Little Miss Mag nurtures the preschool child of working parents at an affordable cost.
OUR MISSION...Empowering families by providing affordable early childhood education for our changing community.
Little Miss Mag Early Learning Center is a private, non-profit, downtown, United Way Agency and is licensed by the Tennessee Department of Human Services.
The quality program at the center is developmentally appropriate – reflecting children’s basic patterns of physical, emotional, and cognitive growth. We strive to provide an environment, daily routines, and activities that meet the needs of children at their stage of development. We accept each child as an individual and help him/her cultivate a positive self-image in a safe, loving and caring environment.
All children need the opportunity to play and the freedom to explore their environment; therefore, we provide play environments both in the classroom and outside.
All that we expect of the child is that he comes to school and is himself. We expect the parents to read and be familiar with the operating procedures in the parent handbook, and in supplemental notes and newsletters that we may send you from time to time. We also want you feel free to be a part of the school, offering suggestions, comments, and constructive criticisms, as well as financial and moral support.
All staff members participate in an ongoing program of in-service education in order to keep abreast of the findings of current research and remain alert to the ever-changing needs of today’s families. In addition, all are active in local professional early childhood associations.
Founded in 1917 at the mayor’s request by Mrs. Henry Ewing, Little Miss Mag was one of the first day care centers for children of working mothers in Chattanooga. Mrs. Garnett Andrews, Sr., was elected the first president of the Board of Directors, and the center was named for her daughter, Margaret, who lost her life in a tragic accident. In 1958, the center moved to its previous location on Walnut Street. The building was completely remodeled in 1975 and a lower playground was added in 1978 with funds donated by George Thomas Hunter through the Benwood Foundation. In July 2013, the doors opened to it's current location on Lookout Street.
Board of Directors
Russell Buck Marclyn Porter - President
Jill Brown Meredith Perry - Vice President
Karen Chapman Candice Allen - Treasurer
Robin Derryberry Linda Hill - Secretary
Jerome England Kirby Yost - Past President
Kelly Etchells Fuz Spector - Honorary Member
Paul Fitzgerald Lee Abelson - Emeritus
Rachel Gammon Janet Hartman - Emeritus
Casey Hong Frank McDonald - Emeritus
Chelsea O’ Shields
Tracy Bryant - Executive Director
As Executive Director of Little Miss Mag Early Learning Center, my goal is for each child enrolled in our program to have an amazing early childhood educational experience and to graduate from our program with the social-emotional and academic skills needed to be ready for kindergarten! Prior to coming to Little Miss Mag, I worked with another local, non-profit center for over sixteen years and I believe that every child should have access to high-quality care, regardless of their parents’ ability to pay. As a social worker, an educator, and—most importantly—as a mom, I know how important the early years are in preparing children for a lifetime love of learning!
Erin Wilcox - Assistant Director
My goal as the Assistant Director at Little Miss Mag is to empower and support a successful future. Very early in my life, I learned how vital early childhood education is. Growing up in the Chattanooga area in a home with educators as parents, education has always played an important role in my life. At Little Miss Mag, through the Creative Curriculum that is implemented, we will help your children grow and develop life-long physical, social-emotional and cognitive skills. Our hands on learning through play approach in our classrooms also allows the children to use their imagination while they learn.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” – Albert Einstein
Dalet Qualls- Programs and Operations Assistant
As Programs and Operations Assistant, my goal is to provide support to our families and children as well as all the staff. My desire is to create a welcoming environment that encourages our children to learn and flourish and makes every family feel uniquely valued. As a parent and a teacher, I know how critical the early years are to development and learning. It is during this time that we can equip children and their parents to have a great start.
"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. " - Maya Angelou