About Us

Little Oaks Academy provides quality care for children 6 weeks to 5 years where from little acorns, mighty oaks do grow!

Little Oaks Academy is a public non-profit organization, which means a Board of Directors governs the Academy. We believe this organizational structure has an advantage over most other child care facilities because formal decision-making is informed by the collective expertise of parents, community volunteers, and staff representatives. Read our Parent Handbook for more information about day-to-day operations or see our Programs tab for an overview of our curriculum.

Our services are unique because we offer:
• A hands-on, evidence-based curriculum
• Structured, planned environments
• Teacher with B.S./B.A., CDA or TECTA credentials in each preschool classroom
• Loyal teachers-many with long years of service
• Regular child development assessments and progress reports
• A hot lunch and AM/PM snacks included in tuition
• Accommodation for special dietary restrictions
• A secure facility with coded access and finger-print recognition
• Extended AM/PM hours
• Open hours during typical inclement weather school closures
• After-hours family activities
• Open-door policy to parents wishing to visit
• An environment where breastfeeding is welcome
• Three large modern outdoor playgrounds
• Outdoor Nature-Based Classroom
• Children’s community garden
• Parent-led Board of Directors

History

Little Oaks Academy was established in 2014.  While Little Oaks Academy was recently established as a public non-profit, the facility traces its roots back to 1967, when St. Mary’s Medical Center opened a child care program for hospital employees’ children. Over the years, St Mary’s changed hands to Mercy and then to Tennova, a for-profit hospital.

Our Mission

The Mission of Little Oaks Academy is to educate and nurture children in a safe, healthy, and stimulating environment where they are encouraged to learn and grow intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically. The Academy serves a diverse community with quality instruction based on developmentally appropriate practices.

Location
We are located at 701 East Oak Hill Avenue, Knoxville TN, 37917, which is convenient to downtown and North Knoxville. Please contact us at 865-545-8322.

Hours
We are open Monday through Friday from 6:15 am – 6:00 pm. We offer part-time (3 days) and full-time options. Unlike many other child care centers, we are able to stay open when Knox County Schools close due to snow.

We are closed on these holidays:
• New Year’s Day
• Memorial Day
• Independence Day
• Labor Day
• Thanksgiving Day
• Day after Thanksgiving
• Christmas Eve
• Christmas Day
If a holiday falls on a weekend, it will be observed on the following Monday or preceding Friday.

Discrimination Policy

Little Oaks Academy admits the students of any race to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at its educational institution and Little Oaks Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. Race in this definition includes color and national or ethnic origin. Without limiting the foregoing, Little Oaks Academy does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and terminating employees, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provisions of services. Little Oaks Academy is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for its students and all members of its Board of Directors, students, employees, volunteers, contractors, subcontractors, vendors, and other stakeholders.