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Information for the 2019-2020 School Year

Monday, February 18, 2019 6-7pm Parent Information Meeting

This meeting will be for parents only - no children please. This meeting will cover everything you ever wanted to know about preschool. Kerri Eckert and Robin Long have a combined 30 years of preschool experience and are the owners/teachers at a Growing Minds Preschool. This meeting will provide time for any and all questions you may have about preschool and about Growing Minds.

Thursday, February 21, 2019 6:00-7:30 pm Preschool Open House

This is a time for families (parents and children) to come and visit Growing Minds. Families can see the classrooms, tour the facility, meet the teachers and ask questions.

On-line Registration will begin Monday, March 4, 2019 at 6:00am.


If you have any questions, please call either Kerri Eckert at 812-989-6292 or Robin Long at 502-287-2979. Both Kerri and Robin teach during the day, but will return any voicemails after school.


2018-2019 School Calendar

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Our School

Established in 2002, Growing Minds Preschool is excited to celebrate 17 years in the Sellersburg community. Kerri Eckert and Robin Long, along with our certified teachers, strive to teach the whole child as well as to encourage family and community involvement.

Our Philosophy

To provide a nurturing child-centered learning environment.
To assist the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth of the preschool child.
To provide positive group and individual interactions with children and adults.
To foster a love of learning.
To encourage the individual talents of each preschool child.
To encourage sharing and cooperation.
To develop individuality.

Our Daily Program

The children have many opportunities throughout the preschool day to explore and to create in a warm, nurturing, and non-threatening atmosphere. Children are encouraged to choose activities during learning center time and to actively participate in music, story, and circle time, which are brief teacher-led group activities. Science center, blocks, math and reading manipulatives, books, art, dress-up and cooking are just a few activities available to your child daily. We believe your child needs both structured and unstructured types of play to maximize learning and social- development. We strive to provide a quality play-based, student-centered learning environment in which every student can grow and develop successfully at an individual pace.

Our Program includes

Handwriting Without Tears

This handwriting program is developmentally appropriate and hands-on specifically designed for the preschool child. When learning handwriting, your child will be exposed to a variety of manipulatives and writing tools such as mini chalkboards, roll-a-dough letters, flip crayons, wood pieces, and stamp and see screen.

Winter Program

All family and friends are welcome to join in celebrating the winter season with music and songs.

Service Learning Projects

At Growing Minds Preschool, we want our students to learn what a great feeling "giving" to others can be.
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Graduation Program

Parents, grandparents, and friends are all welcome to see the preschool students sing songs, recite poems, and be honored for achievements.

School Pictures

A professional photographer will take individual and class photos in the fall and spring.

Scholastic Book Fair

Each Spring we invite our families to select from many area reading selections. All profits go back to Growing Minds Preschool classrooms so that new products and books can be enjoyed by all students.

Meet Our Owners

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Kerri Eckert

Mrs. Eckert is a certified teacher with a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree in Elementary Education. Mrs. Eckert is the teacher of our 4/5-year-old Stretch Program. Mrs. Eckert has been teaching for 25 years.

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Robin Long

Mrs. Long is a certified teacher with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. Mrs. Long is one of our 3-year-old teachers. Mrs. Long has been teaching for 15 years.

Our Teachers

Our teachers are certified teachers and we have a staff that has taught many years of preschool. Each classroom also has a teaching assistant. Our class size is 16 students to 2 adults.

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Jennifer Anderson

Mrs. Anderson is one of our 3-year-old teachers. Mrs. Anderson has been teaching at Growing Minds since 2017.

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Jill DeWitt

Mrs. DeWitt is one of our 3-year-old teachers. Mrs. DeWitthas been teaching at Growing Minds since 2019.

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Amiee Latham

Mrs. Latham is one of our 4-year-old teachers. Mrs. Latham has been teaching at Growing Minds since 2011.

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Jenny Lindquist

Mrs. Lindquist is one of our 4-year-old teachers. Mrs. Lindquist has been teaching at Growing Minds since 2012.

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Paige McDowall

Mrs. McDowall is our Kinder-prep teachers. Mrs. McDowall has been teaching at Growing Minds since 2017.

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Brittany Woodruff

Mrs. Woodruff is one of our 4-year-old teachers. Mrs. Woodruff has been teaching at Growing Minds since 2014.

Our Classes

We encourage you to make a decision for you child based on the needs of your child and the schedule of your family. Each and every class at Growing Minds is designed to prepare your child for kindergarten. We encourage you to visit the classes that you are considering for next year. If you have questions about next year and the classes that are being offered, please feel free to talk to your child's teachers or you may contact Robin Long or Kerri Eckert with questions as well.



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3 Year Old Program

Our three year old program is designed to help children learn how to be in a classroom. We focus on learning independence, self-control, fine and gross motor skills as well as letter and number recognition.

Children must turn three by August 1st and be fully potty trained.

$160 per month with $100 registration.

3 Year Old Program
Classes
Mon & Wed
8:00am-11:00am
$160/month
6 hours/week
Mrs. Long
Mon & Wed
11:30am-2:30pm
$160/month
6 hours/week
Mrs. Long
Tue & Thur
8:00am-11:00am
$160/month
6 hours/week
Mrs. Long
Tue & Thur
8:15am-11:15am
$160/month
6 hours/week
Mrs. Anderson
Tue & Thur
11:30am-2:30pm
$160/month
6 hours/week
Mrs. Dewitt
Tue & Thur
11:45am-2:45pm
$160/month
6 hours/week
Mrs. Anderson

Kinder-Prep Programs

We have three different programs that we offer to our four year olds. All of the classes are designed to prepare children for all aspects of kindergarten, both social and academic. Children will learn letter recognition and sounds, simple math concepts, writing skills and continue to build fine and gross motor skills.

Children must turn four by August 1st and be fully potty trained.

$190-$220 per month with $100 registration.

Kinder-prep Program
Classes
Mon, Tue & Thur
8:00am-11:00am
$190/month
9 hours/week
Mrs. Lindquist
Mon, Tue & Thur
8:15am-11:15am
$190/month
9 hours/week
Mrs. Woodruff
Mon, Tue & Thur
11:30am-2:30pm
$190/month
9 hours/week
Mrs. Lindquist
Mon, Tue & Thur
11:45am-2:45pm
$190/month
9 hours/week
Mrs. Woodruff
Wed & Fri
8:00am-1:00pm
$205/month
10 hours/week
Mrs. Lindquist
Wed & Fri
8:15am-1:15pm
$205/month
10 hours/week
Mrs. Woodruff
Mon-Thur
8:00am-11:00am
$220/month
12 hours/week
Mrs. Latham
Mon-Thur
11:30am-2:30pm
$220/month
12 hours/week
Mrs. Latham


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5 year old Kinderprep

This class is designed for children who do not meet the age cut off for kindergarten or that have chosen to enter kindergarten as an older student. Children will bring lunch to school each day.

$275 per month with $100 registration fee.

5 year old Kinderprep
Classes
Mon, Wed & Fri
8:15am-1:15pm
$275/month
15 hours/week
Mrs. McDowall

Stretch Program

This class is designed for children who have completed the 4 year old program at Growing Minds Preschool. If your child is in a current three year old class and you are interested in the stretch class, please talk with your child's current teacher. If your child will be attending Growing Minds Preschool for three years, this would be an excellent choice for the third year.

The academic day for the stretch class ends at 1:15pm, bonus care available until 2:30pm at no additional charge.

Stretch Class $400 per month with $200 registration fee ($100 of the registration fee will be applied towards the first month tuition).

Stretch Program
Classes
Mon-Thur
8:15am-2:30pm
$400/month
26 hours/week
Mrs. Eckert


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What our parents say

We have 3 children. Our oldest daughter loved Mrs. Long's and Mrs. Latham's classes. She was more than prepared for Kindergarten and has thrived in 1st grade. Our son has enjoyed Mrs. Long's and Mrs. Lindquist's classes. We have seen tremendous growth in his abilities, and he is ready to start Kindergarten next year! We have no second thoughts that our youngest daughter will start at Growing Minds when she turns 3. Our kids love Growing Minds and still talk about the experiences they have had. We feel it has been worth every penny.
The Johnson's
2 children have attended Growing Minds
Growing Minds Preschool is by far, the BEST in Sellersburg. My daughter looked forward to school each and every day. The atmosphere and learning environment is optimal for all young children. The staff at Growing Minds take interest in reaching each and every child's academic growth. My daughter learned her letters/sounds, nursery rhymes, sight words, how to read, how to write her name, social aspects, manners, and much, much more. My husband and I were always at ease knowing that our daughter was cared for, safe, and in a place that facilitated her future success. Thank you Growing Minds for a job well done!!
Shelly Everhart
Kindergarten Teacher and child attended Growing Minds
My two boys and two girls have progressed beautifully as little people in each program from ages three to five years old. As a parent, it makes me happy and secure to know my children have grown up in a safe and nurturing learning environment that encourages the development of the whole child. Growing Minds is more than just a school it is part of my extended family.
Sara Landers Lacy
4 children have attended Growing Minds

My family has had the pleasure of sending all four of our children, now ages 6, 10, 12 and 14 to Growing Minds Preschool.

Having been a teacher, I was selective when choosing a preschool for my first born and toured various facilities before choosing GMP. I loved that each teacher at Growing Minds was a certified educator with early childhood teaching experience.

I also liked that the preschool embraced "Handwriting Without Tears" and focused on teaching the many different facets of handwriting including directionality, fine motor skill development, and hands on practice with various tactile materials (shaving cream, play dough, etc.). Many of my children's future teachers have given positive feedback regarding their handwriting.

Growing Minds is very family oriented and volunteers are welcome to sign up in advance to help in the classroom which was very important to our family. We also attended many different holiday parties and helped on field trips to the local library and police station.

The gym at the school is fantastic for indoor recess during the winter and inclement weather; GMP has many different types of toys to play with in the gym such as scooters, bouncy balls, trucks, hula hoops and more. The outdoor playground is also wonderful and is the perfect size for preschoolers. Play is a large part of a preschooler's development which GMP embraces.

All four of my children were more than ready for kindergarten, both socially and academically. They learned to love school during their preschool years which has translated to a love of learning during their elementary and middle school careers as well.

We adored our children's teachers at Growing Minds and are so grateful for the love, time, and effort that was poured into each of our children. We have happily recommended the preschool to many parents over the years; many of whom have had fantastic experiences as well! Thank you, Growing Minds!

Jenny and Ryan Higbie
Parents to GMP Graduates Nathaniel, Marin, Ella and Will

I am fortunate enough to have gained a unique perspective into Growing Minds; as a parent and a teacher. I have seen first hand from both of my daughters attending the excellence of this preschool. They incorporate the perfect mixture of all areas needed to be successful in school. This includes daily school routines, academics, fine motor skills, and promoting essential independence. All while having fun! Furthermore, as a Kindergarten teacher in our community, I can confidently say students coming to me from Growing Minds are prepared both academically and socially for school. We are so fortunate to have this great preschool in our community!

Kim Mobley
Kindergarten teacher and Growing Minds parent


Contact Us

Growing Minds Preschool, LLC
206 N. New Albany St
Sellersburg, IN 47172

Owner
Robin Long
P: (502) 287-2979

Owner
Kerri Eckert
P: (812) 989-6292

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P: (502) 376-0405
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