INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration is awarding nearly $3.4 million in early education matching grants to 22 organizations in 18 counties throughout the state. The grants will help provide quality early education for low-income children.

The recipients have raised an additional $4.9 million in matching funds from various donors. The grant winners will be able to serve a total of 1,267 children for the next two academic years. 

"The EEMG program is an important tool toward increased school readiness and academic success for low-income children in Indiana," said Nicole Norvell, director of Indiana’s Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning. "The grants leverage public and private investments within high-quality community-based programs, including school-based, faith- based and nonprofit early learning programs."

Programs in every county throughout Indiana were eligible to apply for the grants, except for the five counties participating in the state's On My Way Pre-K pilot program. The grant awards will be effective on July 1.

The recipients include: 

  • Area IV Agency on Aging and Community Action Programs Inc., White County
  • Early Learning Indiana – IU Health West, Hendricks County
  • Maconaquah School Corp., Miami County
  • Madison Consolidated Schools, Jefferson County
  • Marion Community Schools, Grant County
  • Northeastern Wayne Schools, Wayne County
  • South Central Community Schools, LaPorte County
  • South Harrison Community School Corp., Harrison County
  • Blue River Services Inc., Harrison County
  • DeKalb County Central United School District, DeKalb County
  • El Campito Inc., St. Joseph County
  • Elwood Elementary School, Madison County
  • Greater Clark County Schools, Clark County
  • HUMmingbird Day Care Ministry & Nursery School, Dubois County
  • Pathfinder Services Inc., Huntington County
  • Right Steps Child Development Centers, Tippecanoe County
  • Small World Learning Center, Vigo County
  • Southeastern Indiana YMCA, Ripley County
  • United Day Care Center, Delaware County
  • Ball State University Child Study Center, Delaware County
  • Huffer Memorial Children’s Center, Delaware County
  • YMCA of Muncie/Apple Tree Child Development Center, Delaware County