Oak Academy provides high quality child care and early enrichment education to an ethnically and culturally diverse group of infants and toddlers and prepares preschoolers to enter kindergarten ready to learn and on a level playing field with other children in their respective classes. Oak Academy serves not only children who call Oakridge Neighborhood home, but also children from across the Des Moines Metro. The Academy utilizes the research based Creative Curriculum, which is based on principles of child development, individualized for each child and incorporating culturally relevant practices. Academy staff addresses the needs of the whole child by supporting their social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development in a safe child friendly environment where they encounter daily experiences that mirror their ethnic and cultural backgrounds and those of their classmates.
Oak Academy’s teaching staff is state certified, fully credentialed, and degreed. All teachers participate in ongoing professional development each dedicating over 30 hours per year to continued education. In addition, Oak Academy meets and exceeds the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) standards.
Oak Academy and its staff value parents as partners in their children’s education. With parent teacher conferences twice a year and low teacher-to-child ratios, parents can be assured their child will receive the best possible opportunities for learning and growth in this critical time before kindergarten.
The vision of Oakridge Academy is to provide a safe, nurturing, high quality early enrichment program that is appropriately staffed by caring individuals who are engaged in on-going personal and professional development and who are committed to the application of their learning.
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For more information, please contact Director, Vicki Williams, at 515.244.7702 ext. 144, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.