Welcome to A Child’s Academy!

A Child’s Academy was borne from a mother’s love.

Barbara Harpe married soon after graduating Gainesville High School and, by the time she was 21 years old, was the mother of two children. She had a job at a local bank, although her real desire was to stay at home with her children. After several seriously failed attempts at finding the right person to care for her kids, Barbara chose her children over the job, which lead to the wonderful creation of A Child’s Academy.

Barbara soon took in other children in need of loving childcare. Within four years, her passion became her career, and she purchased a preschool. She knocked Gainesville FL Best Daycare and Preschool for 30 yearson neighbors’ doors, securing commitments for children to attend her new school and even financial support. Because they all knew that Barbara was an asset to their children’s future and the community.

And their investment in Barbara was a smart one. She created a center based on her own concerns, and those that other parents shared. Barbara’s childcare and preschool was far more than a business. It was an exciting solution, fueled by a woman whose heart was—and is—centered on loving care for youngsters.

Now, 30 years later, Barbara Harpe has grown A Child’s Academy into one of the most desirable childcare centers and preschools in the Gainesville area—one that maintains a perfect health record and a Christian environment. The academics are unrivaled, with her preschool graduates demonstrating more advanced knowledge and skills than their peers from other centers.

With such a long history, Barbara understands what it takes to succeed as a caregiver, educator, and businessperson. Her low staff turnover rate attests to her success—and contributes to the consistency that is critical for the children in her care.

Gainesville FL Best Daycare and Preschool for 30 yearsA Child’s Academy sits on more than 11 acres, with fenced-in playgrounds for each age group, providing safety, security, and room to have fun. The two buildings encompass a spacious auditorium, the only of its kind in the area’s preschools and childcare facilities Built originally as a school, the facility is not a retrofit of a retail space or an exaggerated afterthought that is more flash than function. The school is designed to stimulate creativity and not just provide a place for young children to spend their days. Time is too precious not to give your kids the right start in the right place..

But inside these wonderful spaces is a close community of caring, knowledgeable people who are committed to giving your child the next-best thing to being at home with you!

Our Staff

Every teacher and caregiver on our staff is committed to providing each child with the opportunity to develop to his or her individual potential. Our staff represents more than 50 years of childcare management and teaching experience, and we take pride in the continuity that comes from finding Gainesville FL Best Daycare and Preschool for 30 yearsand keeping the best professionals.

We recognize that every child has his/her own learning style and needs. Parents and teachers work together along with our director to accommodate those specific needs. In addition, our school carefully plans activities that will promote the desire to learn and enable all children to grow—like teaching sign language to toddlers, creating a hydroponic garden, and introducing young minds to technology in our own computer lab. At A Child’s Academy, success is not an excuse to sit back on our comfy laurels. Innovation is key for us and our families!

Our philosophy

The goal at A Child’s Academy is to provide a loving, happy place for young children to learn and grow as we bridge the gap from home to school. Our staff supports a positive self-image in each child while building social skills in a scholastic setting. At A Child’s Academy, we believe in Christian values, courtesy, and good manners. We reinforce this commitment through the use of the A Beta curriculum, which builds the content of every textbook on the foundation of God’s Word.

About accreditation

We adhere to both Florida’s Gold Seal Quality Care Program and the APPLE (Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment) standards for our center. The Gold Seal Quality Care Program recognizes those childcare centers that promote early learning and school readiness. APPLE certification is akin to the Ivy League of preschools. Tighter requirements address not only the educational program, but the facility itself. We are proud to bear these symbols of such high standards. When your child’s care, safety, and education are trusted to us, we take the role seriously. So, none of these guidelines are tougher than the standards we impose on ourselves.

A safe environment

A Child’s Academy provides a clean, safe, and supportive place for your child. Rooms are cleaned twice a day, and toys are meticulously maintained to ensure the safety of every youngster in our care. All playgrounds are equally tended to ensure a safe, secure environment for your child.

We adhere to strict standards for our health practices for hand-washing, food preparation, and restroom protocol to reduce the risk of illness. Our perfect Gainesville FL Best Daycare and Preschool for 30 yearshealth record demonstrates the quality of our efforts.

Every member of our staff is certified in CPR and trained in first aid. We are prepared for any medical emergency or evacuation procedure.

For security, all parents and teachers must sign in and out electronically, and children are released only to individuals authorized by the parents on the enrollment application. We have implemented video monitoring of each classroom, so you can stop in at any time and see how your child is doing, without upsetting the class. We do not, however, allow online access, to avoid compromising the safety of our children.

————— OUR GUARANTEE —————

We believe you and your child will love ACA so much that we’re
willing to take all the risk through our ACA guarantee. After you
enroll, if you become dissatisfied with our service for any reason,
we will refund up to one month’s tuition, no questions asked.

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Have You Thought About Your After-School Program for the Up-Coming School Year?

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• Tutoring
• Tennis
• Karate
• Basketball
• Dance
• Study Hall
• Music & Art
• Video Arcade
• Water Park
• Outdoor Play on the Big Castle
• Fun and More!

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Why our Parents Love ACA:

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“When she is at ACA, it feels like Alice is at home at her second address. All the teachers at ACA are loving, caring, and comforting our children meticulously which makes ACA a big strong and unique family. When either I or my husband drops Alice to ACA, who is 16 months old now, she is usually in tears when it is the time to get separated from us, her mommy or daddy. At the instant we arrive to ACA and Alice starts crying, one of the teachers, either Ms. Gail, Katrina or Claret take her from our arms and let us go back to work. Regardless of the time we drop her in, these teachers always create time to get her filled in. They not only make us save some time but also comfort our baby instantly. These extremely dedicated teachers make our children happy and keep them healthy and safe and make our days pass by so much easier with a peace of mind. At the end of the day when we come back to pick her up she welcomes us with a big smile on her face and a warm hug with her tiny arms, yet runs back to her play area or one of her teachers, instead of showing us an interest to get back home.

At ACA Alice likes being socialized with all the other children and the teachers. She loves when Ms. Claret sings her Spanish songs, when Katrina teaches her sign language, when getting introduced to English by Ms. Gail and all the other teachers. She loves it when teachers take her outside to the playground when they introduce new games, plays, songs to her. She loves learning table manners from the teachers and sharing the environment with the other children. Whenever I have time to look after her at home, I still prefer to take her to ACA, since she is learning so much at ACA in addition to having lots of fun.

The cheerful and helpful attitude of administration, Ms. Pat and Ms. Heather makes the transition of a baby from home to daycare possible. With their help parents feel more comfortable in leaving their baby in the hands of a trustworthy second address. We feel very happy with the decision of bringing Alice to ACA due to the atmosphere which is consisted of love, care, safety, and dedication.”

Mine & Serdar Astarlioglu, Gainesville, FL
daycare
Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment



A Child's Academy's VPK program has received a gold seal rating from the state of Florida for the highest standards of "quality in the level of care and supervision provided to children"