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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:
Denise Downing, Academy Director
I am Denise Downing, Aacdemy Director. I have over 30 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood. I have worked... Read More
I am Denise Downing, Aacdemy Director. I have over 30 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood. I have worked with infants through 5th grade. I believe my passion is with the toddler/2years old age. I enjoy interacting with children and families. My family and I like to travel together to Wisconsin. We cook , grill and bake together. I spend my free time crocheting and reading.
Margi and Kunjan Shah, Owners
I am Margi Shah, proud owner of Kiddie Academy of Itasca. My husband, Kunjan Shah, and I are blessed with two preschool... Read More
I am Margi Shah, proud owner of Kiddie Academy of Itasca. My husband, Kunjan Shah, and I are blessed with two preschool aged girls. As parents, we value early childhood education as it creates a foundation for life. We were looking to invest in a business while wanting to be able to also spend time with our girls. Opening a childcare center came into our minds. We started looking at options which brought us to Kiddie Academy franchise. Kidde Academy has everything. It offers a great curriculum, caring teachers, nurturing environment, and a big playground. We thank you for choosing Kiddie Academy of Itasca. We ensure that your children will receive great care while they are here with us.
Alexandria Barnes, Assistant Director.
I am Alexandria Barnes, Assistant Drector. I have always wanted to work with children even from a young age, it was always... Read More
I am Alexandria Barnes, Assistant Drector. I have always wanted to work with children even from a young age, it was always just a question of how. I was always the one cuddling with the babies (still am) and playing teacher. In high school, I started out baby-sitting, taking child development courses and doing volunteer work. I originally started College for Secondary Education but then I moved to Wisconsin and did not complete my degree. I earned my Associate Degree in Applied Science Early Childhood Directors from Harper College. I worked my way up from an assistant teacher position to Acting Director. I am also a child at heart so it’s great being able to let that side of myself out when interacting with the children. Each day is different and that is what I look forward to. I am a single mom and Charlotte is my world. We have a 5 year old dog named Lolly. Charlotte has such a love of learning and trying new things. Some of favorite things to do with her is to go to the zoo and museums.
“the staff is truly passionate about what they do. ”
Christina V., Itasca
“My daughter is so advanced in learning because of the attention and program here ”
Caitlin S., Itasca
“Miles has learned so much and everyone has been great. We recommend Kiddie Academy to anyone! ”
Evan C., Itasca
“Hands down this kiddie academy is the best! Clean, organized, exciting special days for kids. ”
Nadya R., Itasca
“Myself, my wife, my kids and my staff ”
Kunjan S., Itasca
“Wonderful school, they offer many different areas of education and I have seen an improvement in my child’s writing and vocabulary skills. I see many tactile activities that are great for development! ”
Petrina M., Itasca
“The teachers and staff are incredible and truly care for my daughter- all teachers in the infant classroom, laura, Karen, Alyssa, Tamara. Love the curriculum, my daughter is always learning new things. Like the activities to get the whole family involved. ”
Liz P., Itasca
“The staff is friendly and the curriculum has helped my child learn new things each week. It's great! ”
Christina V., Itasca
“Great owners and employees, the facilities are top notch ”
Joshua F., Itasca
“I feel comfortable dropping off my child. ”
Emily W., Itasca
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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