About KLA Schools of Naperville
We believe confident children change the world.
According to Harvard, 90 percent of a child’s brain development will occur by the time he or she is five years old. We strive to provide the best building blocks with the best possible environment so each child will enter their later educational lives and adulthood with the best start and opportunities. Children who benefit from these early educational foundations also tend to possess stronger confidence they carry with them throughout all their years of life.
It is my sincere pleasure to welcome you and your family to our new Naperville school. KLA Schools of Naperville and KLA Schools of Plainfield are the product of a dream I had since childhood and a passion for making a lasting difference in the world around me.
My vision, shared by the people with whom I work every day, is to “Leave traces in the community by nurturing young minds to be responsible, respectful, caring citizens and confident leaders.”
My father was the first engineer from a remote rural village in India, and he showed my brother and me how it’s possible to impact our community and help others; it starts with education. He shared quotes from some of the greatest leaders in history, and from these I have often found inspiration. Perhaps you will, too. Some of those that have remained with me throughout my life are:
My journey to this rewarding, enriching, and fulfilling place in life started differently. I came to the United States filled with hope, happiness, and confidence with my engineering degree. As I was completing my MBA, I worked for Fortune 500 companies and a Big 4 consulting firm, yet I wasn’t being fulfilled. I kept recalling a letter I had received from Mother Teresa many years earlier.
In the 7th grade, my friends and I were inspired to write a letter to Mother Teresa expressing our gratitude for the sacrifices she made and her example to the world. I never expected a reply, but she wrote back and told us we could change the world, too, if we dedicated ourselves to educating children. While conducting research on how to start a school, my husband and I learned that 90 percent of brain development occurs within the first five years of life.
The pieces of my life began to merge. I discovered my true passion: to change the world one life at a time by educating and inspiring children to have the best start in life. That’s when we decided to partner with KLA Schools and founded our Plainfield school in 2013. The Reggio Emilia approach to learning parallels our beliefs that offering an inviting and healthy educational environment to children builds confidence and a sincere desire to explore the world around them. We have dedicated our efforts to providing the most exceptional learning environment for children and the results have been nothing short of humbling in their blessings to us, our staff, and most importantly the children and their families.
We have lived in Naperville since 1998. We recognized the need for a high-quality preschool here and are humbled to serve the community that has been our home all these years. Our dedicated and passionate educators lay the foundation for making positive life choices by modeling and instilling core values. Education is a lifelong process that builds upon each year, with the foundation established and strengthened during those first crucial formative years. Theodore Roosevelt once said, “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” This is why we take our responsibility to create a welcoming, caring and safe learning environment for each child seriously. We offer our teachers ample professional development and training, which is essential for a high-quality school that nurtures children not only in academics, but also in fostering emotional intelligence and building the core values of kindness and empathy towards others.
I firmly believe you’ll discover that our school offers a positive and profound experience for your entire family and invite you to join us on this incredibly rewarding journey. You’ll have the greatest impact on your child’s life and I’d be honored to be part of that amazing journey.
I believe your child will pursue their greatest dreams with confidence and strong values, just as I have.
The Development of Our Educational Approach
We researched many great philosophers and were most influenced by Jean Piaget’s Constructivist Theory and L. Vygotsky’s Socio-Constructivist Theory, as well as the works of John Dewey on the importance of bringing students’ past experiences into the classroom. The works of Jerome Bruner and Paulo Freire also amazed us. We share the belief that each person constructs his or her own intelligence through direct interaction with the environment and social groups.
We were then introduced to the theories of Loris Malaguzzi, founder of the infant-toddler centers in Reggio Emilia, Italy. He developed an approach to early childhood education that is today inspiring educators and children throughout the world. As a result, we traveled to Italy to visit these wonderful preschools. We returned truly inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach and passionate about spreading its wonders in our schools.
Why Early Childhood
We conducted a study of the Education industry to determine which areas needed attention and investment in order to improve the quality of children’s life. During our research, we learned from Harvard Center for the developing child that through early childhood education we can have a positive impact on the future of our community as 90% of the brain development happens in the first five years. It is during this critical period that children learn the fundamental pillars that will allow them to be successful in their future educational and professional endeavors.
KLA Schools Franchise and Founders
Candy Ortega, her husband, Roberto and a group of investors and educators founded KLA Schools in 2008. They opened the first KLA School in Miami, FL, in 2008 and began franchising in 2010. For Roberto and Candy, the desire to provide an inspiring curriculum, a nurturing environment, and high-quality education to preschool students across America was deeply rooted.
Roberto, KLA Schools’ CEO, inherited his passion for education from his grandfather who opened two schools of his own in South America. Candy, KLA Schools’ Educational Director, grew up in Argentina and Brazil and came to the US in 1994. She earned an Associate’s degree in Child Development and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and began her educational career as a preschool teacher at a Reggio Emilia inspired school.
Candy and Roberto have attended several Reggio Emilia conferences and study groups in the US and internationally.