Build Learn Grow Scholarship application Indiana
The Build, Learn, Grow BLG Scholarship program which was launched in April 2021, provides financial support to Indiana families, to help children access high-quality early childhood education and out-of-school care, following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since its launch, nearly 16,000 children and their families have enrolled in the scholarship program, and more than 1,700 providers have benefitted from increased enrollment.
More so, Indiana introduced the Build, Learn, Grow program to maximize its $1 billion in federal relief dollars with the goals of helping to build reliable child care infrastructure, creating new learning opportunities for young students and helping our communities grow.
To date, the state has deployed hundreds of millions of dollars in funding, delivering relief to families and helping to stabilize provider’s businesses.
BLG Scholarship Feature Initiatives
1. Building Wellness
Firstly, a shared employee assistance program for Indiana’s early care and education system.
2. Program Enrollment Reporting
Secondly, a reporting initiative, to help provide insight into the early childhood education, supply and demand gaps across our state, and better inform ongoing relief and recovery efforts.
3. Post-Award Supports for Stabilization Grants
OECOSL continues to provide support for awarded providers as they plan for how to use and make investments with their grant funds.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to apply for CCDF assistance through the Build, Learn, Grow scholarship fund?
To be eligible for this opportunity, families must apply through their provider and meet the following criteria:
- Currently enrolled in the Build, Learn, Grow Scholarship program
- Attending a participating school-age program
- Have a household income at or below 85% of State Median Income.
Learn more about the CCDF program here
What is involved in the application process?
Providers should submit an application on behalf of eligible and interested families using an online application form that is similar to the standard CCDF application. The application guide outlines the data and information that is required from providers and families.
In addition, while providers may already have much of the information and documentation needed to submit the application, there are additional required pieces of information they will need to collect from families.
Once the provider submits the application, the family should expect to hear about the status of their application within 10 business days.
Once approved, families will receive a 53-week voucher and the provider will be notified through the application portal.
How can providers identify eligible scholarship families?
Providers should have received an email with a link to a list of eligible families.
Do eligible scholarship families have to transition to CCDF?
No, only eligible and interested families should apply. The state has set up this temporary benefit to provide transitional support.
Why does information for all children in the household have to be provided on the application?
Information for all children in the household helps calculate the family’s income for eligibility purposes. All children in the household under the age of 18 must be included in the application.
If there are other children in the household, do they qualify for learn and grow Childcare CCDF assistance?
Siblings under the age of 13 in the household of child enrolled in a qualifying scholarship opportunity are also eligible for CCDF assistance.
Do other children in the household who qualify have to receive Build Learn and Grow Childcare CCDF vouchers?
No, but it is available to them if they qualify.
How long will it take for families to hear back?
Once a provider submits an application on behalf of the family, families will hear from a CCDF eligibility office within 10 business days.
Once the family transitions to CCDF, are they required to follow standard CCDF rules and procedures?
Yes, once a family transitions to build learn and grow childcare CCDF, they are a CCDF family and all standard rules and requirements apply, including co-pays, swipe card activity, etc.
The deadline is approaching and the family has not heard back from the CCDF eligibility office. What should we do?
Eligibility offices are working as quickly as they can to process applications, but due to the high volume, families may experience a delay. Families may contact their regional eligibility office to inquire about the status of their CCDF application.
Who should I contact if I need help?
Providers who have questions about the application should consult the application guide. If you have additional questions, need support answering family questions or have a large number of applications to submit, contact the SPARK Help Desk at (800) 299-1627, via email at [email protected], or live chat on indianaspark.com or in My SPARK Learning Lab. Providers with a high volume of applications may request onsite support to help families and expedite the application process.
If a child was previously enrolled in the Build, Learn, Grow scholarship but has since disenrolled or transitioned to a summer scholarship, are they eligible for CCDF support?
Children who have disenrolled are not eligible.
Are there other assistance opportunities for scholarship families that fall outside the eligibility group?
To support families that fall outside the eligibility criteria, providers may use their Build, Learn, Grow Stabilization Grant funds, which also fulfills one of the requirements of the grant.
Can families not on Build, Learn, Grow scholarships that meet the income criteria qualify for this opportunity?
No, families must be currently enrolled in the Build, Learn, Grow Scholarship program and actively attending a participating program.