Because we believe that children are born learning and their futures are shaped by experiences in the earliest years of life, the Endowment supports efforts to provide high-quality early childhood education for children throughout the state, especially those from low-income and disadvantaged families. We provide funding to help foster and enhance high-quality early childhood education programs for children from birth to age 5.
Early Learning Indiana, formerly known as Day Nursery Association, was awarded a $20 million Endowment grant to assist at least 400 early learning education providers throughout the state to improve curriculum, build new classrooms, engage parents and support professional development for early childhood teachers. LEARN MORE
United Way of Central Indiana’s Early Childhood Education Initiative is a 2014 $2.5 million Endowment grant that supports the ongoing efforts by United Way of Central Indiana to strengthen early childhood programs in its service area. The funds are supporting improvements to facilities and curriculum in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion and Morgan counties. LEARN MORE
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis received an Endowment grant to help the Y build an exemplary preschool program in a high-poverty Indianapolis neighborhood and train teachers who can serve throughout Marion County. LEARN MORE