Local business owners see dreams of expansion come to fruition

TAYLOR COUNTY—One of the area’s most beloved child care centers has recently expanded their services. 

Little Feet Daycare and Preschool, owned by Daniel and Julie Dowdy, has been a successful part of the community for ten years now; offering elite child care services, preschool classes and after school care for the youths of the area. 

However, with the passion they possess for their business, and those children they meet along the way, the Dowdys had a dream to extend their services to even more of the community’s young population. When the opportunity arose, the pair purchased a secondary location to do just that.

The Little Feet Extended Care Center opened its doors on January 18, providing a safe and welcoming atmosphere for students. 

The couple put their hearts into the remodeling of their new location, paying close attention to the needs of the children and families in the area. 

Through the Extended Care Center, students are able to participate in virtual or blended learning in a classroom setting, something the Dowdys saw as a priority given the current situation surrounding COVID-19, and the inability for them to be in school full time.

“As we began this venture, we saw the need for expansion past our programs at our location in Blueville,” shared D. Dowdy. “Our goal and vision was to support the education of our students and be reflective partner of the school systems to do so.”

The center also offers before and after school care for students ages five to 12, providing homework assistance, meals and a space for the youngsters to just be kids.

During their day at Little Feet Extended Care, students are served a nutritious lunch in a multipurpose cafeteria room. 

According to D. Dowdy, the multifunction room, complete with a stage serves as an area to  assist kids with homework and also acts as a place for them to relax and  just "be a kid" with fun activities like yoga classes and retro arcade games to allow children to get up and moving, and socialize in a controlled setting.

And while the new location is already serving the youths of the community, the Dowdys are working to continue making upgrades and improvements to the space.

As they look ahead to warmer weather, and wish to provide a safe outdoor space for the program’s participants, D. Dowdy revealed that a playground project is already in the works. 

“We recently completed Phase 1 of our playground project above the property, with the help of a hometown professional excavator, Robbie Nestor, of Dirt Works, in Thornton,” he commented. “We are excited to see the next stages of this come to life.”

 Parents who have an interest in learning more about the programs offered and enrollment can contact the center Monday-Friday from 6:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., by calling 304-903-8547.  Any questions regarding the program outside of those times can be emailed to [email protected].

Be sure to like and follow Little Feet on Facebook by visiting https://www.facebook.com/LittleFeetDaycarePreschool26354.




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