FARMERSBURG, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A program launched by Indiana State University and Ivy Tech is set to ask locals about their needs, desires, and issues with area childcare offerings.

Grow Up in West Central Indiana is a strategic childcare plan, and the organizers are hosting six forums during which they are asking the public for feedback and personal anecdotes as well as their opinions on childcare accessibility in their communities.

Facilitators at each community forum will prompt residents with questions related to past experiences, the current state and future possibilities for child care accessibility in their county and across the region. There will also be representatives from the child care task force who will record everything discussed in the forum to ensure all perspectives are given proper consideration. 

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A task force of Indiana State University and Ivy Tech representatives will then be passing along the recorded data to local leaders to help them better understand the perspective of residents.

The schedule for these forums is as follows;

  • Vigo County | October 12
    • from 5:30 – 7 p.m.
    • @ Indiana State University
      • Heritage Ballroom in Tirey Hall
  • Putnam County | October 16
    • From 5:30 – 7 p.m.
    • @ Putnam County Fairgrounds
      • Harris Hall
  • Sullivan County | October 17
    • From 5:30 – 7 p.m.
    • @ Sullivan Civic Center
  • Clay County | October 23
    • From 5:30 – 7 p.m.
    • @ the Clay County YMCA
  • Vermillion County | October 24
    • From 5:30 – 7 p.m.
    • @ the Clinton Community Center
  • Parke County | October 26
    • From 5:30 – 7 p.m.
    • @ Rockville Community Center

In addition to these in-person forums, an online survey has been launched as well to get feedback about the overall state of child care in your community. To participate in the survey click here.