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Elsberry’s Little Tootsies University; a home away from home for community children

Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Owner and Head Day Care Counselor Dana Marty started Little Tootsies University in 1998 and is currently licensed for 20 children. Children she is able to care for range in age from as young as six-weeks up to 12-years-old.

The toys are laid scattered in the chests and the tables are wiped down ready for the days new little fingerprints at Little Tootsies University in Elsberry.

Everyday seems like a new adventure, according to Owner and Head Day Care Counselor Dana Marty, who said she has always enjoyed working with and teaching children.

Started in 1998 and named after Candice Pruitt, aka ‘toots’. The original location of Little Tootsies was next door to where Abels Shell station is now, in town. According to Marty, shortly after buying the university from the Pruitt’s, she moved it just outside town to 287 Lovelace Lane. A few years later in 2000, Marty said they built the current building they are in and fit themselves to handle children from as young as six-weeks all the way up to 12-years-old.

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