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
Lee Abelson Kirby Yost - President
Candice Allen Ballard Scearce - Vice President
Karen Chapman Jerome England - Treasurer
Robin Derryberry Russell Buck - Secretary
Paul Fitzgerald Fuz Spector - Honorary Members
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!
Marisa Hawkins - Office Manager
As a native of Chattanooga, I have always loved our community. Early childhood education is vital to the future of our city and is a passion of mine. At Little Miss Mag, our team is helping the next generation develop strong physical, social-emotional and cognitive skills, thus better preparing our little ones for life-long success. I was drawn to this organization because of the diversity and love that existed amongst the staff and children. My background in fine arts has helped me explore creativity from a child's perspective, reminding me that we can all learn much from the children we serve.
Erin Wilcox - Program Coordinator
Alfreda Smith - Receptionist