The Johnson County Learning Center, a Greenwood-based preschool for children in the community, is getting some help paying for renovations of its new location in Whiteland thanks to a grant from Early Learning Indiana, an Indianapolis nonprofit.

The preschool program is currently housed at Westwood Elementary School, but will move to a former eye doctor’s office at 430 N. U.S. 31 in Whiteland after the building is renovated, said Dawn Underwood, the preschool’s director.

Early Learning Indiana has funded $1 million in early childhood education grants around the state, including $75,000 to the Johnson County Learning Center, with money from a 2014 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. that is being distributed now, according to the organization’s website.

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Early Learning Community was chosen as one of nine pre-K programs in the state to receive the Strong Start for Kindergarten Prize. The school received $5,000, funded from the state’s Preschool Development Grant.

With the money, officials plan to provide kindergarten-readiness camps for children over the summer, as well as offer sessions for parents to learn more about the process.

Early Learning Community is a nonprofit community preschool, which provides services to children ages 3 to 5. The preschool operates out of a pair of Greenwood Community elementary schools, Northeast and Westwood.

“Because preschool is not affordable, we want to do more in between the school years. These camps will let us share information with parents about what to expect when their kids go to kindergarten,” said Dawn Underwood, preschool director of Early Learning Communtiy. “We want to be a resource to families in our community who don’t understand the process and for children who have never been to preschool.”

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November 07, 2019

By Early Learning Community Preschool

Early Learning Community was fortunate to be one of the recipients selected for The Strong Start for Kindergarten Prize competition was a new initiative funded by Indiana’s Preschool Development Grant.

Winners of this grant are programs that have proven to provide children with a strong foundation for their future elementary journey. We are beyond grateful to have been chosen to receive this award!

For more details on this grant and to see other programs that were chosen, please click here.

As always, we want to thank our families and our community for their continued support of our program!

October 08, 2019

By Early Learning Community Preschool

You have probably never heard of a child care desert before, as this was news to us recently as well. A child care desert is any census tract with more than 50 children under age 5 that contains either no child care providers or so few options that there are more than three times as many children as licensed child care slots.

As it turns out, our area of Johnson County is part of a child care desert. We have applied for an Early Learning Indiana grant to address this issue in our county so that we can provide high quality affordable child care for our community.

For more information on this grant and to see the finalists, click here.