United Way offers grant opportunity to childcare providers

United Way's Women United program announces a new scholarship initiative for childcare providers.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – United Way of Allen County’s Women United announced a new grant is available for Paths to QUALITY childcare providers Wednesday.

Organizers said the grant has been established to help move providers who are designated level one, two or three up to the next level in the Paths to QUALITY program, which is Indiana’s childcare quality rating and improvement system.

Women United is a collaboration of women committed to improving the quality of life for kids in Allen County by ensuring their readiness for kindergarten.

The Women United advocacy committee has established a non-renewable grant allowing providers to apply for up to $4,000 in assistance for educational materials for their programs or for assistance with certifications for their teachers.

Organizers said applications can be found on United Way’s website and are due by October 3, 2014. The applications will then be reviewed by Early Childhood Alliance for compliance with the Paths to QUALITY program, and the recipient or recipients will be selected by the middle of October.

The grant has the potential to add to the number of providers in Allen County who are able to participate in the Preschool Pilot Program that Allen County was selected for at the end of July.

“Women United is excited to [help] childcare providers in Allen County move up a level in the Paths to QUALITY program,” said Irene Walters, Women United president. “By helping these providers today, we are able to better prepare Allen County children to succeed in school and in life tomorrow.”

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