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  • Build, Learn, Grow Toolkit

    Located on this page are helpful resources to promote the Build, Learn, Grow scholarship fund to both providers and families.

    If you are a provider, you'll find sample family email and text communication to encourage application completion.

    Community partners and Child Care Resource & Referral agencies will find additional resources to encourage program participation.

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  • Email Copy for CCR&Rs and Partners to Encourage Providers

    Subject: Complete the Build, Learn, Grow Scholarship Fund Information Session

    Dear Indiana Early Care and Education Providers,

    Indiana’s new Build, Learn, Grow Scholarship Fund is about to go live to families across the state. In order to be eligible to enroll these families or accept the scholarships from the state of Indiana, you must complete the “Build, Learn, Grow Scholarship Fund Information Session” in Indiana Learning Paths.

    What is the Build, Learn, Grow Scholarship? For families classified as essential workers with qualifying incomes (128%- 250% of Federal Poverty Level), the state of Indiana is offering scholarships to cover 80% of their child care costs for children ages 0-12. This includes early care and education, summer learning and before- and after-school programs. As an example, a family of four earning $66,000 per year will qualify for a Build, Learn, Grow scholarship.

    The information session is required for programs that wish to accept scholarship funds and is available 24/7, so you can complete it when it is convenient for you. During the 30-minute session, you will learn about the scholarship process, how to determine family eligibility, and the process for submitting a claim for reimbursement to support the children of essential workers in your program.

    To Register:
    1. Log in 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.

    Button Text: Get started now at ilead.in.gov

    Remember that early childhood education and out-of-school-time workers are essential, so those with qualifying incomes can also apply to receive this scholarship for their children!

  • Email Copy for Providers to Encourage Families

    Subject: Tuition Scholarships for Families
    Preview: You may qualify

    Dear [name],

    Indiana’s new Build, Learn, Grow scholarship program is offering families of essential workers tuition scholarships for their children’s early care and education, summer learning and before- and after-school programs. If anyone in your immediate family is classified as an essential worker, you may qualify for these scholarships for your child(ren), beginning now.

    Build, Learn, Grow scholarships are being offered by the Indiana Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning to help support Hoosier families in connecting to high-quality learning opportunities. Families classified as essential workers with qualifying income can receive scholarships for each child age 0-12 in their household. Scholarships will cover 80% of tuition for early care and education, summer learning and before- and after-school care from May-October 2021. [INSERT CENTER NAME] is accepting Build, Learn, Grow family scholarships.

    Check to see if your family qualifies and begin your application at https://brighterfuturesindiana.org/scholarships/families.

    Thank you!

  • Text Copy For CCR&Rs and Partners to Encourage Providers

    Register for the "Build, Learn, Grow Scholarship Fund Information Session," for programs available now!

    During this session, you will learn about the scholarship process, determining family eligibility, and the process for submitting a claim.

    Get started at ilead.in.gov!

  • Text Copy for Providers to Encourage Families

    Your family may qualify for a Build, Learn, Grow Scholarship – covering 80% of your tuition until October. Visit https://brighterfuturesindiana.org/scholarships/families to learn more and apply.

Social Media Communications for Provider Informational Session

Register for the "Build, Learn, Grow Scholarship Fund Information Session," available now!

During this session, you will learn about the scholarship process, determining family eligibility, and the process for submitting a claim.

Get started at ilead.in.gov!

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Email Communications for Provider Informational Session

Register for the "Build, Learn, Grow Scholarship Fund Information Session," available now on Indiana Learning Paths!

What is the Build, Learn, Grow Scholarship? For families with qualifying incomes (128%- 250% of the federal poverty level), classified as essential workers, the state of Indiana can cover 80% of child care costs for kids up to age 12, including before-school and after-school care. As an example, a family of four earning $66,000 per year will qualify for a Build, Learn, Grow scholarship.

Remember that early childhood education and care and out-of-school-time workers are essential, so those with qualifying incomes can also apply to receive this scholarship for their children!

During this 30-minute session, you will learn about the scholarship process, how to determine family eligibility and the process for submitting a claim for reimbursement to support the children of essential workers in your program.

This session is required for programs that wish to accept scholarship funds and is available 24-7, so you can complete it when it is convenient for you.

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 informational session in SPARK Learning Lab and submit their Build, Learn, Grow consent form in order to claim family scholarships.

To Register:
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

Button Text: Get started now at ilead.in.gov

To stay up-to-date as additional program initiatives roll out, sign up for text alerts by texting the word UPDATES to 465437.

Key Messages for Families

  1. Indiana’s new Build, Learn, Grow program helps families of essential workers connect to the care and education support their kids need – building reliable child care infrastructure, creating new learning opportunities for young students, and helping our communities grow.
  2. When families are working and kids are learning, Indiana’s future is brighter.
  3. If the past year has made it hard for your family to access child care, Indiana can help by covering some of your costs.
  4. Indiana is working hard to make high-quality early learning and education opportunities for children from birth to age 12 more convenient and accessible for families like yours. Check to see if your family qualifies for Build, Learn, Grow assistance.
  5. Hoosier communities are stronger when all our kids have a safe, reliable place to learn and grow while we’re on the job.
  6. Reliable access to early learning and out-of-school education for our kids is vital to Indiana’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  7. A lot of our kids may need an extra learning boost this year to meet their fullest potential.
  8. Early learning and out-of-school programming is essential to every working family.
  9. You shouldn’t have to choose between returning to work or caring for your family. Check if you qualify for Build, Learn, Grow support.
  10. For families with qualifying incomes, classified as essential workers, the state of Indiana can cover 80% of your child care costs for kids up to age 12. That even includes before-school and after-school care.
  11. A family of four earning $66,000 per year will qualify for a Build, Learn, Grow scholarship.
  12. It’s easy to check to see if you qualify.

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Build, Learn, Grow Scholarships Available Today!

Did you know that you can apply for scholarships to cover up to 80% of your costs for early learning and education opportunities including day care, summer day camps and before/after

school programs? Click to learn more about the Build, Learn, Grow Scholarship fund and apply today. www.BuildLearnGrow.org

  • Sample Email Communication for Programs to Notify Families of Waived CCDF Co-Pays

    Subject: Waived CCDF Co-Pays Effective March 28

    Dear Families,

    To help Indiana families recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, Indiana is waiving families’ CCDF co-payments. Effective March 28 through Oct. 23, 2021, families will not owe any co-pays for their children’s early care and education programs.

    This means you will not owe [program name] a co-pay until after Oct. 23. If you have already paid your co-pay for the week of March 29 and April 5, [describe how you will reimburse the family].

    Learn more about waived co-payments and other programs to help families at https://brighterfuturesindiana.org/build-learn-grow/families.

    Please contact us with any questions at [phone number].

    Thank you!

  • Follow up Email to Families

    Subject: Reminder: Family CCDF Co-Pays Waived Through Oct. 23

    Dear Families,

    To help Indiana families recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, Indiana is waiving families’ CCDF co-payments through Oct. 23, 2021. This means you do not owe [program name] a co-pay for child care services until after Oct. 23. For co-pays you may have already paid since March 28, we will [describe how you will reimburse the family].

    Learn more about waived co-payments and other programs underway to help families at https://brighterfuturesindiana.org/build-learn-grow/families.

    Please contact us with any questions at [phone number].

    Thank you!

  • Sample Text Communication for Programs to Notify Families of Waived CCDF Co-Pays

    Effective March 28, families using CCDF vouchers for their children’s child care do not owe a co-pay! This is part of Indiana’s plan to help families recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Waived co-pays will continue until Oct. 23, 2021. Learn more at https://brighterfuturesindiana.org/build-learn-grow/families or contact [child care program name] for more information.

  • Follow up Text to Families

    As part of Indiana’s plan to help families recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, families utilizing CCDF vouchers will have their co-pays waived until Oct. 23, 2021. Learn more at https://brighterfuturesindiana.org/build-learn-grow/families or contact [child care program name] for more information.