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Each Academy is a little different. Here's what makes us unique:

  • A curriculum that exceeds state standards
  • Nutritious meals and snacks
  • Parent communications portal
  • Safe and secure state-of-the-art facility

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  • 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.

  • 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

    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 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

    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 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

    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 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.

  • 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. 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.

  • Ms. Anusha, Lead Teacher

      I hold a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science, but my passion for watching children grow and sparkle when they learn new...   Read More

    Ms. Anusha, Lead Teacher

      I hold a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science, but my passion for watching children grow and sparkle when they learn new things made me become an educator. I have recently obtained my 90-hr. certification. I believe the most important part of my job is to make children feel safe and comfortable in my classroom. I love to spend time with my family. I also enjoy shopping and binge-watching Netflix shows.    

  • Ms. Sabita, Lead Teacher

    I’m Sabita and I've been with Kiddie Academy since 2018. I grew up in Nepal, currently live in Urbana. I have a...   Read More

    Ms. Sabita, Lead Teacher

    I’m Sabita and I've been with Kiddie Academy since 2018. I grew up in Nepal, currently live in Urbana. I have a Masters Degree in Finance. I have two wonderful boys who keep me very busy with their various activities. Being with kids has always been a passion of mine. I find inspiration everyday through working with kids. I feel that it is a gift to me to help them explore the world around them.

  • Ms. Jenna, Lead Teacher

    I have worked in child care for 13 years, and can’t get enough of the Infants and Toddlers! I am lead certified...   Read More

    Ms. Jenna, Lead Teacher

    I have worked in child care for 13 years, and can’t get enough of the Infants and Toddlers! I am lead certified to work with infants through preschool ages. I am also First Aid and CPR certified. I have a daughter of my own that I really enjoy spending time with. My mom had a home daycare since I was at a young age. I’ve always loved working with kids since I was little!

Hear from our parents

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

I like the diversity and the approach to all children equally but in line with their needs. In this way, the child feels valuable and belongs there, increasing her/his participation.
Seda B., Urbana

Love the teachers and Mangement. Everyone is really nice and easy to get along with.
Jennifer H., Urbana

Very nice and friendly
Kamakshi R., Urbana

Everyone is so caring and vested in my children's care, education, and well-being. I appreciate that despite being a large school, everyone knows my children by name. The teachers and admin staff are wonderful people. I also like all the activities my children get to partake in and the pictures/videos that document it.
Krisztina S., Urbana

Teachers love and take care of the kids as of their owns. Has a very family feel to it.
Aliya M., Urbana

Quality
Lakshmi Anusha P., Urbana

Everyone is caring, dedicated, and extremely qualified in early childhood. Our granddaughter loves the teachers, staff, playground, classroom activities and going to school each morning!
Mona C., Urbana

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