In 1988 I opened the first Kids N Us. The plan was to raise my daughter Amber in a safe, loving and educational environment. Providing high quality hands on childcare for multiple families was the goal. After success with one location, a second location was added four years later. Quality and state of the art facilities quickly became a focus therefore it was clear I would need to build new facilities to my high standards and specifications, in order to accomplish this I needed to align myself with quality, loyal staff and professionals. I secured an amazing CPA, developer & banker who would ultimately guide me through the world of building and buying schools.

To date Kids N Us has 6 early learning schools, and a corporate office. The schools are state of the art buildings and all were secured through small business loans building a future for my family. Amber, my daughter shares the love of quality childcare and is now in charge of operations for all six schools. Together, her and I have the commitment to continue to build new schools in our area.

This has been a dream come true to build a family business with my daughter.  One day we both hope that her children will share the same passion as us and build upon our dream of providing quality childcare to families in more communities.

With love, 

Lori Blades, President & Founder




At Kids N Us our primary goal is to provide a safe, loving, homelike atmosphere that will foster the social, and cognitive development of each child in our care.

To meet these goals, we have developed a strong program based on our belief that children learn by doing. Our Administrative and Teaching Staff have developed specific objectives for each of our programs.

The Kids N Us environment encourages learning through experience and accomplishment through adult encouragement and support. Through all activities we seek to encourage a positive self esteem, creativity, independence, self awareness and problem solving. Our flexible hours, parent resources, family functions and parties reflect our commitment to serving the total family.



Kids N Us aspires to provide innovative programs that serve and support children and families through strong partnerships. We are committed to providing the highest quality early childhood program for children, families and staff.

We strive to accomplish this goal by:

  • Create & maintain state of the art schools and equipment

  • Create and embrace diversity at all levels including family & staff

  • Create a positive work environment that encourages professional growth & continued education

  • Nurture and develop each child’s unique abilities & potential

  • Making a difference in our communities

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Lori Blades

President & Founder


Kellyann Armstrong



Amber Burnett

Vice President & CEO


Terri Yates

Billing Specialist

Trish Miller

Executive Director


Melissa Hintze
Payroll & Benefits Specialist


Tami LaRocque
Office Coordinator