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COMMUNITY DATA SNAPSHOT: EDUCATION SPOTLIGHT
Highlighting Key Statistics in Early Childhood Education
In April, we celebrated both the Week of the Young Child and National Kindergarten Day. High quality early childhood education provides a crucial foundation for children, enabling them to develop important skills for success in school and beyond.
In this month's issue of our newsletter, we spotlight some early childhood education (ECE) data from the Education section of our Community Data Snapshot.
In 2020, 3,517 four-year-olds were enrolled in the state's On My Way Pre-K programs. Of those children, 1,077 were enrolled in Marion County's programs.
In 2019, 29,575 individuals worked in early care and education programs serving children aged 0-5 across the state. 6,204 early care and education workers were employed in Marion County.
Learn more in the Education section of the Community Data Snapshot.
With a $1.5 million grant from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, WFYI announced plans to continue operating its award-winning health and news collaboration, Side Effects Public Media, and expand its education reporting. The new education initiative will allow for daily news coverage, in-depth reporting and community outreach.
Conexus Indiana Provides Marion County Residents with Paid Training and Employment Opportunities with Local Manufacturing Companies
To meet employer demand and prepare Hoosiers for promising careers, Conexus Indiana launched Catapult, an advanced manufacturing program that provides adults and graduating high school students with broadly applicable manufacturing skills through education and on-the-job training. With the help of a $350,000 grant from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, Catapult is expanding to Marion County. Statewide, Catapult Indiana graduates have an 85% job placement rate, with opportunity for advancement to high-wage positions. Read more about Catapult's expansion.
IN THE NEWS Banding Together to Fight Common Challenges Brings Hope Claire Fiddian-Green in IBJ Forefront
COVID-19 continues to profoundly impact our world, from deaths to increasing rates of poor mental health and substance use disorder. And yet, within this bleak landscape, stories of people banding together to confront common challenges provide us with inspiration and hope. Indiana has been a prime example of what's possible when we unite around a shared goal.