A loan of $10,000 helped to pay for the construction of a fence around the day care center and to install a fire alarm system.

Darnester's story

Darnester and her husband founded Spring Ridge Academy, a four-star day care for pre-school aged children in greater New Orleans. They just opened a second facility in Westwego, Louisiana. Darnester and her husband are truly devoted to improving day care in Southern Louisiana. Their first facility is the only four-star rated day care in the area.

A true advocate for quality child care, Darnester points out that Louisiana ranks 49 out of 50 in the United States for quality child care. She wants that ranking to change and is doing whatever she can to improve the quality of child care in Louisiana. She is both a Louisiana Pathways Trainer (Child Care Career Development System) and an adviser to the Child Development Association (CDA). Darnester's dream is to make Spring Ridge Academy a five-star facility and to achieve National Accreditation for her day care facilities. She is well on her way to making that dream come true.

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