To meet the demand for early childhood education in Jasper County, we propose developing a non-profit education center. This center, which we propose to call “Appleseed Childhood Education”, will provide high-quality care and education for children 5 years of age and younger, increasing access to education for all.
In order to meet this need, we’ve identified the initial early partners who are willing to assist our organization: Right Steps CDC, Goodland Early Learning Center, Growing Patch Learning Center, Franciscan Health. Additionally, we’ve identified a handful of organizations and political bodies to assist with funding. These are: Jasper Newton Foundation, City of Rensselaer, Jasper County, Corporations.
How We’ll Measure Impact
Our annual assessments will be focused on the number of slots utilized per age group each year We also expect to see a Child Care and Development Fund reimbursement rate increase year over year.
Through the development of Appleseed Childhood Education, and with the support of our partners and funders, we will be able to provide access to quality, affordable childhood education for those aged 5 and younger. We’ll also be able to meet a vital need in our community for single-parent family support by providing childcare, more single-parents will be able to be gainfully employed.