Helen Hicks, A pioneer in Early Childhood Education

Helen was born in Glendora, Mississippi on April 14, 1944 to the union of the late Deacon Clarence Burrage, and Mother Lucinda Burrage. To this union, eleven children were born and four children were gifted to the Burrage Family. Helen was the fourth of eleven siblings. She was six months old when the Burrage Family relocated to Shreveport, Louisiana where she spent a good part of her childhood.

In the spring of 1956, Helen and her family moved to Seattle, Washington. She attended Sharples Junior High School and later graduated from Garfield High School. Helen graduated from Seattle Community College with an AA Degree in Early Childhood Development and a CDA.

She was motivated to open and operate a day care center in her home with the support of her husband.
She started her own business in 1969 when she founded Tiny Tots Development Center. For the past 50 years, Helen Hicks’ business has grown with the help and dedication of her children, all three daughters worked at Tiny Tots to continue to grow her legacy.

Presently, Tiny Tots has four high-quality care and education locations which serve over 400 families in the Seattle area. Helen has been instrumental in assisting other churches and individuals to open their early care and education services.

In 2010, Tiny Tots constructed a new facility named in honor of the Founder.  The Helen Hicks Building houses the administrative offices and two additional childcare classrooms. 

In 2021 we will open our sixth location at Othello Square Development. This new building will house two Seattle Preschool Program classes along with a birth to three childcare program.

On Wednesday, January 11, 2018, Mrs. Helen Hicks passed from this world into the next. Her legacy lives on in Tiny Tots Development Center.