Federal coronavirus grant pays for Build, Learn, Grow scholarships

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Young Minds daycare students line up to leave Tuesday at Rum Village in South Bend.

Having to choose between going to work and paying for quality child care has been a reality for many Indiana parents during the past year, as remote learning kept children at home and increased families’ need for aid.  

The pandemic is easing, but on the heels of job layoffs and furloughs, money is still tight for many. 

Sharom Cardenas, a single mother who works in a plastic molding factory, is among them.

Her 6-year-old daughter, Sophie Romero, attends the summer camp at Young Minds Development Center, a preschool in Mishawaka. 

“I have a very tight budget because it’s just myself,” she said. “I don’t have anyone to take care of Sophie.” 

Now, the state has created a program to help parents like her.

Build, Learn, Grow provides scholarships to children of Indiana essential workers to attend early care and educational programs. It’s an effort to keep parents in the work force, provide quality care for their children and keep child care facilities in business, said Nicole Norvell, director of Indiana’s Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning. 

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