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La Petite Academy of Columbia

877.861.5078877.861.5078 or Request a Call
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Open: M-F, 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Ages: 6 Weeks - 12 Years
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Supporting Our Community

As always, we’re proud to support our community. Learn more about our health and safety practices, including mask and staff vaccination policies. 

Did you know you may qualify for new child care benefits? Get the details about the 2021 stimulus package and how it can benefit working families.


Welcome to Our School

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.

Here's what people have to say

4.83 out of 5 stars
great staff and the school is always clean
My daughter loves the school. She is able to spend time with friends and get all of that good energy out playing.
Awesome school, all staff are very nice and nurturing. I love what the teachers are doing with curriculum.
I was greeted very well with a tour and met the teacher. As a first time mom and one who have already had bad experiences with a childcare facility, I was very concerned. I wanted to trust. As I was talking to the director and staff and seeing the smiling faces of parents and kids around the facility, I was relieved. My baby was about four months entering the school. She seemed happy when picked up.
As she grew to one year old, she still seem happy and she waves goodbye to all who smiles at her. Even some older children tells her bye and she acknowledges them. The staff seems to listen to me and calms my anxiety down as I am a first time mom. So, I am more than happy to have my son (I’m pregnant with my son now) to go to the school with his older sister. I’m looking forward with my future with this school.
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The staff is wonderful and they really show concern about the children.
Awesome school, my child started at La Petiete Academy at the age of 6 weeks and he’s now 4yrs. I love the atmosphere, director, assistant director, team lead, and teachers.

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

Tech + Tinker™

21st Century Learning Experiences

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:

  • iPads with keyboards and educational apps
  • Robots for coding challenges
  • Grow Fit-friendly video games that encourage collaboration and movement

Open a window to your child's day.

Free live streaming video to your computer or mobile device.

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Meet Our Staff

Dianne Joel, Director

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.

Meet Our Staff

Danielle Robinson, Team Lead

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!

Meet Our Staff

Princess Mckenzie Belton, Assistant Director

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.

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Local School Phone Number: 803.776.7097803.776.7097 License #: 13168