It was January 1st, 2011 when I had a real Aha Moment. I figured, "New Year, new idea." When most were doing that New Years resolution thing, it all suddenly came together for me. For five months, friends said I was “MIA”, because I couldn’t stop working to create Kiddos. I was hooked; hooked on offering a new choice, a fun place to play, letting kids make some decisions, hiring employees who were energetic role models, having Fridays that were real events, and showing that afterschool doesn’t have to be a taboo place to send your child.
Summer 2011 was our first day of camp season and we grew from 25 to 70 Kiddos in 3 weeks! Then came an awesome first after-school year with our Kiddos at E. Rivers Elementary. We continued to grow with an amazing group of team members. Each summer and school year became better than the last!
In 2013 I bought a school bus and painted it my favorite color, blue; realized that water colors are really hard to clean off of tables; added Sutton after-school program; then learned that middle-schoolers prefer to do things that were their idea.
Fast forward to 2017... We have 4 After School Programs including E. Rivers, Atlanta Classical, Garden Hills and Sutton after-school program; We also were voted BEST SUMMER CAMP in Atlanta in the Totally Awesome Awards for Red Tricycle! We are partnered with Golden Key Honour Society making it possible to offer a kiddos experience in under-served communities. As we continue to grow, keeping 'The Kiddos Way' alive requires an AMAZING team, or as we have a "Framily." Luckily, I have five of the best people I know leading Kiddos in to 2017!
The Kiddos team leaders are a group of extraordinary people who work with me to provide a caring, high energy, well organized, and over the top program! Ms. Chameka, whom I met while working at an after-school program, is back for her 6th summer with Kiddos. She is directing our partnership camp with Golden Key at Burgess Peterson. I searched high and low for Ms. Jennifer and am lucky to have her kind spirit spear heading our NEW Kiddie Camp for 3, 4 and 5 year olds! One of my dearest friends and one of the most fun people I know, Ms. Kelly runs our Day Camp and will make the 7th summer of Kiddos even better then the last. Mr. Troy is on his 6th summer with Kiddos and his energy, passion and excellent bus driving skills makes The Adventure Camp a safe and fun place for Middle Schooler's. Our newest member to the framily is Ms. Chay who is making sure our customer service and behind the scenes continues to grow with us, she is the sweet voice who now answers our Kiddos main number! I know you will love these people just as I do.
I have always been that kid who wants to do it better than the last time, so I am excited to have you join us for Summer 2017 -- but I really can’t wait to show you what the Kiddos Framily has in store for! Some might say I am crazy (in fact many do). BUT I am confident it’s a good crazy, the kind that’s fun, full of energy, very caring and equally detail obsessed!
See you this Summer!
Our kiddos call her Excel and she is the Creater and Operator of Kiddos. Lara attended Morris Brandon, Sutton, North Atlanta and received a BBA from Georgia State. Growing up in Atlanta as a camper, after schooler and eventually a counselor, teacher, mentor, director and creater, Kiddos is her way of impacting the community that has raised her.more
Our kiddos call her Boogie. Chameka has been with Kiddos since the Beginning! She has a Child Psychology degree from Georgia State University, over 12 years experience in child care and a mother of 2! She will direct Golden Key Kiddos Camp for the 2nd summer making sure that as we grow we co Kiddos Impact and her energy, attention to detail and love of Kiddos keeps our campers happy!more
Our kiddos call her Bambi! Jennifer is the Director of Garden Hills After School and of our NEW Kiddie Camp this summer. She moved to Atlanta ten years ago from Washington, DC where she worked with children through the Americorps Teach for America program, mentoring programs and has seven years of experience as an early childhood teacher. Her kindness, hard work, compassion and willingness to take on a challenge make her the perfect leader for our Kiddos for the 5th summer!more
Our kiddos call her Pippi! Kelly is the Director of Kiddos @ Atlanta Classical Academy After School and Kiddos Day Camp. Originally from Tallahassee, Florida, Kelly now calls Atlanta home after attending North Atlanta High School and then graduating with a Sociology Degree from Georgia State University. She has ten years of experience working at summer camps/after school and has been with Kiddos since we started. She is full of energy and has a fun way of getting Kiddos engaged.more
Our kiddos call her Cornbread! Chay is our Office Coordinator Extraordinaire and makes sure to keep the behind scenes running smoothly, customers being treated outstandingly and our kiddos a number one priority. A transplant from California, Ms. Chay now calls Kiddos Atlanta home and we are thankful she is here to help us!more
Our kiddos call him Optimus! Mr. Troy has been with Kiddos for six years and Directs Kiddos @ E. Rivers during the school year and THE Adventure Camp in the Summer. Originally from New York Troy has become apart of the Old Fourth ward community and has embraced it! He has a passion for Kiddos and creating excitement in everyone who works or attends to become apart of the community and experience!more
We have the most fun and loyal people in Atlanta! ...If youv'e been to Kiddos chances are you know Minime, Starbucks, Pepto, Drops, Miss Hola, Lazer, Smash and Keebler all of who have been here for 4 or more years and will be back for summer 2017 along with some of our Kiddos Framily newbies Superman, Baller, Sassy, Pickle, Sweet Tart and more!