Where the Staff is Krazy about Kids!


Meet the Staff

where the staff is krazy about kids!

Melissa Chin

Education Director/Founder/ President

Hello! I am the founder of Kid Krazy Preschool which opened its first door in 2000. I Have a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College. Although my career began in the corporate world as president of an apparel manufacturing/sales company, I always had an interest in childhood education and development. My passion for education was renewed when I was looking for a preschool for my then 2 year old son. After visiting multiple preschools within my community of Astoria Queens, I discovered I was unable to find the quality I was looking for. I wanted a school where my child was nurtured and developed; where my son was looked at as a unique individual who had limitless possibilities. After much research, I began to believe that I was not alone in seeking this type of high quality preschool/daycare that I wanted for my child. With a giant leap of faith, I opened Kid Krazy Preschool with the aspiration to provide every student and family who walks through our doors with the best early childhood experience, we as educators, are able to provide.

Although I must say goodbye to our students when they graduate from our Pre-K classroom, their continuing education is very dear to me. Since 2001 I have had the privilege to volunteer as a Board of Trustee for Our World Neighborhood Charter School (OWNCS) in Astoria. Currently, I chair OWNCS Education Committee.

Annette Rodriguez

Admin. Director/Office Manager for 21st ave.

Hello, I am the administrative director for Kid Krazy preschool. I have been with Kid Krazy since its inception in 2000. After graduating from Pace University with a BA in Marketing and Management and working for 20 years as a Production Manager in the garment industry, a much welcomed career change came about through Kid Krazy. It has been fourteen years now since that change and it gives me great pleasure in being a part of an excellent organization dedicated to providing children and families a positive and rewarding early childhood educational experience. I am responsible for making sure that Kid Krazy is in full compliance with all licensing and safety regulations as dictated by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the NYC Department of Daycare, as well as by the Department of Education. 


Jessica Swinger

Office Manager for 27th Street

Hi! I am the office manager for the 27th Street location. I was actually born and raised here in Astoria, and could not be happier to be part of such an amazing school in my hometown! I have worked in child care for over 10 years as a teacher and as part of the administrative staff. I studied psychology at Mercy Collage and took many Early Childhood Education classes as well. After having my son, about 2 years ago, I decided to work in a strictly administrative capacity. I have contemplated joining the corporate world in the past but I just really love the interaction I get on a daily basis with the children in schools. I love kids and being part of their schooling experience.  Seeing them learn and grow is something I truly find rewarding and value deeply. As office manager, I ensure that the school is up to NYC regulations as well as Kid Krazy's own high standards of excellence. As a former teacher, I know how hard these teachers work and what it takes to support them and provide an excellent service to parents. When I am not at Kid Krazy, I am spending time with my son and husband or trying to get some yoga in!

Yajaira Vega

Assistant Education Director / Head Co-Teacher

Hello! As the Assistant Education Director, my main responsibility is to assist the Education Director in the training/orientation of new staff and to ensure that all teachers have both the materials and support they need to have a successful year.My responsibility as the head co-teacher in the Tumble Tot classroom is to support my young students on a daily basis by planning lessons that will expand their knowledge of themselves and the world that surrounds them in a loving, nurturing, and supportive environment.

My ability to care for my students in such a warm, loving manner originates from my passion for education my educational experience and my personal experience as a mother of 3 children. I am currently working towards a Masters of Education degree.

During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking new foods, and exercising. I plan trips to museums, parks, and landmarks to visit with my children. When planning lessons for my students, I incorporate my personal learning and experiential knowledge.


21-25 21st Avenue
Astoria, New York 11105

Ph: 718 545-5728

2519 27th Street
Astoria, New York 11102

Ph: 718 204-0646


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