Welcoming Little Cats ages 6 weeks to 12 years old.

Play-Based Learning

Children learn best through first-hand experiences—play motivates, stimulates and supports children in their development of skills, concepts, language acquisition, communication skills, and concentration. During play, children use all of their senses, must convey their thoughts and emotions, explore their environment, and connect what they already know with new knowledge, skills and attitudes.

Nurturing Environment

Quality care is defined by daily routines and practices that nurture the development of each individual child and facilitate strong working relationships with families.

Age-Level Learning

Our programs are curated for three different age groups, each program offers the appropriate level of engagement for your child.


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Two Hour Delay – 10/31/2022

Whitko Community Schools will have a two-hour delay Monday, October 31, as staff members participate in school safety training. Teachers and staff members will prepare for threats or situations, which could result in lethal conflict, with ALICE Training to help prevent, respond to and recover from violent threats or incidents.

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Little Cats Registration Open for 2022-23

Registration for 2022-23 is now open for all programs! We foster a love of learning in children through play based learning, hands on experience, and developmentally appropriate practices to meet the needs of each individual child. We collaborate with WCA’s

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Whitko Early Learning Academy Little Cats

Meet the Director

Rachel Hardy became the Director of Whitko Early Learning Academy in the spring of 2024. Rachel and the entire staff look forward to welcoming your child to the Little Cats program.


Whitko Early Learning Academy Little Cats

Located in Whitko Career Academy

710 N St Rd 5
Larwill IN 46764

Ph: (260) 723-0552

Rachel Hardy, Director
E: WELA@whitko.org

It's time for your child to experience the Whitko advantage