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Welcome to La Petite Academy educational daycare in Bradenton, FL. This location first opened in 1979! We serve communities in Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, Sarasota, Ellenton, Palmetto, Parish, and Lakewood Ranch.
My name is Julia and I am the Academy Director. I have more than 27 years of experience in early childhood education.
During this uncertainty time of COVID-19, rest assured that we are diligent in ensuring that our kids are safe! Here are the guidelines that we are using: we have implemented health screening procedures upon arrival and throughout the day. We have modified our drop off and pick up procedures that limit the number of people transitioning in our building. We practice social distancing strategies. We have intensified cleaning and disinfection efforts. We maintain an adequate ratio of staff to children to ensure safety and infection control. Furthermore our staff members wear face coverings within the facility. We encourage or school aged children to wear face covering throughout the day.
Our school includes Infant Care, Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, and Before- and After-School Care for school-age children. In all our programs we follow a STEM approach, providing hands-on learning experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. We are nationally accredited by the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation.
You'll receive real-time updates on your child's day via our brightwheel app and stay connected from drop-off to pick-up using our WatchMeGrow live-streaming video from a smart device of your choosing!
School age children ages 5 to 12 (grades K-6) will benefit from our Prep Lab. Prep Lab supports children with their distance learning assigned by their elementary schools. Children receive workbooks focusing on key math and literacy skills.
We truly enjoy every day at our La Petite Academy in Bradenton, FL and invite join us for a virtual a tour!
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
We’ve been recognized as a high-quality early education program.
Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) is a free daily, 4-hour program that includes breakfast and lunch, with the option of extended wrap care. This full-day learning experience enhances your child’s school readiness journey. Every child who turns 4 by September 1 may be eligible for free VPK. Schedule a tour to learn more.
Education: Associate of Arts in General Education, a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master of Arts in Christian Counseling
Certifications: Advanced Level VPK Directors Credential, American Heart Association First Aid/CPR Instructor
I have more than 26 years experience in the early education field, including nine years as a director. I worked my way up from the afternoon "diaper changer" at a local child care center to a teacher's aide, a lead teacher, then an assistant director. I have a true passion for children and I love what I do!
Certifications: CDA, First Aid/CPR Certified
I have been dedicated to the early childhood field for over 20 years now. Teaching young children through the early years is a passion of mine. I am family oriented and am excited for your family to join ours here at La Petite Academy.