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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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  • 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

Security, curriculum, enthusiasm Always willing to add new things, open to different ways of learning.
Kristen C., Lakewood Ranch

I love the daily reports and the curriculum.
Kristi L., Lakewood Ranch

I love how comfortable all of the staff members make my family and I feel. I love how much my daughter is learning each and every day. Her two teachers are the best!
Elizabeth C., Lakewood Ranch

I know my children are always well taken care of and the rest of the staff is always friendly and helpful
Jessica R., Lakewood Ranch

Warm, caring staff and structured learning environment
Desiree M., Lakewood Ranch

Pictures and daily reports
Kristin S., Lakewood Ranch

My son's teacher and the front office managers.
Melissa R., Lakewood Ranch

All staff have been so loving to our daughter. They all look out for the best interest of the children. The facility is safe and I feel secure leaving her for the day. She has grown and developed so much due to the interaction with other children and teachers. We love it here!
Kirsten L., Lakewood Ranch

You provide a vast array of activities that are fun for the kids and keep them learning
Kim H., Lakewood Ranch

My child loves it here! The staff is friendly and engaging. They always make time to communicate with me as a parent what the baby ate/needs for supplies . I just Wish I found this place sooner!
Danielle J., Lakewood Ranch

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