Panda Hugs Academy

15051 Bruce B Downs Blvd Tampa, FL 33613

15051 Bruce B Downs Blvd Tampa, FL 33613

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  • Ages

    6 weeks - 8 years

  • FL DCF

    License no. C13HI0191

  • Hours of operation

    7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

  • Weekly cost estimate

    $170 - $290

  • Meals

    Meals will be provided

  • Transportation

    This facility provides transportation

  • State quality rated

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  • Accreditations


About the school

Panda Hugs Academy offers full-time and part-time programs for children age six weeks through five years, including VPK. This family-owned, NECPA accredited school began serving families in the Tampa area in 1997. It’s open Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 6:00pm, with after-care. The school is committed to motivating children and providing safe places for them to develop. One parent says the facility is “so clean and nice” and “I love the staff and the atmosphere here.”

Educational philosophy and administration

Panda Hugs Academy's founders "have always believed that children learn best through play and have designed our education programs on that basis." In support of that philosophy, Panda Hugs implements The Creative Curriculum, which the program’s publisher describes as a “comprehensive, research-based curriculum that promotes exploration and discovery as a way of learning, enabling children to develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical thinking skills.” One parent says, “My daughters have been going to Panda Hugs for over 2 years and I can genuinely say that we have found a forever family. They are attentive to all their needs. Their education and intellectual level is insane! They have over exceeded all obstacles.” Another mom says, “My two kids love going to Panda Hugs, their program is great, and my kids are learning a lot.” Director Elsa Espinosa leads the staff at Panda Hugs Academy. Parents describe the staff as “amazing people” who are “personable and friendly. One says, “the staff is more like family.” Another parent says, “They are super friendly and have super friendly teachers there. They are also really great with Communication when it comes to a child.”

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  • Outdoor play area
  • Shaded outdoor area
  • Computers
  • Library
  • Tablets
  • Art room
  • Classroom Pets
  • Indoor play area
  • Sensory Room
  • Garden
  • Theater
  • Bike path
  • Walking path
  • Video surveillance
  • Outdoor play area
  • Shaded outdoor area
  • Computers
  • Library

Enrichment Programs

  • Art
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Computers
  • Cultural Studies
  • Science
  • Writing
  • Spanish
  • Fire safety
  • Physical education
  • Sensory Activities
  • Speech therapy
  • Dance
  • Earth Science
  • Field trips
  • Gardening
  • Art
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Computers

Programs & Pricing

This school has Full day,Part day,Before care, and After care programs. Log in or create a free account to see further details about programs and prices at Panda Hugs Academy.

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  • National Early Childhood Program Accreditation


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