About Us

The founders of the Building Blocks Academy of Ocala believe that EVERY child is precious and deserves the best opportunity to achieve their highest potential.   Their vision is to give children the necessary  foundation to attain their potential and develop and succeed in life, beginning at early childhood. 

At Building Blocks Academy, we strive to "carefully" prepare all of our children to have the best opportunity to thrive in kindergarten and to have a successful lifelong educational experience.  A key element of our strategy is to create a safe, healthy, and fun environment for learning. Additionally, we utilize high-performance curriculum and teaching techniques to encourage and enhance learning.

For instance, our system of teaching and learning is based upon proven Developmentally Appropriate Practices which focus on the physical, social, emotional, cultural, and spiritual development of the whole child.   That is, our instructional program and teaching practices are designed around the child's age and developmental stage and individual learning style.

Literacy development is critical in a  child's formative years and is, therefore, also key to our overall strategy. Teaching children to read is one of our top priorities. It is at the core of our entire teaching program.

Finally, and most importantly, we take care in choosing our teachers and staff because we believe children need positive, nurturing relationships with caring and properly trained adults who are committed to each child achieving his/her greatest potential.

We invest in our staff by providing  on-going training, competitive salaries, a benefit package, opportunities for professional growth and fostering a healthy workplace environment. 

Pastor George & Lady Michele Dix, Founders

Building Blocks Academy of Ocala

Our Curriculum

 

Learn Every Day™: The Preschool Curriculum consists of 36 thematic units and more than 1,300 learning activities. The curriculum incorporates literacy, math, science, social studies, and creative arts into each unit.

Summary of Curriculum Review

  • Provides activities in all developmental domains, but research-based teaching practices are most evident in the domains of Literacy and Mathematics

  • Provides specific strategies and resources to support parent and family engagement

  • Includes specific prompts to extend children's learning throughout activities

  • Provides specific guidance on how to establish the daily schedule, routines, and well-organized, engaging indoor and outdoor environments

  • Offers specific adaptations for children with disabilities, suspected delays, or other special needs

  • Moderately aligned with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF), but lacks comprehensive guidance in the following sub-domains: Cognitive Self-Regulation, Relationships with Adults, Relationships with Other Children, Emotional Functioning, Communicating and Speaking, Print and Alphabet Knowledge, and Health, Safety, and Nutrition

Licensing and Membership

 

  • Licensed by DCF (Department of Children & Families)
    License # C05MA0195 

  • Approved ELCMC provider (Early Learning Coalition of Marion County)

  • Approved USDA/CCFP provider (United States Department of Agriculture/Childcare Food Program)

Our 5 Promises to You

 

  • We will respect and regard you as the parent or primary guardian of your child(ren).

  • We will warmly welcome and get to know your child(ren) and treat him/her with Christ-like care, respect and individuality.

  • We will provide a fun, productive and interactive educational experience each day for the development of your child(ren).

  • We will maintain a safe and clean Center (inside & outside) for the health and well-being of your child(ren).

  • We will provide a superior service as we strive to earn your continued confidence and exceed your expectations.

© 2020 Building Blocks Academy of Ocala (A Division of PASSAGE Ministries, Inc.)​