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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.
At five years old, 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.
Dana & Scott Barnhart, Owners
The on-site director/ owners are Dana and Scott Barnhart. Dana is a graduate of University of Phoenix, with her Masters of Art,... Read More
The on-site director/ owners are Dana and Scott Barnhart. Dana is a graduate of University of Phoenix, with her Masters of Art, in Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Leisure. She has her teaching certificates in Maryland, Florida, and North Carolina. She started her career in 1995 as a Recreation Therapist in a residential special education program. In 1997 she began with Annapolis Recreation and Parks as the Director of their Annapolis Elementary Before and After school Program. From 2001 to 2012, Dana the Director of the corporately run Kiddie Academy of Kent Island. During her first time at Kent Island she had an active parent committee and worked with the local schools to ensure the students of Kiddie Academy were ready for kindergarten. Dana has taught 4th grade in PG and Anne Arundel counties, and now has returned as the Owner Director of Kiddie Academy of Kent Ilsand. Scott Barnhart has a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from Southern Connecticut State University. He has held positions as sailing instructor, sail-maker, chemist, and is a licensed contractor in the State of Maryland. He has held project manager positions for two builders in Stevensville and was a founding partner of Doyle Chesapeake sail loft in Annapolis. Dana and Scott's greatest joy is their 12 year old son Logan. Currently he is in the 7th grade and loves playing the Piano. It is truly a privilege to be a parent! We are committed to caring and developing your precious children, and look forward to having you as a part of our Kiddie Academy family!
Jessica Search, Assistant Director
Jessica Search has been working for Kiddie Academy since February of 2001. When Jessica started here Jessica was in high school enrolled... Read More
Jessica Search has been working for Kiddie Academy since February of 2001. When Jessica started here Jessica was in high school enrolled in the work-based learning program. Working in the program helped Jessica discover her joy of working in the Early Childhood field. Since being here Jessica has worked her way up from Assistant Teacher,now she is in charge of our Enrichment Program. Jessica is also qualified to work as a School Age Child Care Teacher and is our Assistant Director. Jessica began working on her Early Childhood Education degree at Chesapeake College in 2001 part time,Jessica has re-enrolled and is completing her Early Childhood Education degree at Chesapeake College. Jessica also takes classes through CCEI.
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Our team enjoying a paint night activity
Our team enjoying a paint night activity
“How STEM oriented they are. How every activity has a measurable goal and great emphasis on preparing students for school. Great structure. ”
Paola J., Kent Island
“I love that my children are getting an education at a young age. It's setting them up for success. The staff is kind and caring, and best of all willing to work with you as a team to keep home and daycare standards consistent (i.e. manners, daily tasks, etc.). The available hours are considerate of… ”
Catie C., Kent Island
“Excellent Staff and Curriculum! Highly recommended for toddlers through elementary! ”
Shelly M., Kent Island
“Comfortable environment with attentive staff. My child is very happy at this location. ”
Sarah T., Kent Island
“The communication ”
Nicole W., Kent Island
“It has been an amazing experience for our son. His vocabulary has flourished 10-fold since he has been there and learns more and more each day! We are so lucky to have him a part of this amazing staff/school. ”
Katie M., Kent Island
“The staff is very caring and dedicated to children, and curriculum is appropriate and interesting. ”
Oksana F., Kent Island
“Great learning experiences, lovely teachers, and my son loves to go! ”
Candace W., Kent Island
“All of the teachers are amazing with my child. They are very personable and friendly. I trust them with my child, which is saying a lot! They also focus on learning, as well as fun! ”
Ashli L., Kent Island
“Love the staff. Great hours. ”
Elizabeth N., Kent Island
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The learning doesn't stop for parents, either. That’s why we created an information resource with helpful tips on everything from enriching our STEM program at home to introducing lifelong healthy eating and fitness habits.
12/04/19Travels Tips from Kiddie Academy Parents