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Parents look for childcare after Early Head Start fire

3 years ago October 21, 2012 Oct 21, 2012 Sunday, October 21 2012 Sunday, October 21, 2012 6:33:39 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Olivia LaBorde

BATON ROUGE - Dozens of families are trying to figure out where to take their kids on Monday.

The Istrouma Early Head Start is closed until further notice after it went up in flames Saturday night.

According to Baton Rouge Fire Department, the blaze started in a classroom. Nobody was hurt, but center administrators said the damage is near $180,000.

Most of the children who attended the free childcare center will be dispersed between their other two locations.

However, there is not enough room for all 48 of them to be placed.

Dough Leyda says, "In the long run I know we'll be ok. We've survived hurricane damage and so forth But to try to figure out how to immediately provide services for these children and their families will be tricky."

Many of the parents are teenagers or adolescents who are trying to finish school. That's why Leyda says it's so critical to rebuild.

He adds, "Many of the parents continue on into community colleges universities and technical colleges. And it provides them with an ability to make money and provide for their children themselves."

Early Head Start is a federal funded program. Children who attend are ages 1 to 3 years old.

To contact Early Head Start call 225-355-4461.

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