La Petite Academy

  www.learningcaregroup.com
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La Petite Academy – Why Work For Us?

A Leader in Educational Child Care

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La Petite Academy was established in 1968, with the purchase of seven university-sponsored schools. A pioneer in education-based care, La Petite Academy created the Journey™ curriculum, which sets the standard for early childhood education.

As we have grown, we’ve developed significant resources, such as our own Education Department to set programs and curriculums, as well as top training and professional development for our teachers.

La Petite Academy offers a range of educational and care programs for children of all ages — from infants to school-age children who come to the Academy before and after school. By focusing on nurturing seven skill areas — an approach we call our Whole Child Education — we help children develop the critical-thinking skills and intellectual curiosity that fuel success in his or her kindergarten classroom and beyond.

As part of one of the nation’s largest educational child care companies, La Petite Academy Inc. operates nearly 500 child care schools across the country. Headquartered in Novi, Michigan, each of our schools is licensed by the state where it operates. From North Carolina to California, we adhere to the highest standards of safety, security, cleanliness, teaching and loving care.

In 2007, we became part of the Learning Care Group family. Learning Care Group is one of the largest providers of early childhood care and educational services in the United States.

La Petite Academy is an equal opportunity provider.

Meet the Learning Care Group Executive Team

Barbara J. Beck

Chief Executive Officer

Barbara Beck

Beck joined Learning Care Group in March 2011 as Chief Executive Officer. In this position, she is focused on the company’s mission of building a customer-centric culture that is based on educational excellence, quality and innovation.

Leigh-Ellen Louie

Chief Operating Officer

Leigh-Ellen Louie

Leigh-Ellen Louie joined Learning Care Group in May 2011. In this role, she oversees the operational activities for more than 1,000 schools in the company’s portfolio of brands. She is responsible for the development and execution of the company’s system-wide education and service delivery strategy.


Dr. Susan Canizares

Chief Academic Officer

Susan Canizares

Susan Canizares, Ph.D., joined Learning Care Group as Chief Academic Officer in October 2012. In this role, Canizares is responsible for leading all aspects of the educational mission of Learning Care Group, including refining curricula and the policies and practices that address academic achievement. Reporting directly to the CEO, she works closely with the company’s school directors and teachers to maximize support for the enhancement of innovative learning products and solutions.


Mark R. Bierley

Chief Financial Officer

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Mark R. Bierley is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Learning Care Group, a position he has held since June 2012. In this role, Bierley is responsible for leading Learning Care Group in maintaining a solid financial foundation, enabling it to continue to provide educational excellence and outstanding childcare solutions that meet ever-evolving customer needs.

Scott W. Smith

Chief Human Resources Officer

Scott Smith

Scott W. Smith has served as Chief Human Resources Officer since 2005, having previously served as Vice President of Human Resources since 2002.

Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Smith was the Vice President of Human Resources for Glotel, PLC, a human capital solutions provider located in London, England, where he had responsibility for the startup of the Human Resources Department.


Ira L. Young

General Counsel

Ira Young

Ira L. Young has served as General Counsel to the Company since 2002. From 1999-2002 he served as General Counsel to Tutor Time Learning Systems, Inc. having joined that company in 1998 as Litigation Counsel. As General Counsel, Mr. Young oversees all legal affairs of the Company including governance, intellectual property, franchise compliance, franchisee relationships and employment/labor issues. He also serves as the Company’s Corporate Secretary.

 

A Powerful, Inspiring Career Awaits

You are a lifelong learner. You strive for excellence and believe that the most important thing you can do is to help others realize their potential. That’s what we have the chance to do every day in every one of our schools and in our division and corporate offices. We have the opportunity to influence children and help families. When you think about it, it’s a pretty awesome opportunity to build a career around something so powerful!

We’ll provide you with a fun and challenging environment. You will work with a great team in a supportive setting, and find that everyone from the van driver in a school to an accountant in our corporate office is working toward the same goal: to inspire children to be lifelong learners.

Teamwork, professionalism, innovation … they’re not just words on a plaque here. It’s what you’ll find every day.

Benefit Options*

Learning Care Group is committed to being an employer of choice and has many benefit options available to full- and part-time associates, including:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans available to eligible associates
  • 401(k) savings plan
  • Child-care discount
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • CDA reimbursement may be available
  • Vacation, holiday and sick time
  • Paid training

*Benefits may vary by individual location and the average the number of hours worked.

With Learning Care Group locations throughout the United States, there are numerous transfer and advancement opportunities available. So how do you get started? Click on one of the two links below to learn more about career options and to join our team.

School Staff Positions

(Teacher, Assistant Teacher, Lead Teacher, Food Specialist, Driver)

If you are interested in a staff position in one of our schools, search for a school near youand submit your resume. We may not have an opening at every location, but we will keep your information on file for six months.

School Management and Corporate Positions

If you are interested in a management position in one of our schools or a position working in our Corporate or Division Offices, you can search for current school management and corporate openings and submit your resume.

Learning Care Group is an equal opportunity employer.

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    Children are our future

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    I have been working at La Petite Academy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The company offers a competitive benefits package to employees. Hard work is rewarded and there is a yearly merit raise. I have never had any issues asking for time off as long as I give my supervisor some advance notice. My coworkers are easy to work with and I have made many friends here. Working with children allows me to help give back to my community.

    Cons

    Some of the facilities are better than others.

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La Petite Academy Interviews

Updated Aug 30, 2014
Updated Aug 30, 2014

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Citrus Heights, CA
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    Application Details

    I applied in-person - interviewed at La Petite Academy in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    I went to a job fair and got interviewed on the spot. The lady who did my interview so very friendly and nice and put me totally at ease. The interview itself took about twenty to thirty minutes. Afterwards, She showed me the classrooms and told me she's really interested in me and asked if I would want to work there. But before that could happen she said I needed to pass some kind of assessment and get my Finger Prints done. Then called me and said next week after getting approval from the management that she will call me and get me working.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you react/act if the class was in chaos and you needed to regain their attention?   Answer Question
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Additional Info

Website www.learningcaregroup.com
Headquarters Novi, MI
Size 5000+ Employees
Operated By Learning Care Group
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Education
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

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