The Olive Tree Early Learning Center Ribbon Cutting

We were honored to support Restoration House’s newest program – The Olive Tree Early Learning Center. Our new friend Ashlind presented to our Mirani Foundation Advisory Committee and we jumped at the chance to sponsor one of teh classroom renovations. When we did our first site visit in early June 2023 the rooms, and well, most of teh building, were gutted shells. The hard work and perserverance of many dedicated contractors and Restoration House staff brough it all together in record time! The galler below shows what it looks like now. Further down are some “Before” pictures so you can see how much was done in such a short time.

The Restoration House has become a recognized leader in serving single parents and their children in Knoxville. This recognition is due in part to a commitment to remain a student of best practices for helping single-parent families. TRH was founded on the belief that through partnership and collaboration, everyone wins; as such, TRH desires not to reproduce services, but to work with other organizations to fill in the system gaps for single-parent families and their children. TRH currently partners with a variety of organizations and churches while also consulting with local, regional, and national organizations around best practices for supporting single-parent families.

The Olive Tree Early Learning Center provides much need child care and learning opportunities to families in need in Knox County and East Tennessee where –

  • 48% of families live in a childcare desert

  • Olive Tree is in a childcare desert with no other childcare providers within its census tract

  • Most options in a 10-mile radius of Olive Tree don’t provide infant care, lack one or more high-quality components, or are at enrollment capacity

  • The number of providers has decreased in the last ten years and less than half are licensed

  • 66% of children under the age of six have all available parents in the workforce

  • Center-based childcare consumes 45% of a single parent’s income and 13% of married parents’ income


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