ICC Teams with Urban Chalkboard for New Program

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Congratulations to The Indianapolis Children’s Choir and The Urban Chalkboard – love seeing a ‘marriage’ of our friends, especially when it means such a great benefit to the Indianapolis community!
From their press release dated August 24, 2015:

The Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC) is pleased to announce that it is partnering with The Urban Chalkboard of Carmel, Ind. for Little Voices, a new music program for children with sensitivities.

The new program is part of the ICC’s Early Childhood Program and is designed for young children (ages two to four years) who enjoy music but may have difficulty in situations where sensory information is not easily controlled or monitored. Children who find new social situations and relationships challenging may also find Little Voices to be a good fit. Adjustments are made to volume, activity level, and other activities based on the children’s specific needs, and independent exploratory activities are encouraged.

Little Voices meets Tuesdays at 1:15 p.m. in The Paul Dana Learning Studio at The Urban Chalkboard play café in Carmel. During the class, children are separated by glass and blinds but within eye and earshot of parents. Parents can enjoy the play café with siblings or just have a few minutes to themselves. Children can enjoy the play café for a reduced rate before or after the class.

The Urban Chalkboard’s co-founders, Jessica Beer and Tonya Bergeson-Dana – both with Ph.D.’s in Child Development – designed the space and the programming very intentionally to support parents raising young children and to provide meaningful opportunities for parents and children to connect and experience new things.

“Partnering with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir was a logical fit”, says Beer. “We have several families with children sensitive to sensory information who come to play because they find the environment appropriate for their children, especially during the afternoons when there are fewer children in the space.”

“The ICC is thrilled for the opportunity to provide its signature excellence in music education to children who might not otherwise successfully take a music class,” says ICC Director of Outreach and Early Childhood Programs Lauren Southard. “I’m extremely excited for this partnership with the Urban Chalkboard, which will greatly benefit the Carmel community.”

For more information and to register a child for Little Voices, stop by The Urban Chalkboard, or go to icchoir.org/little-voices or contact Lauren Southard at lsouthar@icchoir.org.

MORE INFO: Currently celebrating its 30th season, the Indianapolis Children’s Choir has grown to become one of the largest children’s choirs in the world. To enroll a child, attend a concert, or make a financial donation, visit icchoir.org or call 317.940.9640. Recently nominated Indy’s Best Place to Bring your Rugrats, The Urban Chalkboard play cafe is a place for you to connect with your family and friends and join other families who are growing just like yours. To see their Fall classes and schedules, visit​ ​www.theurbanchalkboard.com or call 317-815-5711​. ​

Content originally appeared on Indy’s Child

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