INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A competition is underway that offers $1 million to help end what are called “child care deserts” in Indiana.
Patriece Jefferson, a mom of two, knows it isn’t always easy to find good child care. “It is kind of hard. You’ve just got to find the right place that you feel fits your needs and the kids’ needs, you know?”
Jefferson said she remembers the price of child care once she found a good place.
“My daughter’s in preschool” now, Jefferson said. “When she was in day care, it was, like, how much a week, like $150?”
Maureen Weber said the need is real. She is president and CEO of Early Learning Indiana, billed as Indiana’s oldest and largest early childhood education nonprofit.
“We’ve heard in the Crawfordsville area, for example, of families traveling 45 minutes or more to be able to drop their child off at a high-quality setting,” Weber said.
“When it’s not available, that creates a two-generational problem. That just means its hard for parents to have the options they need to be able to work if they don’t know their children are in a safe high-quality learning environment,” Weber said. “Then children are missing out on the opportunity to develop those ‘foundational’ skills.”
Early Learning Indiana has received a $1 million grant from the Lilly Endowment.
“Almost half of the state of Indiana is comprised of ‘child care deserts,’” Weber said. “Those are places where there’s no more than one early-learning seat available for three children in that community.”
“We hope to award 10 or more grants of maybe up to $100,000 or more for really compelling proposals.” Weber said.
The CEO and president said child care centers created from the competition will be locally owned and operated.
Details for submitting proposals is available online. Proposals are due by Sept. 13.
She added that proposals should include innovative ideas to combat “child care deserts.” For example, Weber said, the challenge includes knocking down day care costs.
“Our hope is that by providing more family access to high-quality care, that they’ll have the opportunity to have affordable options right there in their back yard.” Weber said.
Visit the USSA News store!
Click this link for the original source of this article.
Author: David Williams
This content is courtesy of, and owned and copyrighted by, http://wishtv.com and its author. This content is made available by use of the public RSS feed offered by the host site and is used for educational purposes only. If you are the author or represent the host site and would like this content removed now and in the future, please contact the USSANews.com administrator by using the contact form located in the top-left menu. Your request will be immediately honored. Please visit http://wishtv.com for more terrific, conservative content. The owner of this website may be paid to recommend American Bullion. The content of this website, including the positive review of American Bullion, the negative review of its competitors, and any other information may not be independent or neutral.