In June 2015, the Louisiana Department of Education established a unified statewide early childhood quality rating system. Each publicly-funded child care center serving children birth to five in Louisiana receives a Performance Profile that includes a rating based on rigorous classroom observations. It is with great pride and joy to inform you that our center has earned a 5 Star Rating which is the highest rating possible. This achievement was achieved by the hard work and dedication of each staff member at The Little Academy.
Nancy Morrison was born and raised in Chalmette and moved to Slidell after marrying her husband Earl in 1989. She is a graduate of the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, she also has an Applied Science Associate Degree in Early Education from Nunez Community College. In addition, she has the National Administrator Credential from the National Institute of Child Care Management, a Child Development Associate from the Council for Professional Recognition, an Ancillary Certificate from Louisiana Department of Education, and is a member of the Child Care Association of Louisiana where she attends yearly conferences to keep updated with industry standards and regulations. Nancy is a Level III Director with Louisiana Pathways, and she is TS Gold Inter-rater Reliable.
While in high school, Nancy worked in the early education field as a young adult and fell in love with the industry. After she earned her Bachelor Degree from the University of New Orleans she worked as an electrical engineer for Trinity Marine Group and Textron Marine and Land for several years, but the desire to work with young children was so strong that she quit her engineering job and went to work at The Little Academy. In 2000, after working at the center for a couple years the original owner approached her with the opportunity to purchase the center. Nancy jumped at the chance to purchase the center, and was determined to make quality early education available for those in need. In line with this mission, she changed the center from Class B license to Class A license which allowed the center to accept Child Care Assistance for those in need, and for the center to get on the USDA Food Program. It was then Nancy’s desire for The Little Academy to earn the reputation of being the best early education center in the area. When the state instituted the Quality Rating System for early learning centers, Nancy knew this was their opportunity to show they were the best early learning center in the area. After embracing the Quality Rating System practices, The Little Academy was recognized as the first center in St. Tammany to earn the highest rating of five stars. When the state changed their rating system to CLASS, she and the staff at The Little Academy worked hard and earned the highest rating of five stars again! Nancy takes pride that her center provides children a safe, inviting, interesting and challenging environment of learning that maximizes the potential of every child.
Nancy and Earl Morrison’s daily life reflects their love for family and those in need. They have been married for over 30 years and have six children. Three of their children were adopted from foster care, one was a private adoption and they are guardians to two additional children. During her time off Nancy relaxes by reading, riding her bike and going to the beach.
A native of Metairie, Tiffany May has been the Director at the center over 15 years, and she has extensive knowledge of the core values and mission of The Little Academy. She has an acute understanding of the Louisiana Department of Education Licensing Regulations, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Regulations, Louisiana Fire Marshal Requirements, and other agency rules and regulations. She came to The Little Academy in 2004 with 10 years of experience in early education from Ecole Classique in Metairie. She has an Applied Science Associate Degree in Early Education from Nunez Community College, a Child Development Associate from the Council for Professional Recognition, an Ancillary Certificate from Louisiana Department of Education, and has earned the National Administrators Credential given by the National Institute of Child Care Management. Louisiana Pathways has her ranked as a
Level III Director, she is TS Gold Inter-rater Reliable, a Certified CLASS Observer, and she has been accepted into the Louisiana Early Leaders Academy. Combined with her work as an early education teacher at Ecole Classique, prior to The Little Academy, Tiffany has over 25 years of experience in early child education. Her experience in and out of the classroom setting is highlighted by her classroom and center management skills at The Little Academy. Tiffany’s role as Director at The Little Academy is to ensure state and local regulatory compliance is met, that company procedures/policies are followed, communicate with parents, ensure USDA Food Program compliance is met, implement human resource directives, and more. She has been married to John May for over 23 years, and together they have two children Cameron and Carissa May. She enjoys swimming, riding her bike, gardening, and spending time with her family on her time off.
To provide children with a safe, inviting, interesting and challenging environment of learning that maximizes the potential of each individual child.
To be the early education leader in the community that provides the best care and education for infants, toddlers, preschool and school age children.
We believe that all children can learn, and that each child is unique person, deserving of respect, with an inherent right to dignity, trust and consideration for their individuality.