4710 South Drive St. Louis, MO 63129
Kids Kastle Learning and Activity Center
Ashley Pedraza, Owner/Director
My name is Ashley Pedraza, and I am the proud owner of Kids Kastle. I am a mother of four beautiful little girls, a middle sister, an aunt to two adorable nieces and a two nephews, a wife to Mr. Antonio, and a teacher to all of our precious children enrolled at Kids Kastle. Although I have a full time staff, I have the benefit of working with all age groups at various times throughout the day.
I first began my journey in the wonderful world of early education as a child in my mother’s home daycare. She was a 5th grade teacher, who adored children. I loved being her big helper, and playing “school” with the children that were enrolled. Even though I was only 9 years old, I dreamt of the day that I could grow up and be just like my mom. It was during my senior year of high school that I decided to start my own daycare at home. I began caring for children of all ages, twenty four hours a day. With great success and popular demand for my services, I expanded my business to Kids Kastle. My dream came true June 5th, 2006.
Since that fifth day of June, my life has changed forever. I have dedicated the last 12 years of my life to building a successful daycare business. I have faced and overcome some major obstacles, met some amazing children, formed new friendships, and learned a lot about myself and the daycare business.
I take great pride in operating a daycare with a very personable staff. I want every parent to know that their child is special in our program, and that they can trust us to provide the love and quality care for their children while they are away. We make every effort to meet the needs of every family and each individual child within our program.
I am very proud of the center that we have developed, and hope that you will be too. All though my mother is not here to share the wonderful experience with me today, I know that she is with us every step of the way!
Hi, my name is Antonio Pedraza, I have been owner/operator at Kids Kastle since 2006. I am originally from Jocotitlan, Mexico. I moved to America in 2001, and have since started a family as well as our family owned business.
At Kid’s Kastle, I primarily work with the school age children (Kindergarten and up) as well as before and after care. I strive to provide a fun, educational, and safe environment for every child. My students and I typically spend our days with a mixture of outdoor play, team sports, splash days, arts and crafts, and much more fun. During the summer the fun never ends!
As a husband, and father of four daughters, I have grown attached to all of my students as if they were family! I could not imagine my life with any other career path! I look forward to working with your child(ren) too as they join our ever growing family here at Kids Kastle!
Hello! My name is Alex Knecht, and I currently go to St. Louis Community College, where I am working towards a degree in Childhood Education. I am 18 years old and I have an adorable baby sister named Kaylee. I have been helping care for her since birth. I have always loved being around children and wanted to pursue a career that allows me to interact with them. Working at Kids Kastle gives me a chance to gain hands on experience working with children of all ages, and I am very fortunate to have such an amazing opportunity!
My name is Sheila. I have always loved children even before I had my own. I spent many hours volunteering at the Shriners Hospital with sick children. I first met the Pedraza Family in 2005 when my little boy was only in Kindergarten and I needed childcare. He is now 20 years old! Ashley helped me raise my son like a second mom. Working in retail for so many years, being a single mom was never easy, but Ashley and her family helped make it all possible. All these years later, I feel blessed to be apart of the daycare family and love my job taking care of all of the children. They are all so special and unique and I love watching them grow everyday.
Hello, my name is Ariel! I am 21 years old and have been working at Kids Kastle for about two years! I am a mother to a beautiful daughter named Charolet Grace and I am set to be married later this year. I teach the two year old class! ! I am currently attending Jefferson College to earn my associate of applied science degree in Early Childhood Education. . I look forward to taking care of your children and helping them succeed!
Hello, My name is Jordan! I recently started working at Kids Kastle. I enjoy working with all age groups here. I'm energetic and love getting to know all the kids and watching them grow and learn! I am a new mom to 3 month old Aria, and I have bonus 3 year old daughter, Paisley! I cannot wait to expand my career working with children!
My name is Gail. I am married and a mom to 4 young boy, ages 14,12,10, and 6. I attend St. Louis Community College majoring in Early Childhood Education. I have always loved working with children since I got my first job working in a gym daycare at 18. That is what inspired me to start school in the field. I have known Ashley for years and I look forward to my future here at Kid's Kastle. I am excited to work with the children and help them grow and succeed.