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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.
Each Academy is a little different. Here's what makes us unique:
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
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
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.
“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
Contact us to learn more about what makes Kiddie Academy stand out among educational child care providers. A member of our team will contact you.
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