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Welcome to La Petite Academy! We are a Nationally Accredited educational preschool and child care center tucked away in the quiet residential area of Plantation Lakes Circle in Chesapeake, Virginia. My name is Kyera Smith and I am the Director here at La Petite. I have more than 10 years of experience in Early Childhood education. I began my journey with La Petite in 2016 and have been with this location as Center Director since 2020.
Our school offers an engaging, nurturing environment for every child during their most critical early years. We offer full time only programs for Infants, Toddlers and Twos, Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, and School-Age Before-and-After school servicing Centerville and Tallwood Elementary, Greenbrier Primary and Greenbrier Intermediate Schools.
At La Petite Academy, we strive to mold inquisitive young minds with hands-on STEM learning experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. In addition to the basic school readiness, we also focus on helping children to be creative, to communicate, to collaborate with others, and to be critical thinkers. We pride ourselves on being an extension to your family and plan a variety of opportunities for family involvement.
Our committed team of teachers fosters children’s growth, development, and a lifelong love of learning! Teachers also participate in yearly training to stay up-to-date on best practices and child development. We also have an amazing Food Specialist who ensures our children receive healthy, delicious meals that meet their needs and the company's Grow Fit standards.
We’re committed to keeping you connected throughout the day while your child is in our care. Get access to live streaming video of your child’s classroom, plus other real-time updates, with our exclusive mobile app for families, SproutAbout.
We invite you to schedule a tour so you can witness firsthand all the things that make our school excellent. We look forward to meeting you and welcoming your family!
With SproutAbout, you won’t miss a thing when your child is at school with us. Take a peek at the engaging experience provided by our new app.
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.
Education: Associate's Degree in Social Sciences, focus in Child Psychology
Certifications: CPR & First Aid, MAT, AED, and ServSafe
My goal as the director is to provide a loving, educational environment that meets the needs of our children and families. I have more than 10 years of experience in child care and have been the Director of this amazing school since 2020. I take pride in our amazing staff, knowing they are the best of the best! I look forward to developing a relationship with you and your family to help foster a love of learning in your little one.
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood & Elementary Education; Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and Innovation
Certifications: CPR & First Aid
Every day I strive to build relationships with our children and their parents, partnering to provide a fun, loving, safe, educational space for young children to grow. I have over 10 years of child care experience! Three years of that time were spent in leadership experience coaching and mentoring teachers. As assistant director since the beginning of 2023, I have loved working to support our teachers and can't wait to give your child the best care possible!
Education: Bachelor's Degree in English
Certifications: CPR, First Aid, & MAT
I was a personal nanny for two years. I've been with Learning Care Group since 2021. My mission is to create an educational environment where children can explore their creativity and nurture social development skills while having fun in a small group of their peers. I strive to provide a safe learning space where every child feels valued and respected as an individual. I can't wait to help your child grow!