Early Education Newsletter
Provider recognition program
Starting in October 2021, OECOSL is pleased to launch a provider recognition program to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of Indiana child care providers. Nominations for this award can be entered starting on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, at 8 a.m. EST until Monday, Nov. 5, 2021, at 6 p.m. EST.
- Five individual educators or professionals will be recognized per quarter with nominations beginning in October 2021 (one from each service delivery area):
- Four educators receive a $500 award to Lakeshore/Kaplan • One educator receives a $1,000 award to Lakeshore/Kaplan
- Every attempt will be made to ensure that providers across all settings are selected (e.g., ministries, homes, centers, OST).
- A provider may not receive the recognition award twice.
- A provider must have a current background check and consent on file and have been employed at least 90 days with their current program.
- The program must be in good standing with no active enforcements in the last year.
- The PTQ rating for program cannot be expired (if applicable).
- Providers will be recognized at their local regional advisory council meeting.
- Individuals may nominate up to two providers per quarter.
If you have questions, please contact OECOSL at OECOSLproviderinquiry@fssa.in.gov and put “Provider Recognition Program" in the subject line.
GRANTS TO STRENGTHEN INDIANA EARLY CHILDHOOD AND OUT OF SCHOOL PROGRAMS
The Indiana Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning released new Build, Learn, Grow Stabilization Grants to help early childhood education and out-of-school care programs continue recovering from the effects of the pandemic and strengthen their businesses for the future.
Grants are non-competitive and are calculated per site based on each provider’s program type, average attendance, staffing costs, quality level and geography. Grant awards for the first round of funding will cover approximately three months of a provider’s monthly operating costs.
Providers can view grant details and review frequently asked questions to begin preparing to apply. Visit brighterfuturesindiana.org/build-learn-grow/stabilization-grants.
Build, Learn, Grow Scholarships
Indiana’s Build, Learn, Grow program is extending scholarships for qualified families through March 2022! Scholarships cover up to 80% of a child’s early care and education, summer learning, or out-of-school program tuition, ensuring families can connect to the care and education children need.
Extensions for awarded scholarships
The scholarship extension form is streamlined to allow for quicker submission. After September, programs can extend scholarships for families in quarterly claims.
New scholarship claims
Providers can continue to submit new scholarship claims for children enrolled in care or new to their program. Learn more about the scholarships and claims process.
For support with the Build, Learn, Grow scholarship program, contact the Brighter Futures Indiana Solution Center via email, phone or chat.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. ET.
Call: (800) 299-1627
Chat: https://brighterfuturesindiana.org and click the “Support” box in the bottom right corner
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November 3, 2021
2:00 PM Eastern Time
We all understand the importance of Social/Emotional Learning for children in early childhood programs. Yet, one of the biggest challenges administrators face is ensuring all children in their programs are offered the best opportunities for social-emotional development. Join this paradigm-shifting webinar by early childhood education expert Jacky Howell to explore the most current thinking about social-emotional development and how to ensure the staff you supervise are applying best practice in their classrooms. Jacky will share her insights about how you can plan, set expectations, provide day-to-day coaching, and hold staff accountable for SEL. Learn more here.
Child Care Stabilization Grants and New Tax Changes for 2021, by Tom Copeland
November 11, 2021
2:00 PM Eastern Time
This webinar, presented by child care business expert, Tom Copeland, will cover all the new tax changes affecting family child care providers for 2021. These include the Child Care Stabilization Grants, SBA forgivable loans, new child tax credit, what’s deductible in the era of COVID, calculating your Time-Space% if you have been closed, and more. Learn more here.
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The Project Approach, a popular and proven teaching method, provides a framework that can work well in an inclusive classroom.
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