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Brown County Birth to Five…Enhancing the Quality of Life in Brown County
Brown County Community Library
Friday-Saturday 9:00am-5:00 pm
205 Locust Lane
The Brown County Public Library provides many free services to children and families. The children’s area of the library is full of books, toys, games, puzzles, tablets, computers, and more for kids to play with anytime. Many reading programs that include young children can be found on the Library’s website.
Babies, the library’s youngest patrons, can receive a “Welcome Baby Bag” that includes a book, cd, finger puppet, and other materials to promote early literacy.
Pre-Kindergarten kids can join our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative, designed to promote reading aloud, early literacy, and fostering a love of lifelong reading and learning.
Brown County Schools
AM Session, 8:00am-11:00am
PM Session, 12:30pm-3:30pm
357 East Main Street
Brown County Schools offers a fully inclusive Preschool Program for children 3 to 5 years of age. A child is eligible enrollment on his/her third birthday. Positive classroom practices are the foundation for building a joyful community of learners.
The program is child-centered while providing the structure needed for children to feel safe within predictable routines. We respect that each child is uniquely individual and eagerly watch for and celebrate learning milestones as a natural outcome of play and guided learning activities.
Preschool classrooms are available at all three elementary schools. All programs have before and after school care. Before school care runs from 6:45 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. After school care runs from 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Brown County Literacy Coalition
205 Locust Lane
Lower Level (in the Library Building)
The Brown County Literacy Coalition is committed to ensuring the literacy of our entire community, from newborns to adults. The Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library will send a free book each month to the home of a child, aged birth to five. Other available materials for check out are children’s music CDs and a video for parents regarding the importance of reading to children.
Tutoring is also available to preschoolers upon referral and tutor availability.
Brown County WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Program
First Thursday 10:00am-6:30pm
Third Thursday 8:30am-5:00pm
54 Pittman House Lane
WIC is designed to provide food to low-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants and children until the age of five. The program provides a combination of nutrition education, supplemental foods, breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals for health care.
Brown County Weekend Backpacks, Inc.
Pantry: 36 South Jefferson Street (Nashville United Methodist Church)
President address: P.O. Box 160
Brown County Weekend Backpacks is a year round, community-led program whose goal is keeping hungry children fed with nutritious food all weekend long. Service is provided to all students enrolled in Head Start and to all Brown County Schools students in kindergarten who are eligible for the free lunch program. The Backpacks Program is also available to all free lunch eligible students.
Indiana’s First Steps system is a family-centered, locally-based, coordinated system that provides early intervention services to infants and young children through age three who may have developmental delays or who have a diagnosed mental or physical condition that has a high probability of resulting in developmental delays. Service is generally provided in the home.
Foster Grandparent Program
(812) 372-6918, ext. 2769
Foster grandparents serve in Brown County Schools preschool and kindergarten classrooms and the Brown County Head Start Program assisting referred children who are at risk academically, socially, emotionally or behaviorally. The students receive academic tutoring, friendship, mentoring and guidance that positively contribute to the children’s development in school and for life. Classroom teachers supervise the work of foster grandparents.
Healthy Families of Brown County
50 Willow Street
Initially, participants are offered a free gift bag and folder with community resources for Brown County. If participants enroll in Healthy Families, they will receive free and voluntary home visits beginning prenatally, or within 90 days after birth. A family support worker (FSW) visits at least once a week for up to one year to help establish support systems, teach problem-solving skills and enhance positive parent-child interaction and knowledge of child development.
Human Services Inc. Head Start
Monday through Thursday, 9:00am-3:00pm
161 East Gould Street (right across from Library Building)
Head Start is a holistic preschool program at no cost. Head Start Performance Standards are followed as well as Indiana licensing regulations to create and maintain a high-quality educational experience for children. The inclusive approach leads children to self-regulation through educational, health and well-being, social-emotional, physical activity and healthy food choice curriculums. Eligible first enrollees must be age three prior to August 1.
Services are offered to families who have incomes below the federal poverty guidelines.
InfantSee Program with Dr. Gootee
Check website for office hours
50 Willow Street, Suite A
The InfantSee Program recommends that everyone get their baby’s eyes checked for the first time at 6 months old. The exam is free of charge, no matter the insurance situation. Parents simply need to mention the exam is for InfantSee when they schedule an appointment with Dr. Gootee. There is no paperwork needed for parents. You can find more information at www.infantsee.org
Dr. Gootee’s office can perform eye exams for kids of any age. They have the equipment and training to check the eyes no matter the child’s situation.
IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians-Salt Creek/Nashville
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 7:00am-5:00pm
103 Willow Street (in the YMCA building)
Marin Garcia, MD, Dee Swanson, DNP, and Cynthia Colglazier, NP, provide urgent care for children who are ill as well as routine well-child visits, preschool/kindergarten and sports physicals. Well-child visits allow an opportunity to assess each child’s physical, behavioral, developmental and emotional well-being. When potential issues are identified, children benefit from early intervention and treatment. IU Health Salt Creek accepts most insurances including Medicaid and Healthy Indiana Plan.