Incorporated on May 10, 1972, ‘Little Tyke’ Creative Child Care, Inc. is celebrating its 50th anniversary of providing a quality foundation for our most precious resource in North Texas; children. Starting with the first child care center in Richland Hills, the locally owned and operated company will also be celebrating the 11th anniversary of their corporate offices being housed in Richland Hills.
Licensed to care for 1,350 children aged 6 weeks to 12 years, ‘Little Tyke’ operates eleven learning centers in Tarrant, Johnson and Parker counties. The business was started by Mr. Gene Little and a partner, James T. Young with a philosophy of providing quality care that was affordable for working families. When Mr. Young retired due to serious illness and sold his holdings to Mr. Little in 1985, Mr. Little was joined in the daily operations of the business by his wife, Suellen Jean Little.
The centers and staff focused on offering a nurturing and fun learning atmosphere, stimulating the child’s intellectual development as well as providing opportunities for emotional, social and physical growth. The Little’s worked tirelessly to keep the centers up with the times, the regulations and technology.
Perpetual improvements with attention to detail served the ‘Little Tyke’ business and growing youngsters well. There is no better testament than from parents, now even grandparents, that attended ‘Little Tyke’ in their youth enrolling their children, their grandchildren to discover, explore and achieve in a creative learning environment. The company enjoys the benefits provided by seasoned, dedicated employees; over 15% having served 10 years or more (with some exceeding 20 and 25 years) and another 15% celebrating from 5 to 9 years serving kids within the ‘Little Tyke’ family. The company is also proud of their Texas Rising Star accreditations signifying the quality of programs provided.
“After almost 10 years of exemplary “trial by fire” training, two of Mr. and Mrs. Little’s sons took over the reins of the family business as Mr. Gene and Mrs. Jean retired on September 30, 2007. While continuing the established traditions, integrity, and commitment to excellence that has been firmly built into the cornerstones of the ‘Little Tyke’ foundation, Mr. Little in December of 2021 purchased all remaining partners shares from Mr. Keith Davis. Mr. Little also since married Mrs. Brandy Little and she has since taken on the role of Vice-President of Little Tyke. Mr. Little now is the sole owner and President of Little Tyke.
“Providing Educational Child Care in Texas since 1972”
To see what is new, to learn what is tradition, visit a ‘Little Tyke’ Creative Child Care Center near you and visit our website at LittleTykeChildCare.com
The families and communities of North Texas have been good to ‘Little Tyke’ and the corporation reciprocates by providing quality facilities, innovative curriculum and well-trained staff. The dedication continues to be reinforced with a written guarantee. Over the years, providing an average of 150 local jobs, supporting local economies, other local businesses and vendors, providing peace of mind to parents and helping to make memories for thousands of children gives ‘Little Tyke’ plenty to celebrate.
“Little Tyke definitely makes being a well-rounded student possible,” according to Little Tyke alumnus Nikki Salkar. Yes, preschool at Little Tyke taught Nikki her alphabet and how to color in the lines, but the Little Tyke culture and educational philosophy also inspired her dedication to academics and her passion to become a leader in the Birdville marching band. Nikki, started at Little Tyke in September of 1998, just about six weeks after she was born.. Nikki, has been in the band since 6th grade where she currently plays the clarinet. She spends most of her time practicing after school so she can better herself for school competitions and football games. Nikki expressed that growing up at Little Tyke has helped her become a strong leader and also, provided her with the social and emotional skills necessary for her continued success.
Join the Alumni Spotlight
Little Tyke has been providing quality early education to children of the North Texas region since 1972. We want to hear your stories. We want to know what made an impression. Perhaps you remember especially enjoying a certain activity or lesson. Maybe you met your first or best friend at Little Tyke. Maybe a certain teacher touched your heart or inspired you somehow. Maybe a funny incident stands out when you think back. No memory is too insignificant to share.
For those of you alumni that are grown up and out in the world, let us know what you are up to and where you live now. Please forward a picture of you with a short personal bio. Former staff members, we want your stories and memories too! Every one of you helped to shape what Little Tyke is today.
We want to compile your anecdotes and create a larger story. We ask parents of alumni who may live out of the area to please forward this message!
National Childcare Association NCCA is a professional trade association focused exclusively on the needs of licensed, private childhood care and education programs. As an alliance of care and education professionals and owners, NCCA takes a singular position in the United States as the ONLY organization representing the specific interests of the licensed, private community.
Texas Licensed Child Care Association is to further the education of our members in child development; to be informed of all standards and legislation concerning child care; to correlate the efforts of the members of our Association and educate the public in the value of licensing.
National Child Care Coalition
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