United Way Receives $140K Grant to Improve Child Care Access and Affordability in SE Indiana

The grant, awarded by Indiana's Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI) and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), is designated for the Early Education Access Project.
June 15, 2023
United Way of Greater Cincinnati, 2023

Contact: Elbert Goode II, Chief Marketing Officer


GREENDALE, Ind. (June 15, 2023) – United Way of Greater Cincinnati Southeast Indiana (UWGC SE Indiana) received a $140,000 grant from the state’s Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI), led by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), to increase accessibility and affordability of pre-K and child care centers in Dearborn, Franklin, Ripley, Ohio and Switzerland counties.

UWGC SE Indiana worked with One Dearborn Inc., Dearborn County’s economic development agency, to secure the funding.

The grant is designated for the Early Education Access Project. UWGC SE Indiana partners on the project with Building Blocks, the child care and resource referral agency for Southern Indiana. UWGC’s Building Blocks Creative Curriculum focuses on increasing the number of slots available in pre-K and child care centers, elevating centers’ rankings on Indiana’s Paths to QUALITY scale and expanding opportunities to use On My Way Pre-K vouchers.

“The importance of accessible, affordable, quality child care cannot be overstated,” said Karen Snyder, Director of UWGC SE Indiana. “Without it, families are unable to work and achieve financial stability. What’s more, the time from birth to age 5 is crucial in preparing children for future success in school and in life.”

“We are so fortunate to be partners in the community with early learning centers and United Way of Greater Cincinnati,” said Aleisha Sheridan, Building Blocks CEO. “We want to assist in giving tools to educators in the region to ensure children and families are school-ready. This is an exciting time in local communities to have exposure to the highest quality of early learning available.”

SEI READI awarded funding to UWGC SE Indiana’s Early Education Access Project because high-quality, affordable and accessible child care plays an important role in economic development, particularly in attracting and retaining talented workers.

The SEI READI funds allow UWGC SE Indiana to contract with Building Blocks for two additional years through April 2025 – to help child care centers improve their state scores. The Paths to QUALITY system makes it easier for families to evaluate and consider child care options.

About United Way

With its dedicated donors, staff and partners, United Way of Greater Cincinnati brings new voices and solutions to decades-old challenges so more families in our community thrive.

As the community catalyst, UWGC drives change through investments, influence and filling gaps in services to create lasting change for families today and for future generations.

UWGC does this by focusing on six investment portfolios: Housing First, NextGen Success, Equitable Economic Mobility, Improved Prevention/Stronger Communities, Ready Kids/Resilient Families and Responding to Community Needs.

Learn more about UWGC’s work underway in nine counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana and how you can be part of our collective community impact at UWGC.org. #LiveUnited


Indiana launched the Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI), a bold, transformational initiative which dedicates $500 million in state appropriations to promote strategic investments, to make Indiana a magnet for talent and economic growth. In April of this year, the legislature approved an additional $500 million for a second round of READI. The full, statewide READI program is expected to result in a projected $16 billion in total investment including local public, private and philanthropic match funding, which will propel investment in Indiana’s quality of place, quality of life and quality of opportunity.

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