SUPPORTED BY LILLY ENDOWMENT INC.

Supporting high-quality child care throughout Indiana, so families can successfully return to work. 

Attend our Support Types and Awardee Highlights webinar on Thursday, June 11, 2020. To stay updated on the fund, text ‘STRONG’ to 833-200-7082. 

Para asistencia en español, comuníquese con stronger@earlylearningindiana.org con cualquier pregunta e indique que prefiere una respuesta en español. 

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Indiana early care and education providers are in the midst of one of the most trying times they’ve ever experienced. In the best of times, margins are razor-thin due to the misalignment between the actual cost of providing care and the ability of families to afford it. The COVID-19 pandemic has further threatened operations, forcing many providers to close their doors, reduce staff and seriously consider how they’ll move forward with additional safety-related expenses and challenges in this new environment.

Even as providers maintain services or reopen their operations, uncertainty looms. Future waves of the virus will likely impact staffing levels and temporarily disrupt operations. New regulatory constraints will limit classroom and center sizes. High rates of unemployment will lessen demand for early care. And uncertainty about health and safety may lead parents to choose alternative care options for the foreseeable future. The duration and scale of these factors are uncertain, but we must do all we can to continue providing accessible, affordable and quality care to Indiana’s early learners and fuel the state’s economic recovery.

With the support of Lilly Endowment Inc., Early Learning Indiana is proud to present the Come Back Stronger Fund, a $15 million fund designed to reinforce Indiana’s supply of high-quality early learning opportunities and support providers across the state who are committed to serving vulnerable family populations. Come Back Stronger Fund grants will help offset new expenses incurred by providers to safely operate and continue delivering early learning experiences due to the pandemic. These include measures such as enhancing sanitation practices, altering key aspects of the physical environment to support social distancing, adopting new staffing models that minimize exposure, expanding to serve more children in response to a depletion in community supply, and investing in personalized sets of materials and toys to limit cross-contamination among children while maintaining an environment that stimulates child development.

Please email stronger@earlylearningindiana.org with any questions.

Early Learning Indiana also invites interested individuals, companies and foundations to contribute to the Come Back Stronger Fund to make a bigger impact. For more information, please email Emily Nelson at emilyn@earlylearningindiana.org.

Grant Details

The Come Back Stronger Fund will provide grants of up to $40,000 per site, based on enrollment numbers and providers’ total percentage of families served who use Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) or On My Way Pre-K dollars. Enrollment data should reflect a program’s enrollment as of March 1, 2020.

*Providers may be asked to provide an enrollment roster to verify enrollment. CCDF and On My Way Pre-K numbers are also subject to audit. 

The following will be used to guide funding decisions:

Eligible to receive

$2,000
*$1,000

Eligible to receive

$10,000
*$5,000

Eligible to receive

$20,000
*$7,500

Eligible to receive

$30,000
*$10,000

*If 25% or more of the total children enrolled are on CCDF or On My Way Pre-K subsidy, providers are eligible to receive additional funding listed above.

ELIGIBILITY

Grants will support early care and education providers that meet the following eligibility criteria. Eligible nonprofit and for-profit organizations must be: 

  • A licensed or registered center, ministry or family child care home in the state of Indiana and in good standing
  • An approved CCDF or On My Way Pre-K provider or a provider that otherwise serves children from vulnerable family populations, defined as households at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level
  • Operating as a Paths to QUALITY™ Level 3 or 4, or as a Paths to QUALITY™ Level 2 with a demonstrated commitment to achieving a higher level of program quality
  • Serving children ages 0-5

The Come Back Stronger Fund is designed to support the accessibility of child care for low-income and otherwise vulnerable families in Indiana. Successful applicants must demonstrate how they will use grant funds in furtherance of this purpose by: 

  • Serving vulnerable children (as defined above), including children receiving CCDF or On My Way Pre-K subsidies
  • Operating in low-capacity areas with known shortages of Paths to QUALITY™ Level 2, 3 and 4 providers. Low capacity areas, defined by the 2018 Indiana Child Care Access Study, are areas with more than three children for every Paths to QUALITY™ child care spot

Specific attention will be paid to ensuring awardees are representative of a statewide geographic footprint, to the extent possible. 

APPROVED USES OF FUNDING

Grant funds are intended to help providers safely and effectively continue or resume operations and adapt to COVID-19 challenges. Eligible organizations may request support across the following categories:

EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES AND MATERIALS

Replenishing previously existing supplies or offsetting new expenses (including personal protective equipment, individual learning supplies, meal preparation and packaging, cleaning supplies, etc.) that are required to adhere to social distancing and safely serve children and families.

PROFFESIONAL SERVICES

Investing in reopening planning efforts, support for family communications highlighting safety practices, mental health supports, or related professional services.

PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENTS

Investing in short-term environmental improvements to allow providers to safely care for children amid regulatory capacity limits and social distancing requirements (e.g. ventilation equipment, temporary space rentals, physical barriers, etc.)

REPLACEMENT SUPPLY

Expenses related to programs expanding to serve more children within existing and new locations in response to a depletion in community supply. This could include expanding operating hours, opening new seats, expanding to new sites or building networks that support other providers.

STAFFING

Paying substitutes or transitional staff costs related to limited group sizes.

HOW TO APPLY

The grant application will open on Thursday, May 21. At that time, interested and eligible providers may apply here.

COMING BACK STRONGER ACROSS INDIANA

Awarded providers are marked on the map below. Click a provider to learn more.
Early Childhood Development Center at the University of Notre Dame

10 Childcare Center, Notre Dame, Indiana, 46556

Indiana State University Early Childhood Education Center

100 Farrington, Terre Haute, Indiana, 47807

Generations To Come Daycare

100 S. Pleasant St., Edinburgh, Indiana, 46124

Bright Beginnings Early Learning Center Inc

10037 E Washington St, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46229

Tykes N Tots Learning Center

1007 S. RACE ST., Princeton, Indiana, 47670

Ms Rose Child Care

1008 west 151st street, East Chicago, Indiana, 46312

Garrett-Keyser-Butler Community Head Start

1025 S. Broadway Street, Butler, Indiana, 46721

Fervent Care Child Care Ministry

10512 East 38th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46235

Terri’s Playhouse LLC

10818 e Greendale, Seymour, Indiana, 47274

Premier Childcare and Learning Center

1100 Eagle Ridge Dr., Schererville, Indiana, 46375

Westminster Preschool Inc

1100 W. Jeffras Ave, Marion, Indiana, 46952

A Child Was Born

11343 WATER BIRCH DRIVE, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46235

Little Village Home Child Care LLC

1150 Fremont Street, South Bend, Indiana, 46628

MSD Lawrence Township – Early Learning Center at Amy Beverland

11660 Fox Rd, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46236

Childtime 1650

1169 North Avon Avenue, Avon, Indiana, 46123

Life Church International / Life Changers Eary Learning & Aftercare STEAM Academy

1181 Mary Ellen Dr, Crown Point, Indiana, 46307

MSD Lawrence Township Early Learning Center at Winding Ridge

11845 E 46th St, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46235

Sunshine Circle of Smiles

121 S Madison Ave, Hanover, Indiana, 47243

Kid City USA Meridian Park

130 E 30th St, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46205

Cedar Lake Early Learning Academy

13115 Wicker Ave suite I suite I, Cedar Lake, Indiana, 46356

Blue River Services Inc.

1365 Old Hwy. 135, Corydon, Indiana, 47112

Emanuel Lutheran Child Care

1385 S Main St, Tipton, Indiana, 46072

totally kids childcare

1400 ravenswood dr, Evansville, Indiana, 47714

Templeton Elementary – Early Learning

1400 S Brenda Ave, Bloomington, Indiana, 47401

Just Us Kids Early Learning Center

1494 Kalberer Road, West Lafayette, Indiana, 47906

Foundations Child Care Center Inc.

1517 Grant St., Elkhart, Indiana, 46514

Foundations Baby Care

1605 Grant St., Elkhart, Indiana, 46514

Creative Hands and Brilliant Minds 2

1619 W Ewing Ave, South Bend, Indiana, 46613

Fletcher Place Community Center

1637 Prospect Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46203

El Pescadito Learning Center Inc.

1640 W, Indiana Ave., South Bend, Indiana, 46613

CCN Preschool – Redding

1700 N Ewing St, Seymour, Indiana, 47274

Wee Care Child Development Center Ltd.

1750 Thornapple Circle, Valparaiso, Indiana, 46385

Campus Center for Young Children

1900 S. Main St., Goshen, Indiana, 46526

El Pescadito Learning Center Inc.

1914 Magyar Ct, South Bend, Indiana, 46613

Oak Park Church Inc/dba Oak Park Early Learning Academy

1920 Chester Boulevard, Richmond, Indiana, 47374

ISU Early Childhood Education Center

200 Farrington, Terre Haute, Indiana, 47807

Ready To Learn Childcare LLC

205 Burlington Beach Road, Valparaiso, Indiana, 46383

Saint Bernard Preschool & Daycare

207 N. 6th Street, Rockport, Indiana, 47635

ABC Star Education

2115 Peach tree Ln, South Bend, Indiana, 46617

New Beginnings

2132 West Michigan Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46222

Russell Family Childcare

2141 S 200 E, KOKOMO, Indiana, 46902

Hooligan’s Learning Academy

2201 Hillcrest Dr, Anderson, Indiana, 46012

Caring Friends Daycare Ministry

2216 S. Green River Rd., Evansville, Indiana, 47715

L.O.V.E. Your Child’s Care

2220 Sloan Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46203

Ina’s Child Care

224 South 32nd Street, Richmond, Indiana, 47374

Skoolkidz LLC

2254 W 86th street, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46260

Home Away From Home Daycare

2255 N Rural st, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46218

Grandview Elementary- Early Learning

2300 S Endwright Road, Bloomington, Indiana, 47403

Kidz Kompany Inc.

2301 Lincoln Way West, South Bend, Indiana, 46628

Little Thinkers School of Early Learning

2306 North Clinton Street, FORT WAYNE, Indiana, 46805

Nana’s Childcare and Preschool II

2308 E 36th St., Indianapolis, Indiana, 46216

The Learning Ladder Childcare

2343 W 20th Pl, Gary, Indiana, 46404

Kiddin’ Around Daycare

2401 South 23rd Street, New Castle, Indiana, 47362

Teddy Bear Day Care

2406 E. 65th St., Indianapolis, Indiana, 46220

Kids First Academy

2450 Lincoln Street, Highland, Indiana, 46322

Covenant Christian Early Learning Place

2451 S. Walnut Street Pike, Bloomington, Indiana, 47401

Faith Child Care Center

2456 Chase Street, Gary, Indiana, 46404

ABC Star Education II

2507 Huron Street, South Bend, Indiana, 46619

Happy Days Child Care On Main

2645 Main St., Highland, Indiana, 46322

Wee Care Early Learning Ministry

2650 Villa Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46203

Indiana University Campus Children’s Center

2702 E. Discovery Parkway, Bloomington, Indiana, 47403

Patty Cake Kids Academy

2704 Paoli Pike, New Albany, Indiana, 47150

Mitchell Early Childhood and Family Center

2809 W Purdue Avenue, Muncie, Indiana, 47304

STEAM Academy

2850 Old US Hwy 231 S, Lafayette, Indiana, 47909

Prosperity Enrichment Inc

2952 N Broadway Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46205

Garrett-Keyser-Butler Community Head Start and Early Head Start

300 South Washington Street, Waterloo, Indiana, 46793

Clear Creek Elementary – Early Learning

300 W Clear Creek Dr, Bloomington, Indiana, 47403

Adventures Child Care & Learning Center

300 Western Blvd, Greenwood, Indiana, 46142

GT Kids Daycare & Preschool

3001 S. Burlington Dr., Muncie, Indiana, 47302

Woodland Child Development Center

3027 J F Mahoney Drive, HAMMOND, Indiana, 46323

Prosperity Enrichment Inc

3045 N Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46205

Hoosier Hills Career Center

3070 N Prow Rd, Bloomington, Indiana, 47404

New Beginnings Day Care

3101 S Walnut St, Muncie, Indiana, 47302

United Day Care Center of Delaware County Inc

312 South Vine Street, Muncie, Indiana, 47305

Campus Center for Young Children at Arbor Ridge

317 Arbor Court, Goshen, Indiana, 46528

Agape’ Learning Center

3200 S. 14th St., New Castle, Indiana, 47362

ABC Preschool & Daycare

3350 North 24th Street, Terre Haute, Indiana, 47804

The Children’s Cottage Academy

3366 Fairview, Greenwood, Indiana, 46142

Kids Care Academy

3416 Hamburg Pike, Jeffersonville, Indiana, 47130

Kids Care Academy

3510 St. Joseph Road, New Albany, Indiana, 47150

Just Be Kids Learning Center

356 n mt zion rd, lebanon, Indiana, 46052

Tiny Treasures Daycare

3582 E State Road 56, Scottsburg, Indiana, 47170

Early Childhood Alliance

3800 N Anthony Blvd, Ft Wayne, Indiana, 46805

Sweet Peas Daycare

3833 Parrish Ave., East Chicago, Indiana, 46312

Baby’s Gymboree

4 Russell Street, HAMMOND, Indiana, 46320

Dawns Daycare 2

4016 8th Ave, Terre Haute, Indiana, 47803

Buttons & Bows B

4111 B Klerner Lane, New Albany, Indiana, 47150

Buttons & Bows A

4111 A Klerner Lane, New Albany, Indiana, 47150

Buttons & Bows C

4111 C Klerner Lane, New Albany, Indiana, 47150

Buttons & Bows / Lisa Brownfield

4111 Klerner Lane, New Albany, Indiana, 47150

Riviera Daycare and Preschool

4119 Office Plaza Blvd., Indianapolis, Indiana, 46254

East Bank Learning Center

415 E. Madison St. Suite 100 Suite 100, South Bend, Indiana, 46617

The Ark Inc DBA Ark Crisis Children’s Center

415 Lincoln Avenue, Evansville, Indiana, 47713

Lori’s Ton O Fun Daycare Inc.

42 E. Fruitdale Road, Morgantown, Indiana, 46160

Wee Care Child Development Center Inc

421 Sand Creek Drive, Chesterton, Indiana, 46304

Nurture with Nature: Reggio Emilia Program

4211 7th Ave, Terre Haute, Indiana, 47803

Little Smiles Child Care

427 W Gimber St, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46225

AppleTree Learning Center

4445 S. Linden Rd., South Bend, Indiana, 46614

Hilltop Neighborhood House

460 S. College Ave, Valparaiso, Indiana, 46383

A Kids World Inc. Child Care Center

4601 Hamburg Pike, Jeffersonville, Indiana, 47130

People’s Day Care

4767 Van Buren St., Gary, Indiana, 46408

CCN Preschool – Emerson

500 Emerson Dr, Seymour, Indiana, 47274

Fairview Elementary – Early Learning

500 W 7th St, Bloomington, Indiana, 47404

Beautiful Creations II

521 Monroe Ave, Evansville, Indiana, 47713

La Petite Academy #7026

521 N. St. Joseph Street, South Bend, Indiana, 46601

MSD Lawrence Township – Early Learning Center at Brook Park

5249 David St, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46236

Bethel Early Childhood Academy

5252 W. 52nd Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46254

Little Duckling Daycare III

5350 East 38th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46218

Monroe County Community School Corporation

5360 W Hoge Drive, Bloomington, Indiana, 47403

CCN Preschool – Brown

550 Miller Lane, Seymour, Indiana, 47274

Shining Stars

5504 Homerlee Ave., East Chicago, Indiana, 46312

Pride Academy

5570 Crawfordsville Rd, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46224

Pride Academy

5615 W. 22nd Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46224

Childcare

5618 Harmeson Dr, Anderson, Indiana, 46013

King’s Kidz Learning Place

5706 Vance Avenue, FORT WAYNE, Indiana, 46815

Pride Academy

5711 Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46228

Brite Kidds Early Advancement Childcare LLC

5930 Roosevelt Pl., Merrillville, Indiana, 46410

Christ Lutheran Church Preschool

600 N. Ford Rd., Zionsville, Indiana, 46077

Kendallville Day Care Center Inc.

601 Orchard Place Parkway, Kendallville, Indiana, 46755

Mine Yours and Ours Licensed Family Childcare

609 N 10th St., Middletown, Indiana, 47356

CCN Preschool – Brownstown

612 S Base Rd, Brownstown, Indiana, 47220

Udder Angels Childcare LLC

625 West Adams Street, Alexandria, Indiana, 46001

Happy Angels Daycare

627 S Sherman Dr., Indianapolis, Indiana, 46203

MSD Lawrence Forest Glen Immersion Preschool

6333 Lee Rd, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46236

In Good Hands

6503 New Hampshire Ave., HAMMOND, Indiana, 46323

Round Barn Daycare

653 S County Road 100 E, Greencastle, Indiana, 46135

Saint Lawrence Kids-Care Preschool

6950 E 46th St, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46226

Arlington Heights Elementary – Early Learning

700 W Parrish Road, Bloomington, Indiana, 47404

A Child’s Place Preschool & Childcare Center

7025 Kensington Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46226

Hilltop Academy Child Care and Preschool

729 Long Run Road, Valparaiso, Indiana, 46385

Little U Inc dba: Little U Academy

751 Eastport Centre Drive, Valparaiso, Indiana, 46383

Beautiful Butterflies Spread Your Wings Home Daycare

7711 New Jersey Avenue, HAMMOND, Indiana, 46323

Kidz Korner

7795 E CR 700 N, Brownsburg, Indiana, 46112

Nurture with Nature:Reggio Emilia Inspired Infants and toddlers

791 A north 40th Street, Terre Haute, Indiana, 47803

Nurture with Nature: Reggio Emilia Preschool

791 B. North 40th street, Terre Haute, Indiana, 47803

Little Children’s Ministry

800 East Broadway, Logansport, Indiana, 46947

Little Ladybug Learning Center

802 Old Orchard Rd, Anderson, Indiana, 46011

Tykes N Tots Learning Center III

819 N MAIN ST, Princeton, Indiana, 47670

MSD Lawrence Township Early Learning Center at Mary Castle

8510 E 82nd Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46256

A Mothers Love Childcare

8510 Montery Rd, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46226

Land Of The Little People Childcare

8537 E 37TH PL, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46226

La Petite Academy #7022

8860 E. 10th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46219

Mt Pleasant Child Devlopment Center

8900 Baumgart Rd, Evansville, Indiana, 47725

St. Mary’s Child Center

901 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St., Indianapolis, Indiana, 46202

Chapel Glen Early Learning Academy

9101 W. 10th St., Indianapolis, Indiana, 46234

St. ary’s Child Center

9230 Hawkins Rd., Indianapolis, Indiana, 46216

Tykes N Tots Learning Center V

925 S Seminary, Princeton, Indiana, 47670

Just Like Home Childcare

9349 W Swimming Hole Ln, Pendleton, Indiana, 46064

Clinton County Family YMCA

950 S. Maish Rd., Frankfort, Indiana, 46041

Tender Hearts

955 N Wheeler Street, Griffith, Indiana, 46319

Trinity Wesleyan Child Care

9709 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46250

A Blessed Child LLC

9745 Westfield Blvd., Indianapolis, Indiana, 46280

Loving Hearts Learning Place

9950 Southeastern Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana, 46239

Early Childhood Development Center Saint Mary’s College

Havican Hall Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, 46556

Blue River Services Inc.

PO Box 547, Ramsey, Indiana, 47112

AWARD PROCESS

We will review applications on a rolling basis until all funds are allocated, awarding grants in weekly windows. Grant funds must be used by March 31, 2021. Awarded programs must complete grant reporting requirements.

Special thanks to the following organizations serving as part of the Come Back Stronger Advisory Committee:

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OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN MORE

To learn more about Come Back Stronger Fund grants, eligibility and the application process, please join us for our informative webinars. You may also review our Frequently Asked Questions below.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

General

The Come Back Stronger Fund is a $15 million fund created in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic through the generosity of Lilly Endowment Inc. It is designed to reinforce Indiana’s supply of high-quality early learning opportunities and support providers across the state who are committed to serving vulnerable family populations by supporting added safety-related expenses and COVID-19 challenges.

The Come Back Stronger Fund Advisory committee includes local, state and national early childhood education leaders. Members on the Advisory Committee are listed on the Come Back Stronger Fund website.

Sí, comuníquese con stronger@earlylearningindiana.org con cualquier pregunta e indique que prefiere una respuesta en español.

No. You do not need to pay back grant funds. However, awarded programs must comply with the requirements of the grant agreement, including providing financial documentation for expenditures.

Programs are eligible to receive up to $40,000 per site, based on enrollment numbers. Providers with fewer than 20 children qualify for a grant of up to $2,000; providers caring for 20-50 children can receive up to $10,000; providers caring for 51-100 children are eligible to receive up to $20,000; and providers caring for more than 100 children can receive up to $30,000. All providers whose total child population consists of 25% or more CCDF or On My Way Pre-K enrollments can receive an additional $1,000; $5,000; $7,500 or $10,000 based on their enrollment numbers, respectively.

Yes, Early Learning Indiana invites other organizations and individuals to contribute to the fund to help make a bigger impact and award more grants to more programs. If interested in contributing, please contact Emily Nelson at emilyn@earlylearningindiana.org.

No. Organizations may only use funds towards allowable expenses in the five support categories.

Application

Interested and eligible providers should apply online. Click here to apply.

Applications will be received until the $15 million fund is completely awarded. Proposals will be reviewed and awarded on a weekly basis as follows:

  • Proposals received by May 28 will be reviewed by June 4
  • Proposals received by June 4 will be reviewed by June 11
  • Proposals received by June 11 will be reviewed by June 18
  • Proposals received by June 18 will be reviewed by June 25
  • Proposals received by June 25 will be reviewed by July 2
  • Proposals received by July 2 will be reviewed by July 10
  • Proposals received by July 9 will be reviewed by July 16.

Yes. While the Come Back Stronger Fund outlines a maximum award amount for which providers may apply, you may indicate on your application if you would like to apply for a lesser grant amount.

No. You may only count in your enrollment the children enrolled in your program, ages 0-5, as of March 1, 2020.

No. Programs may only apply for this grant once. If you have concerns about your application, please attend the application walk-through webinar on May 26 and reach out to stronger@earlylearningin.org for assistance.

Yes, Early Learning Indiana will host several upcoming opportunities to support providers. View the “Opportunities to Learn More” section above. Please send additional requests for technical assistance to stronger@earlylearningindiana.org.

If you submit your full organizational budget, we must be able to easily review your early learning program financials.

No. The organizational budget should show expenses and revenue for your early learning program. Please explain your plan to use grant funds in your grant narrative.

Eligibility

Early care and education providers must meet the following eligibility criteria to apply.

  • A for-profit or nonprofit licensed or registered center, ministry or family child care home in the state of Indiana and in good standing
  • An approved CCDF or On My Way Pre-K provider or a provider that otherwise serves children from vulnerable family populations, defined as households at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level
  • Operating as a Paths to QUALITY Level 3 or 4, or as a Paths to QUALITY Level 2 with a demonstrated commitment to achieving a higher level of program quality
  • Serving children ages 0-5

The focus of this Fund is organizations that have already achieved or are close to achieving high-quality, assuming that if we can help these providers sustain their operations, they will be well-situated to serve families immediately and to help other organizations on the path to improvement. While not the purpose of this Fund, we will continue to invest in other efforts to help organizations pursue quality improvement.

Programs will demonstrate their commitment to advancing beyond Level 2 by uploading their Program Development Plan in their application. The Advisory Committee will also review your organization’s response to the Indiana Self-Assessment Tool (I-SAT) and verify completion of related prerequisite training(s).

Yes. Sites must be Paths to QUALITY Level 2, 3 or 4 at the time of the application.

Programs must be Paths to QUALITY Level 2, 3 or 4 at the time of the application.

Yes, you are eligible to apply if your site meets all other criteria.

Maybe. To be eligible, a program must be either an approved CCDF or On My Way Pre-K provider, or a provider that serves children from households at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. Please justify in your grant application why you’re in need of the grant funding to serve vulnerable populations.

No. To be eligible, a program must be either an approved CCDF or On My Way Pre-K provider, or a provider that serves children from vulnerable family populations, defined as households at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. Please justify how you serve vulnerable family populations in your application.

No. You may count any child enrolled in your program AND between the ages of 0 and 5 as of March 1, 2020. Any child older than 5 does not count in your enrollment total. For example, if your center only serves 3-5-year-olds, you’re eligible to apply under the age criteria and will count those children.

Yes. Programs that have received state grants or other emergency public funding during the COVID-19 pandemic are still eligible to apply. Come Back Stronger Fund grants are designed to work alongside state assistance grants and other emergency public funding by helping to offset new expenses incurred by providers to safely operate and continue delivering early learning experiences in the wake of the pandemic.
Yes. The Indianapolis PSP could be noted as an example of serving children from households at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. However, you cannot count these children towards CCDF or OMWPK enrollments.

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Please reach out to your local Child Care Resource and Referral Agency for more information on capacity in your community. Find your agency and contact information here.

Timing

If awarded a Come Back Stronger Fund grant, grantees are agreeing to use all funds by March 31, 2021. If you feel you won’t be able to use all awarded funds, please apply for a lesser amount that you can use by March 31, 2021.

Yes. The intent of this fund is to support providers as they reopen or return to their previous enrollment if they’ve stayed open. You will need to share your plan to use these funds to reopen and explain the factors that affect your timing.

The review committee will process applications on a rolling basis until all funds are allocated, awarding grants in 2-week windows. You will be notified via email of your application status.

Awarded providers will receive funding approximately two weeks after submitting required paperwork.

If you did not receive a confirmation email within an hour of submitting your application, please check all junk and spam folders, then email stronger@earlylearningindiana.org.

There will be two reports throughout the grant period – a shorter mid-term progress report and a comprehensive final grant report.

The grant is intended to support costs for which there are no other funds available, including expenses associated with operating safely in response to COVID-19.

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