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On My Way Pre-K applications for the 2021-2022 school year now available statewide

INDIANAPOLIS–Indiana’s Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning is now accepting applications from families statewide who may be eligible for grants for their children to receive free, high-quality, pre-kindergarten education through the On My Way Pre-K program for the 2021-2022 school year. Information about the program and the link to apply can be found at OnMyWayPreK.org.…

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New Community Foundation initiative will address emerging needs for child care and virtual learning resources in Monroe County

IU Health Foundation provides lead gift, first grant from new LEARN Fund to subsidize affordable child care through Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington The Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County has created a new funding initiative to address child care costs and the need for virtual learning resources. The Learning Equity and Resource…

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Call out for Care: Childcare a Critical Need for Essential Employees and their Families

Over 230 children of essential workers are in urgent need of childcare in Monroe County. These families include parents or guardians working as health care providers, first responders, or pharmacists. They are making essential medical products, providing sanitation services, or stocking shelves at grocery stores. In each instance, these indispensable workers need the community’s support…

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On My Way Pre-K applications for the 2020-2021 school year are now available for families statewide

 New, easy-to-use online application will make it easier for families to apply  INDIANAPOLIS–Indiana’s Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning (OECOSL) is now accepting applications from families in any Indiana county who may be eligible for grants for their children to receive high-quality, prekindergarten education through the On My Way Pre-K program for the 2020-2021…

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Community Foundation and Monroe Smart Start Awarded $25,000 Grant to Improve Elementary Education Starts for Hoosier Children

Monroe County among 15 Indiana communities selected to receive Strong Start Community Grant funds to develop plans to strengthen kindergarten transitions

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Community Foundation receives $13,500 grant from Duke Energy to support early literacy in Monroe County

The Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County announced today that it received a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation for $13,500 to support early literacy and parent engagement in Monroe County.

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On My Way Pre-K applications now open for 2019/2020 school year

On My Way Pre-K applications are now open for children that will start pre-K programs in August.

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Community Foundation receives early childhood education grants totaling $247,858

The Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County (CFBMC) is a recipient of two early childhood education capacity-building grants: $215,858.40 from the Indiana Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning (OECOSL) and $32,000 from Early Learning Indiana.

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Dr. Jim Laughlin recognized as 2018 Indiana Early Learning Champion

Congratulations to Dr. Jim Laughlin, recipient of the 2018 Indiana Early Learning Champion Award! Dr. Laughlin was recognized on October 16 at the Indiana Early Learning Summit. An inspiration to colleagues, health care professionals, and families in Monroe County, Dr. Laughlin understands the importance of how early learning affects children, parents, employers and the community at…

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Btown: A day with Hoagy & Lemon Limestone

Meet Hoagy and Lemon Limestone! Together they the take us on a journey in “Btown: A Day with Hoagy & Lemon Limestone.” In dedication to Bloomington’s 200th Anniversary, the creative team at Authors Solutions has published this book to commemorate our great city using a celebration sestina poem to guide the adventure. Author Solutions has donated 300 of these…

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