how we work

Early Childhood

We believe that the love of learning develops early in life and builds the foundation for educational success in the future. This is why investments in early childhood programs have the greatest returns. We are focused on equipping parents and early childhood educators with the tools needed to help their children reach their full educational potential. We provide support to early childhood programs through a partnership with Metro United Way and Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C) in Louisville, Ky. We are also a member and funder of the Ready for K Alliance initiatives. 

Excellence Academy

Data consistently shows that children who attend Excellence Academy childcare centers are 2X as likely to be ready for kindergarten compared to demographically similar children who did not attend Excellence Academy centers. Learning in Communities of Practice is an innovative approach to professional development used with teachers and directors in the Excellence Academy. The Ready for K Alliance is making this type of professional development available and accessible to childcare center teachers and directors throughout Louisville. Dr. Jill Jacobi-Vessels of the University of Louisville is leading the evaluation study to determine the effect. Learn how we’re making an impact at Ready for K Alliance.

We’re strengthening the skills of preschool teachers, improving classroom environments and teaching kids to love learning. Ensuring that young children have both involved and intentional teachers is one of the most critical elements to achieving school readiness. Our teachers receive hands-on coaching through a partnership with Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C) to help improve quality in their individual classrooms. While most early learning centers don't use a set curriculum, EA centers use Creative Curriculum©, a research-based interactive system founded on best practices for early childhood programs.

By promoting the love of learning and creativity in children, we are helping them build lifelong critical thinking and problem-solving skills stimulated through play, exploration and discovery. Our classrooms incorporate the "Reggio Emilia" approach to early childhood education. In this approach, the classroom is thought of as the "third teacher" and includes elements like neutral colors, home-like touches, natural materials and intentional invitations to learn, so children's curiosity can develop organically within a supportive environment. We're also proud to say that 24 of our teachers have now received their Child Development Associate Certificate, advancing their professional development.