Early Education Programs in Hammond, Kokomo and Middlebury Awarded Grants to Expand
Early Learning Indiana awards $208,250 to create 138 new early learning seats
As a part of its ongoing mission to expand access to high-quality early care and education programs throughout the state, today Early Learning Indiana awarded a total of $208,250 to support the creation of 138 permanent seats in Elkhart, Howard and Lake Counties.
Through the capacity building grants, which are made possible by funding from the Lilly Endowment, Early Learning Indiana has awarded more than $1.5 million in grants to early learning programs across the state and has helped to create more than 1,300 new high-quality seats for Hoosier children since 2015.
Today’s grant recipients include:
- Community Preschool and Childcare, located in Hammond, was awarded $46,750 to create 28 new, permanent preschool seats. The On My Way Pre-K provider will use funds to improve facilities and to purchase classroom and curriculum materials.
- Kokomo School Corporation, in Kokomo, was granted $100,000 to create 86 new, permanent preschool seats. The school system will use the funds to purchase classroom materials and curriculum as well as support the professional development of its teachers as it works to make all five of its early education sites eligible for the state’s On My Way Pre-K program.
- Little Saints Preschool and Childcare Ministry, in Middlebury, has received a $61,500 grant to create 24 new, permanent spots for infants and toddlers. Funding will be used to improve the facility and to purchase additional classroom materials.
“All Hoosier children deserve the opportunity for the strong start that high-quality early learning provides,” said Julie Goldsberry, Early Learning Indiana Acting CEO. “These investments will not only improve the overall quality of these programs, they will allow more Hoosier families to access them. We are pleased to offer this support and look forward to the positive impact they will have on future generations of Hoosiers.”