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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

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  • 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

    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 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

    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 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

    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 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. 

Hear from our parents

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

Has been a great experience so far!
Svetoslava K., Itasca

The building is clean and renovated. The classrooms have plenty of space for the kids to run around. The teachers really care about the kids they work with. I feel safe leaving my son with this team of people
Leticia G., Itasca

Caring teachers and staff, excellent curriculum, flexibility
Cristie F., Itasca

The teachers are very attentive to hearing our needs and keeping us in the loop on how our kids are doing. We absolutely love Ms. Patty and Ms. Ariel.
Prabhdeep Lovey K., Itasca

the staff and everyone that works there are so sweet!
Ashley K., Itasca

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