United Way of Miami County Provides Over $30,000 for Preschool Scholarships
On Thursday, November 21, 2013, the United Way of Miami County presented $30,610 to the Miami County Community Foundation (MCCF) to provide preschool scholarships to local children.
These funds are due to an Indiana Association of United Way INvest1213 grant. This is a matching incentive that the United Way of Miami County was awarded due to the diligence of the United Way staff and the scores of local people who continue to invest in the future of Miami County through the United Way.
Debi Wallick, Executive Director of the United Way of Miami County shared how the match program works with local contributions. “We now can apply this grant to our United Way education initiative to help provide early childhood development to the most at-risk students in our community”. Research has revealed that a child is much more likely to succeed in school and life when they enter school ready to learn.
The Northern Indiana Community Foundation, of which the MCCF is a fund affiliate, has embarked on a partnership with local preschools, schools and other organizations, to established a preschool scholarship program to make one year of preschool education affordable to the children of Miami County.
These need-based scholarships are available to families of four-year-old children to provide at least 100 hours of preschool education. It's estimated that each year there are nearly 300 children in Miami County who do not attend preschool and with this program and grant from the United Way, that number is projected to decrease in the next few years.
Rigorous studies have shown that for every dollar invested in early childhood education programs for low-income children, between $4 and $9 is returned to the community.
These financial returns come in the form of reduced special education costs, less grade repetition in schools, better job preparedness and a greater ability to meet future labor force demands, higher incomes due to higher educational attainment, fewer welfare payments, and lower criminal casualties and prison costs.
“By supporting early childhood education, we are investing in future generations and the economic future of our community.” says Jay Albright, Executive Director at the Northern Indiana Community Foundation.
Anyone can make a contribution to Miami County Preschool Program by contacting 765-475-2859, or visit nicf.org for details.
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Miami County Community Foundation is proud to be a part of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation (NICF). The NICF allows us to maximize our investment benefits and be more cost efficient. This way Miami County donations can do more—right here in Miami County.
So far, Miami County Community Foundation has dispersed nearly 3.5 million dollars in grants and scholarships. Currently the Community Foundation holds over $7.1 million in assets and administers 142 funds.
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