Monroe County Programs Awarded $165K to Boost Early Childhood Opportunities by 140

Early Learning Indiana’s Partnerships for Early Learners Awards Two Capacity-Building Grants to Bloomington-Area Programs

Two Monroe County early education programs will receive grants from Early Learning Indiana to add new seats and improve program quality.

As a part of its ongoing mission to expand access to high-quality early care and education programs throughout the state, Early Learning Indiana awarded a total of $164,750. These grants will support the creation of 140 permanent seats through the Monroe County Community Schools Corporation and the Compass Early Learning Center. Capacity building grants are one aspect of Partnerships for Early Learners’ overall capacity building strategy.

The Monroe County Community Schools Corporation is investing $500,000 to convert an existing building, located at 401 East Miller Drive, into a new stand-alone child care center. The school system will use $100,000 from Early Learning Indiana to support the creation of 92 new high-quality seats and to outfit new classrooms. Additionally, Compass Early Learning Center – Downtown, a site of Monroe County United Ministries located in Bloomington, will receive $64,750 to create 48 new high-quality seats.

By the completion of the projects, both programs will be move up to level 4, the highest ranking on the state’s Paths to QUALITY™ rating system.

“We are pleased to partner with both of these innovative programs to create new learning opportunities for Monroe County children today and for generations to come,” said Julie Goldsberry, Early Learning Indiana’s Acting President and CEO.

According to the Early Learning Advisory Commission’s 2017 Annual Report, only 40 percent of children in Monroe County are enrolled in high-quality programs.

To date, Partnerships for Early Learners’ capacity building investments and Lilly Endowment funding have funded more than 1,000 new early childhood seats throughout Indiana,.