By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
Kiddie Academy of Mill Creek educational childcare opened for business in its newly renovated Thomas Lake Shopping Center space late last year. Their grand opening is planned for Saturday, February 27, 2016, with Mayor Pam Pruitt and others in attendance for the morning ribbon cutting ceremony.
The public is invited to the free open house from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm where there will be music, dance activities, arts and crafts, food, and lots of other activities for the children. Families may call ahead to schedule a personalized tour.
Kiddie Academy of Mill Creek is located at 3226 132nd Street SE.
Kiddie Academy of Mill Creek is owner Raman Thind’s second Puget Sound area Kiddie Academy. She said she opened her Kirkland operation in the fall of 2012, and is bringing her teaching experience and training to Mill Creek.
Thind said that she and her family chose to locate their second Kiddie Academy in Mill Creek because, while living in the area with young childern, they saw the need for high quality local educational childcare.
Kiddie Academy of Mill Creek offers educational daycare based on their Life Essentials® educational philosophy to children of the ages of six weeks old to twelve years old.
Director of Early Learning Sheri Young has seventeen years of experience in child education and is excited to bring Kiddie Academy’s educational daycare to Mill Creek.
According to Young, “Our educational philosophy as well as our curriculum and supporting programs, methods, activities, and techniques help prepare children for school and for life.”
“Kiddie Academy’s Life Essentials philosophy is based on four pillars of education: developmentally appropriate curriculum, character education, technology education, and health and fitness.”
According to Young, technology is a big part of Kiddie Academy, “Technology is integrated into the curriculum. We bring technology into the classroom to prepare the child for kindergarten.”
Thind added, “Once they are two years old technology is a part of their curriculum and we add literacy and numeracy to our threes and fours program.”
Thind said that the younger students receive a personalized curriculum, “For especially the younger ones, curriculums are tweaked so that they meet their personal needs, because until they are two years old their needs are kind of different for each level; you can’t use the same lesson plan for the whole class. When they are in bigger groups in their threes and fours, even if it is the same lesson plan we try to bring it down to the level of kids who are not yet at that point and add on to it if there are kids who need to be more challenged.”
Young said, “We believe that children are actively learning from the time they step through the doors of the academy until they leave, and that each child should have the opportunity to participate in large and small group activities as well as independent play.”
“At Kiddie Academy, children learn from an early age that their behaviors and actions can help others outside the classroom and academy.”
Thind concluded, "We are excited to be a part of Mill Creek and thankful for the positive response we have received from the community."
"We are looking forward to preparing our community's children for school and for life in a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment."
Kiddie Academy Owner Raman Thind (right) and Early Learning Director Sheri Young. Photo credit: Richard Van Winkle.