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CHILDREN IN POVERTY

Their futures are determined before they’ve even begun.


At a time when kindergarten standards are more rigorous than ever, children in poverty begin their school experience with an 18-month disadvantage in language development and basic skills. As these children enter elementary school they risk being so far behind they can never catch up.


But what if this could all be changed through access to high-quality preschool education?  

To help these children succeed, we have to give them a fair chance to learn...and learn early.


​In February 2014, determined to help the children of the West End of Bowling Green overcome this disadvantage, The Foundry brought together a Preschool Development Team.  This team, comprised of highly respected and qualified educators, researched and planned every aspect of launching a licensed, high-quality preschool at The Foundry in the fall of 2015.  A vision emerged for the Foundry Preschool Academy to be a place where children are prepared educationally in a spiritually nurturing environment and where parent involvement is essential and expected. 



At the Foundry Preschool Academy we live by these values and beliefs:

  • That each individual is endowed with human dignity, is of value, is unique, and is entitled to respect and the rights as an individual.

  • That quality preschool education becomes the primary vehicle for escaping the negative effects of poverty. 
  • That the contributions of our diverse backgrounds and differences of ability are essential to the strength and richness of society as well as our preschool.
  • That the integration of these backgrounds and abilities in our preschool, both in curriculum and in practice, is essential to quality education.
  • That education for all individuals should lead to the individual’s highest degree of independence and competence.
  • That since our society values productivity, education should equip all individuals for meaningful, satisfying work.
  • That a close interrelation among academics, independent living skills (including leisure activities), and vocational education is necessary to meet each individual’s total developmental needs.
  • That the preschool, family, and the community-at-large should recognize each other’s significant role in order to enhance the education of our preschoolers.


All of this is geared toward the long-term success of the child.