Kids Kondo is a private, family-owned infant and pre-school development center. Established in 1980 in the basement of the Clark family’s home, as a way for the Clark’s to be able to work and stay close to their young son and daughter, Robert Clark soon realized how much he enjoyed working in the community where he had grown up, and connecting with parents. So in 1984, the ‘in home’ day care was moved to the old home in the heart of Morningside, on North Highland Avenue, and Kids Kondo has flourished ever since.
A true family institution, Kids Kondo has been a family-run business for close to 30 years. Both Clark children not only attended Kids Kondo, but also later came back to work at the center for several years. Benji served as a camp counselor and Barbara worked as an after school teacher while attending college. That tradition continues today, as Barbara’s two children are now Kids Kondo kids.
Kids Kondo has a reputation as being the ‘infant specialist’. We pride ourselves in offering a loving, caring, home-like atmosphere for children and have provided this setting for thousands of children to date.
We look forward to enriching your child’s life and providing a caring, nurturing and compassionate home away from home where your child can grow and learn.
The home logo
The Kids Kondo’s logo — a home filled with kids — was created by our son Benji when he was just a little fellow. One day he drew it and presented it, full of pride, to his parents saying, “I drew a picture of Kids Kondo”! Benji died from kidney cancer in 2005, at the age of 27, but he and his drawing are still a big part of the heart and soul of Kids Kondo.
Who we are
Our philosophy is based on the belief that each child will develop to his/her full potential when provided with a loving and supportive atmosphere, in addition to a challenging curriculum that promotes a positive self-image and the desire to learn. Our teachers are experienced in early childhood education and work as a team to meet the individual needs of each child.
Kids Kondo strives to help each child to:
• Develop a positive self-image and acknowledge his or her self-worth through love and acceptance
• Develop a desire to learn through creative experiences and age appropriate experiences
• Develop basic social skills by encouraging constant social interactions
• Increase their independence and trust in adults and others
• Respect the rights of others and develop self-discipline and problem solving skills
• Provide a safe, healthy, and stimulating environment, conducive to each child’s learning and developmental potential
Parents are welcome to come in anytime during the day and visit with the children or staff. We often encourage our parents to participate in our daily activities with the kids as well as organize events that will involve the family.