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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, read how we keep learning on track for elementary school students with The Prep Lab, offering distance learning support and extra math and literacy experiences in summer camp.

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 Melissa and I am the academy director. I have over 15 years of experience in early childhood education.

We offer Infant Care, Preschool and other early education programs. We have a curriculum that is designed to meet each child's developmental needs and goals and we also offer enrichment programs that emphasize health and nutrition. We are silver star rated with Excelrate Il, and Accredited by NECPA.

Our building uses a coded entry system and only prearranged adults may pick up children. You'll also love staying connected all day long through our mobile app for parents. Get real-time photos and updates of your child so you don't miss a moment.

I have a strong team of long-term, dedicated teachers with more than 100 years of combined experience. All of our staff goes through CPR and first aid certification, as well as ongoing monthly training.

We would love to meet your family and introduce you to ours here at La Petite Academy in Lake in the Hills, IL! Call us or stop in today for a tour!

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.

Ask your director for details. 


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.

Learning At Home

Aware, Care, & Share™

Wondering how you can keep your child’s learning going strong at home? Now you can adapt our personalized curriculum approach to fun activities you can do together.

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Meet Our Staff

Melissa Kreutzer, Director

Education: Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Certifications: Type 04 Teaching Certificate, Special Education Endorsement, CPR/First AID

I have always had a passion for teaching young children and I have been fortunate enough to have been teaching for over 15 years now. Throughout my time in the early childhood field, I have developed a strong community of learners, and I strive to build that community among all of our families.

Meet Our Staff

Cayla Learman, Assistant Director

Education: Bachelor's Degree in Family and Child Services with an Emphasis in Child Development

Certifications: CPR/First AID

In the last six years, I have had the privilege of working with children and families in all sorts of settings, fulfilling a passion of mine. I am now fortunate enough to work with the staff, offering them support as they guide and care for your children.

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

In my 16 years of experience, I have worked with children of all ages from infants to school-agers. Currently, I am the Lead Teacher in our Preschool program. I love working with young children and helping them develop a love of learning, and supporting them in their own decision making.

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