Happy Faces Early Learning Academy was founded in 1987 by Linda Bean as a Family Day Care Home Provider in DC’s Ward 5 District. It was her love of children and understanding the need for a safe, nurturing learning environment that she opened her doors to childcare. Shortly after, Happy Faces became one of the first day care facilities in the District of Columbia to offer twenty-four hours/seven days a week services.
Happy Faces became an intricate part of the community by working with the local schools to help assist parents with transitioning their children into the school system upon graduating from Happy Faces. In 2000 Happy Faces opened its doors at the 9th Street Unit E location in Ward 5. This expansion was due to the increased demand in Ward 5 for high quality child care. With two locations and a growing demand to meet the needs of our community; Happy Faces Learning Center acquired Unit H in 2005, Unit F in 2008 and Unit G in 2011. During this time (in 2005) Happy Faces closed the center at the house.
Ms. Bean’s goal has always been to provide the highest quality of care and services for our children, their families and our community. She has a left a legacy in the child care industry that will outlive her.
Happy Faces is still growing and always seeking innovative ways for best practices in the educational programs for our children.
- 1991 Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
- 2005 Nationally Accredited with National Association for the Education of Young Children (on-going)
- 2006 Became a Level II “Gold” Provider (OSSE)
- 2012 Pre-Kindergarten Enhancement & Expansion Program (OSSE)
- 2014 Pre-Kindergarten Facility Improvement Grant Award