Welcome, Bienvenue, Bienvenidos! Mighty Minds, Little Hands International Preschool is owned and operated by Michael and Ghizlaine Taft. The Tafts founded MMLH in 2006 as a home daycare and expanded to a school facility at its current location on Angus Rd. in 2007.
Mighty Minds is now home to 75 children and 18 staff members. The school enrolls children age 6 weeks to 5 years.
Ghizlaine has taught French and Spanish in private and public schools, preschool through grade 12, since 1992. She has a B.A in elementary and secondary education, as well as Romance languages, and an M.S. in counseling. Michael works for his own construction company based in Albemarle County and ensures that the business runs properly and is well maintained at all times.
The preschool is run on the building’s second floor, where lead teachers implement daily lesson plans in each of the three classrooms. The lower level is home to two infant rooms and a toddler room.
The school is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. year-round except for major holidays and occasional staff training days.
All directors and lead teachers have completed the required M.A.T. training hours through the Virginia Department of Social Services to administer medication. All staff members are certified in CPR and First Aid. Lead teachers have college/university degrees in subjects relating to child care. Each classroom includes a Spanish-speaking teacher to maintain the parallel Spanish immersion, and some teachers are fluent in French, Russian and Swahili as well.
The preschool is closed in observance of the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving (and the day after), Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the day after Christmas. If any of these holidays falls on a weekend, the Friday before or Monday after will be observed. When Christmas Day and the day after Christmas fall on a Sunday and Monday, the preschool will be closed on Monday and Tuesday.
The preschool will also be closed on Good Friday and Aug. 23 for staff days.
Parents can register to receive text messages or e-mails about school delays and closings through rainedout.com.
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In the event of icy road conditions, the preschool reserves the right to close for the day, to have late openings or early closings. MMLH will notify all families in the event of closing during the day. Closing or delay information is also sent to NBC 29, CBS 19, ABC 16 and WAHU 27. You may call the preschool and check the recorded announcement as well. There are no tuition discounts for weather-related closings.
“We shape the mighty minds of tomorrow.”
These formative years are the most crucial in every child’s life. Our program guides each child in building a solid foundation of self-esteem and confidence. From this, other good things will naturally flow: healthy personal traits such as independence, responsibility and maturity, and good social habits such as friendliness, kindness, cooperation and communication. When a child is treated with respect, he learns to respect himself and others.
We are dedicated to giving your child the individual attention, approval and affection that he or she needs to build this foundation. Our primary goal is to help a child say, “I like being me!” Our secondary goal is to create peace of mind for parents while their children are provided with a home away from home. Our third goal is to introduce children to the language and culture of other countries.
The center is open for parents to visit and observe their children at anytime. All children, regardless of ethnic background, race, color or religious beliefs, are equal and welcome at the school.