How it all began....
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 after school 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 2019... We have 3 After School Programs including E. Rivers, Atlanta Classical, and Garden Hills after-school program; We also were voted BEST SUMMER CAMP in Atlanta in the Totally Awesome Awards for Red Tricycle and BEST AFTERSCHOOL By Buckhaven! 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 2020!
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! One of my dearest friends and one of the most fun people I know, Ms. Kelly runs our Day Camp and makes each year of Kiddos even better then the last. 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! Ms. Lexie changed her college path after experiencing what Kiddos can do, and now her creativity and optimism truly keep the vision going. Ms. Kedra is nothing short of magic, her ability to read kids and give them the confidence they need is unlike anything I have seen. Lastly I've know Ms. Isabel since she was 7 years old and she has been right next to me adding spunk and kindness into our Kiddos culture since we started, and now its her turn to run her very own program! 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 this Year-- 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 Soon!
MEET THE KIDDOS LEADERS
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 Cornbread! Miss Chay has been with kiddos for 3 years and fully embraces and loves Kiddos Culture and ensures our parent customer service is top notch. She is the voice on the other end of the office phone making sure our families are well taken care of and is the glue that keeps the behind the scenes of EVERY program organized and GREAT.more
Our kiddos call her Minimi! Isabel is the New Director of Garden Hills After School after working with Kiddos since we started. She is a native Atlantan, an avid yogi and mom of three crazy rescue dogs. She has over 7 years of after school experience, will receive her Interrelated Studies degree from Georgia state and has passion for mentoring other teachers to embrace the best practices in child care. Her positive energy, work ethic and understanding of kids makes her irreplaceable!more
Our kiddos call her Starbucks! Lexie has been with Kiddos for 6 years and helped open the Kiddos @ Atlanta Classical Academy 4 years ago! She also created curriculum and trained a team our Golden Key Camp as Assistant Director.. This will be her first year Directing a program and we are excited to see her continue to make sure Kiddos @ ACA is top notch!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
Ms. Kedra joined our team 3 years ago and immediately made Kiddos better! By taking the Kiddos atmosphere and using it to make sure we can immerse and engage ALL kiddos into the fun! Her ability to help kiddos is best described as magical. Her experience as mom of 2, inclusion coordinator at Kiddos camp, and lead teacher at Garden Hills make her a perfect person to be the Assistant Director at E. Rivers!more