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A little about our Academy

Each Academy is a little different. Here's what makes us unique:

  • AcademyLink- Our Parent Communications portal
  • NAEYC & APPLE Accredited
  • Secure entrance
  • Webcams in every classroom
  • ZONO sanitizing system that disinfects 99.9% of germs

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  • Sarah Hinis and Brooke Williams, Assistant Director's

    Hello! My name is Sarah Hinis (left) and I am one of the Assistant Director's at Kiddie Academy. I am the mother...   Read More

    Sarah Hinis and Brooke Williams, Assistant Director's

    Hello! My name is Sarah Hinis (left) and I am one of the Assistant Director's at Kiddie Academy. I am the mother of one daughter and a military wife. I have my Master's degree in Early Childhood Development. I am excited to be part of the Kiddie Academy team and look forward to meeting your families needs. My goal is to provide a safe learning environment where children grow that prepares them for their future. I look forward to making a difference in your child's life. Hello, my name is Brooke Williams (right) and I am the Assistant Director at Kiddie Academy of Lakewood Ranch. I have my FL Child Care Degree and Directors' credentials. I am also completing my Bachelor's Degree i n Early Childhood Development. I am married and a proud mother of two children. I take great pride in knowing that our center is one that strives for excellence in providing quality child care . We have a wonderful staff that is truly dedicated and committed to our children. I look forward to welcoming you to our amazing center and will share the reasons why Kiddie Academy is a great place for your child to learn and grow.

  • Marina Wolf-Schmidt and Bill Schmidt, Owners

    The on-site owners are Marina Wolf-Schmidt and Bill Schmidt. Marina is a graduate of Columbia University, with a Masters of Arts, in...   Read More

    Marina Wolf-Schmidt and Bill Schmidt, Owners

    The on-site owners are Marina Wolf-Schmidt and Bill Schmidt. Marina is a graduate of Columbia University, with a Masters of Arts, in Childhood Development and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She started her career  as a teacher and later had an opportunity in Human Resources Development. In this capacity, she held several key leadership positions as Vice President of Human Resources and Director of Learning and Development within Fortune 500 companies, such as Blue Cross & Blue Shield, SmithKline Beecham, and Honeywell. Marina is a member and volunteers on the United Way Womens Counsel and actively participates in Childcare Makeovers. She also serves on the Technical Board of Early Childhood Development in Manatee County; President of the Board for the Gulf Coast CEO Forum and a VP, Programs for Columbia University Alumni.  Bill and Marina both serve on District 5 Advisory Board for Manatee Board of County Commissioners. Bill Schmidt has a Mechanical Engineering degree and a Masters in Manufacturing Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has held many management positions with companies such as Clorox, Bic Pens, and Tropitone Furniture. Marina and Bill's greatest joy is their 18 year old daughter Kristina. Kristina is a honor student that attends Boston College. Currently, she is involved in ballet, student ambassador club and the Women's Business Club. It is truly a privilege to be a parent and we are totally committed to developing and caring for your precious children.

Hear from our parents

Great program for kids. Very happy with staff and curriculum.
Geetika S., Lakewood Ranch

Everything
Daniel S., Lakewood Ranch

Curriculum, daily reports, video access to classroom, prompt communication from management if issues arise. Caring staff!
Austin C., Lakewood Ranch

I like the open communication, the daily reports with goals, activities and pictures. I really like to be able to see my daughter through the camera and the feeling that I can leave her in good care. These to mention some some of the many reasons.
Ximena C., Lakewood Ranch

Everything!! Attention to detail, security, top notch education, highly skilled educators/administration, sense of community and, most importantly, my child loves it there and is thriving!!
Annya H., Lakewood Ranch

I've been sending my children to kiddie academy for the last 10 years! The facility is clean, the employees are welcoming and very friendly, always with a smile on there faces. During this pandemic, I have always felt safe and my children have not contracted COVID or even a common cold. The education my children…
Dominique V., Lakewood Ranch

Hours of operation, pictures of my child activity throughout the day, drop off anytime, nice, professional and courteous staff
Sabrina H., Lakewood Ranch

Kiddie Academy has been such a wonderful place for our son. We cannot say enough good things about it! The staff is so friendly and caring and have relationships with each child and their parents. They retain staff and every teacher and staff member I’ve come across has been great! My son is thriving in…
Lacy B., Lakewood Ranch

Love kiddie academy! My son has been there a few years and we have really been pleased!
Serena C., Lakewood Ranch

The family atmosphere. All employers are very warm & welcoming, take the day time to know the parents & child by name. I also Love the daily pictures and pickup write about about how the day went.
Rachel N., Lakewood Ranch

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