For Ndazonia Ndafooka, it was nice to see the south side building buzzing again.
“The community seems to be really anxious to get this place back up and running,” Ndafooka said. “I know I am!”
Before it closed its doors to south side neighbors, Ndafooka walked with her now two-year-old toddler to Child Development, Inc. every day. However, the child care facility fell into debt and out of its five-star ranking.
“We were really in shock and frantically looking for something,” Ndafooka said.
Since then, the city stepped in and allocated $34,000 in emergency funds to the facility. Kaleem Caire, former head of the Urban League, then took up the project, creating a nonprofit organization to refund and rebrand the day care as One City Early Learning Centers.
“There's a need for this. Families keep knocking on this door,” Caire said.