Lake Area United Way has been announced as a winner of the Child Care Deserts Competition, focused on increasing access to high-quality child care for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years. More than four of every 10 children in Indiana lives in a child care desert – a neighborhood, town or part of a city where there is no more than one child care seat for every three children. The Child Care Deserts Competition, hosted by Early Learning Indiana with support from a 2014 grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc., awarded $1 million to 13 organizations for their submitted ideas to create new child care seats. Lake Area United Way will receive $100,000 to provide staffing and materials for a new center in an available space at Methodist Hospital North campus that will offer 18-hour care in partnership with the hospital and Faith Childcare in Gary.
Watch for more exciting announcements about this project in the coming months! For more information on the grants and to see the other winners click here.