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  • A curriculum that exceeds state standards
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  • Safe and secure state-of-the-art facility

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  • Ms. Ashleigh, Academic Director

    I have always had a passion for working with children. I just love that I am playing a role in their early...   Read More

    Ms. Ashleigh, Academic Director

    I have always had a passion for working with children. I just love that I am playing a role in their early development. I have a Bachelor degree in Human Services and Family Studies and have been working in childcare for the last 15 years. I love the philosophy here at Kiddie Academy and the family/child-focused atmosphere. In my free time I love to go to the gym, spend time outdoors, travel to new places and try new restaurants.

  • Ms. Namita, Academy Owner

    Welcome to our school! I feel fortunate to have this opportunity to serve the Urbana community. My family is the reason I...   Read More

    Ms. Namita, Academy Owner

    Welcome to our school! I feel fortunate to have this opportunity to serve the Urbana community. My family is the reason I chose to work with Kiddie Academy. As a mother of two young girls, I understand the importance of early childhood education in a child’s life. Since expansion of our program from the Gaithersburg area to Frederick County, I continue to enjoy working alongside our hand-selected team of passionate, professional, and experienced educators and staff. I am a strong believer in the benefits of play-based learning and strive daily to implement age-appropriate, best practices through our program offerings. Our greatest strength here at Kiddie Academy of Urbana is that we always put the best interests of every student in our care at the forefront of every decision we make. We are committed to providing a professional working environment for our staff and educators, by extending training and continuing education. My hobbies include reading, practicing yoga and mindfulness, and traveling. I also love to cook. It is my honor and privilege to care for the children at our school. I invite you to see firsthand what makes Kiddie Academy a great place to be!

  • Ms. Connie, Administrative Director

    Hi everyone, my name is Connie Schalik. I am the Administrative Director at Kiddie Academy of Urbana. I have over 15 years...   Read More

    Ms. Connie, Administrative Director

    Hi everyone, my name is Connie Schalik. I am the Administrative Director at Kiddie Academy of Urbana. I have over 15 years in the profession of Early Childhood Education. I have had a few occupation changes during my professional working career, but I always find my way back to my true passion, childcare. I started my career in Early Childhood Education as a Twos teacher and during my 15 years have been afforded the opportunity to work with all ages from infant to school age and most recently management.There are many roles and responsibilities that come along with management but my favorite is  welcoming new families to the KAU family. I chose Kiddie Academy for their Life Essentials Curriculum as well as their Educational Core Beliefs. As the Administrative Director of the center, I take great pride in knowing that Kiddie Academy strives for excellence and quality in the childcare they provide. I recently became a grandma and enjoy spending my free time spoiling my granddaughter.

  • Mr. Rick, Regional Director of Facilities - Remote

    Hi! My name is Rick, and I am the Regional Director of Facilities for Kiddie Academy of Gaithersburg and Urbana. I received...   Read More

    Mr. Rick, Regional Director of Facilities - Remote

    Hi! My name is Rick, and I am the Regional Director of Facilities for Kiddie Academy of Gaithersburg and Urbana. I received a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management from the University of Florida in 2003 and have continued my education with courses in Early Childhood Development. My parents have owned childcare centers in Florida since 1976 and I ran our family business with them and my sister for over a decade before relocating to Maryland. I have been with Kiddie Academy since 2016. I wear many different hats at Kiddie Academy! I believe in meeting children where they are and that a strong early education experience is essential for individuals to reach their highest potential. Kiddie Academy is a great fit for me because I feel children learn best in a play-based, language-rich, and structured environment that recognizes real-life teachable moments in addition to traditional educational lessons. I also believe in the importance of building trust and strong bonds with children and their parents to establish a nurturing and consistent support system for growth and development.

  • Mr. Gerard, Assistant Director

    Hello and greetings! My name is Gerard and I am your humble Assistant Director here at Kiddie Academy of Urbana. After spending...   Read More

    Mr. Gerard, Assistant Director

    Hello and greetings! My name is Gerard and I am your humble Assistant Director here at Kiddie Academy of Urbana. After spending eight years as a preschool teacher in Philadelphia I am excited to begin a new journey with the staff at Kiddie Academy. I have a Master's Degree in Education, a teaching certificate in Early Childhood Education, have written several articles for the website Edutopia on teaching preschool-aged students, and I can play a mean Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on acoustic guitar. I was drawn to Kiddie Academy because of the diverse staff and student body and the opportunity to work with dedicated and talented professionals in the field of Early Childhood Education. When I'm not working I can be found going out for a run, making baked goods for my wife, and being constantly let down by all Philadelphia sports teams. Thank you for choosing Kiddie Academy, I'm excited to meet you!

  • Ms. Brittni, Curriculum Specialist

    I have known ever since I was little that I wanted to work with children. Giving children love and watching their curious...   Read More

    Ms. Brittni, Curriculum Specialist

    I have known ever since I was little that I wanted to work with children. Giving children love and watching their curious minds grow gives me so much enjoyment. I want to give the quality care that I would want my child to have. I come to Kiddie Academy with over eight years of work experience and an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Development. At Kiddie Academy, I love the individualized curriculum for all age groups and being able to create individualized experiences for each child to be successful. I love being outdoors, spending time with my daughter, my family, and my dog. I also enjoy being crafty!

  • Ms. Laura, Lead Teacher

    I took child development in high school and from there I was hooked. I started working in childcare, coaching, and volunteering with...   Read More

    Ms. Laura, Lead Teacher

    I took child development in high school and from there I was hooked. I started working in childcare, coaching, and volunteering with kids. My favorite moment in teaching is the ‘aha’ moment! You know that they just learned something new and understood the material being taught. No day is ever boring! What I love most about Kiddie Academy is the curriculum. I feel that it is by far the best curriculum that I have worked with. Every day in the classroom I feel that I am actively using my education and training. I love involved we are in the community. My favorite thing to do is to help organize and run the STEM, Music and More programs and other community events held here at the academy. I have two degrees: one is Physical Education and one in Child Development. I come to Kiddie Academy with over ten years of work experience. I am Director qualified in the state of MD and hold a Tier 5 Maryland State Credential. In my spare time I enjoy weightlifting, running 5Ks and training for the Frederick Running Festival. I love spending time with my life.

  • Ms. Tanya, Lead Teacher

    My educational qualifications include an Associate of Science degree in General Studies. I have fifteen years of experience in childcare and worked...   Read More

    Ms. Tanya, Lead Teacher

    My educational qualifications include an Associate of Science degree in General Studies. I have fifteen years of experience in childcare and worked with ages six weeks to school age. I have had roles as site director, camp director, lead teacher, arts coordinator, and arts coordinator. I served in the navy as a hospital corpsman prior to beginning my career in Early Childhood Education. Kiddie Academy quickly become my second home and my coworkers became family. I love the environment and feel at peace here. It does not feel like a regular punch the clock job and I love how close we all are. Everyone is happy to see each other and wave hello! I have always been a nurturer. When I joined the navy, I took a job where I could help people. When I got out, I was trying to find my place in the world. I love children and a friend offered me the opportunity to work in childcare. To nurture, teach, help children grow brings me so much joy. I love to read, spend time with my family, photography, decorating, swimming when it is warm, family movie nights and scrapbooking.

  • Ms. Jamie, Lead Teacher

    I’ve been here at Kiddie Academy of Urbana for 2 years and loving every moment! I am a certified Lead Infant/Toddler teacher....   Read More

    Ms. Jamie, Lead Teacher

    I’ve been here at Kiddie Academy of Urbana for 2 years and loving every moment! I am a certified Lead Infant/Toddler teacher. I have Adult and Pediatric first Aid/CPR/AED training, Including All Children and the ADA and many more certificates needed for being Lead Infant/Toddler certified. Before starting here at Kiddie Academy, I was given the opportunity to stay home and raise my three children while also watching my niece full time from birth to 3 years of age. I plan on pursuing a degree in Education soon. From early on I always knew I would want to work with children. When attending high school and taking child development classes it just sparked my interest even more. Having three children of my own is the greatest joy in life. Having a hand in helping them, learn, grow, and experience life is amazing. I decided to go into the field of early education because I felt like I could give other children the same patience, nurture, and care that my children received. Working here at Kiddie Academy has been such a positive experience. Working in the toddler classroom is a lot of fun, every day is something new. Helping these children grow and learn in a safe, fun, nurturing environment is amazing! I love how excited this age gets when trying new activities and experiencing new things. My favorite thing is getting a chance to build a positive bond with each child and being there to help them here at the academy. When I have free time, my favorite thing to do is to spend it with my husband and three amazing kids. I love listening to music, reading, photography. I love everything outdoors, gardening, fishing, hiking. Watching my children’s sports events are my favorite days.

  • Ms. Desiree, Lead Teacher

    I’ve known ever since I was little that teaching was what I wanted to do. I come to Kiddie Academy with a...   Read More

    Ms. Desiree, Lead Teacher

    I’ve known ever since I was little that teaching was what I wanted to do. I come to Kiddie Academy with a bachelors degree in Early/Elementary Education and over 10 years of experience as a lead teacher in a classroom. I am the Lead Teacher in the 4 year old program at Kiddie Academy and I love that everyday is different and the curriculum is never boring. During my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and watching New Orleans Saints football.

  • Ms. Luli, Toddler Teacher

    I started as a floater helping in different classrooms and also worked as the cook for the school before becoming the toddler...   Read More

    Ms. Luli, Toddler Teacher

    I started as a floater helping in different classrooms and also worked as the cook for the school before becoming the toddler and twos assistant teacher. I love that the managers here are very welcoming with parents, children and have a positive attitude. They appreciate the staff and their work. The teachers are all outstanding and the curriculum is fantastic. Kiddie Academy also provides health and fresh lunches and snacks. A career in early childhood education can be very rewarding and it provides the opportunity to influence and shape the lives of young children. As a preschool teacher I get to support the personal, academic, and social development of children. I get to be a role model for young children. I have a bachelor’s degree in Language and Literature from the English Department at Cairo University. I also have a master’s degree in Translation from English to Arabic and vice versa. My work experience also includes being an assistant coordinator at Parks and Recreational Centers, an interpreter of online articles and an assistant teacher for PreK, Kindergarten and toddlers. I love listening to and playing music, movie nights with my family, going on vacations, baking, Zumba and playing badminton. In my free time I also enjoy reading at the library and walking our puppy.

  • Ms. Taylor, Teacher

    I joined Kiddie Academy as the Infant/Toddler assistant teacher. I love the environment here and the kids I work with. They are...   Read More

    Ms. Taylor, Teacher

    I joined Kiddie Academy as the Infant/Toddler assistant teacher. I love the environment here and the kids I work with. They are all my babies. I love working with young children and helping them understand the world around them. I have been babysitting since I was a teen and have hands on experience raising my daughter for the past two years. In my spare time I enjoy reading books, singing, and taking my daughter to the park.

Hear from our parents

Everything!
Michael M., Urbana

The staff are very warm, the kids love the activities.
Ijeoma N., Urbana

They are awesome
Scott L., Urbana

The staff really invests themselves in the well-being if your child. How Kiddie Academy of Urbana responded to the pandemic when it started around 2019-202 was exceptional as well.
Ramona L., Urbana

Good. My kid enjoy going here..
Priyadarshini K., Urbana

The staff is very friendly and caring. I also enjoy the flexibility of everyone and responsiveness. I love that my daughter is constantly learning and that the school provides healthy food choices. I also love the camera access and being able to check on my daughter at any time.
Evgenia A., Urbana

The content.
Pamela A., Urbana

I believe the school and it’s process is very organized. I love the cameras. The teachers and staff are very patient with the kids and it shows that they want all the kids to succeed. There could be some improvement with communication with families.
Myisha N., Urbana

The admin staff is very professional. They care about our children. Having yoga, Spanish class etc. That’s a plus.
Lori S., Urbana

Your best asset is your staff. From the front staff to the teachers, everyone is friendly, professional and always has a smile on.
Stephen S., Urbana

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