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Early Learning Indiana Awards $329K In Grants To Expand Eight Early Learning Programs

Grants made to support recent state capacity-building awards.

Continuing its mission to bring high-quality early childhood education to more Hoosier children, today Early Learning Indiana awarded $328,875 in grants to providers in eight communities.

The awards were made in conjunction with capacity-building grants released by FSSA Indiana’s Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning (OECOSL) in December. Early Learning Indiana’s funds will be used to create additional spaces in the programs, expand existing facilities, purchase classroom materials and meet the private sector match required by the state grant.

Early Learning Indiana made the following awards:

  • Community Christian Reformed Church Preschool, Roselawn, was awarded $51,200 to expand their facilities and serve 30 more children each year. This is in addition to the $93,175 OECOSL capacity-building grant the provider recently received.
  • Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County was awarded $32,000 to support construction costs associated with adding classrooms to serve 24 more children at the Covenant Christian Early Learning Place. The organization also received a $215,858 OECOSL capacity-building grant.
  • Early Childhood Coalition for Wayne County Kids was awarded $13,000 towards the match requirement for its $206,038 OECOSL capacity-building grant.
  • Garrett-Keyser-Butler Head Start, Garrett, was awarded $20,175 to improve its facilities and create eight more high-quality spaces for area families. The organization also received a $61,135 OECOSL capacity-building grant.
  • Marshall County Early Childhood Coalition was awarded a total of $110,000 to expand access to high-quality early education opportunities throughout the county. Bremen Public Schools Preschool was awarded $100,000 to construct new classrooms and create 15 new seats. The Culver Community Preschool was awarded $10,000 for to improve its facility and add 20 new high-quality seats. The coalition also received a $239,744 OECOSL capacity-building grant.
  • North Montgomery Community School Corporation, Crawfordsville, was awarded $2,500 towards the match requirement for its $97,720 OECOSL capacity-building grant.
  • STEAM Academy – River City Church, Lafayette, was awarded $100,000 to build two new classrooms and a pre-K science lab that will allow 40 more area children to participate in the high-quality program. The state awarded the program an $114,439 OECOSL capacity-building grant.

Through its efforts to bring high-quality early care and education to communities throughout the state, Early Learning Indiana has awarded more than $2.5 million in grants to create 1,800 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.

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