Cheryl Pile
Preschool Director
(502) 349-7000, ext. 2330

The Nelson County Early Learning Center (NCELC) is in the completely renovated and redesigned former Nelson County Schools central office building just off Highway 245 at 1200 Cardinal Drive in Bardstown.

The building has been completely repurposed to serve the needs of preschool children, ages three and four. The center has seven classrooms, a large multipurpose room, a cafeteria and a playground. Construction is currently underway to accommodate the before- and after-school child care programs and three more preschool classes. Child care classes are currently at Foster Heights Elementary, and students who utilize them are bused back and forth.

NCELC classes are taught in 3-hour morning and afternoon sessions from 8:20 a.m. until 11:20 a.m. and 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. A meal is provided for students attending either session.

Bus transportation is available for students enrolled in the morning session from their homes to their originating schools. These students will then be transported from those schools to the NCELC. Midday buses will return these children directly to their homes. Bus transportation is available for children from Foster Heights and Cox’s Creek areas from their homes to attend the afternoon session. After school, NCELC buses will transport these students to their originating schools for transportation home. Bus monitors will accompany preschool children to and from the center on school-provided transportation. Parents must provide transportation for NCELC students attending child care outside of preschool hours.

The NCELC program is designed to be developmentally appropriate for young children with focus placed on the child’s physical, intellectual, social and emotional development, including interpersonal, intrapersonal and socialization skills.

The program is tuition based unless a child fits one of the following categories: (1) four-years old and qualifies for the federal free-lunch program or (2) three- or four-years old with developmental delays or disabilities. (All free-lunch eligible four-year-olds must be four by Oct. 1 of the school year in which they will attend.)

For more information, please contact NCELC principal Holly Lynn Walker or child care coordinator Brenda Hickman at (502) 350-3914.


Kentucky’s Early Childhood Standards

This 170-page Adobe Reader pdf document was designed to reflect the range of developmental abilities typical of young children, birth through 4 years of age. The critical knowledge and skills learned in the early years are presented in developmental domains for children birth to 3 years of age and in content areas for 3- and 4-year-old children. This content for learning is intended to support early care and education professionals as well as parents in planning experiences to promote progress along the developmental continuum. Click here to download Kentucky’s Early Childhood Standards. — Kentucky Department of Education