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The Little Engine Academy
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499 S.Nova Rd Ormond Beach FL 32174
DCF License C07VO0392
Our Story

Happy Students



The Little Engine Academy is proudly owned and operated by Bob and Joy Vaeth.  We relocated to Ormond Beach in 2013 to fill a need for high-quality childcare in our growing community.  We are often on site and invite you to stop in to visit us any time to schedule a tour to see our facility and share our love of children!

Security and Webcams

We use the PAT (Preschool Automation Technologies) security and database technology.

The doors to the classroom area are always locked.  Parents and staff have access through an electronic key card system. Parents and staff must sign in at the front podiums.  This keeps us informed of who is in our building. Visitors must sign in at the front desk.  

We believe in transparency. The Little Engine Academy parents can now login anytime / realtime to see their child in his/her classroom via iPhone, Droid, iPad or laptop. Access is password protected for each user. See the Parents tab on this site, and see Bob about your user name and password.


We implement The Creative Curriculum in all of our classrooms from infant to 4 year olds.  It provides a solid foundation that allows every child to become a creative, confident thinker.  For our K-2.  We use  McGraw Hill's Reading Wonders and engageny math curriculum.


Happy StudentsWe serve 3 meals a day, breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack. 

Children walk to our cafeteria for each meal, one of the daily transitions that they experience at The Little Engine Academy. On the way they'll pass by our many wall murals of scenes from around the world, painted by local artist Jeannie Jesse.

We hope to instill healthy eating habits by serving healthy foods, such as lean meats, poultry, eggs, and legumes, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and dairy products.

Our Playground

We offer children space, space and more space!  We are continuously adding to our playground areas.  Most recently, we have added our very own splash pad!  Mindful of the Florida heat, we have several shaded areas available as well.

Lionel Trains

Our goal here is to inspire and educate the kids. Trains are full of history and lore, and about making things work ... 'real stuff' that can ignite and engage the inquisitive mind in a young child. The Flagler Model Railroad Club (FMRRC) builds our Lionel lobby train garden.  The club welcomes any parents and children that wouild like to join.  

Scroll to the bottom of this site and push 'T' to watch our Little Engine train chug along!  Push 'C' for the clouds. 

Thanks for taking the time to learn about us.
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