LTH Infants and Toddlers

Washington, D.C.

Story Overview

Southeast D.C. has a very tight-knit, block-by-block sense of community, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the at-home childcare businesses that educate the young children of Southeast.

Quality childcare for ages 0-3 is difficult to find in D.C., but LTH Infants and Toddlers is a beacon for parents throughout the neighborhood. Owner Sylvia Crews – a parent of six – provides this essential service to Southeast D.C. families. With a full enrollment of nine children, Crews provides education-based childcare for young children, with a dedicated focus on curriculum, safety and parent education.

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced her in-home child education center to close, Crews worried most about her families and the community. Even without revenue to pay bills and maintain payroll for her three employees, Crews continued to communicate with the parents and families of her students.

LTH needed a bridge to ensure its families and staff could stay in close contact, in order to keep the bonds and attachments between parent, child and childcare team intact during an uncertain time. A PPP loan from CRF helped LTH preserve these connections and serve the children and families that need focused and dedicated care.

Without my business and other childcare businesses in Wards 7 and 8, the children and families would be losing out. The PPP loan was crucial for us to remain ready to re-open, with a full complement of staff and our bills paid, so we can continue serving our community. PPP helped take the stress out of my life and out of the lives of our families, knowing we would continue to operate post-pandemic.

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