In 2006, Ruth Ann Hornback bought Snow White Preschool and changed the name to Angel House Child Development Center. This child development center is more than a day care – it’s a learning-based center where leaders prepare children for the next stage of their schooling.
“We take pride in our curriculum, from the infant room all the way up to pre-K,” says Hornback, noting that they take children as young as 6 weeks and up to 10 years. “Everything is very interactive with the teacher. To me that’s important to know because I remember before I owned this place, going to pick up my children from their child care center, and nine times out of 10 they were sitting in front of the television. That will never happen here.”
Angel House, located in Jeffersontown across from the police station on the square, recently underwent renovations, adding 2,500 square feet. Along with Hornback’s Angel House locations, of which there are three (Jeffersontown, Hikes Point and Pleasure Ridge Park), she also owns Stony Brook Child Care and Valley Child Care. The Pleasure Ridge Park center recently moved to a new facility on Saint Andrews Church Road, and Valley underwent an expansion to accommodate 50 more children. Across all centers, they can serve 700 children.
“We have many children who start with us when they are babies and stay with us through their school-age years,” Hornback says. “It’s wonderful forming those relationships. It feels like a big family.”
Hornback also has praise for the directors and teachers, for their passion and dedication to the children.
“They love learning anything new that they can bring back to their classes,” she says.
The center’s bright, cheery atmosphere is inviting, but the staff provides the welcoming appeal.
“I’ve heard over and over from parents that they appreciate how we love on their children and take time to fill them in on how their day went,” Hornback says. “The children love to come in and see all of their friends. Those social skills are so important.”
Each location has on-site cameras and secure entry. Hornback encourages parents to drop in any time for a tour.
“Those initial instincts when you walk through the door of a day care are so important because you’re dropping off your precious children to someone else,” Hornback says. “You’ve got to trust that they are in good hands.”
Though the center had to shut down for a period of time at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, they have now reopened, which thrills both the students and teachers.
“When we reopened on June 15, the children came running in smiling,” Hornback says. “They were so happy to see their friends again, and the teachers felt the same way. They were so ready to get back to work and interact with the children.”
Angel House Child Development Center is located at 10407 Taylorsville Road in Louisville. For more info, call 502-499-0037 or visit angelhousecdc.com. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 6 a.m to 6 p.m.