Programs in Crown Point, Greencastle, Highland, Shelbyville, South Bend and Valparaiso awarded grants
INDIANAPOLIS – Today Early Learning Indiana announced it is has awarded seven faith-based early education ministries across the state a total of $125,848 to improve their program’s overall quality.
Grant recipients will use the funds for physical, operational and program improvements so they can join and advance along Paths to QUALITY, the state’s child care quality rating and improvement system. The voluntary, four-tiered system assesses each provider on health and safety standards, its overall learning environment, the use of planned curriculums and national accreditations.
With these funds, all seven programs will join Paths to QUALITY and reach level three, which is considered high-quality. Early Learning Indiana has made the following grants:
- Cline Avenue Fellowship Childcare, Highland, has been granted $36,633 to install a fire alarm system and hand washing sinks in four classrooms, purchase classroom materials and to cover costs associated with hiring staff.
- Holy Family School, South Bend, has been awarded $13,000 to update lighting, replace ceiling tiles and paint interior walls as well as purchase new classroom materials and to pay for ongoing professional development expenses.
- Immanuel Lutheran Preschool, Valparaiso, has been granted $16,325 to support facility improvements, purchase new classroom materials as well as to cover costs associated with hiring additional staff.
- Round Barn Daycare, Greencastle, has been awarded $21,400 to install playground fencing and new windows, purchase new classroom materials and to cover costs associated with hiring and training new employees.
- Stepping Up Preschool, Crown Point, has been awarded $7,640 for facility improvements, classroom materials as well as for costs associated with hiring new staff and ongoing professional development.
- St. Adalbert Catholic School, South Bend, has been granted $5,850 to purchase new classroom materials and support ongoing professional development for its staff.
- St. Joseph Catholic School Early Learning Ministry, Shelbyville, has been granted $25,000 that will be used to improve the facility, allowing the program to open a new classroom and serve at least 10 new children.
Since 2015, Early Learning Indiana has awarded more than $1.9 million in grants to create 1,500 new high-quality seats throughout the state. Grants like these are made possible thanks to the generous support of the Lilly Endowment and its $20 million in support of Early Learning Indiana’s efforts.