Dryades YMCA Daycare

The Pitch

Dryades YMCA Daycare centers youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Their cause-driven mission is to help people develop character, competence, and commitment while building strong kids, strong families and strong communities. This program is devoted to providing quality and affordable school readiness skills to children from 6 months to 17 years of age, reducing the infant mortality rate in New Orleans, and providing family partnership agreements that enhance parental self-sufficiency.

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Sheila Matute

Sheila Matute

The Entrepreneur

Sheila B. Matute was born in La Ceiba, Honduras in 1959, and raised in New York City. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Substance Abuse and Behavior Counseling from Southern University New Orleans, and a Master of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education Curriculum and Instruction from Xavier University, Louisiana. Her experiences in the field of early childhood education include being an infant toddler teacher, a family child care provider, an Education Director, and a Program Director. In each of these positions Sheila has contributed skills and knowledge to the advancement of the profession side by side with co-workers, staff, and colleagues. Sheila keeps abreast of new developments in the profession through membership in national organizations, participation in conferences local and national, and serving as a professional development specialist to assist candidates applying for a child development accreditation. Her desire is to be of service to the early childhood care community until she is unable to serve anymore.


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Non-Profit (501c3)