TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The United Way of the Wabash Valley is awarding grants from its Success by 6 Impact Council to three local childcare sites.
The recipients are Sugar Grove Title I Preschool in Vigo County and Steps of Faith Child Care Ministry and Tik Tock Daycare in Sullivan County. The sites are receiving a total of $68,000 over the next two years.
The United Way says the grants will help the childcare sites move to higher levels of the Paths to QUALITY program by allowing them to invest in learning centers, outdoor learning play areas and safety upgrades to facilities.
The organization says high-quality childcare lays a foundation for learning and success.
Krissie Pickering, the Early Childhood Education Program Chair at Ivy Tech Community College and the co-chair of the Success By 6 Council says, “United Way’s Success By 6 is focused on making sure our community’s youngest members have access to high-quality care and that organizations have the tools needed to provide such care. Studies show that children who receive high-quality child care enter school with better math, language, and social skills. These skills give children a good start to succeed in school and in life.”
The United Way says expanding local families’ access to high-quality childcare is important to the organization’s goal of moving 10,000 families out of financial struggles and into stability.
The organization is also excited to make a direct investment into Sullivan County by awarding grant money to Tik Tock Daycare and Steps of Faith Child Care Ministry.
Richard Payonk, United Way’s Executive Director says, “while we strive to impact our entire 6-county service area, it is great to be able to make a large-scale direct impact on early childhood education in Sullivan County. Without any high-quality (Level 3 or 4) childcare providers located in Sullivan, the result of this grant will be felt for years to come by establishing high-quality care for over 135 children.”