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Learning Together History

Early Years 1969-1988

1969 - Julia Williams brought her vision for a program that embraced children of all abilities to a reality in Raleigh at Fairmont United Methodist Church as a half-day preschool program that included children with developmental delays. Julia who creatively integrated her experiences as public school teacher in the rural South and as a missionary with the Methodist Church and Director of a School in South America for 10 years to develop what would become Learning Together, a program which pioneered the “mainstreaming” of children. Julia took the concept a step further with a fully inclusive concept guided by an educational philosophy of “Interdependency” and a focus on the positive self-esteem of children as the foundation for all learning.

1975 - The Junior League of Raleigh and a State incentive grant provide start-up funds for Learning Together, Inc. to become incorporated as a private, nonprofit organization. The newly incorporated Learning Together moved to Forest Hills Baptist Church due to the growing requests for services.

1981 - With the requests for services continuing to grow, Learning Together moves to the Dorothea Dix Hospital campus into the Broughton Building which was refurbished through an incredible team of volunteers inspired by Julia’s passion and commitment to serve more children and families.

1982 - Office of Day Care Services of the North Carolina Department of Human Resources officially names Learning Together the State Demonstration Model for Mainstreaming.

1985 - After 16 years of having a vision, inspiring others, and laying the foundation upon which Learning Together continued to build, Julia Williams resigns to pursue work with the Methodist Church, another passion and calling. Nell G. Barnes, Ed.D., Program Coordinator becomes Executive Director.

1988 - Learning Together relocates to Downtown Raleigh at 568 E Lenoir Street.