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Welcome to La Petite Academy, a NECPA-accredited and gold seal approved child care center in Margate, FL! My name is Shandisha "Shandy" Collins, and I am the academy director. I have been in the early childhood education field for the past 21 years. I also have my director's credentials and an associate of science degree in Early Childhood Education.
I love being the director of this school for Infant Care and Preschool because the staff, children, and families make this feel like it is my second home. I create a safe, warm, and welcoming environment and maintain open communication with every family. We are committed to health and safety which is our top priority. We are closely following guidance from the CDC, as well as state and local officials: staff members wearing masks, taking temperatures, limited classroom access and size, and wellness checks.
Our center plans many events to ensure that our families meet each other and build strong relationships. We also work hard to involve our families in activities we offer throughout the school year, such as Parents' Night Out and field trips.
All of our teachers have the Florida Child Care Professional Credential and are certified in CPR/first aid. They also receive at least 45 hours of early childhood training.
We are thrilled to offer WatchMeGrow at our school coming soon. With our new WatchMeGrow technology, you’ll be able to view your child’s activities in the classroom on any smart device or computer. Deployed, traveling, or just plain buy parents will be able to see their child learn, play, and grow every day.
We support distance learning with our elementary school children through our Prep Lab initiative program. With Prep Lab children are offered extra math and literacy experience every day in our summer camp.
Come join us today! Schedule a tour of our La Petite Academy educational daycare in Margate, FL!
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:
Fitness, 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: Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Development
I have a passion for children's education and love being a part of a child's growth and development at every age level. I take pride in building a strong sense of community both inside and outside the school, while partnering with parents and teachers to ensure lifelong learning.
Education: Child Development Associate
I've always had a passion for working with children. I've been an assistant director for the past five years. I love to support teachers and help them reach their potential by providing them with the resources they need. I am a huge music lover so you will often find me at a concert or event.