The Children’s Services Afterschool Program will host a Color Walk on Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Buffalo Trace Park in Palmyra. Join us for a color-filled day of dancing, games, and burst of color to start the one-mile walk around the park. To register, please complete the registration and liability waiver forms linked below. If you have any trouble accessing the forms or need more information, please contact Marija Zink at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 812-364-1142. Please mail completed forms and payment to Blue River Services Color Walk, P.O. Box 547, Corydon, In 47112.
Blue River Services, Inc. operates four, state-licensed child care centers:
- Rainbow’s End Preschool and Child Care Center located in Georgetown, Indiana
- Rainbow’s End Child Care Center located in Corydon, Indiana
- Jumpstart Preschool at North Harrison Elementary School in Ramsey, Indiana
- Jumpstart Preschool at Morgan Elementary School in Palmyra, Indiana
All four centers employ highly trained, dedicated staff who provide quality child care services and preschool programming. Children are encouraged to explore the world around them and learn through play within a safe, fun and nurturing environment. At Rainbow’s End centers, separate classrooms are provided for each age group, and children participate in activities that are developmentally and age appropriate.
All four centers participate in Paths to Quality, Indiana’s child care quality rating and improvement system, and all have achieved a level 3 rating. 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.
At Rainbow’s End, child care services are provided Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and serve children from 6 weeks old through 12 years of age. For information about Jumpstart Preschool Programming, please see the Preschool section below.
For more information or to tour a center, please contact the site manager:
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Rainbow’s End Preschool and Child Care Center at Corydon:
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Through funding from the Harrison County Community Foundation’s Jump Start Preschool initiative, preschool programming is offered at Morgan Elementary, North Harrison Elementary and Rainbow’s End Child Care Center in Corydon. While any child who is 4 years old by August 1 may enroll, to qualify for free programming, children must be from a household with an income that is 200% of poverty or below.
BRS, Inc. has provided quality preschool programming in Harrison County for more than 25 years. The preschool programs at Morgan and North Harrison are offered Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; however, if necessary to accommodate the needs of a working parent, students can arrive as early as 8 a.m. and remain at the school until 3 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and a nutritious afternoon snack are included. (At the Rainbow’s End site, 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 also are included at Rainbow’s End.
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 free programming.
Reach for a Star programs offer extended day learning opportunities for students at Morgan Elementary, North Harrison Elementary, North Harrison Middle School, 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.
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.
Blue River Services, Inc. has joined forces with Eastern High School and Medora High School to create academic and career focused afterschool programs known as D.E.L.T.A. (Determination, Excellence, Leadership, Talent, and Achievement). The D.E.L.T.A. programs are provided throughout the school year and are designed to provide enriching academic activities that introduce high school students to a variety of career options. Students earn graduation credits while attending the program.
Throughout the year, programs operate with the following career focused thought process in mind:
- First 9 weeks: “Starting Over… Starting Off Right” – No matter what a student has done in the past, now’s their chance to start over and this time do it right! (Think in terms of high school students planning for their future).
- 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”
Any high school student wishing to participate should contact the school or call 812-364-1142.
Blue River Services, Inc. Partners with Local Schools, Awarded $475,000 for 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Blue River Services, Inc. has received funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant that will provide afterschool programming at North Harrison, Morgan, East Washington and Medora schools for the next four to eight years. Blue River Services was awarded $300,000 per year and Medora Community Schools, in partnership with Blue River Services, was awarded $175,000 for programming at the elementary and Jr. High schools.
The original grant cycle is for four years, beginning with the 2018-19 school year. However, for the first time, if grantees remain compliant with all expectations during the initial four-year period, the state will allow them to request annual extensions for four additional years.
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) program is a federally-funded program that provides at-risk students a safe environment during non-school hours. Programs may be held at one or multiple sites, which may be in schools, or community or faith-based facilities. All centers must provide a range of high-quality services to support regular school-day academics and development, including tutoring and mentoring, academic enrichment, such as homework assistance, reading, math, science, and technology programs, service learning, character education, physical education, recreational activities, and dropout prevention.
Every holiday season, the Children’s Services Department at Blue River Services, Inc. partners with Harrison County Prevent Child Abuse (PCA) to give back to the communities they serve. The 2017 season was busier than expected, but with the help of community members and organizations, Blue River Services provided assistance to more than 20 children, 200 canned goods in the North Harrison School District, and raised more than $500.
Marija Zink, Outreach Coordinator, coordinated food and Christmas gift assistance for multiple families with generous donations from Corydon Presbyterian Church, Big Splash Adventure, Horseshoe Southern Indiana, Golf Shores Fun Center, Corydon Cinemas, Hampton Inn, Department of Children Services, Warren Printing, and Butt Drugs.
“With the help of our community, we were able to coordinate Christmas assistance for children in our programs and emergency needs that arose within the community,” said Julia Baylor, Director of Children’s Services. “We all came together and made a difference by meeting many needs in our community. We also raised critical funds that will help the agency continue its after school programs.”
Baylor said the agency is faced with funding shortage each year and relies solely on community support to continue services once grant funding runs out. Blue River Services accepts clothing, non-perishable food items and financial contributions at any of its locations. Donations also can be made online at www.brsinc.org. For more information regarding donations of clothing or other items, please contact Marija Zink at 812-364-1142 or email@example.com.
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.”
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.