Creating a Strong Start for


Part of Early Learning Indiana’s Solution Series, the Strong Start for Kindergarten Prize recognized Indiana communities with innovative ideas to ensure children move effectively from their early years to kindergarten classrooms. The Strong Start for Kindergarten Prize is made possible by Indiana’s Preschool Development Grant.
*** The deadline for this opportunity has passed.***


The nine recipients of the prize are:

School City of Hobart’s Building Brickies, Hobart
United Way of Allen County, Fort Wayne
Portage Township YMCA, Portage
United Way of Porter County, Valparaiso
Pace Community Action Agency, Vincennes
Lewis Cass Schools, Walton
Perry Township School District Preschool, Indianapolis
Johnson County Learning Center, Greenwood
Indiana University Campus Children’s Center, Bloomington

Early Learning Indiana received 55 entries from school districts, early learning providers and non-profit community organizations representing 24 Indiana counties

Adventures Child Care and Learning Center
Angels of Hope Ministry
Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation
Bluffton-Harrison Elementary School
Brownsburg Community School Corporation
Carver Community Organization
Eagle Recreation and Enrichment – Zionsville Community Schools
Early Childhood Coalition for Wayne County Kids/Wayne County Foundation
East Tenth United Methodist Children and Youth Center, Inc.
Elwood Elementary Preschool
George’s Jungle Child Care/Preschool
Growing Together Preschool/School City of Mishawaka
Hilltop Learning Center
IU Campus Children’s Center
Johnson County Learning Center
Joshua Academy Preschool

Judah Ministries (Pride Academy)
Lewis Cass Schools
Life’s Little Treasures Daycare/Muddy Feet Preschool
Maconaquah School Corporation
Madison Consolidated Schools
Marion Community Schools
Martin Luther King Montessori School
Monroe County Community School Corporation
MSD Decatur Township Schools
MSD Warren Township Schools
Pace Community Action Agency
People’s Learning Center
Perry Township School District Preschool
Portage Township YMCA
Porter Township School Corporation
Precious Promises Academy of Excellence
Purdue Extension
Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation

River Forest Community School Corporation
School City of Hobart Building Brickies
South Central Community School Corporation
St. Mary’s Child Center
The Indy Learning Team
Tradewinds Services, Inc.
United Way of Allen County
United Way of Porter County
Walnut Hill Early Childhood Center
Wayne Township Preschool
Westville Elementary School (MSD of New Durham Township)
YMCA of Kokomo Indiana


Finding Solutions to Early Learning Challenges

Early learning experiences are essential, for Indiana’s children, families and communities. As the leading voice in early childhood, we seek to harness imagination and hard work, cultivating a learning ecosystem with bolder and better solutions to our early learning challenges.

The Strong Start for Kindergarten Prize is the first Solution Series process.

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