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La Petite Academy Overview

Novi, MI
5001 to 10000 employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Preschool & Child Care
Unknown / Non-Applicable
t La Petite Academy, children experience all the joys of childhood while forming strong social and educational foundations. Children learn to respect one another and to work together as they have fun. Here, they discover the joy of learning.

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

Company Updates

  • Preschoolers at La Petite Academy in Glen Carbon, IL learned the rules of the road recently with expert guidance. Glen Carbon Police Lt. Wayne White and Sgt. James Jones shared safety instruction with children and staff during the school’s Bike Rodeo. The kids learned about obeying traffic laws and enjoyed riding their tricycles and bikes through a special safety course set up by the officers. Hats off to the team and special thanks to the officers, who have led this terrific event at La Petite for 15 years!

  • Teachers who are looking to advance their careers in early childhood education now have the opportunity to earn a nationally recognized Child Development Associate (CDA) credential through an award-winning program from Learning Care Group. The self-paced program is part of the company’s fully funded teacher development path to support career growth and life-long learning.

    Learning Care Group Earns CDA Gold Standard

    NOVI, Mich., May 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Learning Care Group has received the prestigious CDA Gold Standard SM - Comprehensive Award from the Council for Professional Recognition. This distinction signifies that Learning Care Group has successfully met the Council's rigorous criteria for providing quality early childhood education training to students who prepare for the CDA (Child Development Associate) Credential and a career as an early childhood educator.

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La Petite Academy – Why Work For Us?

 A Longtime Education Leader

La Petite Academy, Inc., is one of the nation’s largest educational daycare companies. We are headquartered in Novi, MI, with more than 450 schools across the country.

Each of our schools is licensed by the state where it operates. In addition, each adheres to the highest standards of safety, security, cleanliness, teaching, and loving care. Every Academy operates the way any good neighborhood business does. We know our community and we understand how best to serve the parents and children who live there.

Along the way, we have become widely recognized for our innovation, leadership, and reputation for excellence in early education. As a pioneer in education-based care, La Petite Academy is matched by very few organizations for the perspective and insight we’ve achieved.

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

Meet the Learning Care Group Executive Team

Mark R. Bierley

Chief Executive Officer

Mark R. Bierley has served as CEO since July 1, 2019.

As CEO, He leads more than 20,000 Learning Care Group employees in delivering excellence to the families served throughout a portfolio of school brands: Childtime, The Children’s Courtyard, Creative Kids Learning Centers, Everbrook Academy, La Petite Academy, Montessori Unlimited and Tutor Time.

Nicholas Strange

Chief Operating Officer

Nicholas Strange is Chief Operating Officer of Learning Care Group, since April 2019.

In this role, he oversees the operational activities for more than 900 schools in the company’s portfolio of brands: Childtime, The Children’s Courtyard, Creative Kids Learning Centers, Everbrook Academy, La Petite Academy, Montessori Unlimited and Tutor Time.

Douglas R. Baker

Chief Financial Officer

Douglas R. Baker is Chief Financial Officer at Learning Care Group, a position he has held since September 2017.

As CFO, Baker leads Learning Care Group's Finance, IT and Real Estate functions in addition to its strategic growth initiatives as the company furthers its leadership role among childcare providers through educational excellence and outstanding customer service.

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. 

Daniel Follis, Jr.

General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer

Daniel Follis, Jr. has served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Learning Care Group since September 2016.

Follis leads all aspects of legal, compliance and regulatory affairs for Learning Care Group throughout the U.S. and internationally. His responsibilities include oversight for governance, intellectual property, employment and labor issues, as well as franchise relationships. He also serves as the company’s Corporate Secretary.

Judy Fimiani

Chief Human Resources Officer

Judy Fimiani is Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) at Learning Care Group, a role she has held since July 2018.

As CHRO, Fimiani oversees an HR organization that provides stewardship of the company culture and engages a workforce of more than 20,000 employees. She is responsible for guiding LCG’s talent management philosophy, as well as articulating the company’s strategy for acquiring, developing, rewarding and retaining the best talent.

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.



Make a connection. Have an impact.

Someone very wise once said the children are our future and we need to teach them well so they can lead the way. Okay, maybe that was just a pop song. (Doesn’t make it any less true.)

We want forward-thinkers, doers, nurturers, and difference makers. No matter your position in the organization, you’re here to make a positive impact on a child’s life, every day.

Here, you will play a fulfilling role in helping children learn and grow. (And sometimes, play.) Build strong relationships with children and families, and develop meaningful friendships with colleagues. Discover exceptional resources, technology, and support to empower your work and advance your career. Experience a positive, dynamic environment defined by recognition, respect, and fair treatment.

Discover Your Path

It’s not only children who learn and grow with us—it’s you, too.

With a national network that provides strength and mobility, and so many roles across the organization, there’s opportunity to advance for all employees, and many paths you can choose.

Plus, we’re always here to help along the way:

  • Ask about tuition reimbursement for continuing education and credentialing.
  • Apply to a special scholarship program for the CDA Credential.

We're all about you and your experience. Your health and happiness, your work/life balance, your peace of mind. Beyond competitive compensation, significant growth opportunities, and regular employee appreciation celebrations, we also offer a range of benefits and resources for you to connect, balance, grow and thrive throughout your career. That's why we're pleased to share these great benefits with our full- and part-time (up to 30 hours per week) employees. Benefits may vary by individual location and the average number of hours worked.

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

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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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