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Toddle Towne is Small Business of Month for Growth Association

The RiverBend Growth Association has named Toddle Towne Learning Centers Inc. as its Small Business of the Month for July 2020.

Toddle Towne Learning Centers has operated under continuous local ownership and management since first providing care in 1967 at a converted house in East Alton licensed for 35 children.

Under the leadership of Peggy Funkhouser, Charles Pelan, Walter Ahlemeyer, and their various family members, Toddle Towne Learning Centers has grown into two facilities in Alton (shown) and East Alton.

“Through their continuous growth Toddle Towne Learning Centers demonstrates the long-term reliability and the excellence for quality care and educational experiences. At Toddle Towne Learning Centers children learn while they play, and play while they learn,” the Growth Association said in announcing the honor.

The mission, goals, and philosophy of Toddle Towne Learning Centers include providing reliable, safe, high quality care and education for children in a format that working parents can use with convenience and confidence, the Growth Association said.

For the past 50 years Toddle Towne Learning Centers has been a cornerstone for teaching and socializing the children of the River Bend. The inclusive learning centers focus on a fun, friendly learning environment that encourages learning and socialization. The average staff turnover of most learning centers is about three months, but at Toddle Towne Learning Centers the turnover rate is 6.5 years.

To learn more about Toddle Towne Learning Centers, Inc. visit There are two locations in the Riverbend. The Alton center is located at 3839 Humbert Rd. Alton, Illinois and can be reached by phone at (618) 462-8852. The East Alton center is located at 163 N. Shamrock Ave. East Alton Illinois and can be reached by phone at (618) 258-7444. Make sure to like and follow their Facebook page, @AltonTTLC and @EastAltonTTLC.

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The RiverBend Growth Association is the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development organization for the communities known as the Riverbend.  For more information about the Growth Association, visit or call (618) 467-2280.

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