Plans are currently in the works for a new educational childcare facility in Logansport.
Before David Tasch decided to start the Logansport Learning Academy, he started an educational daycare center called the ABC Academy in Hobart 13 years ago.
“When I got involved in childcare, I looked at childcare as a whole and as scientists say it, the most important brain development years for a person happen from zero through five,” Tasch said. “School is so different now. How do I give these children a head start?”
Tasch set out to model his system after the way a school system is structured, with blocks of time devoted to specific subjects interspersed with activities like lunch and recess.
“It lets children know there’s a time to sit still and do work and a time to run around and have fun,” he said.
As homework is a tenet of schools, so it is with Tasch’s daycares.
“Kids have to understand that just because you’re done with the day, doesn’t mean you’re really done,” he said, adding that starting kids out on homework also prepares their parents for the assistance they’ll have to provide as their children go through school.
Tasch said students will also receive a daily report card tailored to their age.
Elizabeth Loposser, principal of Columbia Elementary School, said a daycare that implements education would likely better prepare students for the way kindergarten has changed over the years.
“Typically in the past, kindergarten programs were more of a social program whereas now it’s more of an academic program,” she said. “If those kids are already learning those skills, they’ll just continue progressing.”
A dozen child care centers are registered in Cass County, according to the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s website. Several of those also implement education in their services.
Tasch along with other investors are planning to purchase the building at 201 Burlington Ave. from Logansport business owner Bernadene Thimlar to be the location for the Logansport Learning Academy.
“I thought Logansport needed more business and found people who thought it would be a good location,” Thimlar said.
With the recent completion of its new roof, the building is currently being gutted out in preparation for all the classrooms that Tasch expects will be filled by 125 to 150 students, in turn creating about 22 jobs.
The facility will also be equipped with security cameras and door locks that require visitors to be buzzed in from the inside. Tasch said parents will complete a form stating who is allowed to pick up their children which will include copies of photo IDs.
There will be a playground on site as well.
The Logansport Street Department will begin painting four 10-minute parking spaces in front of the building Monday that will serve as a drop-off spot for parents.
Tasch expects the academy to be open by August.
Several factors drove him to develop the facility in
Logansport, Tasch said.
“In terms of population, there’s a pretty good size, a good average income, a lot of manufacturing, yet not a facility for children to get the proper tools to go away with to school,” he said. “This is a great opportunity for both of us.”