Children's Services


Blue River Services, Inc. operates three, state-licensed child care centers: 

  • 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 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, separate classrooms are provided for each age group, and children participate in activities that are developmentally and age appropriate.

All 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 1 year old through 12 years old.  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: Stephanie Martin, 812-738-1979 or


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. 





 After school programs offer extended day learning opportunities for students at:

  • Morgan Elementary in Palmyra, Indiana – 3 to 6 p.m.
  • North Harrison Elementary (3 to 6 p.m.) and North Harrison Middle School (3 to 5:30 p.m.) in Ramsey, Indiana
  • Medora Elementary, Medora Junior High, and Medora High School in Medora, Indiana – 3 to 6 p.m.
  • East Washington Elementary and Middle School – (2:30 to 5:30 p.m.) - and Eastern High School in Pekin, Indiana (7 to 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.)
  • Bradie Shrum Elementary in Salem, Indiana – 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Additionally, Blue River manages the Bridge to Success afterschool program at Slate Run Elementary in New Albany, Indiana – 2:30 to 5:30 pm.

Programs are available every day school is in session.  Homework assistance, tutoring, social and emotional learning, counseling and therapy, and a wide variety of enrichment activities are included. For more information, please call 812-364-1142.

Prevent Child Abuse: 

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. 

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Blue River Services, Inc. Awarded 21st Century Community Learning Center’s Funding for Bradie Shrum Elementary School

In a recent round of Innovation Grant opportunities made available by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) Blue River Services, Inc. (BRS) applied for and was awarded 2 separate grants totaling $300,000.  In the first grant, BRS was awarded $100,000 and selected to serve as a statewide 21st CCLC Peer Support Partner.  As a State Peer Partner, BRS will provide on-site peer coaching, support and train other grantees on using the Cayen data management system, assist IDOE 21st CCLC staff with statewide strategic and collaborative efforts, and manage 21st CCLC meeting logistics including space reservations, set up and anything else that might be needed to successfully host trainings.  “As the statewide Peer Support Partner, BRS will work collaboratively with the State 21st CCLC staff to develop and implement new and improved strategies and expectations, and/or expand upon the current ones,” states Julia Baylor, BRS Director of Children’s Services.  “We will be able to bring to the table years of experience, a working knowledge of what it takes to run successful programs, ideas and information regarding various types of professional development that would be beneficial to providers around the state, and a willingness to share our established policies, procedures, forms and other documentation.”

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BRS Awarded FSSA Grant for High-Quality School-Age Child Care

Blue River Services, Inc. has received a grant for $80,000 from Indiana’s Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning to fund high-quality care to school-age children. The grant will benefit Blue River’s after school programming through the 2020/2021 school years. Blue River was one of 22 recipients chosen from a competitive field and the only in Harrison County.

“One of the challenges that working families face every day is knowing that their children are being cared for in a safe and enriching environment even outside of regular school hours,” said OECOSL Director Nicole Norvell. “We are pleased to support working families through these grants, and provide necessary resources to help these high-quality programs.”

The grant will supplement 80 percent of program staffing costs and allow children from low-income families to attend on a sliding fee. 

Blue River’s Children’s Services Department includes extended day learning programs for school-age children, grades kindergarten through 12, in nine public schools in Harrison Washington and Jackson Counties. This grant will help support after school programs at Morgan Elementary and North Harrison Elementary. 

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BRS Healthy Families Programs Accredited for quality Service

Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA America) announced January 22 that the Blue River Services’ Healthy Families America affiliates in Crawford, Harrison and Washington Counties have been accredited as a provider of high quality home visiting services to families who want to improve their child’s health, nutrition and developmental outcomes.

HFA is a signature program of PCA America that has been providing home visiting services for more than 20 years. Expectant and new parents have common questions about their child’s development. HFA connects with families through community partners, such as hospitals and pediatricians, to find the answers to their questions, meeting within the familiarity and convenience of the family’s own home. HFA is an accessible, voluntary and well-received service.

“The American Dream starts with a happy, healthy childhood,” said Dan Duffy, President and CEO of PCA America. “As parents, we all have questions from time to time. Our HFA professionals offer evidence-based best practices to provide answers to questions, individualized support when needed most, and linkages to community services. As we congratulate the Blue River Services programs in Crawford, Harrison and Washington Counties, we also recognize the state and community leadership that has contributed to success in these areas.”

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BRS Teams Up with PCA to Host Back to School Bash

Blue River Services, Inc. teamed up with Prevent Child Abuse Harrison County to host a free Back to School Bash for students in Harrison, Jackson and Washington Counties. Children received free school supplies, backpacks, and haircuts. The event pooled resources from multiple community agencies in three counties to gather school supplies. More than 20 community resources also were on hand to distribute information to make life a little bit easier for families. One resource, Safe Kids Harrison County, provided car seat safety checks and handed out 30 plus free car seats. There were more than 700 in attendance and more than 300 backpacks filled with school supplies were given away. The community response was amazing and organizers hope to make this an annual event.

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Harrison County Prevent Child Abuse Community Awareness Event

Neither wind nor rain… On a breezy Tuesday morning ahead of stormy weather in Harrison County, Lacey Mitchell, left, and Stephanie Rex, plant pinwheels in support of Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. After the first federal law to protect children from abuse and neglect was passed in 1974, it wasn’t until 1982 that additional efforts were made to identify and prevent child abuse, and the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month was designated in April. Now, leadership in the Children’s Department at Blue River Services, Inc. help bring awareness to the cause by placing pinwheels along sidewalks in Corydon. The blue pinwheels also represent the innocence of childhood and stand as a reminder of the great childhoods all children deserve. Blue River Services, Inc. leaders will once again participate in the Harrison County Prevent Child Abuse Community Awareness Event. Please join us Tuesday, April 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the YMCA, or call 812-364-1142.

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Register Now: First Annual Color Walk for Children and Families

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 or call 812-364-1142. Please mail completed forms and payment to Blue River Services Color Walk, P.O. Box 547, Corydon, In 47112.

Registration Form 

Liability Waiver Form

Vendor/Volunteer Information

Donation/Sponsor Form

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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.

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Blue River Services, Inc. Teams with Community to Make Holiday Wishes Come True

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 For more information regarding donations of clothing or other items, please contact Marija Zink at 812-364-1142 or

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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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