Kingsley House was one of several sites visited by GMN2016 attendees in New Orleans.
Kingsley House, founded in 1896, provides early learning programs to children ages 6 months to 5 years, after-school care to children 5 to 12 years old, and a summer day camp. Kingsley also offers an Adult Day Health Center for seniors and medically fragile adults, and it operates a Community Counseling Center, and a Community and Supportive Services Program for individuals and families in the area.
Our tour started with visiting the classrooms where the children sang the best rendition ever of “You Are My Sunshine.” Kingsley currently serves 763 children daily through its early learning programs. The campus sits on about 3 acres with several older, well-maintained buildings housing its programs, including a gymnasium in a building constructed circa 1860.
We next visited the Adult Day Health Center for seniors and medically fragile adults, which provides social and recreational activities year-round for the 84 participants. A church group from Florida was also visiting and entertaining the adults with live music and a sing-a-long.
Kingsley purchased 4 acres of adjacent land and is constructing a $12.5 million, 24,800 SF facility. Our group was taken on a hardhat tour of the new building, which will be beautiful with natural light flooding large open classrooms, program and office space. Kingsley plans to have the facility finished and occupied by August 2016. The Early Head Start program (6 weeks to 3-year olds), and the Adult Day Health Center will relocate to the new building and enrollment will expand.
Kingsley is an anchor in the neighborhood providing the community with a myriad of services from ages 0 to 100. The staff and board members who met with us clearly have a passion for the programs and are committed to the mission of the organization. “Kingsley House educates children, strengthens families and builds community.”