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Welcome to La Petite Learning Center in Tampa, Florida. My name is Melinda and I am the Academy Director. I have over fifteen years in the education field. I hold a CDA certificate in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor’s Degree.
Our La Petite on Humphrey Street has a great staff dedicated to the individuality of every child. We educate infants, toddlers and two year olds. We inspire our early preschool, preschool, and VPK classes. We also encourage discovery in our before- and after-school age program and our winter break, spring break and summer camps. We aspire to challenge young minds to re-imagine a bright future for us all.
Our school is committed to partnering with our families. We use the brightWheel mobile app to stay in continuous communication throughout the day. We encourage parent involvement by asking for guest readers and have many family events throughout the year (‘Trunk or Treating’, Winter Gala, Spring Fling).
We invite you to come in and take a tour of our amazing school to see our classrooms and teachers in action. Come join in the fun and be a part of our La Petite family.
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:
Gymnastics, 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.
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.
Education: Bachelor's Degree
Certifications: Director's Credential, Staff Credential, CDA
Watching children's eyes light up when they make the connection and learn something new is why I love my job. Early on as a teacher, I could only see this in my students. Now as a Director, I get the privilege to help my teachers light up the whole school.
Certifications: Director's Credential, Staff Credential, CDA, First Aid and CPR
I enjoy working in the childcare field. I feel most successful when I help our teachers be successful in a stimulating and challenging environment. I continuously strive to meet the standards that La Petite set to be the best.
Certifications: CDA, First Aid and CPR
I enjoy being part of early education and watching children learn and grow everyday. Seeing children engaged in learning experiences is so rewarding. I love traveling and spending time with my family, and my cat, Garfield.