Early Learning Grants Aim to Streamline Child Care Business Operations in Indiana



Indiana’s largest preschool education nonprofit is giving a handful of groups $ 100,000 in grants, aimed at streamlining business services for child care providers in order to save them money. time and money.

Early Learning Indiana is giving grants to seven groups across the state that will use the funding to support daycares and service providers in their area.

In County Monroe, a group called Monroe Smart Start will use the funds to create a digital hub for child care providers where they can more easily manage things like staffing needs, finances and accounting.

Coordinator Jennifer Myers said one of the goals is to free up resources for child care providers to use where they need them most; recruiting and retaining staff has been an ongoing challenge in the industry due to low wages.

“And those cost savings, you know, can then be reinvested in teacher salaries,” Myers said.

The group will launch the hub as a pilot later this year and hope to expand it in the future.

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The Tippecanoe County Right Steps Child Development Centers are also receiving a grant, but are taking a different approach to how they will use the funds.

The group is helping manage the business operations of several daycares in the area, and President Debi DeBruyn said the grant would cover one-time business and infrastructure costs to open a new daycare in Jasper County.

DeBruyn said Right Steps will continue to manage internal operations, but local partners will help financially support the new center, which is especially important for neighboring businesses.

“One of the key ingredients to a successful daycare opening in any area – you have to have a lot of community support,” DeBruyn said.

DeBruyn said they hope to open the new center later this year. Grant recipients have one year to launch their projects with the funding, and a full list can be found on the Early Learning Indiana website.

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