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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
  • 5,000 sq. ft. indoor motor room
  • Integrated sign language, Spanish and Kindermusik® for all ages
  • Nursing lounge for mothers
  • Watch Me Grow live streaming cameras in every classroom for parents
  • Weekly STEM, Soccer Shots and Karate lessons for ages 2 and up

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  • 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

    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 with our Twin Cities’ friends, families and neighbors. As a mother of three (Jack, now 7 and Olivia, 5 -- only 2 and 6 months when we first opened our doors) and Mara, our littlest one who joined us in May 2022, 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 more than a decade as a 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

    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 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!

Hear from our parents

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

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