Lauren Barlow and Amy Slade share a love for children and a passion for helping them learn which is why they have recently opened their Little Peeps Daycare for infant to Pre-K children.

Barlow and Slade love working with children, and decided to open this center together to care for children in the area.

“It’s been a dream of ours for a while to start another child care facility for our community,” said Slade.

Barlow and Slade have previously worked with children in different fields. They have over 20 years of experience together and are CPR certified. They decided to start this daycare together so they can do what they love while helping the local children.

“Amy’s been in nursing with kids and I’ve been in teaching so we kind of just put it together,” said Barlow.

They purchased the property at 1428 Cherry Ridge Road and turned it into a full-time daycare facility. It is a type III Early Learning Center.

The center includes classes for Infants to Pre-K and afterschool care for five to twelve year olds. They take infants starting at six weeks and the Pre-K class for three and four year olds will start September 4. The center is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

There are lots of fun things for the kids to do, like coloring, playing with toys, or playing in the outside play areas. It isn’t just about watching them while the parents are at work though. The children will be learning as well.

“Each of our classes has a curriculum so we are teaching and not just watching the children,” said Slade.

Slade and Barlow really care about children, and it is their hope that the children that come to their facility will grow, learn, and know they are loved.

“We want to make them feel wanted and cared for and teach them to keep pushing forward and never give up,” said Barlow.

They are a smaller daycare, which gives them the ability to give each child the attention he or she needs.

“We’re not big, but we like it that way because there’s more one on one instruction,” said Slade.

To introduce the daycare to locals and welcome new children they had an open house Saturday, August 16. Snacks and information about the daycare were provided, door prizes were given out, and parents were led on tours of the facility.

Barlow and Slade are excited about their new daycare and hope the people of Bastrop will find it a nice, nurturing place for their children.