Little Inspirations explores and unites my passion for children, learning and life! As founder of Little Inspirations, the responsibility for top quality Child Care / Early Childhood Education is close to my heart. Fifteen years as a teacher and a love of little people inspired Little Inspirations’ inception as a school where the journey of learning begins in infancy, emphasizing real life experiences in a community environment that extends learning beyond the school and its day. A Master’s of Science in Educational Leadership from Teacher’s College, Columbia University, in New York prepared me to lead Little Inspirations from an educational standpoint. A Certificate of Entrepreneurship from City of Chicago Colleges in conjunction with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program guides me in keeping our organization solvent, sustainable and growing. Finally, motherhood of two amazing children adds to my ongoing daily education! I am extremely thankful for the support of our families and the dedication of our fabulous team in making Little Inspirations a wonderful learning community.


My name is Jheaniqua M. Harbin-Tate. Jheaniqua is a little long so some call me Jane. Feel free to call me Jane if you like. I received my Bachelors in Early Childhood from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. I currently am pursuing my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction at Concordia University. I chose early childhood education because children are our future. As educators we are given the opportunity to help build a foundation for the protectors and leaders of the world.  When I am not inspiring young minds, I like to bike along the lake or find a new series to read or watch. 


Little Inspirations is perfect for me!  I get to work in a playful, positive, upbeat, nurturing place.  How fun is that?!  I was formally trained as an elementary school teacher but only taught for one summer before becoming a mother.  I did something else with my education – I sold educational toys for ten years. I helped parents understand the value of play and how it builds the foundation for learning so it’s no surprise that I was drawn to Little Inspirations and Peg's holistic vision.  I’m still not teaching in the classroom, but I get to support the teachers sometimes and have the chance to play with the children. There is nothing quite so wonderful as being hugged by a child!


Although I received a B.A. in fine art many years ago, I have always been interested in early childhood education, and took several classes when my two children, Aaron and Beverly, were young. Since my two grandchildren are living in Japan and New York, I especially enjoy having the opportunity to be with and around the children here at Little Inspirations. My administrative support roll began in February of 2014, and it includes a great variety of tasks, from payroll to purchasing to teacher support. I love the fact that my job changes day to day, but perhaps my favorite “duty” is taking candid photos of the children, the staff, and our Little Inspirations community.  The children are used to seeing my camera in my hands.  There is a wonderful sense of community here at Little Inspirations.  There is a strong and united commitment to the well-being and education of the children. I am pleased and grateful to be a team member!

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