About KLA Schools of Plainfield

We believe children learn by example, Let’s show them together.

At KLA Schools, we partner with parents because you are your child’s first and most influential teacher.

Our remarkable educators are your child’s second teacher. That’s why we invest in passionate, dedicated, highly-trained educators that inspire children to be their best.

Environment is your child’s third teacher. At KLA Schools, we surround children with a secure, top quality environment that offers a superior early childhood educational experience.

At KLA Schools of Plainfield, WE lead by example.

Our Journey

Dear Families:

It is with sincere pleasure that I welcome you to our school. KLA Schools of Plainfield is the outcome of a dream inspired within me since childhood and a passion to make a true difference in the world around me.

My Vision, shared by people surrounding me is toleave traces in the community by nurturing young minds to be responsible, respectful, caring citizens and leaders.”

My father was the first engineer from a remote rural village in India, and he showed my brother and me just how it is possible to impact the community and help others, which starts with education. He has shared quotes of some of the greatest leaders in history, from which I have often found inspiration. Perhaps you do, too. Some of those that have followed me through my life are:

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein

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 it wasn’t fulfilling. I kept recalling a letter 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 dedicate us to educating children. While researching to start a school, my husband and I learned that 90% of brain development occurs within the first five years of life.

The pieces of my life began to merge. I discovered my true passion: help change the world by educating and inspiring children to have the best start in life. That’s when I decided to partner with KLA Schools. The Reggio Emilia approach to learning parallels our beliefs that offering an inviting and healthy educational environment to children, so they will build confidence and a sincere desire to explore the world around them.

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. Hence, we offer our teachers, ample professional development, and training, which we believe is essential for a high-quality school.

I firmly believe you’ll discover that KLA Schools 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 that your child will pursue their greatest dreams, with confidence and strong values, just as I have been.

Kindest regards,
Selvei Rajkumar

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.
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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.




Chicago Tribune – Grand Opening


The Herald News – First Reggio Emilia Inspired School in Plainfield


KLA Schools of Plainfield celebrating International Mud Day!

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