About Us

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Our History

Work hard, play hard.
Habitat for Humanity volunteers worked alongside parents at our Oak Street location

Abeona House Child Discovery Center is a non-profit formed in November 2005 by parents whose children attended one of nearly 200 centers that did not re-open after Katrina. Parents volunteered nearly 2,000 hours toward our September 2006 opening. Named after the Roman goddess of children leaving home for the first time, our purpose is to support families through high-quality childcare for their children, a sense of community, and the co-creation of learning opportunities between children, parents, teachers and the larger community.

“…children, although naturally inclined, do not acquire the art of becoming friends or teachers of one another by finding models in heaven or in manuals; rather, children extract and interpret models from adults when the adults know how to work, discuss, think, research, and live together.”

-Loris Malaguzzi For an Education Based on Relationship

We opened our original location on Oak Street in September of 2006, and served 30 children.  In December of 2011, we moved to our current home at 3401 Canal Street, and doubled in size, serving 60 families and adding planning periods for teachers, a farm-to-table food program, and greater organizational capacity. An Abeona Parent is looking for a childcare center that provides stimulating access to discoveries and resources, in a diverse social atmosphere, with engaged staff centered on supporting your child’s social and emotional development as well as lifelong learning.

If you build it, they will come.
Children were a part of work days, building and painting

General Information:

We serve children ages 6 weeks to 5 years, and are inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education.

We are open from 7:30 am-5:30 pm.  Visit our calendar for information about closures, holidays, and special events.

We offer tours to families and educators by appointment only.

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