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Fulfilling A Promise

Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 4:36 pm

The Learning Center Continues To Be
A Leader In Early Childhood Education

Marissa Bailey is one of the staff members of The Learning Center, an early childhood education center in Bowling Green. The Learning Center is a not-for-profit private preschool, which is operated by the Champ Clark Association for Challenged Children, Inc. First founded in the 1970s, The Learning Center has grown from a basement location in Ruth Jensen Village to a fully-developed preschool located on Business Highway 61. In her interview, Bailey said that the preschools staff ensures that the school stays true to its mission of educating young children of all abilities in an inclusive environment where everyday is progress.

By Ethan Colbert
In 1969, Pike County voters became the first county in the state to approve “Senate Bill 40,” which created a special tax levy to provide needed assistance and resources to individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities in areas of residential, employment, and other related services.
Since May 1970, the funds from Senate Bill 40 have funded four agencies: Pike County Agency for Developmental Disabilities (PCADD); the Pike Shop and Sheltered Workshop; the Champ Clark Association for Challenged Children, which oversees The Learning Center; and Ruth Jensen Village.
Together, these four agencies seek to fulfill the original promise made to Pike County voters in 1970 — “that a person’s worth and value to society does not diminish because of their disabilities or inabilities, but that our society as a whole is enriched by their presence.”
To help celebrate the 49th anniversary of Senate Bill 40 and in recognition of the month of March being recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, the Bowling Green Times is publishing a four-part series that examines how each individual agency fulfills the aforementioned promise.
Fulfilling A Promise
Back in 2014, when Marissa Bailey first stepped inside the colorfully decorated classrooms of The Learning Center she said she immediately felt drawn to the work.
“I have loved it from the first day,” Bailey said. Bailey graduated from Bowling Green High School in 2013 and had been accepted into a nursing program following her high school graduation. However, Bailey said she knew after the first day of nursing school courses that she was meant to do something different.

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