Old Cutler Academy expanding to welcome additional children

By Robert Hamilton….
Recognizing the importance of protecting mother earth, Old Cutler Academy Learning Center is expanding to welcome 25 additional children, ages 2-5, and adding a community room this August.

Spearheaded by owner Mercy Hernandez, this amazing preschool learning center became the EDGE Flagship School in 2007 and was proclaimed the first eco-friendly preschool by several community leaders. This August, Old Cutler Academy Learning Center is acquiring an additional 1,007 square feet by building a community library/conference room and spacious VPK classroom.

Already an EDGE eco-friendly school, Old Cutler Academy Learning Center will work toward LEED Certification with the new expansion. The new library/community room will be open to parents and community partners to use for educational purposes, as well.

“We cater to the families in our community that value education. We pride ourselves in a healthy environment, top quality meals and academic education,” Hernandez said. “When the child is in the right environment and is healthy our education program is a success.”

As a recognized business in the community of Cutler Bay, Old Cutler Academy Learning Center was established more than 20 years ago to provide quality early childhood education to the community. It offers children a unique learning environment focused on science, health and well-being, developmentally appropriate practices and community.

Each day starts with quiet time to ease the children into the day and promote mental health and includes instruction from the EDGE Curriculum and Creative Curriculum. You will find the children practicing tennis, ballet and karate; participating in fundraising activities for the exceptional children served by the EDGE Charitable Foundation, and hosting a Book Club Night for children in the community at the local Starbucks beginning this fall.

Established on July 30, 1994, Old Cutler Academy Learning Center (OCALC), has served the families in Miami by providing quality early childhood education in a caring and nurturing environment. In September 2001, the center relocated to its current address at 20222 Old Cutler Rd. in Cutler Bay. OCALC is expanding into the additional space increasing its capacity to 70 children. In addition to being the EDGE Flagship School, OCALC works with Quality Counts through Florida International University, the Maestro Program through the United Way, and the Positive Behavior Support (PBS) program through Family Central to provide children with special needs free screenings and assistance. It is an active member of The Cutler Bay Business Association.

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