Our Little Academy Day Treatment for Preschool Age Children

Our Little Academy is a full day program that provides therapeutic treatment for children ages 3-5 who cannot participate in a traditional preschool/daycare due to behavioral or emotional problems. Diagnoses may include reactive attachment disorder, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, PTSD and other disruptive behavioral disorders. Individual and group therapy, small class size (3-4 children) and a high therapist-to-child ratio (1:3) provides individualized treatment and needed support for children and families.

Children reach their potential as they experience art, music, playground activities and the pre-academics that will prepare them for kindergarten, integrated with support for families as they heal from early traumatic experiences or family disruption.

Admission to this year-round program is on a rolling basis. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 am - 3:00 pm (pick up between 2:30 and 3:00 pm) Payment options include Medicaid, (Foster & Adoptive children may qualify for 100% Medicaid reimbursement) MC+, sliding scale fees and some scholarships are available. Transportation financial assistance may be available to families.

Children 3, 4 and just –turned 5 years old qualify for service. The child must be toilet trained. Parents must be able to transport their child each day. OLA requires a minimum 6-month commitment to treatment and a parent meeting with a staff member once each week.

How do I know if this is the right program for my child?

If your child has had problems in a daycare or preschool program with aggression, hyperactivity, oppositional/defiant behavior, or high sensory needs, s/he may do very well in a program that emphasizes consistency, structure, and healing interactions with master’s level educators and therapists. Families are asked to visit the program to complete observations and assessments prior to deciding whether the program is a good match for the child and the family.

How do I pay for tuition?

Children who are in foster care, adoptive families, or who are receiving family-centered services, usually qualify for full payment through Medicaid. Other families may use daycare subsidy payments or sliding fee scale payments.

How long are kids enrolled at Our Little Academy?

Most children stay until they are ready to begin kindergarten, which is an average stay of 15 months.

If you would like to learn more about Our Little Academy please fill out the form below or contact Sarah Thomas at 314-533-2229x295 

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