Visually Impaired Preschool Services

Contact Rebecca Davis (Development Director)
Phone 1-888-636-8477
Address 2600 S Henderson St, #154
Bloomington, IN 47401

The Mission of Visually Impaired Preschool Services, Inc. (VIPS) is to offer appropriate services to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who are visually impaired or blind and to their families; to maximize each child's developmental potential through direct services, advocacy, and community education.


Community Birthday Association

Contact Mark Harper
Phone 331-9113
Email ratsliveonnoevilstar69 [at] yahoo [dot] com
Description We want to provide a meaningful birthday celebration with clowns, baloons, presents and cake to needy children in the Monroe County.

First Book - Monroe County

Contact Akola Krishnan (Chairwoman)
Phone 812-322-7918
Description A recognized leader in social enterprise, First Book has pioneered groundbreaking channels to provide new books and educational resources at deeply reduced prices - and for free - to schools and programs serving children in need.

Indiana Department of Child Services

Contact Steven Vaughn (Director of Local DCS Office in Monroe County)
Phone 812-336-6351
Email steven [dot] vaughn [at] dcs [dot] in [dot] gov
Hours 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
Description The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) protects children from abuse and neglect. DCS does this by partnering with families and communities to provide safe, nurturing, and stable homes, with the hopes that children will thrive from safe, caring, supportive families and communities. Child Protection Services (24 hrs hotline) (812) 336-6641 National hotline 1-800-800-5556

The Learnability Project

Contact Judith Gierut, Ph.D. (Principal Investigator)
Phone (812) 855-3115
Email geirut [at] indiana [dot] edu
Address Indiana University Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
200 S. Jordan Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405
Description The Learnability Project is a research program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. The goal of the Learnability Project is to explore how children learn sounds and words, and to develop new teaching methods to facilitate language learning. We are currently recruiting children, ages 3 to 7, to participate in speech and language programs at no cost to families. Children receive a free speech and hearing screening to determine if they are eligible for the following programs: Speech sound awareness to improve listening skills Speech sound treatment to improve spoken skills Please send email or call for an appointment.
Additional Contact Daniel A. Dinnsen, Ph.D. (Co-Principal Investigator)
Email dinnsen [at] indiana [dot] edu
Additional Contact Michele Morrisette, Ph.D. (Associate Scientist)
Email mmorrise [at] indiana [dot] edu

Monroe Smart Start: Birth to Five Coalition

Contact Lois Hutter-Pishgahi (Director)
Email lois [at] monroesmartstart [dot] org
Description Monroe Smart Start: Birth-to-Five Coalition works to ensure that all children in Monroe County are ready for school and ready for life! Our coalition brings together the public and private sectors to bring resources and attention to this critical time in a child's development. We focus on the first five years because that's when 85% of brain development occurs, but only 5% of education funds are invested.

The Coalition is working towards increasing the number of children in Monroe County who enter kindergarten with the skills and attributes needed to be successful.


Girls Incorporated of Monroe County

Contact Kristi McCann (Executive Director)
Phone 336-7313
Email info [at] girlsinc-monroe [dot] org
Hours Office: 9AM - 4PM After School: 2:30PM - 6PM

Girls Incorporated is a national youth organization dedicated to helping girls become strong, smart, and bold. We provide programs to girls after school, on weekends, and during the summer through our network of affiliates. In addition, we conduct research on girls' issues and advocate for girls. Girls who participate in our programs range in age from 6 to 18 and come from a variety of backgrounds, including Caucasian, African-American, Latina, Native American, and Asian, among others. Fifty-four percent are from single parent families.


Bloomington Storyteller's Guild

Contact Ginny Richey (Coordinator)
Phone 812-339-7224
Email btownstorytellers [at] gmail [dot] com
Description Guild was formed in 1974 to help keep the ancient tradition of oral storytelling alive. Members of the Guild meet about once a month to share new stories and plan storytelling events. Individual members are available for programs, workshops, and performances, usually a fee is charged. Membership is open to anyone with a love for stories, a desire to tell them -- and ten bucks for the registration fee. Regular events include the Festival of Ghost Stories on the Friday before halloween and the Wintertelling in February (both are for adults and teens). Storytelling for children, for social groups or for cultural events can be arranged through the Guild.
Additional Contact Stephanie Holman (Treasurer / Secretary)
Phone 812-876-1272
Email btownstorytellers [at] gmail [dot] com
Address Ellettsville Branch Library / Monroe County Public Library
600 W. Temperance St
Elllettsville, IN 47429
Language English only

COTA -Childrens Organ Transplant Association Inc.

Contact Richard Lofgren (Executive Director)
Phone 800-336-2682
Email cota [at] cota [dot] org
Description The Children's Organ Transplant Association is a nonprofit organization based in Bloomington, Indiana that helps raise funds for and promote awareness of children and young adults in need of life-saving organ, bone marrow, cord blood, or stem cell transplants.

Richland Bean Blossom Youth Sports

Contact April Kolbe (Secretary)
Phone (812) 876-5009
Email rbbyouthsports [at] aol [dot] com
Description Youth sports included are baseball, t-ball, basketball, and softball. Call for more information.
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