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Welcome to La Petite Academy in Chesapeake, VA! My name is Millicent Gerni and I am the academy director. I am a parent of two adult daughters. My eldest is a graduate of VWU and played basketball for them and is now serving in the US Navy. My youngest is finishing her BA at LMC and is a ski instructor at Beech Mountain. I come into this position with over 20 years of licensed child care management experience. I have a degree in Early Childhood Administration and am currently finishing up my PhD in Education. I am excited to get work with all of the families at La Petite Academy!
For more than 25 years, our center has helped children grow and develop in a safe and inviting environment. In addition to providing superior local Infant Care, our Toddler through Pre-Kindergarten programs offer the best early education in the community. We also have a new Before- and After-School program focused on developing self-esteem and independence.
Most of our teachers have earned degrees in early childhood education and have been working in the field for many years. Each teacher is certified in CPR and First Aid. We are also nut-free in order to keep children with allergies safe while they are in our care.
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. We are also equipped with an entry door security system.
Schedule a tour of our fantastic La Petite Academy right here in Chesapeake, VA today! We look forward to meeting your family!
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.
SproutAbout™, our exclusive family app, provides free live streaming video of your child’s classroom to your mobile device.Learn More
Education: B.S. in Early Childhood Administration
As the academy director, I give plenty of focus to running this school effectively and making sure learning happens in every aspect of our day. Previously, I worked for owned and operated my own child care facility for 18 years. I am so excited to meet your family!
Education: A.A. in Business
Certifications: CPR/First Aid
I am dedicated to running the Pre-K classroom and being a part of a strong management team. I have been at La Petite since 2018 and was previously the administrative assistant. Prior to this role, I worked as a toddler teacher.