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Thank you for visiting La Petite Academy educational daycare in Columbia, MD! My name is Martina and I am the Director of this amazing school. I have an Associate's degree in early childhood education and over 10 years of experience in the field.
Whether it's providing loving care for infants or participating in activities in our Preschool programs, I love to see the children's sense of accomplishment as they grow and mature into lifelong learners.
Our school is both safe and fun thanks in large part to our qualified teachers here. The capable staff here at La Petite has taken classes in first aid and child development, with many possessing associate's and bachelor's degrees. We are proud to say we are a NECPA Accredited School!
In this challenging and uncertain time, we remain committed to doing everything possible to support our community and to provide families with peace of mind. That starts with providing a safe, secure, and healthy environment for your child when they’re away from home. We are closely following guidance from the CDC, as well as state and local officials and health authorities, as we take extreme care to maintain a safe, healthy school environment. Our current health and safety practices include:
*Screening staff and children upon arrival for temperature, symptoms
*Providing protective face coverings for all staff members to wear when working with children
*Having parents remain in common areas only
*Enhancing our already rigorous cleanliness and hygiene practices (more frequent, longer hand washing; cleaning and sanitizing surfaces and items in classrooms)
We work together to ensure the care provided for children and parents is the same level of care we would want for ourselves and our families. We'll also be featuring WatchMeGrow, live-streaming camera access for our families, and Prep Lab, a program designed to support distance learning for School-Age.
Schedule a tour of our fantastic La Petite Academy in Columbia, MD today! We look forward to meeting your family!
Our first priority is making sure infants both are safe and feel safe, in a nurturing, stimulating classroom. Toys and materials allow for freedom of movement within safe boundaries, so children can explore, develop motor skills, and engage their curiosity.Learn More
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.
In our Preschool and Pre-K classrooms your child will discover opportunities to be creative, engage their mind and body, collaborate with friends, and learn new things. Some enhancements in the classrooms include iPads with educational apps; flexible seating options so children can move as they learn; hands-on STEM activities with robots for early coding.
In our School-Age classroom, your child will find an immersive educational environment that is the perfect setting for productive, engaging mornings and afternoons, as we help them to be thinkers, makers, and doers. Some enhancements in this classroom include:
Education: Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
I have been with the company for nine years working in all classrooms from infant and toddler to the school-age program. I started out as a lead infant toddler teacher and then became team lead, assistant director and now, director.
Education: Some College
Certifications: MSDE Certifications
Ms Lakeishia has been with our school for 1.5 years as the assistant director. She has over nine years of experience in the Infant and Toddler, Preschool and Pre-k and School age programs.
Certifications: MSDE Certifications
I have been with La Petite Academy for 23 years! I have worked in all programs from infants to school agers. I've also handled management duties such as training new teachers, safety captain, and many more!