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Welcome to La Petite Academy educational child care in Gaithersburg, MD! My name is Danielle and I am the Academy Director. I have an associate's degree in early childhood development as well as over 20 years of experience in early childhood education field.
Drawing from my background, I can truly say we offer the best Infant Care and Preschool in Montgomery County. We follow a STEM approach which incorporates various technologies from our Preschool through our School-Age programs. If you're looking for School-Age care, we also service most of the area elementary schools. With the school year starting out virtually, we want you to know we are open and ready to support with our new Prep Lab program designed specifically for elementary school students to bridge potential learning gaps between virtual and in class instruction. Our teachers have been trained to support the local school district’s distance learning so children stay on course with their studies. With our brightwheel mobile app, parents can receive real-time photos and updates about their child's day, sent straight to their mobile phone or email! We’re also excited to share that coming soon, our school will offer live video streaming for our families through WatchMeGrow!
Our school is committed to providing and maintaining a safe, secure, and healthy environment for your child when they are away from home. We are closely following guidance from the CDC, as well as state and local officials and health authorities. With our new health and safety procedures in place, we’re doing everything we can to ensure of children, families, and staff stays healthy.
We are excited to invite you to become part of our family. Schedule a tour or stop in anytime to visit our amazing La Petite Academy of Gaithersburg, MD!
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: Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Development
Certifications: 90 Hour Preschool Certificate, 45 Hour Infant/Toddler Certificate, 45 School Age Certificate
I love being a part of children's growth and development. In my role as director, I take pride in partnering with our families to provide each child with the best opportunities to grow and develop, creating a lifelong love of learning.
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
Certifications: 90 Hour Preschool Certificate, 45 Hour School Age Certificate
As a teacher, I always strive to be a positive influence in the lives of all children. As I transition into the assistant director role, it is my goal to inspire and build confidence in all of our teachers and students regardless of their background or abilities.
Certifications: 90 Hour Preschool Certificate, 45 Hour Infant/Toddler Certificate, 45 Hour School Age Certificate
I love building connections with the students and watching them grow and learn. In my role as team lead, I provide support and resources to the teachers, students, and families to help on the path to school readiness.