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Build, Learn, Grow Scholarship Fund 

To recognize the continued efforts of Hoosier workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indiana Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning — in partnership with Early Learning Indiana, the Indiana Afterschool Network and SPARK Learning Lab — has created the Build, Learn, Grow scholarship fund, offering qualified families scholarships to help connect their children to high-quality early care and out-of-school learning opportunities.

Families that work in essential businesses with qualifying income are eligible to receive scholarships for their children’s early care and education, summer learning or out-of-school care.

Family Eligibility

For families that work in essential businesses, a Build, Learn, Grow scholarship will cover up to 80% of your child care costs for kids up to age 12.

For more information about eligibility criteria, please visit Brighter Futures:

  • The provider must be CCDF eligible to serve scholarship families.
  • One adult in the household must work in an essential business such as health care, human services, education, retail, restaurant and food service, essential infrastructure, media, manufacturing and logistics, religious and charitable organizations and many others. A full, detailed list can be found here.
  • The family’s income level must be at or above 128% of Federal Poverty Level. If the family falls below the 128% federal poverty line, the family is not eligible for the scholarship but is eligible for CCDF. Families who work in essential businesses are fast-tracked through the CCDF process, and they will not be placed on the waitlist. Learn more abiut this process here.

Program Requirements

Early care and education and out-of-school-time programs must be CCDF eligible to participate in the Build, Learn, Grow scholarship program. If your program is not CCDF eligible, contact your state licensing consultant to get started.

Programs must complete the required Build, Learn, Grow Scholarship Fund Informational Session in Indiana Learning Paths in order to claim family scholarships. To register for this session:

  1. Login or create a free account at ilead.in.gov
  2. Click the green "Start Your Indiana Learning Path" button
  3. Choose "Courses" from the menu on the left-hand side
  4. Search "Build, Learn, Grow Scholarship Fund Information Session" to register and start the course

All providers should also read the terms and conditions before submitting a claim.

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