Our commitment to the care, education and safety of your children is reflected in our team. We hire teachers and assistants who are well versed in the best practices of early childhood education. Each member of our team nurtures each child in their care in a safe, supportive learning environment. Team members receive ongoing training to continue their education and are evaluated throughout the year. Our team excels at stimulating children to learn and preparing them for future education. Our team is devoted to making each day fun and educational. Their dedication makes all the difference for your children.

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.

Dana & Scott Barnhart


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!

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Accepting the Shore Update's Best Child Care Award.

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