We’re celebrating Candy’s Kids Learning Academy in Philadelphia.

This program was impacted by a shooting in April 2018. An individual was shot and killed near the building and the children were in circle time when the police arrived with firearms and the facility had to lock down. Many of the families and staff are already directly impacted by gun violence. The program was in their ERS window and has been actively working on STAR 3 movement, with the owner Natrice deeply committed to the community and clear on the impact access to quality can have on the children in her care. Knowing that need, she opened the center the following day and has been working with an Early Childhood Mental Heath (ECMH) Consultant and her Quality Coach to support the staff and children.