NORTHEAST – Ivy Tech Community College–Northeast and Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) are renewing contracts with The Learning Community (TLC) child care center for the 2011-12 academic year. Ivy Tech has partnered with The Learning Community since fall 2010, and IPFW has partnered with The Learning Community since Jan. 2010. This contract provides affordable full-time and part-time child care services for children of Ivy Tech and IPFW students, faculty and staff.
“Ivy Tech looks forward to partnering with The Learning Community for another year,” said Ivy Tech–Northeast Chancellor Jerrilee Mosier, Ed.D. “We are pleased to once again have this service available to our students and staff, along with the occasion for our early childhood education students and faculty to learn and train in a hands-on environment.”
“We are proud of our partnership with The Learning Community to provide quality early childhood education for the families of students, faculty and staff,” said IPFW Chancellor Michael A. Wartell. “As we enter into our third year together this fall, we look forward to the work our early childhood education faculty and students will do to aid program participants in making connections to meaningful learning.”
The Learning Community offers early education via the Creative Curriculum for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years. The center offers flexibility, low teacher-to-child ratios, extended hours and discounted hourly rates for IPFW and Ivy Tech–Northeast students, faculty and staff. In association with the two institutions, The Learning Community serves as an academic laboratory for faculty and students in the fields of early childhood education and related fields.
“The child care partnership between IPFW and Ivy Tech−Northeast is a win-win situation for all those involved. The children receive educational learning experiences from degreed teachers, while the students and employees pay a reduced rate for the service and can schedule their child care according to class schedules,” said Brad Hand, administrator of The Learning Community. “Students at both colleges can work, volunteer or do their practicums at the center, gaining hands-on experience in their selected field of education. The colleges offer a program unlike any other in the city to attract new students, and The Learning Community is looked upon as an extension of both universities, offering the best early childhood educational experience in the city.”
The Learning Community is located at 2041 Reed Road, close to the intersection of State and Reed roads. Questions regarding The Learning Community’s services should be directed to Brad Hand, administrator of The Learning Community, at 260-424-8852. For child care rates and other information about The Learning Community visit www.tlckidsfirst.com.