Who Are We

Pre-K Preparatory Learning Academy, Inc. is a private faith based non-profit 501©3 organization. We are dedicated to providing a warm, nurturing, and safe learning environment.

We offer

  • Early learning and care (six weeks to five years of age)

  • Extended care-before and after school, teacher workday, spring break, summer enrichment (six to twelve years of age)

  • Tutoring services (K-6th grade)

  • Drop-in care (six weeks to twelve years of age)

  • Family Development services (parenting seminars, health and wellness workshops, fitness programs, and counseling)

Our core values are faith, family, and education. As Dr. King asserted, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” Our key team members are master teachers, gifted teachers, curriculum specialists, school leaders and administrators who possess over six decades (combined) of experience in education. Pre-K Preparatory Learning Academy, Inc. prepares young children to excel academically in kindergarten and also cultivates Christian values and character qualities (e.g. integrity, respect, honesty, and self-discipline).

We’re About The Little People…

Mission Statement:

The mission of Pre-K Preparatory Learning Academy, Inc. is to educate young children today by giving them the tools they need for a successful tomorrow.

Vision statement:

Pre-K Preparatory Learning Academy, Inc. provides an exceptional faith-based education in a safe environment.

Core Values:

FAITH: A successful tomorrow begins with a good spiritual foundation; therefore our center focuses upon Bible integrated early learning experiences that encourage the development of character.


We serve the whole family by developing collaborative partnerships that enhance the services provided. We will respect and support our families and children in their diversity and individual differences.

Meet Our Owner/Director, Arbendette Van

My name is Arbendette Van, and I graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in 1988, I majored in Child Development and Family Ecology.  I have 10 sisters and brothers, therefore I have been  helping to raise children and mothering children for as long as I can remember.  I have spent time as an Infant and Toddler teacher, a preschool teacher, and a Director. I opened Pre-K PreparatoryLearning Academy Inc. after spending over 20 years in Corporate America.  I am always taking some class to sharpen my skills and stay relevant in this ever changing Child Care industry.

There is absolutely nothing comparable to working with young people, watching them grow and evolve is so rewarding to me, which is one of the reasons I have chosen to be an on-site Owner/Director.  I get so much joy working with your children, they are at an age where everything is an adventure and I love providing it for them.  Our center has a great deal of diversity, we believe in celebrating all people.   At our center the children will experience people from all different countries as they join our daycare family. One of my goals is to make a positive difference in every child and their family.  Our center is here to serve the whole family, we want to get to know you and we want you to get to know us, yes, even in the face of Covid-19, our goal is to connect with you.

So follow us on facebook and instagram, see how we do what we do.. And remember you are welcomed to join our family.

Our Staff

General Information About Us



We recruit a strong diverse group of leaders who lead a life of professionalism, ethics and moral conduct.


We network with local and global organizations and individuals to strengthen families.


We believe that every child should have access to intentional teacher directed activities each day that promote cognitive, social, emotional, language and literacy, spiritual, creative, and physical development.

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