We have a loyal and nurturing staff with over 40 years of experience in early childhood education.  The majority of the staff has a CDA or higher in education.  They all have been screened and background checked.

Patti Girard - Founder


A graduate of USF with a BS in Early Childhood Education and a MS in Reading with an endorsement in Gifted, Ms. Girard founded Learning Gate, Inc in 1983 and Learning Gate Community School in 2000.  She has retired but remains involved in Learning Gate PreK.

Sara Nimon - Manager


Ms. Nimon holds a CDA credential and Directors credential.  She has been a part of Learning Gate PreK since she was a toddler.  She began working at the PreK along side her grandmother, Betty Wargo and took over as manager when Ms. Wargo retired in 2011.  Sara is Ms. Girard’s niece and Betty Wargo her mother.


*Full Time Care - $180/week

*Afterschool Care - $60/week

*Half day programs and VPK available!  Contact us for details.

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