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Indiana Early Learning Group Gives Out $72,500 In Awards

Early Learning Indiana awards grants to pre-k programs across the state.

Early Learning Indiana awards grants to pre-k programs across the state. (photo credit: Sonia Hooda / Flickr)

The education advocacy group Early Learning Indiana has awarded $72,500 to programs across the state designed for youngsters.

Fourteen different programs were selected for the group’s Family Engagement Prizes. They include grand prize winner Walnut Hill Early Childhood Center in Goshen, which was awarded $25,000.

St. Mary’s Child Center MLK in Indianapolis was among eight programs receiving $5,000 awards. The others were Apple Tree Child Development Center YMCA in Muncie, Bona Vista Early Head Start in Kokomo, Head Start of LaPorte County, School City of East Chicago, the Monroe County Community School Corp. in Bloomington, Montessori Garden Academy in Indianapolis and Cradles of Clay County in Brazil,

The awards were granted to early childhood school programs that demonstrate “a deep level of commitment and care for families.”

Early Learning Indiana Awards $100,000 In Education Grants

Early Learning Indiana gave $100,000 in grants to pre-k programs around the state. (photo credit: Rachel Morello/StateImpact Indiana)

Early Learning Indiana gave $100,000 in grants to Pre-K programs around the state. (photo credit: Rachel Morello/StateImpact Indiana)

Early Learning Indiana is awarding $100,000 in grants to groups across the state that educate young children.

The nonprofit group announced Thursday that four different providers would each receive $25,000 for early learning efforts, including pre-kindergarten programs.

Early Learning Indiana President and CEO Ted Maple says early education has numerous benefits for young children.

“When children learn to take turns, learn to control their impulses, learn to work in groups, learn to interact with their peers, they will benefit not just in a pre-K experience, not just in kindergarten, but for many years to come,” Maple says.

The recipients include Ready to Grow St. Joe, in the South Bend area, and the Southern Indiana Early Care and Education Guiding Team. Forward Wayne County, Human Capital Pipeline was also a recipient. So was Success By 6, which operates near Terre Haute.

The grants are funded by a $20 million contribution the Lilly Endowment made to Early Learning Indiana in 2014.

The money will be used over the next year to pay for staff costs, promotion campaigns and planning.

Lindsey Wright contributed to this story.

AP Report: International Student Applications Fall In Age Of Trump

Indiana University. (Peter Balonon-Rosen/Indiana Public Broadcasting)

Indiana University. (Peter Balonon-Rosen/Indiana Public Broadcasting)

Colleges in the United States are ramping up efforts to welcome students from overseas to address worries the country is becoming less friendly to outsiders.

Dozens of schools have produced new online videos as part of a national campaign called “You Are Welcome Here.” Purdue University sent its international applicants an email from two mayors touting Indiana’s hospitality. The president of Portland State University in Oregon visited students in India to ease concerns.

Some colleges say President Donald Trump’s remarks about Muslims and other groups have sent an uninviting message to students overseas.

Data obtained by The Associated Press in response to public records request show nearly half the nation’s 25 largest public universities saw undergraduate applications from abroad fall or stagnate since last year.

It’s too early to know how many international students will enroll next fall, but colleges say any loss could hurt campus diversity and tuition revenue.

There is evidence that enrollment figures among international students at some U.S. colleges and universities could drop next fall, and some experts and college officials blame President Donald Trump’s stance on immigration and the perception of a nation that is becoming less friendly to foreigners. Nearly half the nation’s 25 largest public universities saw undergraduate applications from abroad fall or stagnate since last year, according to data colleges provided to The Associated Press in response to public records requests. Eight schools did not provide data, while six saw gains.

Indiana University and Purdue University enrollment numbers were included in the report.

In 2016, 5,156 international students applied to IU, and in 2017 5,414 enrolled, a five percent increase. This is one of the highest increases of the schools featured in the AP report, which includes many large, state schools.

Purdue had an international enrollment of 14,949 last year, and 13,320 this year.

Some application deadlines fell before the election, but even Trump’s campaign rhetoric cast doubts, experts say. Schools with no data did not respond to the AP’s records request.

Legislators Interested In Expanding Statewide Pre-K

A new report outlines the needs and improvements of Indiana's early childhood education system.

A new report outlines the needs and improvements of Indiana\’s early childhood education system. (photo credit: Rachel Morello/StateImpact Indiana)

Indiana’s governor and legislative leaders have agreed to expand the state’s foray into state-funded pre-K, but uncertainties about its effectiveness are causing some lawmakers to question the scope and cost of such an expansion.

The Journal Gazette reports that the pilot cost about $10 million to get started, and served about 2,300 disadvantaged children in five counties during its first year. The program’s second year starts in August.

There is no data that gauges the program’s value, and a full study tracking the children’s performance through third grade is not expected until 2020.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long says the legislature needs to assess where the greatest need is and expand the program from there.​

 

State Board Schedules Hearings To Discuss Status of Turnaround Schools

A math teacher leads a lesson on mathematic inequalities at Charter School of the Dunes in Gary. On average, kids in charter schools outperform their traditional public school counterparts in both math and reading. — Photo: Kyle Stokes/StateImpact Indiana

A math teacher leads a lesson on mathematic inequalities at Charter School of the Dunes in Gary. On average, kids in charter schools outperform their traditional public school counterparts in both math and reading. — Photo: Kyle Stokes/StateImpact Indiana

The state Board of Education has scheduled five public hearings for schools in Indianapolis, Gary, East Chicago and Evansville that have been placed in the lowest category of school improvement for five straight years.

  • Wednesday, June 15: Phalen Leadership Academy at Key School 103 (Indianapolis)
  • Wednesday, July 13: Lodge Elementary School (Evansville)
  • Wednesday, July 20: Kilmer School 69 (Indianapolis)
  • Wednesday, August 10: Beveridge Elementary (Gary)
  • Thursday, August 11: Block Junior High (East Chicago)
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