Indiana Launches Construct, Study, Develop Initiative to Assist Working Households Join with Early Care and Schooling Information
50,000 grants are immediately available to support Hoosier employees and their children
INDIANAPOLIS – Today the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration announced the Build, Learn, Grow initiative, providing 50,000 scholarships to connect Hoosier children from working families with quality early childhood and extracurricular programs. The scholarships are funded with more than $ 101 million made available to Indiana by the Federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA).
Through the “Build, Learn, Grow” scholarship fund, Hoosier families who work in key industries with a qualified income can receive scholarships for every child aged 12 and under for early childhood education, summer learning or extracurricular care. The scholarships run from May to October 2021 and cover 80% of the tuition fees of the early intervention and education program. Information is available at www.BuildLearnGrow.org.
“Access to quality early childhood education is critical for Hoosier families and children,” said Jennifer Sullivan, MD, MPH, FSSA secretary. “These scholarships will help connect hard-working Hoosier families and their children with programs that prepare them for high school success, reverse learning loss, and provide extra support to the families who kept us going during the pandemic.”
In order for families to qualify for scholarships to build, learn, and grow, an adult must work in the household in an essential business (examples include healthcare, human services, retail, restaurant and food services, essential infrastructure, media, manufacturing and logistics, religion and nonprofits and many others) and meet the income eligibility guidelines outlined here. Families can qualify for the “Build, Learn, Grow” scholarship with an income of up to 250% of federal poverty. For a family of four, this equates to an annual income of approximately $ 66,000. Qualified families should complete the application for a scholarship fund to build, learn and grow listed here and submit it to their provider for early care and education. Families not currently affiliated with an early intervention and education program can find a list of participating programs on the Build, Learn, Grow website when they sign up and qualify. All providers currently accepting government childcare allowances are encouraged to register.
To administer the Build, Learn, Grow scholarship program, the Early Childhood and After-School Learning Office worked with Early Learning Indiana and Indiana Afterschool Network, the leading government organizations that support early childhood and after-school education. Time programs.
Early intervention and education, as well as after-school programs interested in hosting children with Build, Learn, Grow scholarships, can learn more at www.BuildLearnGrow.org.
About the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act
The CRRSA Act approved additional $ 10 billion childcare funds to provide states, territories, and tribes participating in the Federal Childcare Development Fund with the opportunity and resources needed to meet the unprecedented challenges Respond to which children, families and child carers are facing during the novel public health emergency of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The act adds flexibility to provide childcare to families and children, supports childcare providers, and provides lead agencies like the FSSA with additional funding to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19. CRRSA Act funds are additional discretionary CCDF funds. CCDF is the main federal funding source for childcare allowances to facilitate access to childcare for eligible, low-income working families and to improve the availability and quality of childcare for all children.
Via the Early Childhood and Extracurricular Learning Office
The Early Childhood and After-School Education Office is a division of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. The office oversees early childhood care, education, and after-school programs.
The Office of Early Childhood and After-School Learning vision is that every community in Indiana have a strong network of early childhood education and extracurricular time programs that support the child, family and local schools. The programs will be high quality, affordable, and accessible so that families can work effectively to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Children will thrive in programs that meet their developmental and educational needs and that make them feel welcome, encouraged, and supported. Professionals teaching and caring for children have the resources, including education and training, necessary to conduct and maintain high quality programs.