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US Army Corps of Engineers
YMCA Castle Kids Child Development Center​

This site designed by Rachel Hartman.
Last Modified: 16 September 2015
contact us
7400 Leake Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118


Hours of Operation:
6:30 am - 6:00 pm
*Closed on Federal Holidays​​​​​​​​​​

program philosophy
The YMCA Castle Kids Child Development Center is committed to providing opportunities for young children to grow at their own pace.  Our program stresses high quality childcare, while nurturing the child's desire to explore, discover, and learn through developmentally appropriate activities.

Our goal is to help children become enthusiastic learners.  We will foster an environment that promotes independence, a healthy self-image, and positive social interactions.  Castle Kids will strive to maintain and strengthen the family unit by supporting their efforts to build good values in children.  Children will be encouraged to gain an understanding of their community, country, and world and to develop an appreciation for diversity and uniqueness in others.​​

program objectives
The YMCA Castle Kids Child Development Center is a developmental program that places a high priority on meeting individual needs of the child, the parent, and the family.  Our mission is to provide a pathway for learning for young children, while ensuring children are safe and happy.

Castle Kids recognizes children's needs are best met when they actively participate in a wide variety of teacher and child initiated activities throughout the day.  Special emphasis is placed on helping children learn through "play" which supports the emotional, social, physical, and cognitive development of the child.  Play encourages children to think, reason, question, and experiment.  This opportunity offered to all children is presented in a warm, loving, and supportive environment that promotes a sense of security and trust.​​

understanding play