News release from the United Way of Allen County:
United Way Awards More Than $42,000 in Paths to QUALITYâ„¢ Grants
(October 27, 2015) – United Way of Allen County awarded more than $42,000 yesterday to 15 Allen County early learning providers. Each provider was awarded a grant of up to $5,000 to help move their program up a level in the Paths to QUALITY program, Indiana’s child care quality rating and improvement system. Women United, an affinity group of United Way of Allen County, provided half of the grants and United Way of Allen County through On My Way Pre-K capacity building funds provided the other half. Nearly 30 applications were submitted for the grants, which totaled more than $97,500 in requests. Applications were reviewed by a team made up of dedicated Women United volunteer members in addition to Early Childhood Alliance staff to ensure compliance with Paths to QUALITY.
The 15 grant award recipients are:
- All Kids Child Care, LLC
- Christ Appointed Child Care
- Emmanuel Lutheran Early Childhood Ministry
- First Presbyterian Day Care Ministry
- Fun Days Daycare
- God’s Little Wonders Family Child Care Home
- Little Life Changes Academy
- Mai (Phung Hoang Nguyen)
- Mount Calvary Lutheran Childcare & Preschool Ministry
- New Haven United Methodist Preschool
- Nimat Yousif
- On Broadway Day Care
- Raise Up!
- SaFiya Child Care
- Summer’s Child Care
Of the providers, 11 are in high-need zip codes in Allen County and five of the providers are On My Way Pre-K approved providers. All 15 providers are ministries or home-based early learning programs. Four of the providers offer bi-lingual programs.
“This is an extraordinary investment in our community and our Allen County children. Last year, we awarded $4,000 in grants. This year it is ten times that amount, primarily because of the hard work of Women United and On My Way Pre-K,” said United Way of Allen County President and CEO, David Nicole. “We are able to influence the lives of our children through the quality education they are receiving in these programs.”
About United Way
Established in 1922, United Way of Allen County is a not-for-profit organization that unites our community’s time, talent, and treasure to cultivate and advance community solutions that address the most critical issues around basic needs, education, financial stability and healthy lives. For more information, please visit www.unitedwayallencounty.org.