Excellence Academy


For the past several years the Excellence Academy, a partnership between Metro United Way, 4-C and the Lift a Life Foundation, has been working with a select group of child care centers to learn and implement best practices in their programs through an innovative professional development model. We strive to help teachers, children, and administrators to love learning, build communities, and transform lives.

We are inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to learning and have a strong focus on the development of the whole child. Excellence Academy educators practice heart-centered teaching and believe learning should be play-based and child-led. In our Communities of Practice, we use observation, documentation and reflective practice to support the natural curiosity that all children possess. We embrace joy as the heart of the learning process to engage the curious minds of children and adults.

Excellence Academy Participating Centers

  • Children’s Learning Center at Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana
  • Dorman Preschool
  • Keystone Learning Academy
  • Neighborhood House Child Development Center
  • Trinity House Christian  Childcare

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