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Welcome to La Petite Academy educational daycare in Lakeland, FL! My name is Melissa and I am the director of this wonderful school. I have 27 years of experience in early education-first as a teacher, then a manager. I have my degree in early education, as well as my Director Credential. I have been with La Petite Academy since 2006 and have over eleven years as a director with the company.
The care and education of young children has always been my passion. I run my school like an extended family. I want us to have a relationship full of communication! We offer care from six weeks to 12 years old-including VPK, Before-and-After school, and we accept ELC. We provide a healthy breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack, as well as all of your child's diapers and wipes!
We want your child to love learning and want to be your partner in a lasting educational journey.
Our school, established in 1978, is nationally accredited through NECPA and has been recognized as a Florida Gold Seal Quality Care program provider.
We’re committed to keeping you connected throughout the day while your child is in our care. Get access to live streaming video of your child’s classroom, plus other real-time updates, with our exclusive mobile app for families, SproutAbout.
We are conveniently located to the Polk Parkway, between New Jersey and Lakeland Highlands Road, close to Edgewood Drive. If you are looking for education-driven child care in Lakeland, FL, then call La Petite Academy today and schedule a tour!
With SproutAbout, you won’t miss a thing when your child is at school with us. Take a peek at the engaging experience provided by our new app.
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
We’ve been recognized as a high-quality early education program.
Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) is a free daily, 4-hour program that includes breakfast and lunch, with the option of extended wrap care. This full-day learning experience enhances your child’s school readiness journey. Every child who turns 4 by September 1 may be eligible for free VPK. Schedule a tour to learn more.
SproutAbout®, our exclusive family app, provides free live streaming video of your child’s classroom to your mobile device.Learn More
Education: Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
Certifications: Director's Credential, Staff Credential, CPR/First Aid/AED trained
I have been in the early childhood education field for over 25 years, and since 2006 has been with La Petite Academy. I want us to be part of your extended family! Let's get to know each other, and work together to encourage a love of learning, and a sense of community in our children. My goal for this school is to be the best educator and form a lasting relationship with each family!
Education: National Child Development Associate
Certifications: Master Teacher, Safety Captain
I've been in early education for over 12 years and I strive each day to achieve more in this field. At this school, I provide a safe and educational environment for all teachers, children, and families.