All IN 4 Pre-K Campaign Grows to More Than 150 Member Organizations

All IN 4 Pre-K Campaign Grows to More Than 150 Member Organizations

AllInThanks.jpgAs the Indiana General Assembly continues to debate expanding pre-k, we have earned the support of 150 Hoosier businesses, associations, community organizations and elected officials across the state!

In a public letter to legislators and the governor, the organizations called expanding pre-k a “top priority” for this session of the General Assembly, noting that “pre-k remains out of reach for thousands of young children.”

“This coalition demonstrates the depth of support that high-quality preschool has across the state,” said Ted Maple, President and CEO, Early Learning Indiana. “These organizations recognize the positive impact early learning opportunities have on our children, families, communities and economy. We hope our leaders in the Statehouse answer the call to grow the state’s pre-k offerings so that many more low-income children can benefit.”

Among those recently joining our efforts are the Indiana chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Indiana Federation of Teachers, the Indiana Economic Development Association, the Indiana Association of United Ways, IU Health, NIPSCO as well as dozens of other local businesses, community groups and mayors throughout the state. The United Way of Central Indiana and a coalition of corporate partners including Lilly, Cummins, PNC Bank, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, and the Indy Chamber have led the lobbying effort to expand pre-k in the 2017 legislative session.

“There are more than 27,000 four-year-old children in Indiana who live in poverty and lack access to high-quality pre-k. With a significant investment by the General Assembly this year, thousands more children can be reached,” said Ann Murtlow, President and CEO, United Way of Central Indiana. “The time to act is now. If we move too incrementally or invest too modestly in pre-k expansion, we risk losing a generation of children — at a high price to our state.”

The public letter from our coalition members builds on statements of support for pre-k expansion from leading lawmakers and other statewide bodies, including the State Board of Education, the Bicentennial Visioning Project and the Governor-appointed Early Learning Advisory Committee, among others. Read the letter here.

To read more about our principles and recommendations to guide a successful pre-k expansion, check out our roadmap, Success Starts Early. 

 

Thanks to the following member organizations for supporting pre-k: 

American Academy of Pediatrics, Indiana Chapter

American Federation of Teachers (AFT Indiana)

Bartholomew County Early Learning Coalition

BKD CPAs & Advisors

Bona Vista Child Care Solutions

Brightpoint

Brown County Community Foundation

Brownstown Christian Church

Cass County College Success Coalition

Cass County Reading Railroad

Centerville-Abington Community Schools

Central & Southern Indiana for PNC Bank

Chances & Services for Youth

Child Care Network

CivicLab (formerly Institute for Coalition Building)

Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce

Community Commitment to Education Coalition – Tippecanoe Co.

Community Foundation of Bloomington & Monroe County

Community Foundation DeKalb County

Community Foundation of Grant County

Community Foundation of Howard County

Community Foundation of Jackson County

Community Foundation of Madison & Jefferson County

Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County

Community Foundation of Wabash County

Cook Medical Group

Cradle to Career - Quality of Life Coalition

Cripe

Culver Boys & Girls Club

Cummins

Decatur County Family YMCA

DeKalb County Learning Link

Department of Veteran Affairs - Northern Indiana Health Care

Duneland Family YMCA

Eads Neurosurgery

Early Childhood Alliance

Early Head Start of Carey Services

Early Learning Indiana

Eli Lilly and Company

Fayette County Foundation

Forward Lighting at Grote Industries, LLC

Geminus

Goodwill Industries Central Indiana

Goodwill of Southern Indiana

Grant County Early Childhood Education Coalition

Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance

Greater Lafayette Commerce

Greene County Foundation

Hagerman Group

Harrell-Fish Inc.

Harrison David T DO

Henry County Community Foundation

Hobart Family YMCA

Horizon Education Alliance

Howard County Big Table Coalition

Howard County Early Learning Coalition (remove Big Table Coalition above)

Indiana Afterschool Network

Indiana Association of United Ways

Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children

Indiana Chamber of Commerce

Indiana Library Federation

Indiana Non-Public Education Association

Indiana State Alliance of YMCAs

Indiana Youth Institute

Indiana Economic Development Association

Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce

IU Health

IU Health South Central

Jackson County United Way

Joint Educational Services in Special Education, Plymouth CSC

Junior League of Fort Wayne

Junior League of South Bend

Krieg DeVault

LaGrange County Community Foundation

Lake Area United Way

LaPorte Family YMCA

Latitude Commercial

Lazarus Group LLC

Legacy Foundation (Lake County's Community Foundation)

Logansport Community School Corporation

Marshall County Early Childhood Coalition

Marshall County Neighborhood Center

Mayor Joe Hogsett, City of Indianapolis

Mayor Tom Henry, City of Fort Wayne

Mayor Greg Goodnight, City of Kokomo

Mayor Pete Buttigieg, City of South Bend

Metro United Way

Muncie BY5

NIPSCO

Noble County Community Foundation

Northwest Indiana Early Success By Six/One Region

Owen County Family YMCA

Plymouth Community School Corporation, Adult Education

PNC Bank

Public Health Marshall County

Purdue Higher Education Forum

Read Jackson County

Ready to Go St. Joe Early Childhood Coalition

Richmond Community Schools

River Valley Resources

Rush County Community Foundation

Scott County United Way

Singota Solutions

South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce

Southeastern Indiana YMCA

Southwest Central Indiana Regional Opportunity Initiatives

Southwest Indiana Chamber

Stand for Children Indiana

Success By Six - Madison County

Teach for America

Teach Plus

Tender Moments

The Child Care Resource Network

Triton School Corporation

Tsuchiya Automotive Systems

Two Gaits Farm

UBM Kingdom Center

United Companies

United Way of Allen County

United Way of Bartholomew County

United Way of Cass County

United Way of Central Indiana

United Way of Elkhart County

United Way of Grant County

United Way of Greater Cincinnati

United Way of Greater Lafayette

United Way of Howard County

United Way of Huntington County

United Way of Kosciusko County

United Way of Madison County

United Way of Marshall County

United Way of Monroe County

United Way of Noble County

United Way of Perry County

United Way of Porter County

United Way of St. Joseph County

United Way of Wabash Valley

United Way of Wells County

United Way of Whitewater Valley

Vigo County School Corporation

Wabash County United Fund

Wabash County YMCA

Washington County Community Foundation

Wayne County Foundation

Wild Rose Moon

YMCA of DeKalb County

YMCA of Harrison County

YMCA of Madison County

YMCA of Richmond

YMCA of Steuben County

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