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La Petite Academy Overview

Novi, MI
5001 to 10000 employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Preschool & Child Care
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Strong, sound social and educational foundations are formed here, as we nurture well-rounded children. Our school environment is interactive and collaborative, where we learn together and learn to respect each other. This is where children discover the joy of learning.

Mission: We are an international leader in child education and family solutions, which impact and inspire lifelong learning.

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.

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.

La Petite Academy 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 locations throughout the United States, there are numerous transfer and advancement opportunities available!

Meet the Learning Care Group Executive Team

Barbara J. Beck

Chief Executive Officer

Barbara 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.

Erin J. Wallace

Chief Operating Officer

Erin J. Wallace is Chief Operating Officer of Learning Care Group, a role she has held since February 2015. In this role, she is responsible for leading more than 16,000 Learning Care Group employees in delivering operational excellence to the families served at more than 900 schools throughout its umbrella of brands: Childtime, The Children’s Courtyard, La Petite Academy, Montessori Unlimited and Tutor Time.

Dr. Susan Canizares

Chief Academic Officer

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

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 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.

Sean Sondreal

Chief Marketing Officer

Sean Sondreal

Sean Sondreal is Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for Learning Care Group, a position he has held since July 2015. He is responsible for leading Learning Care Group’s marketing and customer engagement efforts by effectively connecting with customers to drive new enrollments and further strengthen customer loyalty.

Ira L. Young

General Counsel

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.


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    I worked at La Petite Academy full-time (Less than a year)


    They had okay benefits and the pay was about average


    Worked more than 40 hours some weeks.

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    They did a great job!

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    I applied in-person. I interviewed at La Petite Academy (Federal Way, WA) in August 2017.


    My interview was great. The director is very friendly and wants to see staff grow. Also all the ideas that I want to implement and use in the program were welcomed along with the curriculum that is already set and the main goal is to make sure the children are reaching each Milestone to help them grow and develop into a strong learning experience for them to carry on to the next level of their Scholastic lives.

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