La Petite Academy in O’Fallon achieves national accreditation

la petite RESIZEDO’FALLON – La Petite Academy, located at 940 Talon Drive in O’Fallon, has achieved accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The school is among a select group of early childhood education centers nationwide distinguished by its quality, commitment to young children and dedication to excellence.

Parents seeking early education and care for their young children can use national accreditation as a means of locating the highest quality programs.  NAEYC is a nationally recognized accreditation reserved for exceptional early childhood programs that substantially exceed minimum state licensing requirements.  Accreditation is a comprehensive process that begins with self-study and program improvement involving administrators, teachers and families. All areas of the school’s program are assessed by independent early childhood education professionals, including: developmental programming, outdoor/indoor environments, health and safety, staff development, working environment, family support and community partnerships. The criteria by which programs are measured are research-based to show improved outcomes for children.

“At La Petite Academy, our program is designed to help every child develop the academic and social skills needed for a smooth transition to elementary school and future academic success,” said Kayla Tarin, Director at La Petite Academy in O’Fallon. “This national accreditation recognizes the superb educational program we offer and the hard-working, caring teachers that work here.”

At La Petite Academy, a proprietary School Readiness Pathway provides a cohesive framework to address children’s needs according to their age and individual pace of development, focusing on key academic and social development milestones, starting in infancy.  La Petite Academy teachers use a specialized data-based digital process to tailor the learning experience to meet the individual needs of 3- and 4-year-old students.  The process builds skills in 10 developmental areas – from literacy to math, nature and science, social and emotional development, logic and reasoning and more.

According to a recent study of over 3,000 children around the country, this personalized approach to curricular planning has led to a 370 percent increase in kindergarten readiness in one school year among 4-year-olds at La Petite Academy and its sister schools within Learning Care Group.  The exclusive program is giving parents confidence that comes from knowing that their child is meeting learning objectives – and that there’s data to prove it.

Starting this fall, La Petite Academy’s new Early Innovators curriculum inspired by STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – will help children in the Preschool and Pre-K programs further develop their skills as natural-born engineers and scientists.

La Petite Academy in O’Fallon offers early education and care for children ages 6 weeks – 12 years old. All teachers at the school receive monthly training, as well as ongoing training provided by the state. To learn more and schedule a tour, please visit