First Lady Janet Holcomb welcomed us to the Governor’s residence for The Brain Advantage: Boosting Brain Growth from Birth to Three. Prior to the event, she shared some early memories with us.
The First Lady’s childhood loves were pets and books. “I loved any book that had a horse somewhere in the storyline,” she said. “I immersed myself in reading and started writing my own stories.” According to Holcomb, creative writing and art were outlets for expression in her early years.
The First Lady’s experiences as a child give her an appreciation for how high-quality education provides future opportunities. “I had some really wonderful art teachers as a kid, and loved visiting museums, attending performing arts shows and concerts.”
In high school, the First Lady attended Burris Laboratory School, where she joined a gifted and talent art program. Upon graduation, she continued studying art at Ball State, earning a bachelor’s degree in drawing and a master’s degree in print making.
“It’s so important to stimulate young minds in order to create the neuropathways that allow us to learn. Reading to kids, sharing new places and things, allowing them to express creativity through art and play are all vital,” said First Lady Holcomb.
The First Lady knows that providing children in underserved communities with access to high-quality care and education will make a real impact. We are grateful for her support of Early Learning Indiana and her passion for Indiana’s youngest citizens.