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What Sets Us Apart

Providing high-quality child care and educational services with a holistic approach — addressing the cognitive, physical, emotional and social needs — for developing young children and preparing them for future success in Kindergarten and beyond.

Our Story

In 2014, Mitchell Learning Academy was founded by the Mitchell Family with the passion to provide high quality early childhood education in Jacksonville, Florida. Our philosophy and approach stem directly from Mrs. Mitchell’s health care education and experience in the government, non-profit and public sectors — which has provided her with insights into the benefits of healthy and positive early childhood development.

Meet Our Leaders

ReShawndia Mitchell

Co-Owner, Center Director, Southside Administrator

Mrs. Mitchell received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Education from the University of Florida and a Master of Public Health Degree from the University of North Florida. Throughout her career, Mrs. Mitchell has held positions in the public sector and has volunteered in leadership roles with several non-profit organizations. She has also completed the state required 45-hour Child care Introductory Training and has also obtained the Florida Child Care Advanced Level Director’s Credential.

Dontorien Mitchell

Co-Owner, Riverside Administrator

Mr. Mitchell holds an Associate of Science Degree in Computer Drafting and Design from ITT Technical Institute. His area of expertise is in facility planning and maintenance. Mr. Mitchell is also passionate about helping children reach their highest potential and has worked with numerous youth to foster self-esteem and positive development.


What Parents Are Saying

Group 287
My daughter currently attends Mitchell Learning Academy and she loves it. She always looks forward going to school. The staff is amazing and keeps you updated throughout the day about your child. Would definitely recommend ❤️
Candace Tomlin
Group 287
My daughter has been going there since she was 6 weeks and she loves all the staff like they are her family. She is now 4 and runs in most days before even saying goodbye. She is also learning so much everyday. a lot of people ask if she is 5-6 because she speaks so well and is so smart. I honestly do not think she would be where she is education wise without this school!
Brandie Carter
Group 287
After nine months of searching for a learning center for my child as a new mom was nerve-wracking. However, when my son and I did a tour I immediately fell in love. The owners are very professional. My son is so happy and learning. His teachers are great. Best decision!!!
Christine Denis
Group 287
Best preschool in the 32225 area code hands down! The preschool is overall very organized and structured! Staff is patient, attentive, and just an overall pleasure! It feels good dropping my child off to a preschool full of smiling staff members! They care about the kids and strengthening their development based on each individual need of the child. The owner/director is AMAZING and runs a top-tier program!!!
Kenya Amber
Group 287
Due to an unfortunate road bump in our lives, my husband and I were forced to seek childcare outside of our home. I searched high and low, far and wide until I came across MLA. And what a blessing it has been!

Our daughter is 16 months old today and has spent the last 7 months growing and blooming in this school. Just recently I had a parent teacher conference with Ms. Latoya (she’s the best, but I’m biased because she’s ours 😋) and you can FEEL the passion these women have when they are caring for your child(ren). They treat them as their own and guide them through their milestones, being their hand to hold while yours are preoccupied with work. They post updates and pictures to let you see what your minis are doing while you are apart. Our Sadie has become a social butterfly because of the encouragement she receives here.

So thankful for the services these ladies provide. 5 out of 5!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Group 287
It is with a heavy heart that we had to take our daughter out because we moved 40 miles away. Mrs. Mitchell has a true love and care for each of the students who walk through their doors. My oldest child knew no other daycare than MLA and the love and nurturing that she was shown in her formative early years by teachers like Ms. Melissa, Ms. Tavia, Ms. Logan, and all the others will stay with her all her life.

I had two daughters who spent their first years with MLA and everything from Christmas programs to Halloween costume parades and donuts with Dad will leave lasting memories for both them as well as myself and my wife.

So Thank you again, Mrs. Mitchell. We love you and your staff and appreciate the past 6 years that you've given us.
Andrew Cecil
Group 287
I give MLA 5 stars because I know Mrs. Mitchell is there every day and knows exactly what's going on in the daycare facility. If I have a concern, she promptly puts effort into the matter. She is very involved and dedicated to the children. I have really loved seeing her passion and participation in her learning center. I like the updates throughout the day about my child and seeing photos with her engagement into learning. The staff seems quite permanent and I love seeing Ms. Melissa's smiling face in the morning at drop off. I personally love that fact that I see familiar faces and that the staff stays consistent. Highly-qualified staff and I recommend this center.

Frequently Asked Questions

We care for children ages 6 weeks through 12 years old in our child care and after school programs.

Both Mitchell Learning Academy locations are open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The following financial and scholarship assistance is available and accepted at Mitchell Learning Academy.

Step Up for Students is available for private school students (K and 1st) who meet the income or other eligibility requirements. The Early Learning Coalition of Duval School Readiness program provides financial assistance to families with children birth to 12 years of age to offset the expense of child care programs and allow parents to work or attend school. Qualifying families pay a portion of child care costs based on the family’s income, household size, and other factors.

You can also register for free VPK (voluntary pre-Kindergarten) through the Early Learning Coalition website. Children must live in Florida and be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the current school year to be eligible. VPK is free of charge to all 4-year-old children in Florida regardless of family income.

For children who are not VPK-eligible, ELC assesses your parent co-pay based on your family size and income documentation. This amount will then be added to the difference the parent is responsible for. Please understand that your eligibility for child care is only authorized for a specific date and time reflected on your Certificate of Eligibility.

Mitchell Learning Academy serves children and families in two convenient locations.


Our Southside location is at 1210 Lee Road in Jacksonville, Florida—just off Atlantic Boulevard, between Downtown Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Beaches.


Our Riverside location is at 2045 Gilmore Street in Jacksonville, Florida—convenient to the South bank, San Marco, Riverside/Avondale and close to Orange Park.

Please see our private school pricing here. For child care, preschool, and after school care, please call for pricing information.

Our preschool programs utilize the evidence-based Creative Curriculum. This curriculum is approved by the State of Florida to meet the guidelines for preparing students for Kindergarten and are aligned with the Florida Educational Standards for Birth – 5 Years. For more information about the Creative Curriculum, please visit

Our private school (K and 1st) utilizes one of the top learning curricula in private school education nationally — it’s called Abeka. For more information about the Abeka curriculum, please visit