Mar 25, 2013

About Us

Chesterfield day care center

Chesterfield day care center

Chesterfield Kids Academy is independently owned and operated by a mother-daughter team with over 40 years combined experience in early childhood, elementary, and higher education. We are committed to providing high quality education: our programs are designed to cater to the diverse needs of the families we serve, and are rooted in American and European educational traditions. Our academy finds firm foundation in a loving, nurturing, and safe atmosphere which allows young children to acquire and practice vital skills in a formal school environment.

Choosing the right school for your child is important. Our commitment to prospective and enrolled children and parents is evident in our unique approach to education: our curriculum is designed to develop a lifelong love of, and positive attitude toward, learning. We achieve this by providing tools and resources for our students to explore and discover the world around them while having fun every day. The diverse and dedicated staff at CKA is trained to support children in their natural curiosity and desire to learn by creating a school environment unlike any other around.

Our state of the art facilities have been carefully planned with children’s comfort and interests in mind: floor plans are free flowing, hand painted murals offer an inviting backdrop, and many windows provide abundant natural light. Our spacious and cheerful classrooms are equipped to make your child feel at home. Open rooms are available to accommodate developing creativity through puppet shows, reading, computer education, and cooking. The outdoor play areas are fenced-in and well secured. In the summertime, our outdoor swimming pool is an active learning option for preschool and older children. All year round, our students are able to express themselves in enrichment activities such as music, language, art, and weekly chess games.
On behalf of our staff and students, we would like to welcome you to the CKA family!

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Mar 25, 2013

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Chesterfield Kids Academy, LLC

13444 Beagle Lane

Chesterfield, MO 63141

Telephone: (636) 748-0033

Email: ckadaycare@gmail.com

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Mar 25, 2013

Our Philosophy

Chesterfield day care

Chesterfield day care

We believe in the promise of each child’s unique abilities. To foster development inclusive of all intelligences, we provide the opportunity to learn at a pace chosen by each student. The Academy’s environment is safe, nurturing, and respectful, which dramatically increases its educational value.

Our philosophy is to positively assist each child in his or her creative approach to the learning process. This sensitivity is the beginning of a healthy relationship our educational family and your child. He or she will desire to learn and explore, progressing in self-cultivation. Our staff appreciates its responsibility to help discover, develop, and nurture each child’s innate talents and gifts. An integral part of this learning process is support of diversity and tolerance.

Chesterfield Kids Academy provides an approach to education just as unique as your child. We believe firmly in the benefits of immersive language instruction which provides our students with strategies for holistic growth and development as global citizens. Immersion is successful because it teaches language through daily curriculum rather than partitioning language learning to one class.
The benefits of language immersion have been noted by renowned sources such as the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. We trust the research documented by institutions like these and have seen first-hand how language acquisition can instill confidence in a child and awake his or her capacity for advanced instruction.
Immersion programs like ours “are effective because they use second language acquisition as the vehicle for learning the general education curriculum. This makes the content of the course inherently more interesting for the student and maximizes the instructional time” (Abbot, Caccavale, & Stewart, 2007). Children’s natural curiosity makes them interested in learning language; immersion techniques keep them interested by catering to developmentally appropriate skills like listening, gesturing, and mimicking.
By becoming familiar with a second language, researchers have noted drastic improvements in children’s intellectual and mental development, problem-solving abilities, and social skills with friends of other cultures. Being bilingual gives a head start to stretching creativity and building critical thinking experience. “Learning a second language can also improve a child’s understanding of his or her native language. As a child acquires language structures in the second language, he or she is continuously scaffolding, connecting, and comparing these new structures to what is already known” (Redbord and Sachetti, 2003). This practice allows for development of advanced progression in language including fluency and near-native pronunciation. These language skills provide substantial framework for a child’s education in other subject areas such as math, science, and history.
We trust that immersive language study is a venture in which your child will delight and grow, one that can support his or her passion for education and cross-cultural interactions. Our staff is qualified to meet the needs of an immersive environment.
For further information on language immersion, please see the list of resources below:
Abbot, M. G., Caccavale, T. S., and Stewart, K. (2007, Fall). Cognitive benefits of learning language. Duke University Talent Identification Program Online Newsletter for Parents of Gifted Youth. 8(1).
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Benefits of language learning. Retrieved from http://www.actfl.org/advocacy/discover-languages/for-parents/benefits?pageid=3651

Redbord, B. and Sachetti, R. (2003). Language immersion programs. Retrieved from
http://www.pbs.org/teachers/earlychildhood/articles/language.html

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Mar 25, 2013

Our Program

Chesterfield Kids Academy offers a variety of programs for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years: full- and half-day preschool, before- and after-school care, drop-in care, summer camps, and more.

Elementary age children listening to female teacher in school classroom.

Elementary age children listening to female teacher in school classroom.

Our curriculum is developed in cooperation with our teachers, allowing them to weave themes into tangible activities throughout the day. Through hands-on activities, teachers facilitate and encourage discovery and learning at all ability levels. Children explore music and movement, math, science, art, language, literacy (reading and computer applications), all while growing their imagination through dramatic play.

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