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Ida Barbour Early Learning Center – New Discoveries

Look into the eyes of every child and you will see their eagerness to learn. There’s a spark with each new discovery. And each new discovery is a step in the pathway to future learning. At Ida Barbour Early Learning Center, we prepare each child for success in school, in community, and in life. Our aim is to enhance quality of life for at-risk children and their families by providing care in a safe, nurturing, and highly enriching environment. Our staff of loving, giving, and nurturing educators focuses every effort toward providing each child with the best opportunity to succeed in life.

Our Vision

Historic Ida Barbour Early Learning Center is a welcoming, safe, healthy and stimulating environment that facilitates the educational, personal and physical development of children and their families.

Our Mission

Ida Barbour Early Learning Center will prepare children for success in school, success in the community and success in life.

Thank you everyone who supported our 2018 Give Local Campaign! It really made a difference!

We received a total of $1,273.80. See how even $10 (the minimum) can support this awesome Center! If you missed participating this year, we ask you to go ahead and donate here online.

We also hope you will check out our Building Campaign information! Thank you!

Holiday Cards Are Now On Sale!

Holiday cards are now on sale! Priced at $10, cards are sold in packs of 10 (with envelopes) and feature artwork created by one of IBELC’s own students. All proceeds directly benefit IBELC. Visit our center or see a board member to purchase your holiday cards today!
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Join us for the First Annual “Walk for the Young Child”!

Join us at I.C Norcum High School on April 18, 2015 for a Walk-a-thon as we celebrate the “Week of the Young Child”! The event starts at 9:00am and will end at 12:00pm.  We will have music, refreshments, and PRIZES! Register by April 1st and receive a FREE event t-shirt! (T-shirts only guaranteed to the first 100 who register).  All proceeds from this event will directly benefit Ida Barbour ELC.  See a Board member or visit our Center to pick up a registration form.  Forms are also available at Walgreens and CVS on Frederick Blvd. in Portsmouth, the Churchland YMCA, and the Portsmouth Main Library on Court Street…or download your registration form here!

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IBELC’s “Motown Holiday Show 2014”

On December 16, 2014, the students and teachers of Ida Barbour Early Learning Center put on a holiday concert at the Sports Hall of Fame in Olde Towne. This “Motown Holiday Show” featured singing and dancing, and also included a short fashion show. Turnout for the show was excellent, and all of the students and staff did a fantastic job! Special thanks go out the the ladies from Harbourview Bon Secours for the adorable dresses worn by our models!

Organic Vegetable Garden Groundbreaking Ceremony

The Portsmouth, Virginia Chapter of The Links, Incorporated has generously provided the children and families of Ida Barbour Early Learning Center with an organic vegetable garden.  A groundbreaking ceremony was held on December 3, 2014. The garden, planted on the grounds of IBELC, is a valuable teaching tool as well as a source of nutrition for our children.  It will allow students to participate in activities such as planting, tilling, and watering, helping them feel more connected to their food and how it is grown.  We believe that this garden will have an overwhelmingly positive effect on IBELC and the surrounding community.



We are United Way of South Hampton Roads Agency #5025 Combined Federal Campaign - South Hampton Roads Agency #28037#