Winter racing could be coming to Churchill Downs Thursday, Sep 5 2019 

The company has filed an application with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to host a 2020 winter meet at Churchill Downs racetrack.


Neighborhood starts petition after WDRB News exposes dangerous gap in Kentucky law Thursday, Sep 5 2019 

At a community meeting Thursday night in Louisville's California neighborhood, the fear, nerves and frustration were all palpable.

Atherton grad helps rescue more than 100 people on jet ski in the Bahamas Thursday, Sep 5 2019 

Atherton grad Jensen Burrows rode around the city of Freeport helping rescue victims of Hurricane Dorian.

Kentucky International Convention Center celebrates successful year since reopening Thursday, Sep 5 2019 

Over the past year, the new and improved convention center has hosted more than 130 events for an estimated economic impact of $92 million.

ELC program receives re-accreditation Thursday, Sep 5 2019 

By Matthew Keck–

The University of Louisville’s Early Learning Campus (ELC) announced its re-accreditation on Aug. 26 and it will remain credible for another five years.

“Our ELC team spent more than a year in preparation and compiled documentation to address each criterion within ten standards,” said Director of ELC Jill Jacobi-Vessels. “While it was a challenging undertaking, the process proved to be affirming and motivating for us as our final scores were 99% -100% in all areas.”

The National Association for the Education of Young Children accredits programs that meet the criteria in teaching, relationship-building, curriculum, health, safety and other areas. U of L’s ELC program scored in the top of each category in NAEYC’s accreditation process.

The accreditation process consists of third-party agencies rigorously reviewing programs to ensure their compliance with the set standards. “The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions and/or programs of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality,” says the U.S. Department of Higher Education website.

For a program to be accredited for a five-year term they must meet:

  •  70 percent of assessment items for each standard.
  • 100 percent of required assessment items.
  • 70 percent of assessment items for classes selected.

After receiving accreditation programs must submit annual reports with fees, adhere to policies and report all major changes and incidents to NAEYC. The ELC program at U of L hosts frequent visits for area centers and schools to find ways to improve their own programs.

The program provides child development for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age. Faculty, staff, students and residents of the Family Scholar House and Old Louisville are all able to use the ELC’s services.

“As a NAEYC accredited center, we maintain smaller group sizes and staff-to-child ratios than are allowable by state regulations,” said Jacobi-Vessels. “We engage children in play-based learning by creating intentional environments, leveraging their own interests, and building positive and caring relationships.”

Pricing varies depending on the enrolled children’s age. Weekly rates range from $190 to $240 depending upon the enrolled child’s age. There are currently 150 children enrolled in the program.

The ELC program doubles as a classroom for early childhood education students. Credits earned in the program are transferable.

“Our curriculum, which is based on the Reggio-Emilia philosophy, is geared toward sharing beauty, wonder and curiosity to help children build a life-long love of learning,” said Jacobi-Vessels. This approach allows children to interact and explore ideas and concepts they have alongside their teachers.

Photo By Matthew Keck / Louisville Cardinal

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Man pleads guilty to 2017 fatal stabbing in Shively Thursday, Sep 5 2019 

A judge sentenced Chadwick York to 35 years in prison.

Churchill Downs will apply to hold winter races, build new facility in Northern Kentucky Thursday, Sep 5 2019 

Churchill Downs plans to apply to hold a winter thoroughbred meet in 2020 at Churchill Downs and to build a training facility in Northern Kentucky.


Melinda Loveless, mastermind of 1992 murder of Shanda Sharer, released from prison Thursday, Sep 5 2019 

12-year-old Shanda Sharer was tortured and beaten before her murder.

Jury selection in Oberhansley case to take place away from Louisville, Indianapolis areas Thursday, Sep 5 2019 

After the jury selection failed in Hamilton County Wednesday, attorneys are now looking for jurors outside of the Louisville and Indianapolis areas.


Officials say West Nile Virus found near Harrison County Fairgrounds Thursday, Sep 5 2019 

The health department is urging residents to remove any standing water from their property to avoid breeding.

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