For immediate release: Jun 14, 2010 12:00:00 EST
Posted by: [FSSA]
Contact: Marcus Barlow
Phone: 317-234-0197

65 Child Care Ministries Selected for Quality Improvement Project

United Way and FSSA partner to help curb Central Indiana's drop out crisis

Sixty-five registered child care ministries in central Indiana have been selected to work with United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) and the Family and Social Services Administration's (FSSA) Bureau of Child Care (BCC) to improve the quality of the child care they provide, the two organizations announced today.

 

The project will put the facilities on a path to prepare more than 1,100 children to succeed in school by improving the quality of care provided. The partnership will offer mentoring through Day Nursery's Child Care Answers, curriculum grants, training, and facility improvements to the 65 child care ministries to help them meet standards for participation in Indiana's Paths to QUALITY program. Paths to QUALITY is a free and voluntary quality rating and improvement system designed to help parents find and select the best possible care for their children.

 

"United Way is determined to help our community solve its dropout crisis," said Ellen K. Annala, UWCI's president and CEO. "That means getting involved long before a child starts school. This partnership allows us to advance our Marion County efforts to improve the critical, early learning environments to benefit children in all six counties."

 

In October 2009, FSSA awarded UWCI a $1 million federal grant to increase the quality of care provided by registered ministries in central Indiana as a part of its education priority. UWCI is contributing an additional $1 million in capital improvement funds to the effort. United Way's previous success in helping selected child care ministries in the Martindale-Brightwood and Near Eastside neighborhoods upgrade their quality prompted the FSSA expansion grant.

 

"Child care ministries are not required to meet the same regulations as licensed centers and homes. As a result, they often struggle with quality, as well as with financial challenges," according to FSSA Child Care Administrator Melanie Brizzi. "Our Paths to QUALITY program will provide supports needed to help curb the dropout crisis affecting the children served in these learning environments."

 

Central Indiana has more than 200 unlicensed registered child care ministries with the capacity to serve over 15,000 children. Many of these ministries, particularly in urban areas, serve low-income working families.

 

Of the ministries chosen to participate in the project, 55 are located in Marion County, with two in Boone, three in Hamilton, one Hancock, one in Hendricks, and three in Morgan. The majority of the ministries are Christian faith-based organizations; one Jewish and one Muslim ministry are also participating. 

 

 

Editor: A complete list of participating child care ministries and their sponsoring churches follow:

 

Registered Ministry

Sponsoring Organization

City

A Little Angel's Child Care, Inc.

Member of the Body of Christ

Indianapolis

Alpha Kids

Grace Chapel Christian Church

Indianapolis

Bethany Daycare

Bethany Lutheran Church

Indianapolis

Bethesda Temple

Bethesda Temple Apostolic Church

Indianapolis

Bismillah Childcare Ministry and Learning Academy

The Nation of Islam Mohammad Mosque 74

Indianapolis

Bridge of Hope Child Care Ministry

Bridge of Hope Ministry

Indianapolis

Bright Kids Developmental School and Ministry

Compassionate Angels Childcare and Ministry

Indianapolis

Charity Child Care Ministry

Charity Church Ministry

Indianapolis

Christ Church Child Care Ministry

Christ Church Apostolic

Indianapolis

Christ Temple Christian Academy

Christ Temple Apostolic Faith Assembly

Indianapolis

Crosslight Christian Daycare 

Cicero Christian Church

Cicero

Dover Angels Daycare Ministry

Dover Christian Church

Lebanon

Excellence In Christ Child Care Ministry

Greater St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church

Indianapolis

Fairview Early Childhood Program

Fairview Presbyterian Church

Indianapolis

Fervent Care Child Care and Christian Academy

Fervent Prayer Church

Indianapolis

God's Kids Early Learning Ministry

East 91st Christian Church

Indianapolis

God's Shining Light

Mooresville Church of God

Mooresville

Guardian Angel Childcare

New Birth Ministries

Indianapolis

Hasten Hebrew Academy Early Childhood Ministry

The Hebrew Hastings Academy

Indianapolis

Heaven Sent Daycare Ministry, Inc.

Heaven Sent Daycare Ministry, Inc.

Speedway

Horizon Christian Preschool and Childcare Central

Horizon Christian Fellowship Central Church

Indianapolis

In God's Arms Child Care Ministry

Emmaus Lutheran Church

Indianapolis

In His Arms Child Care Ministry

Cornerstone Family Life Center

Indianapolis

International Kidz

New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church

Indianapolis

Jesus Fellowship Kidz Ministry

Jesus Fellowship

Indianapolis

Jewel Childcare Preschool

Eastern Star Church

Indianapolis

Kids at Geist

Geist Community Church

McCordsville

Kids Kastle

Trinity Wesleyan

Fishers

Lil' Saints Daycare Ministry

New Light Missionary Baptist Church

Indianapolis

Little Sprinkles from Heaven

Fountain of Truth Christian Church

Indianapolis

Lynhurst Baptist Church Preschool Ministry

Lynhurst Baptist Church

Indianapolis

Messiah Cares Child Development Center

Messiah Baptist Church

Indianapolis

Mini Blessings Childcare Ministry

Gethsemane Apostolic Church

Indianapolis

Montessori Garden Academy

Montessori Garden Academy

Indianapolis

Mt. Helm Child Care Ministry

Mt. Helm Missionary Baptist Church

Indianapolis

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

Indianapolis

New Generation Child Care Ministry

New Beginnings Ministry

Indianapolis

New Generation Training Academy

Living Word Fellowship

Indianapolis

Noah's Ark Christian Child Care/Preschool

Zionsville Presbyterian Church

Zionsville

Open Door Church Child Care

Open Door Church of Deliverance

Indianapolis

Our Place Child Care Ministry

Lawrence United Methodist Church

Lawrence

Perfected Childcare Ministry

Perfected Word Fellowship

Indianapolis

Precious Playmates Daycare Ministry

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

Martinsville

Rays of Sunshine Child Care

Bethany Missionary Baptist 

Indianapolis

Rhema Child Care Ministry

New Life Worship Center

Indianapolis

Rosie's Tiny Tot's Ministry

Rosie's Tiny Tots Ministry, Inc.

Indianapolis

Scribbles a Ministry of Pittsboro Christian Church

Pittsboro Christian Church

Pittsboro

Second Baptist Child Care Ministry

Second Baptist Church

Indianapolis

Shalom Daycare Ministry

Roberts Park UMC

Indianapolis

Shiloh Daycare Ministry

Shiloh Member Baptist Church

Indianapolis

Sonshine Kids Daycare Ministry

First United Methodist Church

Martinsville

St. Andrew & St. Rita Catholic Academy

Central Catholic Church

Indianapolis

Stepping Stones

Fountain of Truth Christian Church

Indianapolis

The Early Learning Academy at Chapel Hill Christian School

Hope Baptist Church

Indianapolis

Tiny Blessings Childcare Ministry

Cornerstone Hope Church

Indianapolis

Trinity Wesleyan Child Care

Trinity Wesleyan

Indianapolis

Unlocking Minds Childcare Ministry

True Tried Missionary Baptist

Indianapolis

Visions Child Care

Provisions

Indianapolis

Welcome Place Child Care

Southport Presbyterian Church

Indianapolis

 

United Way of Central Indiana

Serving six central Indiana counties, United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) helps sustain vital human services by working exclusively with proven human service agencies that direct life-changing opportunities. UWCI also helps reduce the needs of future generations by helping ensure that kids enter school ready to learn and graduate ready to earn.

 

FSSA's Bureau of Child Care

The FSSA Bureau of Child Care provides Indiana parents with informed child care choices that promote their children's health, safety and future success in school.

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