ARLINGTON, VA - As the Gulf Coast slowly rebuilds from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, residents are returning home. Although housing is still limited, it is becoming sufficient enough that a new barrier is emerging: a shortage of child care.
Six months after Hurricane Katrina, America has all but forgotten the children affected by the storm - especially its' infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers. There were more than 400,000 children under the age of five living in areas designated by FEMA as disaster areas. We know that Katrina literally left thousands of small children homeless and traumatized.
Since the onslaught of the storm, the government has failed on many counts:
Washington, DC - Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have directly affected over 6.5 million people, who live in or who have fled from, disaster areas designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), including nearly 1.5 million children age 14 and younger. Many of these families need food, shelter, clothing, and in numerous cases, trauma counseling to begin to heal and put their lives back together.