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The LEARN Fund

Support child care funding families in need in Monroe County!
The Community Foundation has created a fund to help ensure that families have the resources needed for children to learn effectively despite the challenges of COVID.

The LEARN Fund will be used for child care costs for low-income families, e-learning related expenses, or other resources children may need while school buildings remain closed. Grants from the LEARN Fund will be distributed through child care providers, schools, and nonprofit organizations that work with children and families who need assistance.

To make a donation, you will be directed to the Community Foundation’s Donate Now website page.

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Early Learning Endowment Funds

Our investment in young children would not be possible without the generosity of those in our community. Monroe Smart Start’s early childhood initiatives are made possible each year thanks to generous donors who have established funds to benefit children and learning:

  • Annie Allen Fund for Thriving Parents, Babies and ToddlersFounded by Georg’ann Cattelona
  • Carolee A. Mehlinger Fund for Children and YouthFounded by Howard Mehlinger
  • Geraldine Newton Jones Fund – Founded by Frank N. Young, III, and Sarah Jones
  • Kimberly Schmalz Ochsenschlager Fund for Monroe County Children – Founded by Kimberly Schmalz Ochsenschalger
  • Lewis Fund for Early Childhood Education – Founded by Elliot Lewis and Family
  • Linda Simon and David Sabbagh Fund for Early Childhood Education – Founded by Linda Simon and David Sabbagh
  • McCourt Fund for Early Childhood EducationFounded by MaryFrances McCourt
  • Monroe County Children Matter FundFounded by the Lilly Endowment
  • Our Children, Our Future Fund
  • Ray & Marcie Tichenor Fund for Education and Health – Founded by Ray and Marcie Tichenor
  • Simpson-McCarty Family Fund – Founded by Vi Simpson and Bill McCarty
  • P. Stuart & Anna L. Holmquest Innovative Programs for Children FundFounded by P. Stuart and Anna L. Holmquest
  • William Joseph Sturgis, Patricia Sturgis, Frank and Ruby Smith Memorial Fund – Founded by Melva Sturgis
Help Monroe County Children Thrive by Five

You can help make high-quality early childhood education a reality for more children in Monroe County. Funding will be used to sustain and support Monroe Smart Start‘s early learning initiatives. To make a gift to one of these funds, go to the Community Foundation’s Donate Now website page. Under Gift Information, “Select Fund Name” from the drop-down menu. If you would like to establish a fund for early learning, contact Meagan Niese at meaganniese@cfbmc.org or (812) 333-9016.