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Learning Center in Harrison, Ark receives visit from farm animals

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 4:06 PM CDT
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HARRISON, Mo. (KY3) - The Learning Center of North Arkansas in Harrison received a special visit from Fred Woehl and several of his farm animals.

Reading, coloring, and playtime are all typical activities at a day care. But it wasn’t any ordinary day. Woehl is used to being around these creatures.

“My two favorite things in the world are kids and horses,” said Woehl.

But for most of the kiddos at this preschool, it’s all unfamiliar territory.

“It allows kids to get close to horses, touch horses, smell horses, ride horses, usually for the first time,” said Woehl.

The Learning Center in Harrison opened almost a year ago, but things haven’t been slow for them as director Tess Richesin explained.

“We have about 80 children right now, but we have the capacity to hold 100”

Although snack time, recess, and coloring are all included, The Learning Center isn’t just a typical daycare.

“We’re a non-profit organization that provides free child care for children with developmental delays,” said Richesin.

What exactly those delays are, can vary.

“We experience a wide variety of delays, some have disabilities but not all of them. Sometimes it may be something like a kid just has a slight speech impediment,” said Richesin. “But we do occasionally encounter children that have a disability such as autism or down-syndrome.

So it’s a lot more than just learning and horsing around. The daycare also provides physical, occupation, and speech therapy for all children, all of which is done on the daycare’s campus.

Although, the animals can steal the spotlight, the focus at the daycare remains on the kids.

“I love seeing the kids develop,” said Richesin. “It makes me really grateful for my job.”

Those interested in signing up their child for one of The Learning Center’s locations in North Arkansas can call 870-741-6264 or can drop by a location and pick up an application.

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