Early learning

PACE is a strong supporter of quality preschool education opportunities for all children in Pulaski County.


Through a collaboration between Purdue University and PACE, Preschool and Kindergarten educators are working toward uniformity of expectations for students and certification for preschools. Two years into this program has produced positive results toward these goals. 




In 2019, PACE announced a new educational program, "Little Learner's Passport," designed to motivate Pulaski County four-year-olds to work toward kindergarten readiness. The booklet lists 100 activities/experiences for four-year-olds to undertake with parental guidance. Incentives are provided along the way with a final award upon successful enrollment in kindergarten.


Sponsor partners are:


Winamac Dairy Queen                 Francesville Patio Drive-In

Winamac Dairy Barn                    Winamac McDonald's

Good Oil Company                       West Central Elementary School

Eastern Pulaski Elementary School



PULASKI ALLIANCE FOR COMMUNITY EDUCATION

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Pulaski Alliance for Community Education (PACE) has designated Early Childhood Education as an area for emphasis. In addition to its broad role as an educational grantmaker, PACE has committed to providing resources and financial support to all licensed preschool providers in the county. 


In the summer of 2018, Marsha’s Kid Kave Family Childcare in Winamac was  recognized by the State of Indiana for achieving Level III in the state accountability system, Paths to Quality. There are five levels of accountability within the system. Marsha's preschool is the first to achieve a Level III rating in Pulaski County. The state provides incentives as preschools move through the various levels. PACE has agreed to match the state’s incentive for all licensed preschool providers in Pulaski County.


Two members of the PACE Board of Directors, Mrs. Wendy Rose and Dr. Robert Klitzman are shown presenting the PACE match to Marsha Fritz and Samantha Bruce, Marsha’s preschool teachers, and some of the 40 total children enrolled in the program.


PACE has served as a conduit between these early education providers and school corporations with the assistance of a leading authority in the field.  Additionally, they help to facilitate licensing and accountability for providers through the State of Indiana. 


Pictured on left is PACE board with Dr. Megan Purcell, Clinical Assistant Professor at Purdue University (center).