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Welcome to La Petite Academy educational daycare in Decatur, AL! My name is Temika Balentine I am the school director. I have been working in the field of early childhood education for over 17 years. I am the mother of three young men, who are all currently serving in the military.
Our school offers an engaging, nurturing environment for every child during their most critical early years. Our school includes Infant Care, Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, and Before-and After-School care for School-Age children. In our programs, we follow a STEM approach, providing hands-on learning experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
We are Alabama Quality Stars Rated. Our committed team of teachers here at La Petite Academy have over 100 years of combined teaching experience in the field. Our entire teaching staff has First Aid and CPR training, as well as over 30 yearly training hours in early childhood.
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 invite you to schedule a tour to come in and see our amazing school firsthand. We look forward to meeting you and 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
Education: Early Childhood
Certifications: CPR/First Aid, National Food Service Management, Health and Safety Training
My goal as the director is to provide a caring, loving, educational environment that meets the needs of our children and families. My passion for working with children started while I worked as a babysitter in middle school, and that passion is still with me.
Certifications: CPR/First Aid, Certified Food Protection Manager, Health and Safety Training
I am passionate about working with children. I enjoy providing a safe, structured learning environment in which children can succeed. I gain a great sense of joy knowing that I, along with our amazing staff, am able to be a positive influence in their lives.