Build, Learn, Grow Scholarship Program was established in April 2021 to give Indiana families financial assistance so that their children could have access to high-quality early childhood education and after-school care.
Since the program’s inception, approximately 16,000 kids and their families have signed up for it, and more than 1,700 service providers have benefited from the rise in participation.
By temporarily increasing Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) assistance and enticing providers to serve families more broadly with recent Stabilization Grant funding, Indiana is aiming to continue supporting disadvantaged scholarship families as the program comes to an end.
About Build Learn Grow Scholarship
Many people are concerned that hard-working families won’t be able to afford to pay for high-quality care as the Build, Learn, Grow scholarships come to an end.
The Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning (OECOSL) is providing temporary CCDF eligibility for more than 1,500 scholarship families enrolled in participating school-age programs with incomes at or below 85% of state median income to address this need and support families’ ability to continue working and keep their children in school.
Local CCDF eligibility offices will examine and process the basic application form that providers should work with eligible families to complete and submit on their behalf as quickly as feasible. Family members under the age of 13 who have siblings are also qualified for CCDF aid.
To be eligible for this opportunity, families must apply through their provider and meet the following criteria:
1. Currently enrolled in the Build, Learn, Grow Scholarship program
2. Attending a participating school-age program
3. Have a household income at or below 85% of the State Median Income.
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On behalf of eligible and interested families, providers should submit an application using an online form resembling the standard CCDF form.
The data and information needed from providers and families are outlined in the application guide.
There are additional pieces of information that providers must obtain from families even though they may already have much of the information and supporting paperwork needed to complete the application.
The family should anticipate learning the application’s status within 10 business days* of the provider submitting it. Families will be given a 53-week voucher upon approval, and the provider will be informed via the application portal.
Please note: CCDF eligibility offices are processing a high volume of applications. Providers and families should anticipate a delay in hearing a decision on their voucher request.
The deadline to apply for families receiving school-age/summer scholarships is Aug. 5. Apply as soon as possible to avoid any gaps in families’ coverage.
Please note the deadline to apply for early childhood scholarships has passed. CCDF eligibility offices are currently reviewing submitted applications.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do Eligible scholarship Families have to transition to CCDF
No, only eligible and interested families should apply. The state has set up this temporary benefit to provide transitional support. If a family is not interested, they should not have their provider apply for this temporary support on their behalf.
2. How Long will it Take for Families to Hear Back?
Once a provider submits an application on behalf of the family, families will hear from a CCDF eligibility office within 10 business days*.
* Please note: CCDF eligibility offices are processing a high volume of applications. Providers and families should anticipate a delay in hearing a decision on their voucher request.
3. Who Should I Contact if I need Help
Providers who have questions about the application should consult the application guide. If you have additional questions, need support answering family questions, or have a large number of applications to submit, contact the SPARK Help Desk at (800) 299-1627, via email at [email protected], or live chat on indianaspark.com or in My SPARK Learning Lab. Providers with a high volume of applications may request onsite support to help families and expedite the application process.
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