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About PediaTrust

You face tough challenges raising a child who can’t attend a regular day care or school and finding quality child care can be overwhelming.

Our staff of skilled nursing and healthcare professionals provide personalized care in a safe, kid-friendly and developmentally-stimulating environment. Our family-owned facilities strive to provide reliability and consistency for you and your child, so you can focus on what really matters.

The PediaTrust Team

When your child has unique needs, you need a team of specialists that are just as unique. Our experienced team is trained to provide the best care for your child and includes:

  • RNs
  • LPNs
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech Therapists
  • Social Services
  • Educators including special education
  • CNAs

Why Choose PediaTrust

Personalized Care
We go above and beyond to do what’s best for your child

At Pediatrust, we become part of your child’s team of care

Progress Assessments
Daily and monthly progress assessments available to parents

Transportation Provided
We provide transportation to and from our facilities

Insurance Accepted
Medical day care may be covered under your insurance if your child has a medical condition that requires a skilled nurse. We accept all forms of Medicaid.

Hours of Operation
7:30am to 5:30pm

Meet Our Directors

We have 4 locations in Louisiana and Mississippi to serve you. The Director at each location is highly qualified and dedicated to providing personalized care to your child.

Alicia Kennedy Benton – Denham Springs, Louisiana

Alicia Kennedy Benton is a native of Baton Rouge. She is an honors graduate from Baton Rouge Magnet High School and LSU, where she obtained a BS in Biological Sciences with a minor in Spanish. After graduation from LSU Alicia went on to be a high school Spanish teacher and Head Cross Country and Track coach, and then a Realtor with Burns and Co. She later obtained her nursing degree from OLOL Nursing College. For the past 5 years she has worked in the Emergency Room at Ochsner where she additionally served as ER Preceptor, Epic SuperUser, and was also a very active member of the ER’s Unit Practice Council. Outside of her roles in the ER, she contributed to the Ochsner community by serving on Ochsner’s Peer Review Committee, was a peer educator at the hospital’s annual skills fair, and also participated regularly in community volunteer opportunities. Alicia is also a mother to three young girls and has been married to her best friend for over a decade. In her spare time Alicia enjoys doing art with her littles, going on long runs, and spending time anywhere under the sun!


Kathleen McFarlain – Lake Charles, Louisiana

Kathleen McFarlain, originally from Sulphur, LA, graduated with honors from McNeese State University with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May 2009. Her nursing career began as an Emergency Room nurse, but soon developed into a passion for pediatric nursing, as well as nursing education at the university level, leading her to become a pediatric clinical instructor. Following her employment at W. O. Moss Regional Hospital, Kathleen became a staff nurse at the Children’s Clinic of Southwest Louisiana’s KIDMED office, and was promoted to Nurse Supervisor/Office Manager. When PediaTrust – Lake Charles opened their doors in March 2015, Kathleen was the first staff nurse hired. That October, she was promoted to the first Assistant Administrator/Director of Nursing and in July 2017, she became the Administrator/Director of Nursing. She will graduate in December 2017 with a Master of Science in Nursing Education. In addition to her passion for nursing and education, Kathleen also has a love for children, which inspired her to become a foster parent in May 2012. She is now a single parent of a young boy she fostered as an infant and adopted on his first birthday. Kathleen enjoys remaining active in her church and local community, including participation in Vacation Bible School, mission opportunities, and walks for medical causes, such as “Up for Downs” and “March for Dimes”.


Christy Kimbrough – Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Christy Kimbrough graduated from the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May 2004. She began her Nursing career as a pediatric nurse at Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital and then transitioned to the Neonatal ICU.  Christy has most recently been a Patient Care Coordinator in the Neonatal ICU at Forrest General Hospital.  Christy is married to Kyle and is mother to Sam. Nursing is her passion and calling.


Jessica Jeremiah – Columbus, Mississippi

Jessica Jeremiah earned her BSN from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986 and graduated from the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program with a Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. She has over thirty years of experience in pediatric nursing in a variety of settings. For the last 12 years, she has taught pediatric nursing to baccalaureate nursing students at Mississippi University for Women. The mother of a special needs child herself, Jessica believes all children have a right to reach their full potential and as Director of PediaTrust – Columbus, Mississippi is dedicated to making this happen.


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We’d love to show you around our facilities. Contact us today for a tour and to see if your child qualifies.

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