Marquis Emerging Leaders

Shawanna Hanson

Title: Owner, Operator

Company: Little Blessings Daycare LLC

Location: Seymour, MO

Education: CDA, Ashworth College 2017 & Drury College Springfield Mo. (Not Applicable 2017-2017)

Career History: Owner/Operator, Little Blessings Daycare LLC (2015-Present)

Shawanna Hanson, Owner and Operator at Little Blessings Daycare LLC, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of child care.

Since 2015, Ms. Hanson has led a renowned, Missouri-based child care center that serves to educate and help children in a faith-driven environment—where she runs the day-to-day business operations, pays the bills, hires and manages the staff, and keeps up with all the necessary licensing rules and regulations, among other duties. Attributing her success to the quality of care that she and her colleagues provide the children at Little Blessings Daycare LLC—raising the bar in her field—she has been proud of shaping the next generation and serving as a pillar in her community.

Growing up, Ms. Hanson was raised by a single mother who raised six children—from whom she learned the importance of a strong work ethic. It was seven years ago that she became inspired to start her organization; the mother of two herself, she experienced the sadness of having to leave her children at a preschool, a sentiment shared by the other parents, all of whom sought another place to send their kids. With that in mind, she saw a real need for another option. Additionally, she said that God spoke to her to bring a ministry to the community. She started out with four children at the center and today has 48. Ms. Hanson earned a Child Development Associate certification from Ashworth College in 2017 and, in recognition of her communal impact, received Readers’ Choice Award from Marshfield Mail in 2021.

Looking toward the future, Ms. Hanson aims to continue managing her business well and ultimately retire. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her family—including her husband, Jesse, and two daughters, Jessica and Jasmine—camping, and kayaking.

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