November 12, 2014 The Office of Early Learning and Out-of-School Time (OECOSL), formerly the Bureau of Child Care, is pleased to announce the second round of the Early Education Matching Grants (EEMG). These competitive grants were established during the 2013 General Assembly (IC12-17.2-3.6). Last year, OECOSL awarded over $1.5 M in EEMG funds to 30 different early learning programs in 15 different counties across the state. These grant funds are now supporting the cost of high quality PreK services for over 414 low income four year old children enrolled in these programs. This year, OECOSL will award approximately $2 M in a second round of these competitive grants to serve additional four year olds during the 2015-16 school year. This competitive grant is available to early care and education programs, including licensed and registered programs that are rated Level 3 or Level 4 on Paths to QUALITY™, Indiana’s quality rating and improvement system. In order to apply for a grant, providers must complete the Request for Funds (RFF) application. Programs must provide a cash match and meet additional requirements as outlined within the RFF.
Programs that are located within the five counties selected as pilot counties for On My Way PreK, Indiana’s PreK Pilot Program, are not eligible to apply for an Early Education Matching Grant.
Current EEMG grantees must contact OECOSL for details on applying for a second year of funding.
OECOSL will be offering technical assistance webinars at the following times. All interested early learning programs are encouraged to attend one of these webinars.
Tuesday December 2 at 2:00 pm ET
Wednesday December 3 at 2:00 pm ET
Tuesday December 9 at 2:00 pm ET
To join one of these webinars click on the following link at least ten minutes prior to the start time: http://webinar.isl.in.gov/ecosl. If you do not have internet access you may also participate via teleconference by dialing 1-877-422-1931 and entering this number when prompted for the pass code: 8938051085#