthy menu ”
Meredith C., Edina
“We’ve been so happy with the level of care our daughter has received at Kiddie Academy! It puts us at ease to know she is in great hands during the weekdays. Paige and Joyce are such kind and caring teachers. They always are so engaged with the kiddos and really seem to like their jobs.… ”
Emily C., Edina
“Strong programs, intentional, welcoming, the extra programs (soccer, karate, science, chess), organic food onsite, attachment oriented. ”
Angela L., Edina
“Everyone truly cares, from the teachers to the director to the owners! They take time to know all of the kids and their families. ”
Divija A., Edina
“My child’s teachers, Ms. Joyce and Ms. Paige are so amazing and loving! I feel super at ease leaving her with them. I also love that I can check in with the cameras during the day. ”
Vanessa M., Edina
“Everyone is incredibly nice and welcoming. The teachers are skilled and attentive to their kids ”
Allison W., Edina
“We LOVE Kiddie Academy! Ever since my girls have started there they have just flourished. The teachers truly care for and adore my children. I am never worried about if they are having a good day or if they are safe, I just know. Robert, Erin, and their team are all amazing. ”
Christina S., Edina
“We absolutely love kiddie academy! Teachers and staff are all amazing. They truly care about each of our kiddos. They are attentive, organized and structured and keep the kids busy all day keeping them on schedule. I highly recommend we are so happy there!! ”
Lindsay W., Edina
“Great facilities, engaged teachers, diversity of actvity and play ”
Ben R., Edina
Contact us to learn more about what makes Kiddie Academy stand out among educational child care providers. A member of our team will contact you.
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