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About Us

Academy for Early Learning programs are privately owned preschool dedicated to providing the highest quality of early learning and care available for your child.  The center is owned by Karen McLoughlin, and are her passion and life work.  Karen earned her bachelors degree from the University of Maryland  in 1985; and earned her Master of Science in Preschool Education from NOVA Southestern University.  Just marking her 20 year milestone in North Port, Karen’s passion and commitment to excellence has not waivered. "This is my passion and life work as evident in every dimension of my powerful program.  We strive to bring out the best in ourselves and the children and families we serve," states McLoughlin.

I believe that all children deserve love, attention, nurturing, and the gift of high quality early learning. Now more then ever; children need to development kindness principles.  They need to understand the magic that lives in each of them.  We need to plant the seeds that not only set the stage for latter learning; but cultivate resiliancey and tools to thrive in this complex world.  I believe that a safe environment allows children to explore and grow. At the Academy for Early Learning, we allow children to have hands-on learning experiences. This fosters age appropriate development. We read to the children everyday. We believe that positive reinforcement is important for children to develop self-esteem. Children need an environment that supports free expression,  stimulates learning, and sets them up to succeed. Most importantly, however, I believe that children need to have fun!

At the Academy for Early Learning, we make sure that every child is involved in stimulating activities everyday. Children learn best when they are interested and having fun; it is through this process that children learn.  We recognize the importance of work, and the stress and demands placed on parents. We strive to make it easier on parents by giving them the knowledge that their children are in good hands.

All of our teachers pass a rigorous screening and fingerprinting process. We are licensed in Florida. Most of our teachers have advanced degrees in child development. Come by for a tour and experience the world class program that is right in your neighborhood!

Karen McLoughlin
Owner/ Director, Academy for Early Learning


We serve nutritious snacks, love and nurturing daily!

  • Hours of Operation
    Monday- Friday 7 AM - 5:30 PM

  • NAEYC Accredited 1998-2018
  • School Year Voluntary PreKindergarten Provider
  • Young Yogi and Mindfullness Program
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