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Because we believe that children’s futures are shaped by experiences in the earliest years of life, the Endowment supports efforts to provide high-quality early childhood education for children from birth to age five throughout the state, especially those negatively affected by poverty and other challenges. We have a special interest in promoting the success of youth from communities of color who are disproportionately affected by such challenges.
Early Learning Indiana was awarded a $15 million Endowment grant in 2019 to build upon work begun with the support of a $20 million Endowment grant in 2014. These grants are helping Early Learning Indiana to expand and develop statewide programs to increase access to high-quality child care and preschool programs, provide professional education opportunities for caregivers and teachers, and encourage families with young children to seek out and select quality early learning options for their children. LEARN MORE
The Come Back Stronger Fund was established through two grants to Early Learning Indiana in May 2020 and December 2020. The fund is designed to reinforce Indiana’s high-quality early learning opportunities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 1,000 child care centers, child care ministries and family child care homes across the state have received support from the Fund to maintain services for children and working families. LEARN MORE