The Happy Trails Day Care Centers are totally committed to helping build the future of your child. Our careful selection of staff is focused on building a safe, caring and fun learning environment. While concentrating on experienced and proven care-givers, we also look to bring on board staff with new and innovative programs and ideas. This type of blended environment provides your child with the best possible learning experience. At the same time we ensure that the experience is fun for your child helping them learn how to build relationships with children from different cultures and backgrounds.

Happy Trails has served Penn Hills and the surrounding communities for over 30 years. The Penn Hills center was first owned by Don and Dorothy Lamuth when the center was known as Happy Holidays Child Care. Nine years ago the business was purchased from Don and Dorothy by the Engram and Haynes families. The name was then changed to Happy Trails Child Care Center.

Marva and Lew Haynes are long time residents of Penn Hills. Three of their children, Deanna, DaMika and Danielle, attended the Penn Hills school system and two graduated from the high school. Additionally, two of the children actually attended and then worked at the Happy Holiday Child Care Center.

You may recognize the “Engram” name. Bobby is a two-time Penn State All-American football player and a 15 year veteran of the NFL. His wife, Deanna, is the daughter of Marva and Lew Haynes and a graduate of the Penn Hills School system.

Four years ago, the family opened a second daycare center, Happy Trails 2 U, in the city of Duquesne. The center was modeled after the Penn Hills location having many of the same features. The Duquesne Center is actually the home Marva grew up in that has been totally remodeled to provide the necessary components of a first class day care center. The center is Marva’s way of showing her dedication to her home town. As a matter of fact, even though she has lived in Penn Hills for the last 35 years, she still attends church at Jerusalem Baptist Church in Duquesne where she is a Deaconess and Director of the Mass Choir.

As a family we are completely dedicated to working with children. That is our passion. We consider the daycares an extension of our family and we want to do everything within our power to see that the children have every opportunity to have a good successful experience and a great start at life. We believe that is our purpose in life. It’s personal with us.

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