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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 nine years as a director with the company. I am a mom to two teens. 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 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.
Due to COVID-19, we have enhanced our current health and safety procedures to better meet the needs of our families. We are doing temperature checks on all individuals prior to entering the building, all adults are wearing masks, and we are cutting down on outside visitors in an effort to keep illness at bay.
For our families with Elementary School aged children, we are able to accommodate the various options for school this year, due to COVID. Currently, we are providing transportation to Highlands Grove, Highlands City, Carlton Palmore, and Cleveland Court elementary schools. To further support the children during times of uncertainty, we have developed Prep Lab. This program will help bridge the educational gaps that have presented due to COVID-19 and school closures.
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!
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 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
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.
Education: Associates 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 the last 13 have 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.