Pictured are (front) Kiddie Academy owner Ami Desai, Meredith Greenberg, Sahana Padmanabhan, Marissa Landron, Sarika Patel, Kristy Panek, (back) Anuja Katiyar, Jaime Moritz, director Bonnie Spinelli, Julia DeLibero and Chelsea Harrison June 14, 2016.
Kiddie Academy of Robbinsville opened last month on Route 130 after a five year journey.

Bhavesh Desai—the CEO of Desmo Travel in Sayreville—and his wife Ami opened Kiddie Academy in order to follow their passion of running and educational business. They live in Sayreville with their 12-year old daughter and 8-year old son.

“We used to be tutors in our school days,” said Bhavesh Desai, whose mother is also a teacher. “The beauty of doing this, in addition to following our passion, is when you own it, you have more opportunity and can cultivate the curriculum and educate the students the way you want.”

Kiddie Academy has been a national child care education center for 35 years. Director Bonnie Spinelli strongly believes in Kiddie Academy’s national Life Essentials curriculum.

“We have supporting programs, activities, and techniques to help prepare children for school and life,” Spinelli said. “We have hands-on exploration and discovery programs children will benefit from.”

The curriculum is designed to be individualized for the students, as well as their families.

“Families are individuals,” she said. “We are listening to the community for their needs and wants. We are here to make a difference in people’s lives.”

Spinelli has worked in early childhood education for 29 years. Both her 14-year old daughter and 12-year old son attended a Kiddie Academy. Bonnie also worked for Kiddie Academy previously.

“Everything Kiddie Academy stands for as a mom I believe in it,” she said.

Her working with the Desais is serendipitous. A friend of Spinelli’s was driving down Route 130, and saw the sign for the new Kiddie Academy. The friend passed word onto Spinelli, who called Kiddie Academy’s national headquarters to inquire about an opening.

“I had an email from corporate within 5 minutes putting me in touch with the Desais,” Spinelli said. “I was excited when I talked to them. Their goals and objectives are the same as mine. It was refreshing to meet someone opening a new child care center. Their hearts are in the right place; making sure there is an environment for children to grow and thrive in.”

The Desais spent three years building this location. They had to think about how the children would use everything from the classes to the playground, and how it would be useful to the students.

“We want to get it right,” Bhavesh Desai said. “We went above and beyond. The playground equipment is appropriate for every age group, even for infants.”

“You don’t usually see a playground for infants,” Spinelli said. “It is an outdoor classroom.”

The nearly 10,000 square foot location has nine classrooms, and space for 147 students ages 6 weeks to 12 years. They offer full and part-time flexible schedules. Through the Robbinsville School system—and their busses—Kiddie Academy of Robbinsville offers before and after school care. There are openings at all levels.

Camp curriculum is available through the end of August for school aged children. Parents can enroll their children on a weekly or drop-in basis, depending on the amount of childcare the family needs. They offer enrichment programs in science, art, character education and technology.

Breakfast, lunch and snacks are prepared in their commercial kitchen, with a focus on health and nutrition. The entire staff is CPR and First Aid certified.

Technology is in every classroom from ages 2 1/2, including touch screen computers and Smartboards.

“Technology is wonderful,” Spinelli said. “All of the education is in alignment with our curriculum.”

The staff communicates with parents on a daily basis through Tadpoles, their online program designed to track developmental and educational milestones.

The official grand opening celebration is slated for Saturday, Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More details will be on the Kiddie Academy website.

Kiddie Academy of Robbinsville is located at 1412 Route 130, Building F, in Robbinsville. Phone: (609) 224-1177. Web: educationaldaycare.kiddieacademy.com/academies/robbinsville. Email: robbinsville@kiddieacademy.net.