For parents, finding the right child care provider can be a difficult task. When her twin boys were 2 years old, Rachel Ragland faced this same decision. While researching, she found The Children’s Learning Center, a child development center and preschool for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. After enrolling her sons, she loved it so much that she became a teacher there as well.
Rachel has now been a teacher at The Children’s Learning Center for 11 years, spending six years as an assistant teacher and five years as a lead teacher. Prior to The Children’s Learning Center, she worked in her church’s nursery for 22 years. Working with children and their families has been a lifelong passion of Rachel’s.
“I enjoy seeing the children and their parents grow,” Rachel said. “When parents join us and their children are infants, they are very nervous. Over time, they become more comfortable, and we see them grow as a family.”
Growth can also introduce some challenges. At times, teachers are the first people to notice if a child is struggling with developmental milestones, such as with speech or processing.
“We are able to notice these struggles and notify parents of what they need to be aware of,” Rachel said. “We are also quickly able to assess what families may need and offer support, such as our First Steps program for children who are between 6 months to 3 years old.”
The Children’s Learning Center is a participant in the Metro United Way Excellence Academy, which guides and rewards teachers for growing and incorporating quality curriculum. Teachers also maintain credentials and support from other programs. Rachel has a certification in CPR, first aid and safety, as well as a Child Development Associate Credential.
Rachel believes what also makes The Children’s Learning Center different are the relationships staff builds with families.
“We are very close to our families and maintain open communication,” Rachel said. "Ensuring that our families feel safe helps keep them happy.”
If families are interested in learning more about The Children’s Learning Center, Rachel encourages them to schedule a visit.
“Parents should schedule a tour, sit in a classroom and take notes about their experience,” Rachel said. “Meeting with our directors, Michelle and Angie, is also a great idea to know if we are a good fit for your family.”
The Children’s Learning Center is the only child care provider in southern Indiana that holds the distinction of National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA). It is also a Paths to QUALITY Level 4 (the highest possible rating) child care provider.