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La Petite Academy of Chesapeake

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Supporting Our Community

As always, we’re proud to support our community. It starts with a healthy, safe environment when your child is away from home. Learn how we prioritize the well-being of your children and our staff.

Plus, read how we keep learning on track for elementary school students with The Prep Lab, offering distance learning support and extra math and literacy experiences in summer camp.

Welcome to Our School

Welcome to La Petite Academy! My name is Ashley and I am the center director here at La Petite Academy on Plantation Lakes. I have been with Learning Care Group for ten years and started my career in the toddler classroom. I truly love this school and have found my home away from home. We are a private educational preschool and child care center located in Chesapeake, VA! We are tucked away in the quiet residential area of Plantation Lakes.

Our building was established in 1989 and has seven separate classrooms for children six weeks through 12 years old. We service Before- and After-School care, as well as PM Kindergardeners for Centerville Elementary, Tallwood Elementary and Greenbrier Primary Schools.

Whether it's providing loving care for infants or participating in activities in our preschool programs, it is truly rewarding to see the progress our students make each day. Our team of teachers has more than 100 years of combined experience and participates in ongoing training throughout the year. We also have an amazing Food Specialists who ensures our children receive healthy, delicious meals that meet their needs and the company's Grow Fit standards.

The building is equipped with a coded door entry security system and attendance is electronically tracked. Our school is licensed by the State of Virginia, which means that we follow and adhere to all state and local policies and procedure.

Call and schedule a tour and see firsthand why our wonderful La Petite Academy in Chesapeake, VA is the perfect fit for your child!

Here's what people have to say

4.8 out of 5 stars
I love what you guys do! My daughter is always happy going to daycare, and I am confident she is getting all the care and education that she needs on a daily basis.
I LOVE La Petite Academy! The staff is so loving, friendly, nurturing, and professional.
The staff is wonderful! I would highly recommend them! Facility is incredibly clean! They genuinely care about each of the children who attend!
Leaving my newborn to go back to work has been tough but everyone at the school has been extremely kind and I can tell she is taken care of with attention to detail. Her teachers genuinely care and you can see it.
My kids and I love the entire staff!

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

Proud to be Accredited!

We’ve been recognized as a high-quality early education program.

Open a window to your child's day.

WatchMeGrow: Live streaming video—perfect for military parents overseas.

Ask your director for details. 


Our heroes matter to us.

We welcome families that participate in assistance programs including Child Care Aware of America and USDA Child Care Subsidy and we offer a tuition discount too!


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Learning At Home

Aware, Care, & Share™

Wondering how you can keep your child’s learning going strong at home? Now you can adapt our personalized curriculum approach to fun activities you can do together.

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Meet Our Staff

Ashley Shawkat, Director

Education: Associate's Degree in Social Sciences, focusing on Early Childhood Education and Business Management

Certifications: CPR & First Aid, MAT, AED, and ServSafe

Early childhood development is my passion. I have been with our company for nine years and have had the opportunity to work with every age. True happiness to me is a cup of coffee, a good book, and a day with my husband, daughter and dog.

Meet Our Staff

Courtney Harmer, Assistant Director

Education: Bachelors In Arts for Psychology

Certifications: CPR & First Aid, MAT

I have been working with children for about eight years. I truly love working with children and watching them grow into little humans. I recently moved here from Colorado and I am very excited to see what Virginia has to offer!

Meet Our Staff

Shanetta Martin- Jackson , Team Lead

Education: Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, B.A in Elementary Education (In Progress)

Certifications: CPR & First Aid, MAT

I believe in the vision of La Petite which is why I have been at this school for five years, supporting and encouraging young minds. I was prior military and have been in the Virginia area for 16 years with my husband and three kids.

Visit Us Today

Find your neighborhood school and schedule a tour today. We can't wait to show you all the wonderful things happening at La Petite Academy.


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Local School Phone Number: 757.479.4812757.479.4812 License #: ERO 2008-374