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Siskin Children's Institute is so thrilled about the opening of the new location at Little Miss Mag. The centers combined have over 170 years of experience in education and are excited to continue educating and serving children of all abilities in the Chattanooga area.

siskin early learning center

Siskin Children's Institute has operated the Siskin Early Learning Center for more than 70 years. The center educates children with special needs and developmental disabilities, such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism spectrum disorders, as well as typically developing children in an  inclusive environment where children learn and play together.


Founded in 1917 at the mayor’s request by Mrs. Henry Ewing, Little Miss Mag was one of the first day care centers for children of working mothers in Chattanooga. Mrs. Garnett Andrews Sr. was elected the first president of the Board of Directors, and the center was named for her daughter, Margaret, who lost her life in a tragic accident. In 1958, the center moved to its previous location on Walnut Street. The building was completely remodeled in 1975 and a lower playground was added in 1978 with funds donated by George Thomas Hunter through the Benwood Foundation. In July 2013, the doors opened to its current location on Lookout Street.