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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.
Each Academy is a little different. Here's what makes us unique:
Janel A. Work, Franchise Owner
Janel A. Work is first and foremost a loving mother. Janel's oldest son, Maxwell, was then born shortly after and he has... Read More
Janel A. Work is first and foremost a loving mother. Janel's oldest son, Maxwell, was then born shortly after and he has enriched her life and keeps her smiling each day. It was due to his birth that Janel decided to take a hiatus from public education and pursue Early Childhood Education. Then in January of 2011, the family was also blessed with their new arrival of Nathaniel (Nate). Then they were blessed with their final addition of Arianna. The family lives in Kimberton with their two dogs Momo and Lucy. Janel graduated from Susquehanna University in 2002 with a B.A. in Communications, Theater Arts and Education. While working in the public school system, she continued her education to complete her M.A. at Villanova in Education. She also has pursued additional graduate education in ECE from Shippensburg University. After achieving her degree, Janel has worked as a daycare director and public school educator. She has taught at Owen J.Roberts School District, Reading Area School District, and in Montgomery County School System in Maryland. She was also an adjunct professor at Montgomery College. Not only did she teach, but she helped write standards-based curriculum for the school districts and several virtual charter schools. As an educator, Janel believes in enriching each child’s life and meeting their individual needs to help them flourish. Janel A. Work loves Kiddie Academy in Phoenixville and does not consider it a job but a wonderful lifestyle. She believes the center continues to redefine the standards for childcare in the area. Plus, it is a wonderful resource center to her beloved town. Janel is proud of the accomplishments at the ever growing and changing center.
Rikki Iatarola, Regional Director
Rikki comes to us with over 12 years of experience in early education. Rikki has been with Kiddie Academy since 2011, beginning... Read More
Rikki comes to us with over 12 years of experience in early education. Rikki has been with Kiddie Academy since 2011, beginning as a teacher in our infant room. Throughout the years, Rikki has assisted in several roles throughout our academy both in and out of the classroom. Rikki holds an Associates's degree in Early Education from Montgomery County Community College, her Bachelors's in Education from West Chester University, along with a current Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate for grades PK-4. As Regional Director of the academy, Rikki strives to provide high-quality educational care for our community. She feels that all children deserve a safe and caring environment to learn, grow, and succeed in. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two sons, Carter and Chase. Working with children is a passion of hers and she can't wait to watch your family grow at our academy.
Laura Laum, Director
My name is Laura Laum and I am the Center Director at Kiddie Academy of Phoenixville! I have lived in the Phoenixville... Read More
My name is Laura Laum and I am the Center Director at Kiddie Academy of Phoenixville! I have lived in the Phoenixville area since 2001 where I attended Valley Forge University and received my Bachelor's Degree and certification in Early Childhood Education. My passion is to help all children to succeed and I love supporting families and teachers in this process! I live in East Coventry with my husband, Jeff, our children, Emilie, Piper and Cole and our many pets. My family is my inspiration and the reason I am committed to providing a dependable Early Childhood Education program. My husband is a retired veteran of the United States Marine Corps and he has shown me the value of respect and reliability. My thirteen year old is an artist and she has taught me to see the best in the world and the full potential of people. My ten year old is inquisitive and takes the time to explore and understand her world. My one year old is enthusiastic about everything he does. I feel that by providing a consistent, high quality education, children will grow up with a positive attitude, curiosity and the confidence to advance in life. I am excited to utilize my 20 years of experience in the field as I lead Kiddie Academy of Phoenixville as Center Director and look forward to partnering with you all throughout this journey.
“Friendly, caring staff. That I can see my child throughout the day on camera. That you have a garden. ”
Becca M., Phoenixville
“Caring teachers - academic rigor , highly recommended ”
Christine H., Phoenixville
“How much love is shown to each child! ”
Kaitlyn S., Phoenixville
“I feel like the entire staff knows my daughter and treats her with love and care. My daughter is always happy at drop off and pick up and she has learned so much. ”
Erin S., Phoenixville
Kiera M., Phoenixville
“The teachers care about my children like they are their own! ”
Kelsey H., Phoenixville
“I love the ability to check in on her whenever I want. I like that they offer diapers and wipes so I don’t have to stay on top of how many I’ve left at daycare. I love how on top of things the front office is. The ladies are always so warm, wonderful and caring.… ”
Kelly K., Phoenixville
“We recently transferred our pre-schooler to Kiddie Academy from an another center. I wish we had the pleasure of being with them from the time he was an infant. The staff is amazing. Their dedication to the children is unbelievable. The classrooms are clean. It doesn’t have the smell of a daycare. We are greeted… ”
Faith C., Phoenixville
“Dedicated teachers and staff who love my son! The focus on social emotional learning is unique and so valuable. ”
Laura L., Phoenixville
“Teachers are very caring and administration is responsive to issues. My children (2 of them) have enjoyed attending here. Like any place, there are a few things that bother me here and there but overall very happy and would recommend. ”
Kiera M., Phoenixville
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