Post-Katrina childcare in Louisiana is struggling. Even on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the storm, nearly 70 percent of the original childcare facilities have yet to reopen. A local New Orleans nonprofit, Operation REACH, is trying to change that.



[USPRwire, Thu Jul 02 2009] Neuroscientists have documented that our earliest days, weeks and months are a period of unparalleled growth when countless brain cell connections are made. Research also demonstrates that development is directly influenced by the quality of care and experiences a child has with their primary and secondary caregivers.

Operation REACH (ORI) understands the importance of early child development, and understands that childcare in New Orleans is at a precipice. ORI's mission is to inspire, engage and empower youth and families through innovative educational resources. Their latest endeavor is The Knowledge Garden Child Development Center. The center is set to promote the health and development of infants and toddlers through diverse, engaging and age appropriate learning opportunities. The Knowledge Garden also ensures that staff is committed to continuing education, and requires that all members take classes to keep abreast of industry trends and standards.

The Knowledge Garden opens August 24, 2009 and will service children 6 months to 3 years old. As Founder and CEO, Dr. Kyshun Webster claims, "We are trying to provide educational resources and tools to young children that were, as of late, unavailable to them. We're hoping to create a young cadre of passionate, empowered and educated children in this community."

Company: The Knowledge Garden
Contact Name: Operation REACH, Inc.
Contact Email: admin@operationreach.org
Contact Phone: 504.529.1922 ext 106

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