Tiny Tots Childcare and Learning Center  

2 Locations :Mount Union & Shade Gap Pa
Keystone Star 2 Quality Program
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About Us

Our mission is to provide a quality childcare experience that helps your child develop physically, socially, and emotionally.


Tiny Tots has been providing child care and child development services to the children and families of Mifflin and Huntingdon County since 2000. Our goal is to provide high quality care and developmentally appropriate services to your child in a safe, healthy, developmentally appropriate environment which fosters your child’s health, growth and development.

 Our staff are trained and experienced in providing child care using positive management techniques in a stimulating, pleasant and accepting environment. We strive to meet each child’s social, emotional, physical and educational needs. The services which are provided enhance the total development of all children enrolled.

Tiny Tots is operated in accordance with the Department of Public Welfare’s Day Care Services Regulations. The Day Care is annually inspected and licensed by the Department. License is posted in Day Care and the regulations are available for your review upon request.

Children’s records and all other information known about the child and family are kept strictly confidential and are only released to persons outside of Tiny Tots  with the parent’s written consent.


 Hello, my name is Dawn Try, and I am an Early Childhood Educator and Director of Tiny Tots Childcare and Learning Centers. I opened Tiny Tots because I love children.  My programs are licensed through the Department of Public Welfare. I’ve been with my husband since 1990 and have 4 wonderful children ages 11-23 and one grandson. My oldest daughter Cayla, age 18, is one of my assistants. I started working with children over 23 years ago. I took care of relatives children when I was young helped out with children’s groups at church. I especially enjoyed working with children that had disabilities or behavior problems and did therapeutic foster care out of my home for over 10 years. I have always had the desire to help children as well as adults. So being an Early Childhood Educator comes natural to me.


            Since I started Tiny Tots, I’ve been very active in the field obtaining my Early Childhood degree through Mount Aloysius College and continue to take additional college courses to increase my knowledge in the field. I take ongoing trainings throughout the year and keep current on CPR First Aid and Fire Safety certifications, and have also completed the state nutrition guidelines training and state licensing orientation program.  I also continue to climb the Keystone STARS career lattice.


            I am a member of the (PHCCPA) Pa Home based Child Care Providers Association. (NAEYC) Association for the Education of Young Children, Redleaf National Institute, (CTC) Communities That Care, The Chamber of Commerce, Southern Huntingdon County Mountain Riders 4-H Club, Stakeholders Group of Huntingdon County.


            I have been a speaker for the local 4-H youth program, Head Starts Parent Group, Young mothers and abused women and children in the area. I am actively evolved in community events and planning.


            I have over 23 years experience working with parents, children, other providers and community partners as well as extensive experience in working with children and adults with disabilities. I also mentor new providers to help get their programs up and running with resources to activities and quality programs.


            In the years that I have been licensed I have exceeded the minimum standards.

I help parents and providers by answering questions they may have concerning Early Childhood. I also help non licensed childcare providers to get licensed. As a mentor I share my experience and knowledge with others in the field. I am in the process of creating a website to improve and promote quality care.


My hobbies are horseback riding/training and teaching, exercise, cooking, reading, dancing, researching and educating my self in the Early Childhood field.


            As an Early Childhood Educator my goal is to provide a safe happy environment for each child that will stimulate the physical, intellectual, multicultural, social and emotional growth at their own individual pace. I offer loving care that focuses on each child as a unique and wonderful individual and in doing so, building self-esteem and respect for others. I promise to nurture your child as if he or she was my own.

  Tiny Tots Philosophy
I believe that all children deserve love, attention, and nurturing. I believe that a safe environment allows children to explore and grow. At Tiny Tots, we allow children to have hands-on learning experiences. This fosters age appropriate development. We read to the children everyday. We believe that positive reinforcement is important for children to develop self-esteem. Children need an environment that supports free expression and stimulates learning. Most importantly, however, I believe that children need to have fun! At Tiny Tots, we often have cooking activities, movie days, and play lots of exciting games. Children learn best from experiencing the world around them. Tiny Tots limits TV to just one movie, or one hour per day.

 At Tiny Tots we recognize that you have a difficult schedule and support parents the best we can. We offer 24-hour childcare 7 days per-week, drop-in care and sick care so that your schedule can be accommodated. We recognize the importance of work, and the stress and demands placed on parents. We strive to make it easier on parents by giving them the knowledge that their children are in good hands.


Licensed by the Department of Public Welfare:
The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) has focused on creating opportunities for the commonwealth’s youngest children to develop and learn to their fullest potential. This goal is accomplished through a framework of supports and systems that help ensure that children and their families have access to high quality services. OCDEL is jointly overseen by the Department of Public Welfare and the Department of Education.
http://www.pde.state.pa.us/early_childhood http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/About/OCDEL/

Child and Adult Care Food Program
CACFP plays a vital role in improving the quality of day care for children and elderly adults by making care more affordable for many low-income families. 
Through CACFP, more than 3.2 million children and 112,000 adults receive nutritious meals and snacks each day as part of the
day care they receive.

Childcare Works Subsidized Child Care Program

 http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/ServicesPrograms/ChildCar eEarlyEd/003670906.htm

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