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Center at Jasper IN

Contact Details:

Academy of Learning

4312 Baden Strasse

Jasper, Indiana 47546

Phone: (812) 482-2939

Opening Hours: 5:30am - 5:30pm Mon-Fri

Center Director: Kim Coles

About Us:

This center is run to the highest standards of safety and cleanliness. It is equipped with age appropriate rooms and we encourage children to develop at their own pace with developmentally differentiated activities. We provide a truly happy environment for your child to grow and learn.

  • Healthy eating FDA accredited food program

  • Meals served: breakfast, am snack, lunch, pm snack, dinner and bedtime snack

  • All teachers receive Universal Precautions, First Aid, CPR, Foundations to the Indiana Academics Standards as well as in-service training appropriate to the children’s age level.

  • CCDF vouchers accepted

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years

Licensed Capacity: 85

Licensed Number: 126241

Holidays Observed: We are closed New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day


We constantly monitor and develop our programs to meet and exceed national and state accreditation standards. As each child develops at their own pace our experienced teachers move them from one program to the next at the time that is right for them.

  • Infant (6 weeks to 18 months)

  • Toddlers (18 months to 3 years)

  • Pre-School (3-4 years)

  • Pre-Kindergarten (4-5 years)

  • K1 (Kindergarten plus 1st grade)

  • Before & After School Programs (School Age)

  • Summer Camp

The activities at the center are designed to build a child’s social, emotional, mental and physical development while encouraging independence.

We base our pre-school year on a curriculum called the Creative Curriculum. The activities we plan for children, the way we organize the environments, select toys and materials, plan daily schedules, talk with the children, are all designed to accomplish the goals of our Creative Curriculum.

This center has been under a new management team since late 2021 who have led the way to extensive refurbishments along with many impressive program improvements. 

Our journey through the Covid 19 crisis at the small but beloved Jasper center was a particularly difficult struggle, suffering many temporary closures, job abandonments and staff shortages. 

We are proud to announce that we have 'Come Back Stronger than ever via the Lilly Endowment grant of that name and subsequent relief and recovery funding from the American Rescue Plan. And a big plus, due to a determined, dedicated and visionary management team.

Center Director

Kim Coles

Kim is a dedicated, highly qualified childcare professional holding a bachelor’s degree in Human Environmental Services, with a strong emphasis in early childhood development, from Southeast Missouri State University.

After graduating she became a childcare center director in Missouri before moving to Jasper with her husband, then taking a position as a two-year-old teacher at a local daycare. This was followed by many years in various fields of the early childhood care network encompassing management roles in foster care and the Department of Child Services.

In her free time Kim enjoys gardening, hiking and being in nature. Inclement weather will find her at home with husband and pets, reading or spending time with her extended family.

Center Asst. Director

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Barb works diligently alongside Kim with the welfare, health and safety of our children at heart. She has an associate’s degree in biology and chemistry and is a veteran of the US Navy. Barb has an impressive 20 years’ professional experience serving the dietary needs of children and the elderly and supervises our participation in the CACFP being certified in Safe Serve.

Bowling, cycling and just enjoying the great outdoors are her leisure time pursuits.

Barbara Praytor