It is the goal of Lil Eagles Preschool and Childcare to establish quality preschool and childcare programs in Tatum to meet the needs of the growing community and surrounding areas. It aims to provide families with peace of mind that their children are well cared for in a nurturing environment that is helping lay a strong foundation for their future.
Lil Eagles Childcare is owned by Matt and Holly Crawford. Matt, a 1992 graduate of Tatum High School, is the Director of Lil Eagles and responsible for the daily operations. He has a Bachelors Degree in Child Development with a minor in Business from the University of North Texas. His 15+ years of experience in childcare provides him with valuable insight into the needs of the families he serves.
Matt began his career in Denton, Texas, working for one of the largest childcare centers in the state. His first job was teaching a private kindergarten class in the afternoons. He quickly realized the positive impact he could have on children’s lives at this early age and he revised his plans from coaching and teaching to Early Childhood Development. He assisted the center’s owner in expanding the business and later selling to another company. He helped the new owner revamp the business and later build a new facility that was one of the nicest in the area. There were no violations on record with the state regulatory agencies in the two and half years he was acting director of the new location. He left Denton in 2007 to be closer to home and became the Deputy Director of Operations at a childcare center in Frisco, Texas. He had the opportunity to be more involved with the business side of childcare in this position and acquired many valuable skills.
In 2008, Matt was offered a Director position at a childcare center in Carthage, Texas. It was then that he and Holly decided to return to their roots in East Texas. Matt and Holly live in Tatum with their two children, Caleb (6) and Lily (4).
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