Have You Met Leeann?

A young woman ascends the stage, smiles and accepts her award.  The young woman is Leeann Noland.  She is twenty years old, has Down syndrome and is profoundly deaf.  She is accepting the United Way of the Bluegrass’ highest honor, the Courage Award.  The Courage Award is given to a person who has overcome personal […]

What Does a Kid in a Bag Have to Do With It?

Last year, Byron entered our preschool classroom. Quickly, the teachers noticed that he had limited communication and comprehension, often threw fits, had difficulty forming friendships and could not run, skip or jump like his peers. Screenings and assessments indicated delays in speech, fine motor and social emotional development. We discussed the concerns with the family […]


We are excited to announce that we will be expanding our program to include summer camp for our school age siblings and friends! We are really looking forward to welcoming back GTP graduates, older siblings and some new friends for the summer. This is also a great opportunity for children receiving therapeutic services through Fayette […]

Children Are the Seed Corn of Our Community and Our Future

When I first joined the Board of Growing Together Preschool, Inc. in the late 1980s, it was the ONLY preschool program in Central Kentucky integrating the early development and learning of children with and without disabilities. Many of the original founders of the program were also involved with the Bluegrass Association for Mental Retardation. They […]

I daresay none of these kids will ever be typical, and that’s worth celebrating.

During the GTP Fall Festival in October 2013, a former family came to celebrate and visit with us.  The mother, Jennifer, shared this story with staff and board members as tears streamed down her face.  We often spend time and energy focusing on making a difference in the lives of children with disabilities or disadvantages. […]

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