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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.
Between ages 4 and 5, 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.
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Each Academy is a little different. Here's what makes us unique:
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
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
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.
Ms. Brittni, Co-Director - Education and Enrollment
I have known ever since I was little that I wanted to work with children. Giving children love and watching their curious... Read More
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!
Mr. Kyle, Assistant Director
My name is Kyle Van Pelt, I have been working in the childcare field for over 20 years. I was born and... Read More
My name is Kyle Van Pelt, I have been working in the childcare field for over 20 years. I was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, I graduated college at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. During my spare time, I enjoy exercising, running, disc golf, bowling, music, and spending time with family and friends. As a childcare provider, my mission is to make strong first impressions with the families and children that attend our program each day. My mission to help show and guide children on how to make the best choices in life as they grow and develop in their classrooms. The most rewarding part for me as a childcare provider is when families share with me how much a positive impact, I bring to their children each day. I learned with Kiddie Academy that the theme is the go forward each day, and when I fulfill my goals and missions, it helps me continue to motivate myself to continue to learn, to grow and to move forward.
Ms. Sarah, Accreditation and Curriculum Coordinator
Hi, my name is Sarah, and I am originally from California but have finally decided to settle here in Maryland. I have... Read More
Hi, my name is Sarah, and I am originally from California but have finally decided to settle here in Maryland. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and have been working as a preschool teacher for over 4 years. I am currently one of the preschool teachers and I absolutely love it! When I’m not here at school I like to read and do crafts.
“Daily report : which has detailed information what she ate vs what she leaned vs what extra circulam activities she participated, pictures and videos for that day. All time video surveillance to watch our kids during office or home hrs from mobile / laptop. Vegetarian Menu Access to door with password... ”
Thanuja B., Urbana
“My daughter is still at Kiddie in the 2s class. She is learning so much! We will stay with Kiddie for pre-K. We also recently enrolled our son in the infants class. We are very happy with how his teachers care for him. ”
Komal P., Urbana
“I like the communication on what my child is learning. ”
Naeemah F., Urbana
“Clean environment and friendly stuff. My daughter loves going to school every day ”
Akosua M., Urbana
“I never thought my I’d hear my child say “I love going to school”! I think the most important thing is that KA cares about my child and allows them to learn and grow. KA is a great introduction to schooling, so I’m more confident my child will adapt to kindergarten. ”
Khai V., Urbana
“I like that center provides melas for kids but would love to see more variety . ”
Aliya M., Urbana
“The teachers are so very kind and love the kids. You can see why they’re in the profession they’re in. They’re open about the children’s strengths and what they need to work on. The instructors work closely with parents to set a plan for success, may it be something such as working on sharing or… ”
Christina B., Urbana
“Good caring, nutritious food, good atmosphere, child safety. ”
Vinothini L., Urbana
“Thank you ”
Kemal B., Urbana
“Service, the teachers, I can watch my child while I am at home/work, the environment in clean and secure ”
Benjamin M., Urbana
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.
The learning doesn't stop for parents, either. That’s why we created an information resource with helpful tips on everything from enriching our STEM program at home to introducing lifelong healthy eating and fitness habits.
02/24/23Nutritious, delicious food choices for Kiddie Academy students