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Welcome to our La Petite Academy educational child care center in Columbia, SC! My name is Dianne Joel and I am the director. I have been with La Petite for 33 years, 30 years as the director!
All of our teachers are CPR and First Aid certified and they receive yearly continuing education training.
At La Petite Academy we are focusing on our children’s health and well-being. Each day as the child/parent or teacher enters the building, temperatures are checked, hands washed and the children are escorted to their classroom by a staff member. We ask that parents follow social distancing guidelines with no more than two parents allowed in the lobby area at one time. We request parents wear masks and use hand sanitizer before using our kiosk.
WatchMeGrow—Coming Soon! This app will allow parents to access their child’s classroom camera to observe their daily routines throughout the day. Parents will be able to view in real time on their cellphone, computer, tablet and mobile devices. WatchMeGrow will be provided at no additional cost to the parents.
Prep Lab—Because of the COVID-19, our public schools may continue to educate your child via virtual learning. This is where our prep lab comes in to help your school age child with distance learning. Children will able to use our WIFI with their personal learning electronic devices to complete school assignments. Teachers will be on hand to assist children with projects and communicate with parents.
La Petite Academy leads the childcare industry worldwide, with new innovations and technology for the future. We are always focusing on the future of our children, so we can provide an enriched environment that promotes learning and the development of the whole the child.
We would love to have your family join our La Petite family. Please contact us for tours or enrollment information.
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.
Our first priority is creating a secure environment where infants both are safe and feel safe. In our Infants classroom, we provide toys and materials that allow for freedom of movement within safe boundaries, so children can explore, develop motor skills, and engage their natural curiosity. This makes the classroom both nurturing and stimulating.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
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: B.S. in Physical Education
Certifications: CPR/First Aid, Professional Development Certificate, Notary Public, ECD 101, Certificate in Finger Printing
I have 36 years of experience in early childhood education in a public school setting. I've dedicated over 35 years to the well-being of children, families, and teachers. I truly believe it takes a village to raise our children.
Certifications: ECD 101, CPR/First Aid, Professional Development Certificate
I've been in the child care profession for 11 years. Being able to see a child grow and learn brings me great joy. I strive to teach, encourage, impact, and inspire our children to be the best they can be. The sky is the limit!
Education: ABA, ECH courses
Certifications: First Aide, CPR
I'm a proud mother and loving wife born and raised in Florence, SC. I have over 20 years of experience working with children. I began helping children while assisting at a pediatric therapy clinic and then moved on to assisting at public schools. I enjoy helping children grow, learn and achieve goals.