The Education Depot – Future Learning is Here!

The Living By Design TV Show had the opportunity to sit down with Glenn Farmer, Founder & Owner The Education Depot Daycare Learning Center.  Starting in Mississippi 17 years ago, the success of the initial launch, has now resulted in the expansion into the Indianapolis area while also working to expand in other surrounding cities. Ages of the children range from babies up to school age (the same as most Daycare Centers).

The main objective of the Center is to provide quality care to kids and families who live in low to moderate income areas. Reach children who don’t have access to the resources that upper middle class children have. Research shows that reaching children early in the learning process reduces dropout rates, drug use, and low GPA and high school graduation rates. This is critical for our Community because our youth are future leaders, and having a strong community of young people ensures that the Community continues to grow, businesses have a talented pool of qualified candidates to pull from, and individuals are happy because of successful careers.

For Farmer, 51, Education Depot is more than a family business. Running the preschool is his calling, a chance to “show kids something better” than the impoverished neighborhoods many call “home”.

Farmer has set high standards of quality for his Daycare Center and the care it provides, qualities that often remain elusive in most cities, even at a time of increased national attention to the value of early childhood education. Pre-schools and child care centers across the state are increasingly expected to prepare children for academic success in school, yet for many centers, especially those in poor and rural areas, improving quality is nearly impossible without outside assistance or private money. As a result, many children languish in substandard child care centers, many of which are unregulated. Most centers statewide receive little to no state or federal funding, except reimbursement for serving healthy meals or enrolling low-income kids.

The Center is unique in that it provides learning opportunities unlike most traditional daycare centers; i.e., STEM room (which focuses on computer learning, biology, and using the internet and age appropriate applications). As the children learn math and numbers, there is a financial aspect that includes basic fundamentals of banking. The Center also features an on-site chef which provides three (3) quality healthy meals while they are at the Center.

One of the most impressive aspects that I found to be critical is the level of security that the center offers. They go beyond the “keycard” functionality, and have added an extra layer of security which includes a biometric scanner which requires a thumbprint. Without your thumbprint, you will not have access to the children. There are numerous cameras throughout the facility, in each room, with available surveillance by assigned individuals who do nothing but monitor the cameras throughout the day. Additionally, there is an individual (guard) at the front desk that prevents individuals from coming through the door behind a legitimate person who has passed all the security criteria. This desk is manned throughout the entire day while the children are present at the center.

The Center is ahead of its time, and I recommend going for a tour to see the Center or set up a meeting with Glenn or one of his staff members. You definitely don’t want your child to miss out on this incredible opportunity!

Cathy Holloway-Hill

The author Cathy Holloway-Hill

Cathy Holloway Hill is Founder and CEO of C. Holloway Hill Enterprises, a personal and professional development company in Indianapolis, Indiana. Cathy has local, regional, and national clients who speak highly of her services and have recommended her to their counterparts. In addition to her entrepreneurial work, Cathy has 28 years of executive leadership experience with two Fortune 100 Corporations. After 28 years of Executive Leadership success, Cathy voluntarily left her career to pursue her passion and purpose of helping others to define and design their lives.

Cathy has been featured in numerous regional and national publications including Black Enterprises, and Ebony Magazines. She is a member of the National Speakers Association. She was a Premier Coach for eWomenNetwork (over 2.5 million members), and is a Column Writer for Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick. Cathy was a 2012 recipient of the Indiana Torchbearer Award from Governor, Mitch Daniels, which is the highest award a woman can receive in the State of Indiana only awarded to women with a proven vision and commitment to the women of Indiana. Cathy has been selected on numerous occasions to be featured as a Luminary on the global Inspire Me Today website with over 6 million subscribers. She has also worked with Soledad O’Brien’s EmPOWERher Youth Organization as a Workshop Leader and Facilitator.

Cathy has a BS in Computer Science, multiple Coaching Certifications (including a Certification on Diversity & Women’s Issues) is Certified in DiSC Assessment, and a Masters in Psychology. For the past 5 years Cathy has designed & facilitated Journey University for Girl Scouts of Central Indiana. In this role, Cathy is the catalyst for self-esteem building creating a foundation for young women to design their lives. Initially, this was a pilot program, but Cathy’s work and commitment resulted in the program now having a long “waiting list”.

Additionally, she has been recognized by Chevron for her outstanding curriculum design of an Employee Branding initiative that resulted in improved moral and enhanced team relationships for the Louisville location. Employee branding is a critical aspect of Corporate success, and Cathy has a unique special niche in this area. Employees are an Organization’s greatest asset, and tapping into the passions and unique attributes of each individual person is the key to overwhelming success and profits.

Cathy hosts a TV Show entitled “Living By Design” which has a 12 million household viewership in Indiana and over 250,000 views on the You Tube channel Cathy’s mantra is: “Live, Love, Learn, and Leave a Legacy!”