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Village Leadership Academy’s goal is to prepare tomorrow’s world leaders today.

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At It Takes A Village, our mission is to uncover the gifts and talents of students so that they can reach their fullest potential.

We strive to foster a love of learning in each student that comes through our educational community. Recognizing that each child has unique talents, learning styles and personalities, we provide a comprehensive approach to early childhood education by continuously evaluating and serving the unique needs of children, families, and communities.

THE PANDEMIC HAS AWAKENED A SENSE OF ATTUNEMENT WITHIN ME  REGARDING THE EDUCATION SERVICES MY CHILDREN ARE RECEIVING AND HOW THOSE SERVICES ARE IMPACTING  MY KIDS. THAT SAID, I FEEL EASE AND CONTENTMENT WHEN I DROP OFF MY KIDS IN THE MORNING, AND  GRACE WHEN THEY GET IN THE CAR AND PROVIDE ME WITH THE DAILY UPDATE. VLA PROVIDES A HOLISTIC  APPROACH, GROUNDED IN INTENTIONALITY AND LOVE.

ON THE WAY HOME FROM THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL AT VLA, WHEN MY HUSBAND ASKED JOCELYN HOW WAS HER DAY, SHE EXCLAIMED, “IT WAS AMAZING!”  HER TRANSITION FROM THE ONLY SCHOOL SHE HAS EVER KNOWN TO VLA HAS BEEN SEAMLESS. SHE LOVES HER TEACHERS AND HER NEW FRIENDS. 

After receiving my Childhood Development Associate credential through the Early Childhood Workforce program at ITAV, I realized how much I love learning about children and think I want to pursue getting my Masters in Child Development.

ITAV’s teachers are truly a third parent in raising our kids and an essential part of our family! We not only lean on them for childcare, we turn to them for emotional support as parents, laughs after a stressful day at work, and honest feedback about what our kids need that we might be missing.

My toddler’s face lights up with excitement every time we are approaching his school.  It gives me a great sense of comfort knowing that he is in great hands while I am away from him.

14 years have passed since my story with ITAV began. I am so grateful to the ITAV family for allowing my three daughters and me to be part of their great family. There have been great moments and memories that will always remain in my mind. Thank you ITAV for your support and commitment.

Ruth Shannon
Parent of a Student
Village Leadership Academy
Talina Parker
Parent of Student
Village Leadership Academy
Asja S.
ITAV Early Childhood Workforce Program Graduate
Jessica & Robert
Clinical Psychologist, CPS Teacher
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Lameeka H.
ITAV Parent
Christina F.
ITAV Parent and Family Support Staff Representative

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At It Takes A Village, our mission is to uncover the gifts and talents of students so that they can reach their fullest potential.

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Infant & Toddler Care

Our birth to age 3 program utilizes the Creative Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers to offer a nurturing, safe, child-centered environment in which the child leads based upon their natural curiosity.

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Preschool

Our ages 3 to 5 program provides more than the skills necessary for children to succeed in elementary school. Our emphasis is on compassionate, social-emotional development, and in building the foundation for a love of learning and academics.

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Elementary School

Social justice and community empowerment are at the forefront of our kindergarten through eighth grade school. At Village Leadership Academy, students learn that even as youth they can be change-makers in their communities.

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Middle School

For Middle School students at Village Leadership Academy, the community expands to include real-world opportunities for students to express themselves and make a difference.

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HighSchool

Our college-readiness programs provide High School students with the tools they need to successfully navigate the workforce readiness and university admissions processes.

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Headstart Program

At the beginning of each academic year, our students’ education foundation is expanded through a year-long exploration of the socio-cultural, political, and economic histories of a Community of Focus e.g. Panama. During this international expedition, our students engage in cultural exchanges with other children of the world, develop new friendships that extend beyond the boundaries of their communities, and acquire first-hand knowledge about the challenges that other communities face. For Village Leadership Academy students, “The World is the Classroom.”

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Headstart Program

At the beginning of each academic year, our students’ education foundation is expanded through a year-long exploration of the socio-cultural, political, and economic histories of a Community of Focus e.g. Panama. During this international expedition, our students engage in cultural exchanges with other children of the world, develop new friendships that extend beyond the boundaries of their communities, and acquire first-hand knowledge about the challenges that other communities face. For Village Leadership Academy students, “The World is the Classroom.”

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Programs: 3 of 3

Headstart Program

At the beginning of each academic year, our students’ education foundation is expanded through a year-long exploration of the socio-cultural, political, and economic histories of a Community of Focus e.g. Panama. During this international expedition, our students engage in cultural exchanges with other children of the world, develop new friendships that extend beyond the boundaries of their communities, and acquire first-hand knowledge about the challenges that other communities face. For Village Leadership Academy students, “The World is the Classroom.”

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Through the years

A brief look into itav’s history

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2002

It Takes a Village was founded by Nakisha Hobbs

2003

Funding began

2003

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Village Leadership Academy was created

Our community partnerships support family progress toward their goals for themselves and their children.

By forming mutually beneficial relationships with local agencies, It Takes A Village supports neighborhoods from the inside out.

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It Takes a Village Family of Schools takes a holistic approach to education through a deep appreciation for the connection between children, their families, our communities, and the world we live in together.

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Our K – 8 Grassroots Campaigns and World Scholars Program are just some of the ways our classrooms extend into the community.

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