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  • Ashley Eichhorn, Director

    Ashley lives in Urbandale with her husband, Matt and her two children Emree, 8 and Easton, 5. Ashley grew up in West...   Read More

    Ashley Eichhorn, Director

    Ashley lives in Urbandale with her husband, Matt and her two children Emree, 8 and Easton, 5. Ashley grew up in West Des Moines and attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where she earned her Elementary Education degree. She later earned her Masters in Arts of Education and was a classroom teacher in the public school system for 14 years. Ashley enjoys spending time with her family, including her dog Stevie. She has a passion for writing children's books and anything involving creative thinking.  Ashley has an energetic and positive demeaner and strives to learn alongside her students. She is very hands on and values the "team" approach to childcare. She looks forward to getting to know all of the students and families at Kiddie Academy. 

  • Haleigh Wade, Assistant Director

    Haleigh Wade, Assistant Director

    Ashley lives in Urbandale with her husband, Matt and her two children Emree, 8 and Easton, 5. Ashley grew up in West Des Moines and attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where she earned her Elementary Education degree. She later earned her Masters in Arts of Education and was a classroom teacher in the public school system for 14 years. Ashley enjoys spending time with her family, including her dog Stevie. She has a passion for writing children's books and anything involving creative thinking.  Ashley has an energetic and positive demeaner and strives to learn alongside her students. She is very hands on and values the "team" approach to childcare. She looks forward to getting to know all of the students and families at Kiddie Academy. 

  • Randi Schmitz, Owner

    Randi lives in Grimes with her husband Grant and their children Ellie, 4 and Lincoln, 2 and Ryleigh (born in August 2022)....   Read More

    Randi Schmitz, Owner

    Randi lives in Grimes with her husband Grant and their children Ellie, 4 and Lincoln, 2 and Ryleigh (born in August 2022). They are originally from a small town in Iowa but spent some time living in Omaha after college. In 2018 they made the move back to Iowa. Randi has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Western Governors University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Iowa State University. Randi has always enjoyed working with children. While living in Omaha Randi worked as an assistant teacher, teacher, and director in child care. Her passion for great childcare and education is what started the journey with Kiddie Academy. Having three young children of her own, she understands how difficult the decision can be to select the right child care and hopes that she can help parents feel more at ease when they choose Kiddie Academy of Urbandale.

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We love everything about Kiddie Academy! The teachers, everyone who works there are simply amazing and truly care about being there. I feel so happy taking my son there and he loves it. It's super clean, the curriculum is amazing and they work with me on the foods that I want my son to eat.…
Jodi B., Urbandale

Access to the classroom cameras, brief updates on tadpoles with fun pictures , detailed description of the various educational activities taught to kids , variety among meals and snacks , caring staff members and teachers who genuinely care about kids , easy communication with not only the teachers but also with the management and the…
Prachi T., Urbandale

I am a big fan of the e-mails that I get including the updates with pictures of Oliver and how his days been, it’s a huge relief knowing I can check up on him whenever I want.
Muhammad Y., Urbandale

Finger print access, cameras, individual playgrounds, meal plans, and all the fun activities
Nyssa F., Urbandale

Caring director and staff, great communication, lots of pictures, nutritional meals and an amazing facility!
Nicole L., Urbandale

We like how friendly the staff is, clean the rooms and center is, and the decorations/ activities they have done so far!
Jenny H., Urbandale

I recommend Kiddie Academy all of the time. Very much appreciate the staff and leadership. Leadership is super friendly
Logan W., Urbandale

Kiddie academy has been one of the best choices we've made for our daughter. It has a wonderful staff, caring management/ ownership and we couldn't appreciate it more.
Jordan N., Urbandale

I love that I feel my child is getting the same education (reading, activities, outdoor play, social skills, creative space) that I would give at home. I feel it has helped foster my child’s natural talents while giving a warm and loving environment.
Bree M., Urbandale

We like that our child gets to do all the fun and educational activities indoor/outdoor. We especially like the idea that they have a big play center for when the weather isn't nice outside. It's also great hearing the teachers greet and say goodbye to the kids with a smile. That helps our child start…
Sou G., Urbandale

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