The Learning Academy's consideration of the needs and interests of the families we serve prompts the desire for high quality
standards. The attributes of our program have been well planned through our program's goals and objectives.
The Learning Academy participates in the Star-Quality Child Care Program. This program recognizes child care providers who meet a higher standard of quality. Once qualified for this program, providers can receive one, two, or three stars to place on their license. Each star shows that a provider meets increasingly higher standards. In other words, the more stars a program has, the better the quality of care it offers to children.
The Learning Academy also participates in high-quality assessments through NECPA Accreditation;
our program is enhanced through the higher standards set in these assessments. These practices are designed to help
us achieve many objectives in the areas of space and furnishing, personal care routines, learning activities,
language-reasoning, interactions, curriculum, health and safety, physical environment, assessment of child's
progress, relationships, ongoing professional development with teachers, and program structure.
Program for every age
With full and part-time learning programs for children, The Learning Academy can accommodate every family. Our
programs are age and developmentally appropriate. The Learning Academy recognizes that children learn best through
hands-on experiences and through responsive, nurturing teachers. Our program is designed to offer interactive
opportunities and to meet the needs of the whole child.
We encourage children to be active and creative explorers who are not afraid to try out their ideas and to think their own
thoughts. Our goal is to help children become independent, self-confident, inquisitive learners. We allow them to learn
at their own pace and in the ways that are best for them.
Infant Classroom: 6 weeks to 15 months
Toddler Classroom: 12-24 months
Two's Classroom: 24-35 months
Preschool Classroom: 3-4 years
Pre-K Classroom: 4-5 years
Morning Group Time/Circle Time
Morning Group Time/Circle Time is an anticipated start to the day. The teachers and children have the opportunity to
connect with each other in a close, comfortable group setting. The teachers cover certain criteria during circle
time to set the stage for a day of interactive learning. Criteria examples include color and shape concepts for
toddlers, letter and number concepts for preschoolers.
The pre-kindergarten program at The Learning Academy incorporates interest areas combined with Kindergarten preparation
activities both individually and as a group to insure that each child has a solid foundation to be prepared for Kindergarten.
The influence of dedicated teachers and a specialized curriculum brings success to the children we graduate to Kindergarten.
The Creative Curriculum for Early Childhood is used in our program.
The philosophy behind our curriculum of choice is that young children learn best by doing. It requires active thinking and
experimenting. The most important goal of our early childhood curriculum is to help children become enthusiastic learners.
The curriculum identifies goals in all areas of development: Social, Emotional, Cognitive and Physical. Every classroom
has its own age appropriate goals and criteria to maximize the development and happiness of each individual child. Our
use of studies through Creative Curriculum is exciting and fun for the children. It enhances every child's self-esteem
through special teaching techniques, wonderful learning activities and interesting discoveries.
The teachers develop their weekly lesson plans with the assistance of TN-ELDS (Tennessee Early Learning Developmental Standards).
These standards are paralleled with Common Core Standards for Kindergarten for our Pre-Kindergarten classroom.
Assessment of Child Progress
Ongoing assessments are taken by the teaching staff to monitor each child's development and learning. Parents are given
written assessments during the year and are able to measure the growth of their child in each assessment area.
Families at The Learning Academy enjoy meeting together to share in fun times with their children. Open houses,
in house field trips, family picnics, Holiday parties, Thanksgiving luncheons, Christmas programs all bring together
the opportunity for parents to be involved with the center and other families. The children enjoy having their
parents participate in classroom activities
At The Learning Academy we understand the importance of nutrition. Young children need a well-balanced meal to
promote healthy growth and a pleasant disposition. Our trained cook prepares a morning snack, hot lunch and
afternoon snack each day for the children. These meals are carefully planned according to Meal Guidelines from
the CACFP under the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to meet the nutritional requirements of children up to the
age of 5.
Our building has a unique design in that the hallway is an L design giving more security in
accessibility to children.
Each classroom is separated from other classrooms to create unique learning environments and
to reduce possible distractions.
Classroom Viewing Windows, located in the walls that divide classrooms from the hallway, can be used as viewing
windows to allow constant, discreet monitoring of children, teachers and visitors at any time.
Surveillance Cameras, located throughout the building and playground, allows constant security
monitoring of children, parents, teachers and visitors in the classrooms, playground and other
areas of the building.