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Welcome to La Petite Academy educational childcare in Manassas, VA! My name is Michelle Custer and I am the Director. I have a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. I have been working in the child care field since 2007.
Our school - including Infant Care, Preschool and School-Age programs - is nationally accredited by the National Early Childhood Programs Accreditation.
We take safety and security very seriously. Our front door is code-accessible only and each child must be signed in and out daily by authorized persons. We are also closely following CDC guidelines as we take extreme care to maintain our safe, healthy school environment. Health codes that we are following include: Face coverings are required by all adults entering the building, all staff and children are having daily temperature screenings when they arrive and we've also strengthened our cleanliness and hygiene practices.
Many of our teachers have worked at La Petite Academy for 10 years or more and there are some who have been with the center for over 25 years. Our teachers receive ongoing monthly training and all of them are First Aid and CPR certified.
We value the relationships we have with our families and work hard to involve them. We offer monthly family events and encourage volunteers in the classroom. Also, we have a live stream camera system called WatchMeGrow you can utilize. This will give the parents access to log on and watch their child throughout the day having fun and learning.
Now more then ever we are working to make sure your child's learning stays on track. Our School Age children will have support with their distance learning requirements this upcoming school year through our innovative Prep Lab program. They will take part in weekly STEM projects and the teachers will provide character-developing activities from our My Best Self curriculum.
We would love to show you what we have to offer at our La Petite Academy in Manassas, VA! Call and schedule a tour today.
Are you concerned about the impact of COVID on your child’s education? You’re not alone. Now, more than ever, early education matters. We’re here to help.
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.
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.
Education: MA Early Childhood Education, BA Education, AA Art and Science
Certifications: CPR, First Aid, MAT
I have 13 years Early Childhood experience. I am married with four children and two dogs. My children are my inspiration for my love of early childhood education. I love working with children and guiding the teachers to further their love of teaching. My hobbies are hiking, cooking, and entertaining. I look forward to working with all of our families and sharing my passion for Early Childhood Education!
Education: BS Psychology
Certifications: MAT, CPR & First Aid
I have been working in the Early Childhood Education field for over 10 years. I have experience in mentoring and coaching teachers and also have experience working in classrooms of all ages. I have two children of my own and we love to create, educate ourselves, and have fun. I hope to bring the same energy to La Petite Academy. I am excited and honored to work in an environment where I can support and motivate teachers and their students!
Education: Child Development Associate
Certifications: First Aide/CPR, MAT
I have been working with children at La Petite since 2006. Over the years, I have worked in every classroom and I enjoy every age. I was promoted to team lead, so I split my time between the classrooms and management.