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Your School: La Petite Academy of Lake In The Hills, IL

La Petite Academy of Lake In The Hills

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Supporting Our Community

As always, we’re proud to support our community. It starts with a healthy, safe environment when your child is away from home. Learn how we prioritize the well-being of your children and our staff.

Plus, for elementary school students, The Prep Lab offers distance learning support, STEM projects, and more, on a flexible schedule—including a full-day option.

Welcome to Our School

Welcome to La Petite Academy educational daycare of Lake in the Hills, IL, where we service families from Lake in the Hills, Huntley, Algonquin, Crystal Lake, Gilberts and other surrounding communities. My name is Stephanie and I am the center director. I have an Associates degree in Applied Arts and received a National Director Credential for Early Childhood Leadership. I have been working in the field for 10 years.

At La Petite , our Infant Child Care and Preschool programs provide the perfect foundation for learning and development. We also have a great Junior Kindergarten and School-Age Distance Learning program, called the Prep Lab to assist families during those times when our School-Districts may be closed. The passionate teachers at our academy have more than 160 years of experience in early education. We value the relationships we build with all our families here in Lake in The Hills, and to help each child develop a love for learning, we partner closely with our families to ensure each child's individual needs are met.

Your family's health and safety is our number one concern. We do health screenings upon arrival for anyone who enters the building. We have rigorous cleaning protocols throughout the day and all staff wear masks while in the classrooms. Best of all, we provide you with access to our live-streaming cameras in your child's classroom through an app called WatchMeGrow as well as provide you with real time updates through the BrightWheeel app. This is all included in your weekly tuition price.

We invite you to call us today to schedule a tour of our La Petite Academy and to see why we are the leading early childhood center in Lake in The Hills, IL. We are here to help accommodate your childcare needs, no matter how flexible!

Here's what people have to say

4.88 out of 5 stars
My family has had a great experience with the school so far. My child learns so much while he is there. The teachers are all very nice and take good care of the kids in their classrooms. I love being able to see all the activities they do and I always look forward to getting pictures of their day.
I've noticed that they have a special bond with all the kids. They enjoy doing what they do.
Amazing teachers, support, and communication. Every day I pick my kids up, I can tell they have had a great day and they talk about their experiences.
All of the staff are amazing. My son who would not talk to anyone before starting has grown immensely socially and his speech is way more advanced since he started almost a year ago. My daughter is always happy when we come in and leave for the day, which tells me she is well taken care of. I love how I do not have to worry about my children and their well-being while I am at work. I would highly recommend
this school to others.
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We absolutely love the care and kindness that the teachers and administrators share with our children.
We've had a great experience with the school and it's staff. are kindergarteners still talks about her old teachers and gets excited when her siblings tell her that they were in their rooms that day
Everyone has always been polite, professional and personable with us. The staff is excellent.
Overall its a good school with caring teachers and I know my kid(s) are in good hands.

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

Proud to be Accredited!

We’ve been recognized as a high-quality early education program.

Open a window to your child's day.

WatchMeGrow: Free live streaming video to your computer or mobile device.

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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

We welcome Illinois Child Care Assistance Program families.

Schedule a tour to learn more.

Meet Our Staff

Stephanie Friedl , Director

Education: Associates in Applied Arts

Certifications: The National Director Credential for Early Childhood , CPR/First AID

I started working in daycare as a teacher in 2012. With my education experience and passion for early childhood development, I earned my way up to being in a director role. My main focus will always be on a fun and educational environment to give the children the experience they deserve, and that I am always available to staff and families. I am also committed to making sure the parents will always have an amazing experience with myself as well as my staff.

Meet Our Staff

Christi Gale, Assistant Director

Education: Bachelor of Science in Education, Additional classes in early childhood management

Certifications: Child Development Associates, CPR/First Aid, Master Teacher certificate, ECE Credential, Director Credential

I have had the pleasure of working at La Petite for the past 10 years. I was a lead teacher for nine years and worked my way to the assistant director position. I am very passionate about Early Childhood Education. I enjoy sharing all of my ideas and knowledge with the teachers so that the children are in an engaging environment. My goal in this position is to have a partnership with all of the families so that we can work together to give their child a quality education.

Meet Our Staff

Dana Karst, Team Lead

Education: Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Services with an Emphasis in Child Development

Certifications: CPR/First Aid; Infant Toddler Credential; ECE Credential

In my 18 years of experience, I have worked with children from Infants to School-agers. As team lead I help support the director and assistant director in training the staff and I support the teachers in shaping the minds of the children in our care.

Visit Us Today

Find your neighborhood school and schedule a tour today. We can't wait to show you all the wonderful things happening at La Petite Academy.


Schedule a Tour or Request a Call

Local School Phone Number: 847.669.6111847.669.6111 License #: 350062-05