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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.
During these challenging times we are focused on health and safety. We do temperature checks upon entering the building. We also are limiting parents and visitors to the common areas. We are eliminating family style dining and plating the children's food. We are doing vigorous cleaning as well as have products that eliminate COVID-19.
We are excited to announce the we are offering free Live Streaming Video. Parents will be able to watch activities is real time, anywhere on their computer, phone or tablet with secured access for additional peace of mind. School-Age children will have continued school support this fall via The Prep Lab. This program is designed to keep them on track with their studies.
I invite you to come in for a tour and see what makes our La Petite Academy in Ankeny, IA so special!
Are you concerned about the impact of COVID on your child’s education? You’re not alone. Now, more than ever, early education matters. We’re here to help.
Starting at the front door, our already robust health and safety procedures have been enhanced to ensure a clean, welcoming school environment. The well-being of your child is our top priority, now, and always.
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
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:
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.
Education: Bachelors 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 childcare, 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!