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Build, Learn, Grow

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  • 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.

    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 — is offering families of essential workers scholarships to help connect children ages 0-12 to quality early care and out-of-school learning opportunities.

    Scholarships will cover 80% of a child’s early care and education, summer learning, or out-of-school program tuition.

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Provider Toolkit

In order to effectively promote this opportunity to your families, click here for a helpful toolkit, with resources including social cards, email templates and key messages.

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Eligibility

Indiana families meeting the following eligibility criteria may apply for a Build, Learn, Grow scholarship.

  • A family member qualifies as an essential worker, meaning they work in healthcare and public health operations, human services operations, essential governmental functions, essential infrastructure, retail businesses, restaurants or food service, education, charitable and religious entities, media and many other industries such as those found HERE.
  • Family’s gross monthly income (before taxes and any other deductions) is between 128%-250% of Federal Poverty Level on the Build, Learn, Grow Income Eligibility chart below.


Once families fill out a Build, Learn, Grow application, they should submit it along with pay stubs (or attestation form) to their early care or out-of-school-time program via email or in-person. Programs will then verify the family’s eligibility and submit a claim to the Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning to collect the scholarship on the family’s behalf.

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 Indiana Learning Paths, accessed through I-LEAD and submit their Build, Learn, Grow consent form in order to claim family scholarships.

To locate this course in Indiana Learning Paths, please complete the steps below.

  1. Log into ilead.in.gov
  2. Click on Start Your Indiana Learning Path
  3. Locate the course titled “SPARK! Build, Learn, Grow Scholarship Fund Information"

Click HERE to complete the info session.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Build, Learn, Grow program? What is the Build, Learn, Grow program?

    Indiana’s new Build, Learn, Grow program helps families connect to the care and education support their children need – building reliable child care infrastructure, creating new learning opportunities for young students, and helping our communities grow. The Build, Learn, Grow program offers families of essential workers scholarships toward their children’s early care and education, summer learning or out-of-school time care.

  • Who qualifies for a Build, Learn, Grow scholarship?

    To qualify for a scholarship, a family member must be an essential worker, have total family monthly income between 128%-250% of Federal Poverty Level and enroll their child in early childhood education, summer learning or out-of-school time care. Being an essential worker means working in healthcare and public health operations, human services operations, essential governmental functions, essential infrastructure, retail businesses, restaurants or food service, education, charitable and religious entities, media and many other industries such as those found HERE.

  • How does a family calculate their income eligibility?

    A family’s total monthly income must be between 128%-250% of Federal Poverty Level, before taxes and any deductions. View this chart to calculate your family’s income eligibility based on family size.

  • How many scholarships are available?

    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 — is offering 50,000 Build, Learn, Grow scholarships to Hoosier working families.

  • How many scholarships can a family receive?

    A family can receive one scholarship per child.

  • What if a family member is not classified as an essential worker?

    The Build, Learn, Grow Scholarship Fund is specifically for families of essential workers. There are other resources and supports available for non-essential worker families. Click here for more information.

  • How does a family receive a scholarship?

    Eligible families should complete the Build, Learn, Grow scholarship application found HERE and then email it or print and submit it to their child’s program. From there, the program will collect the scholarship on a family’s behalf.

  • Which early care and education, summer learning and out-of-school time programs accept the scholarships?

    Build, Learn, Grow scholarships are accepted by participating early care and education, summer learning and out-of-school time programs across the state. Use the map here to locate a participating program.

  • What are the participating early childhood or out-of-school program’s eligibility requirements?

    To be able to collect Build, Learn, Grow scholarships, programs must be CCDF eligible, complete the Build, Learn, Grow SPARK informational session and submit their Build, Learn, Grow program consent form.

  • How will programs claim the family scholarships?

    Programs will claim family scholarships by submitting claim forms after collecting a family’s application and verifying their eligibility.

    Find the link to the 0-5 years of age provider claim form HERE.
    Find the link to the 6+ years of age provider claim form HERE.

  • How long does the Build, Learn, Grow program run?

    Build, Learn, Grow scholarships run from May-October 2021.

Need Help?

For support with the Build, Learn, Grow scholarship program, contact the Brighter Futures Indiana Solution Center via email, phone or chat.

Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Call: (800) 299-1627
Email: Solutioncenter@earlylearningindiana.org
Chat: https://ileadhelp.org