Eight Ministry-Based Programs Receive $168K+ to Expand Quality & Access


We’re excited to share more great news about programs increasing access to high-quality early education in Indiana! As a part of Early Learning Indiana, Partnerships for Early Learners’ mission is to increase access to high-quality early educational opportunities. And today, the we announced that eight ministry-based programs have been awarded a total of $168,790 in grants.

Funds will be used for physical, operational and program improvements. These updates enable the programs to join and advance along Paths to QUALITY.

These Eight Programs Have Many Exciting Goals

With these funds, the eight programs will join Paths to QUALITY and reach level three, which is considered high-quality. Congratulations to the following organizations for receiving these grants:

  • God’s Little Blessings Early Learning Center at the Calvary Baptist Church in Connersville was awarded $25,000. They will expand its fire alarm system, to remodel and expand its infant room, and to create a new preschool room.
  • Kids First Child Care Ministry at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur, was granted $23,000. They will purchase new curriculum and to add a separate play area for infants and toddlers.
  • Little Angels Daycare at Seymour’s Apostolic Pentecostal Tabernacle was awarded $25,800. They will remodel an existing restroom and to construct a separate outdoor play area for infants and toddlers.
  • St. Peter Lutheran Church and School in North Judson was awarded $3,340. They will purchase new classroom materials and to support ongoing training of staff, as well as to cover the costs of background checks for newly hired program staff.
  • Saint Therese Catholic School in Fort Wayne was granted $14,050. They will install a playground fence and anti-scald valves on hand washing sinks, to purchase new curriculum, and to cover the cost of background checks for new hires and ongoing professional development opportunities for existing staff.
  • St. John Catholic Preschool, located at Goshen’s St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, was awarded $23,000. They will install a new bathroom and windows, as well as for new classroom materials.
  • St. Johns Day Care Ministry, located at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lanesville, was granted $28,600. They will install a playground fence, add a hand-washing sink in its toddler room, and improve lighting. Funds will also be used to purchase classroom materials and to cover the cost of background checks for newly hired program staff.
  • The Little Children’s Ministry at Logansport’s First United Church was awarded $26,000. They will add a new restroom and to renovate existing restrooms to make them more accessible to children.

Since 2015, Early Learning Indiana has awarded more than $2 million in grants that created 1,500 new high-quality seats throughout the state. Grants like these are made possible thanks to the generous support of the Lilly Endowment and its $20 million in support of Early Learning Indiana’s efforts.