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Who We Are

Embark on an exciting journey of early learning with Bethune Early Childhood Development Center! We are a free full-day program with years of experience in educating students. We believe in nurturing young minds at this pivotal stage to instill a lifelong love for learning. Our licensed educators provide a warm, safe, and stimulating environment that encourages curiosity, creativity, and confidence. Our dedicated team is passionate about fostering each child’s unique potential and preparing them for the next steps in their educational journey. Join us and let’s shape a brighter future for your little one together!

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Our Pre-K program is a vibrant, engaging space where young learners actively participate in a rich spectrum of educational experiences

Our school garden serves as a living classroom, allowing children to explore nature and learn about the life cycle of plants, environmental responsibility, and the importance of healthy eating. It’s an opportunity for hands-on discovery and sensory development that cultivates curiosity and respect for the world around them.

Learning circles form an integral part of our program, promoting social interaction, team spirit, and collaborative learning. They provide a platform for children to share ideas, listen to each other, develop empathy, and improve their communication skills.

Our family collaboration events are designed to foster a strong home-school connection. We believe in working together with families to support the child’s learning journey. These events allow parents to be part of their child’s educational experience, strengthening the bond between the child, family, and school.

Finally, our robust curriculum is designed to prepare our students for kindergarten and beyond. We focus on developing their literacy, numeracy, motor skills, and socio-emotional skills, ensuring they are well-equipped for the next stage in their learning journey. 

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Principal's Message

Hello Families:

Welcome to our vibrant Pre-K program within the Gary Community School Corporation! I am thrilled to serve as the principal and to work alongside our dedicated faculty in providing your child with a nurturing, enriching educational experience.

At Bethune, we believe that early childhood is a critical period for social, emotional, and cognitive development. That's why our curriculum is designed to foster a love of learning through hands-on exploration, creative play, and meaningful interactions. Our experienced teachers create an environment that supports each child's unique needs and interests, empowering them to grow into confident, inquisitive learners.

Beyond the classroom, we place a strong emphasis on cultivating a close-knit community. We encourage family involvement through various events and initiatives, ensuring that you feel connected and engaged in your child's educational journey. Our goal is to work in partnership with you to provide the best possible start for your little one.

As your child embarks on this exciting new chapter, rest assured that they will be surrounded by caring professionals who are committed to their success. We look forward to getting to know your family and supporting your child's growth every step of the way.

Erica Glenn

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Location: 2367 E. 21st Avenue, Gary, IN 46407

Telephone: (219)886-6542

School Hours: M-F: 7am – 4pm

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