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VIPS Lexington

About VIPS Lexington

The VIPS Lexington office opened in October 1990 thanks to a grant from the KY Cabinet for Human Resources and the generous support of the University of Kentucky Department of Ophthalmology.  Serving 67 counties, the Lexington office operated out of several locations before establishing our current home in a shared building with Lexington Hearing and Speech Center (LHSC).  In addition to providing early intervention services and family programming, we offer an onsite enrichment program for 2-3-year-olds twice a week.  We are so happy that our partnership with LHSC offers multiple opportunities for our children to receive high-quality early preschool and preschool programming, allowing VIPS teachers to provide services in the classroom to the child as well as professional development for the teachers.  We are excited to see our office grow in serving all of the children in Central and Eastern Kentucky who need our services!

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5K for the Senses

Lexington, KY • Saturday, October 7 2017

VIPS 5K for the Senses benefitting Visually Impaired Preschool Services. Register today!

Featured Grantor for VIPS Lexington

Children's Charity

VIPS Lexington is honored to once again receive a grant from the Children’s Charity Fund of the Bluegrass, Inc.  Since 1999, VIPS has been fortunate to be blessed with funds from this generous organization, allowing us to provide critical early intervention services to children in Central and Eastern Kentucky.  The Mission of the Children’s Charity Fund of the Bluegrass, Inc. is to establish and maintain an ongoing concerted fund-raising effort to benefit local charitable organizations which have as their primary goal the betterment of children of the Commonwealth. The Children’s Charity Fund of the Bluegrass was founded in 1981 to help provide needed funds for the Child Development Center of the Bluegrass, an agency that provides a full range of services for children from birth to five years of age who have disabilities. The charity celebrated its 35th anniversary this year. For more information visit the Children's Charity website.


Wish List

  • Child size table
  • Two chairs
  • Powdered tempera paint
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Baby wipes
  • Black and white card stock
  • Slinky toys (preferably red, yellow or metallic)
  • Sturdy metal open shelving units
  • Glue sticks
  • 3oz paper cups
  • Paper towel

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July 7, 2017

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Why is early intervention so critically important?



90% of what a child learns
is through their vision.

85% of the foundation of learning happens the first 5 years of their life.

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