Indiana launches Construct, Study, Develop initiative

50,000 grants are immediately available to support Hoosier employees and their children.

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(, Ind.) – Today the 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 education -Time programs. The scholarships are funded with more than $ 101 million made available to Indiana by the Federal 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 after-school 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

“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 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 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 fill out 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 manage the Build, Learn, Grow scholarship program, the Office of Early Childhood and After-School Studies has partnered with Early Learning Indiana and Indiana Afterschool Network, the leading government organizations that support early childhood and education programs and after-school programs. Early intervention and education, as well as after-school programs interested in hosting children with Build, Learn, Grow scholarships, can learn more at

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