Children's Services

Rainbow's End Child Care Centers

Blue River Services, Inc. operates two state licensed child care facilities -- Rainbow's End Child Care Center. Located in Floyd County (Georgetown) and one Harrison County (Corydon), the centers staff highly trained, dedicated employees who provide quality child care services. Children are encouraged to explore the world around them and learn through play within a safe, fun and nurturing environment. Separate classrooms are provided for each age group and children participate in activities that are developmentally and age appropriate.

All Rainbow’s End centers participate in Paths to Quality, Indiana’s child care quality rating and improvement system. Paths to Quality is a vital informational tool for parents as they make decisions about which early care settings are best for their children. Paths to Quality also provides an accountability measure for funding and creates an alignment between licensing, subsidy and quality among child care, head start, and kindergarten.

Child care services are provided Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Corydon and Georgetown centers serve children from 6 weeks to 12 years old. 

For more information or to tour a center, please contact the center’s site manager:

Corydon: Jennifer Sieber, 812-738-1979 or brccgen1@brsinc.org
Georgetown: Carrie Lyons, 812-951-3215 or brgccgen@brsinc.org

 

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Free Full-Day Preschool

Through a grant from the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration and funding from the Harrison County Community Foundation’s Jump Start Preschool initiative, free preschool programming is offered at Morgan Elementary, North Harrison Elementary and Rainbow’s End Child Care Center in Corydon. To qualify, preschoolers must be 4 years old by August 1 and from a household with an income below 185% of poverty.

Rainbow’s End Child Care Center has provided quality preschool programming in Harrison County for more than 25 years. The preschool programs at Morgan and North Harrison are offered five hours each day, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; however, if necessary to accommodate the needs of a working parent, students can arrive as early as 8:30 a.m. and remain at the school until 3:30 p.m. Lunch and a nutritious afternoon snack are included.

At Rainbow’s End, children may arrive as early as 6 a.m. and remain at the center until 6 p.m. Breakfast, a morning snack, lunch and a nutritious afternoon snack are included.

Any family wishing to enroll their child in the program may call 812-738-1979. Proof of residence and income must be provided to be considered for participation.

 

Reach For A Star Extended Day Learning Programs

Reach for a Star programs offer extended day learning opportunities for students at Morgan Elementary, North Harrison Elementary, Medora Elementary and Junior High, and East Washington Middle and Elementary schools. The programs, available from 3 to 6 p.m. every day school is in session, provide homework assistance and a variety of academic enrichment activities. For more information, please call 812-364-1142.

 

Prevent Child Abuse Harrison County

The Children’s Services Department of Blue River Services, Inc. is also the proud sponsor the Prevent Child Abuse (PCA) Harrison County. The PCA council meets at 11 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Meetings are held at the Harrison County Community Foundation building located at 1523 Foundation Way in Corydon, Indiana.

Prevent Child Abuse Harrison County works to increase public awareness, ensure the rights and needs of each child, and provide resources, support and prevention programs in the community.

For assistance or to join the council, please contact Julia Baylor at 812-364-1142.

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Eastern High School Launches D.E.L.T.A. Program in Partnership with BRS

Eastern High School and Blue River Services, Inc. have joined forces to create an academic and career focused afterschool program known as D.E.L.T.A. (Determination, Excellence, Leadership, Talent, and Achievement).

D.E.L.T.A. kicked off this summer with a “Healthcare Careers” mini-camp at Eastern High School. During the camp, healthcare professionals from St. Vincent Hospital in Salem came to EHS to give presentations and provide valuable information on many different healthcare career paths. The camp culminated with a trip to St. Vincent Hospital where hospital staff provided a complete tour of the facility and students were able to shadow healthcare professionals on the job. The camp helped students increase knowledge about their current career interests. The D.E.L.T.A. program, designed to provide enriching academic activities and introduce high school students to a variety of career options, will be provided throughout the school year.
"We are excited to provide this opportunity to our students at Eastern High School,” said Principal Darrin Farris. “Our partnership with local businesses is a key component to the success of our program."

While the Healthcare Camp was provided over the summer, the first year of programming will be laid out as follows:

  • First 9 weeks – Starting Over, Starting Off Right – No matter what a student has done in the past, now’s is their chance to start over and this time do it right!
  • Second 9 Weeks – Honeymoon is Over – Time to get the work done! Earn the credits, take the online classes, etc.
  • Third 9 Weeks – Hobbies – Students choose what they want to learn – Building drones, for example, or taking CNA classes.
  • Fourth 9 weeks – Crossing the finish line 

The D.E.L.T.A. program is made possible through a 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant received by East Washington from the Indiana Department of Education. Eastern High School will receive $292,767 during the 2017-18 school year to fund this exciting new program.

Blue River Services, Inc. and East Washington partnered to write and submit the 21st CCLC grant application. Blue River Services, Inc. has been involved in the education of children throughout the community, including after-school programs, for many years. The agency is the afterschool provider at both East Washington Elementary and Middle School. Blue River Services, Inc. will provide program staffing, be responsible for coordinating all activities, and work with the school to recruit students and add additional partners.

“This will be our first experience with high school programming,” said Julia Baylor, Director of Children’s Services at Blue River Services, Inc. “I am thrilled to be able to work with East Washington on this project. For students to truly be prepared to be successful after high school, they need the skills necessary to balance work, life, and school, as well as the connections required to gain access to interviews, classes and careers. Our program will not only prepare students for immediate employment if desired, but will also give them the training and certifications needed to work their way through further post-secondary education and training.”

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Brs helps raise community awareness at Harrison County Prevent Child Abuse Event

At the April 27 Harrison County Prevent Child Abuse community awareness event are, from left, Heidi Waynescott, foster parent; Brad Fortner, Harrison County DCS Director; Heather Richard, PCA President and BRS Program Manager; Mike Kurz, foster parent; Julia Baylor, BRS Children’s Services Director; Otto Schalk, Harrison County Prosecutor; and Stephanie Rex, PCA Vice President and BRS District Coordinator.  The event, held in collaboration with Harrison County DCS, highlighted the importance of child abuse prevention efforts.

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