Published Aug. 7, 2014
By Sydney Walter
Belton families now have a new around the clock opportunity for childcare and learning initiatives as the Little Helpers Learning Academy opened its doors last week. After a successful ribbon cutting and open house over the weekend, the Academy hopes to increase enrollment over the next months.
“We are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said Director of the Academy Cassandra Cook Whiteside. “We opened because we saw the need in the community for childcare with flexible and extensive hours.”
The Academy accepts both long-term enrollment and drop-in services for children of all ages. Children will have access to tumbling, cheer, karate, and computer time, as well as exposure to lesson plans and sensory skill activities by certified teachers.
“There will be something for everyone. Our lesson plans will focus on learning letters and numbers for younger kids and more skill building for every age,” said Whiteside.
Enrollment for August and the remainder of fall has already begun, and community support has already started to pour in, Whiteside continued.
“No one around here offers full care all week and at all times. This is a venture people can really get behind,” said Whiteside. “Whether it’s a regular schedule of care or just a spontaneous parent night out, we will be here to accommodate.”
Whiteside remains positive about the future of the Academy and its possible impact on the community. “My biggest hope for this venture is that it will help families out, become Belton’s one stop shop for child care, and ultimately meet the needs of the children. With a lot of doctors and nurses in the area, it makes sense that they need this option.”
The Academy is located at 500 Sparta Rd in Belton and can be reached at 254-613-4916. To register or get more information, visit littlehelperslearningacademy.com.