Building A Strong Educational, Emotional, & Social Connection
By Developing The Whole Child Through Nature, Community, & Kindness
Meet Shannon Smith
Hello! My name is Shannon Smith, and I’m the Owner/Director of A Kid’s World. My husband Tony and I have been married for 22 years, and we have four beautiful daughters. We became proud first-time grandparents to our granddaughter, Nora Kate, in May 2019. Tony and I grew up in Walton County, and it’s such a great community that we stayed and raised all our children here. Tony is a retired Fire Chief for The City of Covington Fire Department.
I have Degrees in Psychology and Early Childhood Education from the University of Cincinnati. I also have a National Administrators Credential and a Technical Childcare Certificate. In my spare time, I enjoy running. I began running in 2009 and have run two full marathons (26.2 miles), 80 half marathons (13.1 miles), and too many 5Ks to count! In 2012, I ran 12 ½ marathons in 12 months (1 half marathon a month for every month)
I opened A Kid’s World in 1997 with a vision to make high-quality childcare available to all families in Walton County. Over the years, we have stayed true to this vision. AKW proudly participates in numerous grants and programs that allow our center to provide the highest quality care at the most affordable price.
Our family looks forward to continuing to provide this level of care for many generations to come!
Creating An Environment Built On Nature Education & Stewardship
Our mission is to create an environment that puts nature education and stewardship at the foundation of our program while building a strong educational, social, and emotional connection for your child.
Growing Your Child Through Nature, Community, & Kindness
Our vision is to empower children to grow to their unique potential using proven curriculums and a holistic learning approach for developing the whole child through nature, community, and kindness.
Our Core Values
First-Rate, Quality-Based Care For Your Little One
AKW proudly supports, encourages, and cares for your child through their early educational journey. Achieving first-rate, quality-based care through various accreditations and awards such as:
- GAEYC 2021 Program of the Year
- GA DECAL (Department of Early Care And Learning) Literacy grant site
- GA Farm-to-Table Early Education
- GA DECAL Bright from the Start/QRIS 2-Star program
- Governor’s commendation for wellness
- The new outdoor classroom will be Certified Nature Explore®
Community Partnerships Encourage Empathy, Responsibility, & Kindness
AKW participates in Walton Wellness’s Grow-a-Row program by contributing to their Mobile Farmacy bus and the public health program for kids. These programs encourage your child to grow, thrive, and blossom into responsible and contributing members of society.
Putting Your Child On The Path To Success
Your child’s teachers are passionate about nature, community, and kindness. Every interaction with your little learner is full of love, dedication, and a commitment to providing them with the best educational start possible.
Supporting Parents In A Warm Safe, & Nurturing Environment
Knowing that your child is in the hands of caring family members is one of the best feelings you can have. By choosing family-run childcare with a family-first atmosphere, your child receives the same love and attention you expect from extended family.
Developing The Whole Child Through Proven Curricula
Using the whole child approach to academics, social-emotional learning, and physical well-being empowers your little one to become a creative, responsible, and engaged citizen. Your child learns invaluable lifelong skills through proven programs, strategies, and curricula such as:
- Mother Goose Time© (Infants to Preschool)
- Frog Street© (Preschool +)
- Outdoor exploration
- Gardening education
- Enrichments such as music class and yoga
Every child is unique and deserves kindness and respect in an atmosphere filled with unconditional love from teachers who tend to their personal and educational needs. The health and well-being of your child are of utmost priority—we bring in experts in both health and education to monitor and mentor your child so you can ensure the best care possible. Invite your child into a stimulating early learning environment where teachers and parents partner to provide all the love and support your child needs to reach milestones and feel a sense of personal achievement.