About Us

Our staff is led by Director Maria A. Caballero, lovingly known as Ms. Kiko. With over 30 years of experience in Early Childhood Education, Ms. Kiko is at the head of our team of certified educators, all of whom have chosen this vocation for the rewarding experience of inspiring a child's intrinsic curiosity and creativity. Our staff teaches through a "Creative Curriculum" focused Early Childhood program that promotes experiences in cognitive, social/emotional, physical and language development. Our teachers remain flexible by integrating learning opportunities into all aspects of the day with the common goal of fostering the greatest potential in each child.

Our Philosophy

Vanguard Children's Academy (VCA) is committed to providing an optimum environment for the development of your child. As a complete learning center, our certified staff is dedicated to mentoring and enhancing each child based on strong principles and commitment ensuring Kindergarten readiness.

Our Mission Statement

We at Vanguard Children's Academy offer a safe and secure place for learning; striving for an education that develops the full capacity of each child, encompassing cognitive, physical, social, and emotional growth.

We teach through creative play and hands-on activities; strengthening creative expression through music, dance, drama and other fine arts. 

We are a community of awareness, appreciation, and stewardship of the natural environment.

We are loving, supportive, and family oriented caregivers. Our vocation and passion is the well being of children. 

"Open Door" Policy

VCA honors an "Open Door" Policy encouraging a strong partnership between parents and staff; to build rapport and to work together towards guaranteeing your child's needs are met.


Our vanguard facility is fully equipped with security cameras to guarantee the safety and well-being of your child at all times.


Our Library

With great pride, we offer a beautiful and nurturing Library unlike any other. A monochromatic mural and a life-like tree decorate the halls of our literary space. Books are literally brought to life with over 5 ft. of shelves adorned with an array of books accompanied by the plush toys of their memorable characters for the children to hold as they engage in both classic and modern stories.

We place a great emphasis on literacy at VCA!  Throughout the entire preschool, books are available to the children for independent or group reading. Books are found in every area and center within each classroom, as well as in our Sensory Room.  Our teachers engage students  through audio tapes, felt boards, dramatic play, and a puppet theatre.  

Our Playground

Our Playground strengthens children’s physical development while engaging their natural curiosity to learn. We offer an "outdoor classroom" with privacy and security for the children to run and expand their growing bodies. Each of our four classrooms has a door to the playground, and there is a water fountain and sink easily accessible to all the children. 


With art easels, sand tables, water tables, manipulatives, and musical instruments available, the playground functions as an extension of the classroom. Bicycles, balls, a slide, and tunnel allow the children to strengthen their gross motor skills and coordination.

Our Sensory Playroom

Our Sensory Playroom allows children to explore their 5 senses while simultaneously gaining skills in a variety of areas. In turn, the students are calm, focused and content while accomplishing various tasks. Our engaging Sensory Playroom fosters an environment that is helpful for overcoming a multitude of challenges.


The material in our Sensory Playroom inspires imagination: ranging from a light table, a remote controlled light panel,  tactile panels, musical instruments, and fragrances enhancing the child's sense of smell. With an open-concept and flexible versatility, students use the room to enter a world of wonder and discovery.

Our Classrooms

Our Classrooms are designed with your child’s best interest in mind! Each classroom has interest areas such as Block, Science, Math, Art, Manipulatives, and a Dramatic Play Area.  Our preschool includes four classrooms equipped with developmentally appropriate materials for children that are between 18 months to 6 years old.


Our classrooms are 100% ADA compliant and they each contain a handicap accessible bathroom for any student with special needs. With an abundance of natural light and an overall soothing color scheme, parents and children enter our preschool immediately feeling a sense of warmth and comfort.

924 Ponce de Leon Boulevard

Coral Gables, Florida 33134

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Main Office: (786)762-2244

Email: vca@vcapreschool.com

Vanguard Children's Academy offers an academic program for

children that are between 18 months through Kindergarten
available Monday - Friday from 7:45 AM - 6:00 PM

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Our lessons are enhanced by In-School Field Trips with guest speakers from the local community.