Tuesday, March 29, 2022 6:49 PM
The Kosciusko County Child Care and Early Learning Coalition, called LaunchPad, celebrates another fundraising award, thanks to the Kosciusko County Council.
On March 10, Kosciusko County Council awarded $100,000 to the Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce as part of LaunchPad’s work to build and strengthen high-quality child care services in the county. These funds, made available to the Council through the American Rescue Plan Act, will be used to provide shared services between current and future child care and early learning programs.
LaunchPad will contract with the Early Childhood Alliance (ECA) to provide a membership network with many benefits to these programs, including software management systems, reduced procurement costs through bulk purchasing, a food program support (CACFP), job boards, coaching and more, according to a press release from LaunchPad. The ECA Shared Services Network provides opportunities to increase revenue, save time and grow child care businesses.
Sherry Searles, Director of LaunchPad, said, “With the closure of so many of our child care programs over the past few years, we felt it was imperative to support and strengthen our current programs. . Stronger programs mean more families can access quality, affordable care so they can work. In turn, this investment stimulates local labor and business growth. It is an investment in the whole community.
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