DECATUR, Ind. (WFFT) — Early Learning Indiana awarded a $100,000 grant to Adams County Economic Development Corporation on Tuesday to help address local childcare costs in the county.
The grant is part of the $1.7 million Closing the Gap grant fund which addresses local child care access issues, increasing capacity and quality, and ensuring affordability and choice for families across Indiana.
The grant fund was established after Early Learning Indiana released “Closing the Gap: An Assessment of Indiana's Early Learning Opportunities” in August.
The report shed light on the child care access issues facing Indiana families.
Grant recipients submitted applications outlining how they would address their community’s biggest child care access issues.
The Adams County EDC have partnered with local childcare provider The Kings Kingdom Childcare to expand services at the new M.E.R.I.T Center.
This partnership will create an additional 58 seats of available Childcare in Adams County.
The funding of this grant will be utilized to retrofit and equip two rooms to begin service.
Early Learning Indiana’s Closing the Gap report centered around the Early Learning Access Index, which helped qualify and quantify child care access throughout the state, assessing the additional factors of quality, affordability and choice as well.
Notable findings of the report included:
- The statewide Early Learning Access Index is 60.6 out of 100, equaling moderate access to early learning and care statewide.
- In county, the Early Learning Access Index is 42.7.
- In more than two-thirds of Indiana counties, existing child care capacity can serve fewer than half the children ages 0-5 who need care. A total of 14 Indiana counties have no high-quality infant/toddler care.
- The 18 grant recipients represent 18 unique counties in Indiana.
- In total, their proposals will create 926 new child care seats for 269 infants and toddlers and 657 preschool and pre-K children.
You can view a PDF of awardees, their locations and project descriptions below.