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Teaching and caring for children’s futures

At Lakeside Children’s Academy, children of all ages receive a quality early childhood education, with constant love and care.

State-licensed for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years, Lakeside provides affordable, convenient programs for more than 150 infants, ones and twos, preschool, pre-kindergarten and school-age children, including before and after-school care. Summer Camp Extravaganza [packed with mini-camps and field trips] is available for 10 weeks during the summer, and transportation to local elementary schools is provided daily throughout the year. Lakeside’s unique Grandfriends Program with two local senior living communities promotes intergenerational and social activities for children 3 years of age and older.

In business since 1992, Lakeside is locally owned and family-operated by Sue and Laura Hockensmith, a mother-daughter team. Lakeside is celebrating 25 years in business this year. Laura is an approved trainer through the state. She trains teachers at local workshops. Sue is still involved with the Parkway School District and the Pony Bird Home. The loyal and experienced teachers are CPR-certified and strive to meet the needs of each child. Lakeside teachers are dedicated and there is low turnover. This is important for the consistency of care for our children.

Lakeside is affiliated with the West County Chamber of Commerce, Valley Park Business Association, National Association for the Education of Young Children and United 4 Children. Lakeside is active in the community.

Lakeside is currently hiring full-time experienced teachers. Contact Laura for more information on how to join the Lakeside teaching team: laura@lakesidechildrensacademy.com.

1230 Dougherty Ferry Road

Valley Park • (636) 225-4800

Mon.-Fri., 6 a.m.-6:30 p.m.


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