The Learning Community is committed to providing young children with a learning environment that models excellence in early childhood education. During these crucial first years of education, we partner with parents to lay the foundation critical to the development of the whole child.
We believe children learn through play.
Classrooms are arranged to provide many learning experiences for children as they interact with each other and staff. There are several interest areas within each classroom: blocks, library, discovery, manipulative, dramatic play, water/sand, and art. Children also enjoy large muscle activities on the playground.
We believe children learn best through hands-on involvement with materials, equipment, and activities.
We believe children learn how to form positive relationships while interacting with other children and adults.
Through these interactions, children learn how to get along with others.
We believe children learn through trying.
Self-sufficiency is encouraged (in relation to the developmental stage of the child). Each classroom is equipped with age-appropriate furniture and materials to encourage independence.
Our program is nationally accredited through NAEYC (The National Association for the Education of Young Children).
We are on Indiana's quality rating system, called Paths to Quality. Our facility is rated Level 4 on Paths to Quality.
Our facility is a state-licensed child-care center. We adhere to all state policies, rules and regulations set forth by the state of Indiana.
Going back to work? We accept infants as young as six weeks old. Children remain in the same classroom with the same teacher for two years to ensure continuity of quality care.
Two-year-old's are full of energy! This age is a transitional phase from toddler to preschooler. Our program increases children's self-sufficiency and learning through daily lesson plans.
Kindergarten is just around the corner! Our preschool classrooms encourage learning skills needed for Kindergarten success, beginning at age three.
Looking for care before or after elementary school? We provide a safe classroom environment to keep your child engaged after school. We offer breakfast, an afternoon snack and homework assistance.
Kids out of school? We offer a safe classroom environment to keep children engaged during spring break, summer vacation and Christmas break. Planned activities keep your kids busy all year long.
Are you a student, staff or faculty member at Purdue University Fort Wayne? Contact us about special pricing options that are available to you.
The Learning Community utilizes The Creative Curriculum for Preschool and The Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddler & Twos. Everything that parents and teachers love: a comprehensive, research-based curriculum that features explorations, play and discovery as a way of learning.
We are a part of the Child and Adult Care Food Program by the State of Indiana. Therefore, we follow all safe and healthy food regulations set forth by the state. We provide children with breakfast, a.m. snack, lunch, and p.m. snack. Our meals have all protein, grain, fruit and vegetable components.
We provide care for infants as young as six-weeks old. We offer four classrooms for children ages six-weeks old until they turn two. They have the same caregiver for the first two years of their life. This consistency provides a positive influence on their development and ability to reach milestones.
We use the Ages & Stages Screening Tool to make sure your child is on track developmentally. This tool helps us identify any special assistance your child may need in meeting their goals. Click on the picture to learn more about Ages & Stages and to download the tool to assess at home. Early detection is key in identifying delays and getting the proper assistance early in life. Often times, early detection within the first five years leads to a normal life later.
Our building is entirely secure and individuals can only enter using our door code entry system. Only authorized personnel are allowed to pick up children from our care. We require identification for removal of a child. The front lobby is always staffed so no one can enter or leave without being monitored. All visitors must sign in and have proper documentation.
Classrooms go outside twice a day; once in the morning and once in the afternoon, weather-permitting. Classrooms are assigned their own age-specific playground. These playgrounds have equipment specifically for that age-group to meet their needs and growing development. All playgrounds are inspected by the state and pass all safety regulations.
Our facility has an indoor play space available for children to use when they are unable to go outside. Gross motor is a necessary part of every day to encourage development and strengthen muscles. Our indoor play space features toys and materials to mimic the outdoor playgrounds. It is vital that they have this time every day.
For school-aged children attending Croninger Elementary, Glenwood Park Elementary and Haley Elementary, we provide transportation both to school in the morning and from school in the afternoon to our facility. They are transported by licensed staff in state-inspected vehicles, equipped with all safety features.
All staff members are trained in CPR and First Aid including Pediatric. Staff receive a minimum of 20 hours of ongoing training in the field throughout the year. Before working with children, our staff goes through a two week training process. Staff are specifically trained to work with each age group to the best of their ability.
Take a virtual walk through our facility. See our building, classrooms and playgrounds.