15 Early education programs awarded Family Engagement Prizes

Early Learning Indiana announced today the winners of its 2018 Family Engagement Prize. The prize celebrates early education providers who champion the role of families as their children’s first teachers.

Funded through a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., 15 different early care and education providers received a total of $90,000. Prize winners were selected for their innovative practices that engage families, including offering parenting classes, job placement, housing, and assistance for food and fuel needs, as well as providing take-home educational materials that help parents and children connect at home.

This year’s winners include:

$10,000 Family Engagement Prize Winners
  • Bethel Early Childhood Academy, Indianapolis
  • Easter Seals Milestone Child Development Center, Evansville
  • Perry Township Early Childhood Academy Preschool, Indianapolis
$5,000 Family Engagement Prize Winners                                                           
  • Christ Temple Academy, Indianapolis
  • Early Childhood Intervention Center, South Bend
  • Elwood Elementary Preschool, Elwood
  • Great Horizons Childcare and Preschool, Indianapolis
  • Intelligent Minds Child Development, Indianapolis
  • The Little Lamb Christian School, Carmel
  • Martin Luther King Montessori School, Fort Wayne
  • South Central Community Action Program Head Start – Lindburgh, Bloomington
  • Vincent Early Learning Center, Evansville
  • Rise and Shine Childcare, Lebanon
  • Valparaiso Family YMCA, Valparaiso
  • Zion Lutheran School and Preschool, Seymour


“Young children flourish when their families and teachers partner together around their needs,” said Maureen Weber, president and CEO of Early Learning Indiana. “These award winners have set the example by truly partnering with families in their early education programs, and we are proud to honor them with the Family Engagement Prize.”

This year, the competition’s second year, 45 early care and education providers entered the prize competition. In 2017, Early Learning Indiana awarded $72,500 to 14 providers around the state.

Since 2015, Early Learning Indiana has awarded more than $2 million in grants to create 1,500 new high-quality seats throughout the state.


In the media:

Seymour Tribune – Local school recognized for innovation

104.1 WIKY – Easter Seals Early Learning Center is Big Winner

Tristate – Easterseals Early Learning Center wins $10,000 prize


Early Learning Indiana is the state’s oldest and largest early childhood education nonprofit, founded in 1899 as Day Nursery. Today, Early Learning Indiana operates nine high-quality Day Early Learning centers in Central Indiana, educating more than 1,000 children each year. Through regional (Child Care Answers) and statewide (Partnerships for Early Learners) programs, the organization helps families find quality care, works with teachers and providers to improve program quality, and advocates for greater access to early educational opportunities for Hoosier families. More information is available at www.EarlyLearningIndiana.org.