Kiddie Academy Opens Today in Hawthorn Woods

HAWTHORN WOODS, Ill. – A new Kiddie Academy opened today in Hawthorn Woods, located at Rt. 22 and Quentin Rd., across from Mariano’s. The new facility will offer e-learning as well as full-day private kindergarten classes and child care for infants starting at six weeks old.

“We’re very excited to be able to serve our local communities,” said Tosi Ufodike, Executive Director of Kiddie Academy. Ufodike and her husband, an executive at a Chicago-based Fortune 500 company, moved to Hawthorn Woods in 2018 from Louisiana. The couple has two children.

This is not Ufodike’s first foray into the child care industry. She is the author of “50 Parent Commandments” and also owned a successful nanny agency in Atlanta.

Tosi Ufodike, Executive Director of Kiddie Academy in Hawthorn Woods, discusses why she decided to open a Kiddie Academy franchise.

Ufodike’s Kiddie Academy offers 10 classrooms, a chef who cooks hot meals, and an impressive outdoor space with plenty of room for play activities and fresh air.

Kiddie Academy’s recreation area is arguably more impressive than many public parks.

However, many parents will be most impressed with the curriculum, which is called “Life Essentials,” a philosophy that focuses on character education, STEM-infused technology and health/fitness experiences to nurture and build upon a child’s inquisitiveness and create momentum for learning.

“The teachers here have more than 34 years of combined experience,” said Ufodike regarding her team.

The “Life Essentials” curriculum exceeds State of Illinois standards, according to Ufodike.
Ufodike explains how e-learning will work at Kiddie Academy. According to Ufodike, teachers are partnering with the local school districts.

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“Considering the e-learning struggles that parents are facing this year, we are very excited to offer e-learning,” said Danielle Ilgenfritz, Kiddie Academy director. Ilgenfritz has more than 10 years of experience in Early Childhood Education.

Kiddie Academy is located at 105 Roman Lane in Hawthorn Woods, Ill. Hours are 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

By Margo Pelak

Margo Pelak is founder and managing editor of the Local Newsreader, which covers hyper-local news in Hawthorn Woods, Lake Zurich and Mundelein. She resides in Hawthorn Woods with her husband Dennis and two wild beasts named Ladybug and Juney P.

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