Monroe Smart Start is Hiring

Our impact is growing, and so is our need for additional staff! Join Monroe Smart Start and help to ensure all children aged birth to five are prepared for success in school and in life. We are hiring a Project Coordinator who will work with the Monroe Smart Director and other CFBMC staff to advance…

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Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County receives $100,000 Stronger Together grant to develop new supports for local child care providers

The Community Foundation of Bloomington of Monroe County has been awarded $100,000 from Early Learning Indiana to create a regional shared service hub that will help regional child care providers balance operational demands with providing affordable, quality care. “We are honored to receive a Stronger Together grant from Early Learning Indiana and Lilly Endowment to…

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CenterPoint Energy Foundation and Hoosiers Read award $250,000 grant to bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to Monroe County

All local children ages birth to five are eligible for this FREE book gifting program that mails high-quality, age-appropriate books every month directly to their homes In partnership with CenterPoint Energy Foundation and Hoosiers Read, the Community Foundation of Bloomington of Monroe County, along with its Monroe Smart Start program, is excited to announce that…

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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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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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