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La Petite Academy of Lakeland

863.687.3405863.687.3405 or Request a Call
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Open: M-F, 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Ages: 6 Weeks - 12 Years
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Coronavirus Update

We are closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Please read this important update about our rigorous health and safety protocols to keep your children safe and healthy.

Also, check out our list of activities to keep the learning going while your kids are home.

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Welcome to Our School

Welcome to La Petite Academy educational daycare in Lakeland, FL! My name is Joy and I am the academy director of this school for Infant Care and Preschool programs. I have an associate's degree, a Child Development Associate credential and a National Director's credential as well as more than 12 years of experience.

Our school, established in 1978, is nationally accredited through NECPA and has been recognized as a Florida Gold Seal Quality Care program provider. I create a welcoming environment and maintain an open-door policy.

All of our programs include healthy meals (breakfast, lunch, and P.M. snack). Additionally for Infant, Toddler and Twos programs, diapers and wipes are included in tuition.

We also provide Before- and After-School care servicing South McKeel, Highlands Grove, Highlands City, Valleyview, Geneva Academy, Carleton Palmore, Cleveland Court, R School, and Dixieland elementary schools.

We are located off of Lakeland Highlands Rd. and Edgewood Dr. directly across the street from the City of Lakeland Fire Station #5 and Glendale Park.

Our staff members have more than 150 years of combined experience. Teachers stay current with monthly training sessions and ongoing training offered by the state. All teachers are certified in CPR and first aid.

If you are looking for education-driven child care in Lakeland, FL, then call La Petite Academy today and schedule a tour!

Here's what people have to say

4.86 out of 5 stars
My experience has been wonderful my granddaughter is very special to me and the way they have gotten her out her shell is amazing this is a awesome school.
The teachers and the directors are always so friendly and understanding.
Everyone has always been very friendly and respectful
Love the staff they are very accommodating and take good care of my kids.
From the tour I knew Ms Joy had a true heart for children. That was evident in the first ten minutes of our conversation. To be honest her candor and honesty were refreshing. When we walked through the center, I was shocked at how big it was as from the parking lot it definitely is misleading. I was shown the entire building, I even asked to see the kitchen. I was very impressed with what I saw, teachers
were smiling and singing, kids were laughing and playing and Ms Joy took the time to discuss the curriculum. I am thrilled to have my daughter at this facility and I highly recommend it!
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Everyone at La Petite Academy have been extremely kind since we have been there and consistently so.
This school has been amazing since my kids started going. My oldest started at 8 months and my youngest at 4 months,any time i had an issue with a teacher or concerns Joy always handled it promptly and efficiently. I feel safe with my kids being there and im not constantly worried about if they're okay, their focus is always on keeping the kids safe and providing a good enviornment. Kelsey Dawn and
Joy are the reason we stay
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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.

Give Your Child a Great Start With VPK

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.

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

Joy Harmon, Director

Education: Associate of Arts degree

Certifications: CDA, National Director's Credential

I have been in the education field for over 20 years with a focus on early education for over 12. I feel truly blessed to be able to spend my days helping children reach their full potentials. My goal for this school is to provide a loving, nurturing, safe, and educational environment for all children.

Meet Our Staff

Dawn Dyer, Assistant Director

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.

Meet Our Staff

Lashae Davis, Team Lead

Education: National Child Development Associate

Certifications: Director's Credential

I have been in the education field for six years and am currently a Lead VPK Teacher. My favorite part of this job is watching each child grow and reach new milestones. My goal for our center is to keep creating a safe and healthy environment for our children.

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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.


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Local School Phone Number: 863.687.3405863.687.3405 License #: C10PO0051