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Sammy - It’s My Turn to Learn

March 19th, 2020

Sammy and his siblings struggle with neurodevelopmental delays due to prenatal exposure to substances. Sammy, at only 4-years-old, has been asked to leave a total of three child cares because of behavior issues and outbursts.

It wasn’t until Sammy’s mother discovered Kimbrough Early Learning Center (KELC) at Turnstone that she could send her kids to a childcare center that allowed her to peacefully return to work, knowing her children would be safe, supported and nurtured. 

Children such as Sammy are frequently asked to leave childcare centers because of the additional attention and strategic approaches they require from staff.  

Because of supporters like you, Turnstone remains one of the few inclusive childcare options for both children with and without disabilities in our community.

KELC is a level three program on Paths to QUALITY, Indiana’s Child Care Quality Rating and Improvement System. As a level three, KELC is much like a public education classroom because it is structured around planned curriculum to guide child development and Kindergarten readiness.

Each KELC classroom is staffed with teachers who are passionate about Turnstone’s mission of empowering individuals, working patiently with each child regardless of their disability or delays.

The classrooms are equipped with art supplies, dress-up clothes and toys to play “house”, endless amounts of blocks, and a designated reading area. Children like Sammy and his friends enjoy their days working with the staff on writing and literacy skills, as well as playing with one another.

Not only do the kids at KELC learn education skills, but they learn to value people of all abilities, and the life skills of kindness, respect, cooperation, and patience.

In addition to their work inside the classroom, children like Sammy have access to working one-on-one with behavior specialists or Turnstone therapists during their time at KELC.

Although inclusive, a child with a disability always has priority to attend Turnstone’s child care regardless of ability to pay, thanks to the generosity of donors like you.

And thanks to this support, it’s Sammy’s TURN to learn. 

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