State Receives Nearly $7M For Early Childhood Education

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The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration says its Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning has received nearly $7 million in federal grant funding to improve the state's early childhood education system. The award is a one-year grant with opportunities to apply for additional funding in the future.

The grant will supplement strategic planning and evaluation of Indiana’s birth-through-age-5 early childhood education programs.

 “This is a wonderful opportunity for Indiana to focus holistically on how to best develop our youngest Hoosiers in a way that propels them toward a successful future,” Jennifer Walthall, M.D., M.P.H., secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration said in a news release. “We don’t often get the chance to unify our planning, and this funding allows us to do that.”

Upon receiving the grant, FSSA will lead a collaborative needs evaluation of its existing programs and an initiative to implement the goals included in the grant application such as improving the overall quality of early childhood education using best practices, assessing gaps in services for low-income Hoosiers and citizens in rural counties, and incentivizing communities to support high-quality programs including strengthening the available workforce of pre-K educators.

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