Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Mayor Bowers visited the Greenville centers and signed a proclamation celebrating for Week of the Young Child while visiting with all the children and staff.

Each year as April rolls around, our Kids Learning Place centers celebrate “Week of the Young Child” by planning special activities and re-committing to the goal of improving the lives of our children and their families.

Kids Learning Place uses week of April 6-12 to focus the public’s attention on young children and their families in many ways. But we all must embrace our children’s education as a high priority; we must do more to ensure that there are opportunities for every child to experience an early education environment – at home, at child care, at school and in a community that helps all children succeed.

EVERYONE can make a difference in small ways that could have an inspiring effect on children in great ways; share your interests, culture, or talents in a classroom or volunteer to read with children. We encourage community members to become involved in programs that support young children during this important time in their lives of becoming lifelong learners.

Kids Learning Place designs their early education programs to promote school readiness by providing high-quality learning experiences that include teachers with degrees in every classroom, using a research based curriculum, and encouraging parent participation. Council on Rural Services and Kids Learning Place want to also take this time to recognize our early education staff who significantly contributes to the quality of services we provide to our families. Their commitment, vision, and determination with children and families push the program to its highest levels.

We are proud that the Kids Learning Place Education and Child Care centers in Darke County (Greenville, Bradford, and Union City) have earned the 3 and 4 star “Step Up To Quality” awards from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services that recognizes programs that exceed licensing standards in education, staff training, and staff qualifications. Our centers are the only highest rated “four” star programs in the county.

Early childhood education is vital to our communities; children need strong early learning foundations. Because of this, school readiness and the well-being of each child is the primary goal for Kids Learning Place. We believe building partnerships builds strong children, strong families, strong communities and most important - opportunities for children to succeed in school and life.

Besides private child care, all the Kids Learning Place centers are actively recruiting children to attend the Head Start preschool program in Fall of 2014. If your child is aged 3 – 5 and your family is income eligible, this high-quality preschool program would be no cost for your family. Call our local toll free number today for more information at 1-866-627-4557.

For more information about the programs at Council on Rural Services, see the web at or visit our Facebook page at to see all the great activities happening in our early education centers.

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