The Sheltering Arms

Sheltering Arms nurtures and educates children, strengthens families, and builds communities by providing 1) High quality child care and early education that prepares all young children to succeed in school, regardless of family income; 2) Comprehensive support services for families; 3) Professional development for early education and family services practitioners; 4) Community partnerships and collaborations to improve services for children and families.
Jun 5, 2015

Setting the Stage For Success

Back in 1993, Rochelle made the decision to send her daughter Chanel—then nine months old—to Sheltering Arms Early Education and Family Centers. Seven years and two daughters later, she made the decision again with her two youngest. Although Rochelle initially chose Sheltering Arms based on its convenient location near her workplace, the care and nurturing environment received by her girls made the decision to stay easy. “The girls were always excited to go…It was normal to arrive at pickup time to see the girls interacting, sharing, laughing and hugging on their teachers. This is the environment that you want your kids in—a place where they’re comfortable, happy and engaged.” Additionally, Rochelle was pleased that this high quality childcare and education at Sheltering Arms was provided at a fraction of the cost of other centers at the time.

Now, more than twenty years after her family’s initial involvement with Sheltering Arms, Rochelle proudly shares the continued success of her youngest two: Courtney (18) and Christian (16).  Courtney, a 2015 graduate of Riverwood International Charter School, plans to attend Louisiana State University in the fall, majoring in Political Mass Communications and minoring in French. Throughout her high school career, Courtney was involved in a variety of clubs and participated in varsity lacrosse, cheer, and cross country. She also played violin for the school orchestra, held a part time job her senior year, and interned at the French Alliance, all while keeping up with her studies and maintaining an impressive GPA.

Youngest daughter, Christian, a rising senior at Riverwood, excels academically and is one of 35 students at her school who are candidates for the International Diploma (IB). She served as President of her Freshman Class and will take the position of Student Body Officer this coming school year. She’s a two-sport student-athlete, plays the cello, and spends time volunteering; she participated in a Spring Break Service Trip to Costa Rica this past spring. Christian has high hopes for the future and looks forward to attending a four year university after graduation.

Rochelle affirms that their time at Sheltering Arms played a major role in her girls’ academic development:

“Early Childhood Education in conjunction with arts education gave the girls confidence, provided diversity, freedom to express themselves in safe environments, and was really their introduction to formal education. When the girls started elementary they had no issues with engaging with others, sharing, working together…I think these are all very important traits that help children when they begin elementary.”

Twenty years ago, Rochelle might not have known the impact her decision to send her daughters to Sheltering Arms would have on their future. Looking back now, it all seems to have paid off. An early start in a child’s academic career can have tremendous outcomes for his or her future, and Sheltering Arms is proud and excited to help families like Rochelle’s set the stage for success.

Mar 16, 2015

Don't Give Up Hope

"Is this another school I'm going to get kicked out of?" Tymire asked his mom as he entered into the Sheltering Arms Norcross Center for the first time. His mother Latrice had the same doubts, and she cried as she filled out the enrollment forms. In 6 months' time, four-year-old Tymire had been asked to leave 7 different child care centers because of his behavior. Latrice had desperately tried to hold on to her job, but it wasn't easy. She eventually had to take a leave of absence.

Latrice entered Sheltering Arms hoping what she had heard was true... that this place would be different. She soon found out that it was. The staff greeted her, not with reluctance, but with a warm embrace and a promise that there is a place for Tymire at Sheltering Arms. Tymire was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Sheltering Arms quickly went to work, partnering with special educators from Gwinnett School District and arranged for a therapist to work with Tymire in his classroom.

"Sheltering Arms went the extra mile to set up an environment where Tymire was receptive," says Latrice. "Before, he was impatient and did not want to learn. Now, he is eager and bright--I can see the difference in my son. Our family life has become peaceful again. I am eternally grateful to Sheltering Arms for doing what other child care centers could not do for my son."

 With your help, Sheltering Arms is helping to make this family's dream and the dreams of thousands of other families a reality. Nearly 90% of our children are from low-income working familiesYour support provides tuition scholarships so that parents can afford the quality care and education their little ones need and deserve. And you can be assured that your gift is invested in an efficient, effective program:

• 92¢ of every dollar donated to Sheltering Arms goes to children and families
• 96% is the average score of Sheltering Arms children on developmental assessments
• $1 invested in quality early education returns up to $17 to the community in savings on incarceration, remediation, and public assistance


We are so grateful for all of the friends like you who have helped our children and families accomplish great things. We look forward to positively impacting generations of families with quality child care and early learning for years to come. Thank you!


With appreciation,

Sheltering Arms Staff and Families

Dec 15, 2014

A Life-changing Impact

A Dedicated Father and Loving Son
A Dedicated Father and Loving Son

This story is of a Sheltering Arms father and his dedication to his only son to find a better life for his family...

This father was living in a shelter with his three year old when he happened to pass the Sheltering Arms Educare facility while seeking employment. He came inside to inquire about childcare and to share that he had recently relocated from baltimore and had just been hired but was in need of childcare for his son. He enrolled his son that same day and was told about Sheltering Arms' fatherhood program. Even thought this father served prison time, Sheltering Arms was able to assist him with obtaining an apartment and rewferring him to the Center for Working Families where he was able to recieve additional resources. Now, he volunteers in the center when he is not workign and attends Sheltering Arms Parent group meetings as well as community meetings to encourage other parents about the importance of parents being active in their child's school and community. He has obtained three jobs since his son started school. One of his job titles is a group leader at a group home. His story has touched so many; he will soon be featured in Ebony Magazine due to Sheltering Arms' philanthropic partner, The Annie E. Casey Foundation.

With your help, Sheltering Arms is helping to make this family's dream and the dreams of thousands of other families a reality. Nearly 90% of our children are from low-income working families. Your support provides tuition scholarships so that parents can afford the quality care and education their little ones need and deserve. And you can be assured that your gift is invested in an efficient, effective program:

92¢ of every dollar donated to Sheltering Arms goes to children and families
96% is the average score of Sheltering Arms children on developmental assessments
$1 invested in quality early education returns up to $17 to the community in savings on incarceration, remediation, and public assistance

We are so grateful for all of the friends like you who have helped our children and families accomplish great things. We look forward to positively impacting generations of families with quality child care and early learning for years to come. Thank you!


With appreciation,

Sheltering Arms Staff and Families

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