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La Petite Academy of Ankeny

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Open: M-F, 6:45 AM - 6:00 PM
Ages: 6 Weeks - 12 Years
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Supporting Our Community

As always, we’re proud to support our community. Learn more about our health and safety practices, including mask and staff vaccination policies. 

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Welcome to Our School

Welcome to La Petite Academy educational daycare in Ankeny, IA. My name is Cherie, I am the school director, and I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about the Infant Care, Preschool programs and staff that make our school a special place for learning.

I have had many roles at the school including teacher, cook, associate center director and now, center director. I am very proud of my staff - we have two teachers on staff with over 15 years of experience. We also have another staff member with a CDA and two with their bachelor's degree in education.

I run this learning center like everyone involved is an extension of my own family. Our center has an inviting, home-like atmosphere and I maintain an open-door policy for anyone who would like to talk. We plan a lot of events for everyone to participate in and I work hard to ensure that families here in Ankeny meet each other and develop strong relationships. We offer flexible full and part-time enrollment options.

Our school participates in the Quality Rating System through the state of Iowa. We are currently a four-star center and have been serving all the elementary schools in the community for over 20 years.

We’re committed to providing simple ways to keep you connected throughout the day while your child is in our care. With live streaming video, you can view your child’s classroom from any device or computer. Plus, get real-time updates with our family communication app.

We closely follow recommendations from state and local authorities, to maintain a clean, safe, healthy environment.

I invite you to come in for a tour and see what makes our La Petite Academy in Ankeny, IA so special!

Here's what people have to say

5 out of 5 stars
Amazing teachers and a great atmosphere for my preschooler. My child has learned SO much since she started attending La Petite in Ankeny! She absolutely adores going here!
My concerns are always addressed. My children know they are valued and cared for there.
Love teachers and how much they care
Love them. My child is improving academically and socially
My son is always having fun when we have to set him up for back up day care. The staff is amazing and loving.
I enrolled my son and our was sincerely the best decision I had ever made. Almost immediately I saw my son improve verbally and socially. We unfortunately had to move and I wish we could have taken La Petite with.
Love this school as does my children
My experience has been great! Excellent communication between educators and myself. I feel like the staff is trustworthy, and makes an effort to create a safe educational environment for my child.
Overall, we are extremely happy with La Petite for the care they provide for our little one. The staff is very interacting and engaging with not only us, but with our kiddo.

Our Programs

Learn About Electives

For an additional fee, go beyond regular classroom learning experiences with our enhanced series of fun, interactive enrichment programs exploring a variety of activities. We offer:

Soccer, Music, Yoga, Spanish, Phonics, Handwriting & Advanced Math

Tech + Tinker™

21st Century Learning Experiences

Our School-Age classroom is a perfect setting for productive, engaging mornings and afternoons, where children become thinkers, makers, and doers. Some enhancements in this classroom include:

  • iPads with keyboards and educational apps
  • Robots for coding challenges
  • Grow Fit-friendly video games that encourage collaboration and movement


Open a window to your child's day.

Free live streaming video to your computer or mobile device.

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Meet Our Staff

Cherie Dunn, Director

Certifications: NAC Credential, CPR/First Aid

I have over 20 years of experience in early childhood education. I have been at La Petite since 2007 when I started as the Pre-K teacher. I find it exciting to see children learn and grow, every day.

Meet Our Staff

Casey Walsh Shelton, Assistant Director

Education: Bachelor's in Child, Adult, and Family Services

I began working at La Petite Academy in September of 2020. I grew up here in Iowa and earned my degree from Iowa State University. I have over seven years of experience working in child care, including two years as a lead school age teacher and four years as a lead two’s teacher. I love working with children because they find excitement and joy from the little things. It is exciting to see children grow and learn every day and I love being able to help foster those big learning moments!

Local School Phone Number: 515.964.9491515.964.9491 License #: 4177000146