where it all began...
In 1995, Mrs. Bonnie Graves opened the first commercially built child care facility (Ms. B's Daycare and Learning Center) on her family's property in Watson. It wasn't long before the waiting list was growing and they had to expand to meet the demands of the community.
Several years later Ms. B's son, Wyatt had been working in real estate and decided that he would follow in his mom's footsteps and purchase a child care facility in Walker. He opened his first center in 2001.
Christy started working at Ms. B's in 2000 and left in 2003 to begin working with Wyatt in real estate and help managing their growing business. Later that year, Bonnie and Wyatt opened their third facility (on N. Corbin Road) and began operating all of them as a chain. Shortly after opening the N. Corbin facility there was an opportunity to take over an existing center in Denham Springs. They took the chance but after a couple years of giving it their all, they decided it wasn't meant to be and sold the facility.
They spent the next 6 years preparing for the boom that happend in their business in 2011. From 2011 to 2013, they acquired or opened four more centers. In 2014, Wyatt decided to downsize and Christy purchased two of the four centers they sold - and Wonder Years Child Development Center was created.
Back Row: Timmy Graves, Brandon Graves, Wyatt Graves, Christy Miranda
Front Row: Bonnie Graves, Dorothy "Grandma" Kinchen, Evelyn "Nannie" Brown, Brittany Graves Phillips
This picture was taken around 2002. It shows everyone that was instrumental in opening our centers. Grandma provided the land for Bonnie to build the first center on.
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