Reception thanks county’s early learning providers

AUBURN — United Way of DeKalb County hosted a thank-you celebration for DeKalb early learning providers Nov. 9 at the Buchtel House in Auburn.

Early learning providers and several other community members were invited to enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and be recognized for educating the community’s youngest citizens.

Kendra Klink, associate director of The James Foundation, welcomed guests.

Kim Fullove, pre-K project manager for DeKalb and Allen counties, provided an overview of On My Way Pre-K and the benefits of becoming a provider.

Becky Carothers, early childhood education endowed chair and development director for Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, provided information about education opportunities for early learning staff members.

Kacey Deverell, provider support manager for Early Childhood Alliance, provided information about Paths to Quality, Indiana’s voluntary quality rating and improvement system for child care.

Any early learning provider that wants to become an On My Way Pre-K provider must be at level 3 or 4 on Paths to Quality.

Amanda Davis, executive director for United Way of DeKalb County, closed the evening by thanking everyone for attending and the valuable work they do each day with DeKalb County children.

Each provider in attendance was provided with a gift of classroom manipulatives to use in their programs.

United Way said it would like to thank everyone in attendance, each presenter for providing information to the group, Early Childhood Alliance and various providers for being available to answer questions and the James Foundation.

People may call the United Way at 927-0995 or send email to with any questions regarding On My Way Pre-K.