New Orleans’ Early Learning Focus Gets $10K IMH Grant

IMH Executive Director Ron McClain (center) is pictured presenting the $10,000 check to Early Learning Focus’ Program Director Lisa Schlakman (left), while Plessy’s Head of School Joan Reilly (right), looks on. They are standing outside the Early Learning Focus Resource and Training Center at Homer A. Plessy Community School.

NEW ORLEANS – The Institute of Mental Hygiene (IMH) recently awarded a $10,000 grant to Early Learning Focus to support its Early Learning Focus Resource & Training Center and the LETS Read Literacy Program at the Homer A. Plessy Community School, 2021 Pauger St.

         The Program operates at Plessy and two partner childcare centers:  Kids of Excellence and Open Minds, Open Hearts. 


• Early Learning Focus reps said their mission is to create a high-quality, seamless system of high-quality early childhood development and education for underserved children and their families through community partnerships, neighborhood connectedness and shared resources and training.

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• The Homer A. Plessy Community School’s arts-integrated, project-based curriculum provides a stimulating environment that insists on academic excellence in a developmentally appropriate setting, school reps said.

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• IMH's mission is to promote optimal mental health for children and their families in New Orleans. IMH reps said the organization believes that mental health must be defined broadly and recognizes that the development of optimal mental health (sometimes referred to as social-emotional development) is affected by many factors. The group grants support programs that intentionally and specifically address the social-emotional development of low-income, and/ or underserved children and their families in Orleans parish, IMH reps said.

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