Meet Shyla Johnson, Owner of Heavenly Arms Learning Center (

Tell us a little about your business. – I provide child care to families in the Northwest Omaha area. My program is not just caring for children. We also provide parents with services such as food, housing and job resources. My program prepares children for Kindergarten with a curriculum that we teach.

How did you get started in the business? – I started as a nanny to military families back in 1997. Then, I opened my in-home childcare in 2005. I had a very high demand for care, so I decided to open a center in 2014.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? – I would say my biggest challenge is finding funding for my program.

What has been your most important achievement professionally? – Making a difference in these children’s lives that I have had the honor to care for!

Tell us a little about your family. – I am a wife and mother to six children ages 21, 14, 12, 11, seven and three. I have four girls and two boys.

What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? – When I lost my twins due to pregnancy complications.

What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – Spend time with my husband and kids.

What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? – Before becoming a childcare provider, I was a cosmetologist.

Who inspires you? – My husband and kids.

What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – Everything in life happens for a reason and the power of prayer works!

If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? – Unstintingly.

If you had a theme song, what would it be? – “I’m a Survivor” by Beyoncé.

If you could have a super power, what would it be? – The ability to heal people.

What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life? – Doing hair!

Which talent would you most like to have? – How to build!

If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? – A therapist.

What local nonprofit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? – I have my own called S.I.N.G.L.E. It’s an organization that provides service to single parents.

What is your favorite local Omaha restaurant? – Time Out Chicken.

If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so?(402) 573-5439;;