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  • 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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  • 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

    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, 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, Assistant Director

    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 prior to our last family event. StemAdventures

    Our Staff, Team Picture

    Our team prior to our last family event. StemAdventures

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Monica S., Kent Island

We are very thankful for the teachers who care and love for our son. Decklan has grown and excelled so much since starting at Kiddie Academy. We also like the tadpole app that helps keep us in the loop for updates, daily lessons, reminders and pictures. Thank you!
Gina W., Kent Island

Excellent learning oriented program. Communication between staff and family outstanding with daily child updates via email. Professional and very friendly teachers. Highly Recommends!!!!
Dana M., Kent Island

The care and the attention provided to our children. The staff has great ways of communication.
Nicole W., Kent Island

open early, friendly, clean, communicates well ,
Kassie J., Kent Island

Structured measurable curriculum
Brittany K., Kent Island

Very professional and organized. My daughter absolutely loves her teachers. They are always doing fun activities with the kids and I love getting the daily updates and pictures thru the app! I would highly recommend!
Amy S., Kent Island

Amazing staff who are creative and loving. You all have gone above and beyond this past year to give our children a safe, educational, and most importantly FUN learning environment. We also LOVE Ms. Lynne's delicious lunch and snacks. For a working parent, not having to worry about food is such a luxury.
Jennifer R., Kent Island

Teachers, curriculum that prepares for Kindergarten.
Kristen B., Kent Island

I like how kiddie academy keeps the kids engaged with activities and crafts daily, The fun themes each week, and water/bike days in the summer
Lindsay D., Kent Island

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