Erin Blasko | February 1, 2021
The Robinson Community Learning Center’s early childhood program is now a licensed preschool program in Indiana, allowing it to accept voucher students and participate in the state’s child care quality and rating system as a reference for parents and a pathway to accreditation.
“This is the culmination of a decade-long dream to serve the youngest members of our community in such a high-quality, state-of-the-art learning environment,” said Jennifer Knapp Beudert, manager of the RCLC. “We are so grateful to our Notre Dame and community partners for making our vision a reality.”
The early childhood program was established in 2011 as a companion to the South Bend Community School Corp.’s English as a new language program, which offers English classes at the RCLC for adults, including newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers.
Since then, the program has served children from more than 20 countries speaking more than 15 languages, including Armenian, Vietnamese, Arabic and Urdu.
With this license, it can now serve the entire community, including children of parents who qualify for the federal Child Care and Development Fund Voucher Program, which helps low-income parents obtain child care for work, work-related training or school.
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