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Our History


For more than twenty-five years, Childcare Resources has provided, promoted, and elevated early childhood education in Indian River County. Below are just a a few of the highlights of the organization so far.




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It all starts with an idea.

Founders Sandy Kahle, Kathy Marshall, and Sherry Waddell draft a plan that supports young children through a community network. After a presentation to Indian River County, Community Childcare Resources is founded.

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Putting plans in motion.

In the first year of service, Community Child Care Resources provides high-quality early education to 20 local children by working with local childcare centers.


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Beginning in infancy.

Community Child Care Resources expands services to infants as young as six weeks old.

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Finding a home.

Community Childcare Resources purchases an administrative building in Vero Beach. The organization adds educational opportunities for program parents, hosted in the new space.


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Time for a change.

After a decade as Community Child Care Resources, the organization adopts a new name - Childcare Resources of Indian River.

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Helping local teachers.

Childcare Resources establishes the Excellence in Early Education speaker series, bringing nationally-recognized early childhood education experts to Indian River County.


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A school of our own.

After a capital campaign, Childcare Resources leases space and welcomes the first students to the Childcare Resources School.

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Reaching quality.

The Childcare Resources School earns accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, marking the school as a childcare center of the highest quality.


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New beginnings.

Childcare Resources moves the school and administrative office into a new space, increasing program capacity and adding on-site therapy rooms for program students.

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Supporting a community.

Childcare Resources adds outreach programs to better support educators, including one-on-one coaching and a credentialing cohort model.


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Continuing to grow.

The Childcare Resources School adds classrooms, additional on-site therapy rooms, and a dedicated STEM/STEAM room through a five-year pilot program.

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Program Videos


25th Anniversary Video (2019)

Program Video (2018)

Program Video (2017)

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