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Welcome to our La Petite Academy educational child care center in Columbia, SC! My name is Melissa Jordan and I am the director. I have been with La Petite since 2011 and have more than 20 years of experience in early childhood education.
Most of our teachers have been with La Petite for more than two years and either have degrees in early childhood education or many years of experience. All of our teachers are CPR and First Aid certified and they receive yearly continuing education training.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken extra steps in order to keep everyone in our buildings as safe as possible. Those steps include requiring face masks to enter the building, temperature checks on every adult/child to enter the school, front door drop-off and pick-up routine to limit the children's exposure to outside germs, and as always hand washing and sanitizing throughout the day.
We will be rolling out soon our WatchMeGrow program which will allow families to view their child's classroom cameras live throughout the day to see what kind of activities they are enjoying!
We offer quality care for children six weeks to eight years old in and around the Northeast Columbia area. I have an open-door policy and encourage active involvement in all of our events so that families feel comfortable and secure.
We are also introducing a new Prep Lab program which will allow us to support school age families through distance learning who are not returning to school full time in the fall!
I truly value the interactions I have with my families and seeing their children learn and grow through our infant care and preschool programs. I feel a sense of accomplishment in hearing about our students who go on to become successful because of our early education foundation.
If you are looking for an education-driven child care in Columbia, SC, call us to schedule a tour today and see all that we do here at La Petite Academy!
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.A. in Sociology with minor in Early Childhood Education; CPR/FA
I have always had a passion for working with children and being a part of their growth. I take pride in building strong relationships with parents, children and teachers to ensure lifelong learning. I have two children of my own and love watching them learn and grow.
Education: A.S. in Early Care and Education
Making early childhood education my career was the best decision ever. As an educator and parent, I understand how important it is to have a safe, nurturing, learning environment for a child. I am truly committed to the staff, children, and families of La Petite Academy.