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Innovative Early Childhood Services Coming to Iroquois

May 27, 2021

 Innovative Early Childhood Services Coming to Iroquois
Join us at the Auburndale Learning Academy Open House

(LOUISVILLE, KY., – MAY 2, 2021)– Family & Children’s Place and Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C) are excited to announce the opening of Auburndale Learning Academy, as a part of Greater Louisville Head Start. Greater Louisville Head Start will hold an open house on May 5, 2021, 1:00-2:30 PM.  Please join us as we tour the facility and learn more about our unique approach to early learning.

“We are so proud to provide both center-based and home-based head start and early head start services in Jefferson County,” said Pam Darnall, President & CEO of Family & Children’s Place. “We know that early intervention can have a lasting impact on a child’s education and by providing assistance to parents who may need extra support, we also build a positive, healthy family unit.”

Scheduled to open on May 24, the classrooms at Auburndale Learning Academy are waiting to be filled with the art and laughter of the children who will be served there. It has undergone a major transformation to provide an inspirational space of learning and discovery including five classrooms, two natural playgrounds and an art studio inspired by Reggio Emilia. The Reggio Emilia Approach, a highly renowned Early Childhood Education system developed in Reggio Emilia, Italy views children as active participants in their own learning to engage them in 21st century skills. Through child-centered projects, children conduct research about the world through play to become confident problem solvers.

“As a partner with Greater Louisville Head Start, we are excited to bring our newest location to this community,” said Mia Cooper, Head Start Director. “By opening this world-class early learning center, we can meet the needs of children and families by providing access to holistic wrap around services.  The child care center will generate job opportunities for families and early childhood professionals as we are actively enrolling children and hiring staff in all areas.”

Auburndale Learning Academy will offer comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and families and bring Early Head Start and Head Start teaching jobs to the Iroquois and Auburndale neighborhoods.  The Head Start programs offer quality early childhood education to qualifying families through home-based, center-based, and virtual programming. Head Start is a federal program designed to bring families with young children out of poverty through holistic services. This center will provide innovative approaches to learning for 57 young children and their families.


About Greater Louisville Head Start

Head Start is designed to help children and families get ahead. Greater Louisville Head Start is a partnership between Family & Children’s Place, Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C) and Shine Early Learning. The programs offer quality early childhood education to qualifying low-income families and provide resources to help the whole family. Greater Louisville Head Start is comprised of home-based Early Head Start services and child care center-based Head Start and Early Head Start services at five local agencies —  Auburndale Learning Academy, Keystone Learning Academy, St. Benedict Center for Early Childhood Education, Neighborhood House, and WesKids Child Development Center. For more information about jobs and enrollment, visit  or