We understand what it means to be a busy parent and having to balance working and raising children. Our difference sets us apart from the standard idea of “daycare” because it’s all about the experience for our students and families from our family communication app to our LEARN curriculum helping students with School Readiness to our smaller classroom sizes and our home style cooked foods and snacks.

Our In-House Curriculum

LEARN has been developed by our owner Chantel Pettengill, using her many years of being a public school teacher. LEARN’s greatest strength is its adaptability to each student while allowing for flexibility with teachers to plan for each student as an individual. It focuses on academic development as well as social-emotional development as well while teaching and reinforcing each student’s critical thinking skills.

Daycare curriculum

daycare child reading

School Ready

Our classrooms practice daily skills that will help to prepare your student for future schools such as participation during circle time, walking with classmates in a line down the hallway in addition to basic academic skills. They will develop mastery of these skills early and in an environment in which they feel safe and secure. They will develop self reliance through the repetition of these skills and other age appropriate tasks such as cleaning up after meals, dressing themselves to go outside and other simple jobs around the class. Your student will gain confidence in themselves and allow them to become responsible for themselves and their environment.

Natural Playground

Our Natural Playground is built for exploring, with over 5,000 sq. ft. of natural play space and trees. Daycare students get to develop an appreciation for nature as well as bringing back creativity and imagination. Our younger students get to use a 1,000 sq. ft. play space that is rubber matted for a safer environment while allowing them to move, climb and run as well.

daycare playground

Smaller Class Sizes

Smaller class sizes! Our daycare classrooms either meet State Max Class size or are below! We understand just how much each student grows and learns in a smaller environment as shown in the chart below : 

Age of ClassroomPettengill Academy’s Maximum Class SizeState’s Maximum Class Size At or below max size?
6 weeks – 8 Months 8 Students8 Students
6 Months- 1 year 8 Students8 Students
1 year – 2 years 10 Students12 Students
2 Years – 3 years10 Students12 Students
Younger 3 Year Olds17 Students21 Students
Older 3 Year Olds20 Students24 Students
Pre-K – 4 Year Olds10 Students24 Students
School Age 13 Students – School Year
26 Students – Summer
No Maximum 

Parent Partnerships

The best foundation for any student is a great partnership between parents and teachers, which is why we use HiMama as our family communication app. Having this foundation is extremely important to us, it allows us to send safe and secure messages as well as share what your student did that day, pictures of them learning and playing with friends, to share our menu and monthly newsletters and any other information parents may need to know. We also use it to send out our Family Survey’s four times a year. Our teachers work a schedule that allows them to typically be present for drop off or pick ups and communicate with our parents and families.

We Are Open

We are dependable and reliable as we understand parents rely on us and we strive to be open during most types of weather and we typically close for only 16 days per year which includes Teacher Training Days and Holidays.

daycare kids playing outside

daycare kids reading

Collaborative Community

Our Open Concept daycare allows Pettengill Academy to create a collaborative community between our teachers and our families. Being open concept allows students to become comfortable with all the teachers in our program, and allows for additional security and extra hands when needed.

Home style Menu

Our students are served Lunch and PM Snack with a 12 week rotating menu. We follow and go above the Federal Food Program Guidelines. Our fruits and vegetables are either fresh or frozen, never from a jar! Our babies are served homemade baby food following parent instructions.

healthy meals

Only certified Eco-Healthy site in L/A

We are a Eco-Healthy daycare site endorsed by the Children’s Environmental Health Network. Which ensures that we use non-toxic pest prevention, promote recycling and the use of less toxic cleaning and sanitizing products. We are also a Gold Site endorsed by Lets Go! 5-2-1-0


Pettengill Academy Outreach ensures we are Community Focused and it is a part of our mission. It is important to us that we support the community that supports us, we participate in various local events such as the FEZtival of Trees and hold diaper drives and food drives for local agencies.

Happy Family Guarantee

We believe that you and your family will us so much that we’re willing to take a risk. Give us two weeks – and if you aren’t happy with our service for any reason, we’ll refund those two week’s tuition back to you. Guaranteed. *Some restrictions may apply*

Family Owned and Operated since 2012

Chantel and Zack Pettengill are both second generation entrepreneurs who are onsite each and everyday.

“There are so many day cares out there that claim to be safe and great but I can truly say Pettengill Academy is amazing and I would recommend them to any and every parent out there without a doubt.” -Hannah, Parent

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