Rising Scholars, a ministry of Legacy Life Community church, saw the need for high-quality early childhood education in southern Indiana. 43/53 Clark County child care ministries, child care centers, and child care homes have received non-compliant inspections and/or complaints in the past year 2013-2014 (https://secure.in.gov/apps/fssa/carefinder/index.html). We, the teachers/directresses of Rising Scholars, have worked in child care ministries/centers and have witnessed the violations and inspection negligence in action ourselves. After years of working for directors who did not express the need for high-quality early childhood education, we feel that it is our place to step up and fulfill the need for parents, students, and the community.
Rising Scholars is a 501c3 non-profit part-time Christian early child education program that will care for children ages three to five. Rising Scholars will be concentrating on families whose children do not attend a full- service daycare, or families where the children will be attending our school for the high-quality academics and are transported to a full-service daycare afterwards. These education driven parents are often looking for something of a higher quality to guide their children on a successful school-readiness path for education and will be willing to pay the small rates and bring their children to the best facilities.
Rising Scholars' mission is to provide top level academic schooling for early childhood while providing Christian faith, teachings, and support to children and families. Rising Scholars will fulfill it's mission through specialized training of the staff and the innovative progressive Montessori approach. This approach is a child-driven developmentally appropriate curriculum that allows students to advance on individual levels in the various subjects of language, mathematics, senses/sensorial, physical science, botany, zoology, geography, history, ecology, practical life skills, and Biblical studies. The approach is age appropriate: it supports very small amounts of large group time and very large amounts of individual and small group time, and when coupled with a custom designed classroom and appropriate teacher:student ratio it ensures a top high- quality program for children and parents.
Through grant funding, Rising Scholars plans to purchase twelve three-tiered wooden shelves to hold the academic materials and chairs for the students to sit at the donated tables where they can utilize the materials. We, the teachers/directresses, have been collecting an array of materials over the years that will broaden the students' knowledge and experiences to ensure their love for education, however they need to have a place for the students to be able to gather them from independently.
In addition to the shelves, Rising Scholars plans to purchase twenty-four cubbies/lockers for students to have their own personal belongings in a location that follows state regulations where the clothing articles do not touch someone else's. Having your own spot in the classroom will give students the feeling that they belong and can feel at ease while they are waiting for their parents to return.
In order to meet the needs of the students and families, we are requesting funds for the shelves, chairs, and cubbies. We are also accepting items that can be used to raise funds at fundraiser raffles. The teachers/directresses have spent years gathering the resources to fill a successful high-quality preschool classroom, and the new shelves will be the finishing touch to display and allow access for the students to achieve a high-quality education! The donated tables would be nothing without chairs for the students to utilize, and Rising Scholars could not pass inspections without the option to keep all personal belongings separate. These items will help us complete the requirements for a high-quality early childhood learning environment!