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Welcome to La Petite Academy! My name is Ashley Hetherington and I am the Academy Director. I have been part of the La Petite family for over five years and I am proud of the recognition received for my work with children in our community and their success in school after leaving our care.
Our school offers Infant Care, Preschool, and other early education programs. To keep our students safe, all safety and security procedures are strictly enforced by our staff.
Our experienced staff thoroughly enjoys working with our children on a daily basis and watching them grow and develop into lifetime learners.
We create a warm and welcoming environment and encourage our parents to utilize our open-door policy. We also utilize the brightwheel mobile app to communicate with parents about their child's day.
Please call us today to schedule a tour! We would love for you to visit our wonderful La Petite Academy learning center!
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
Certifications: CPR and First Aid
Over the past five years, it has been a privilege to partner with students, parents, and teachers to lead our school as the Center Director. I have worked in child care for over 15 years and studied at Alabama Southern Community College. I am currently studying at the University of Phoenix. I strive to provide the best environment for our little learners.
Education: Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama in Child Development & Master’s at the University of West Alabama in Child Psychology
Certifications: CPR, First Aid
My name is Tara Collins and I have the pleasure of serving as the Assistant Director here at La Petite Academy of Mercedes in Vance, Alabama. I have worked in child care for nine years! I love providing quality care for our sweet families, and seeing the children reach all of their milestones and make wonderful memories!