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Welborn Baptist Foundation Announces $1.55 Million Investment in Early Learning Grant Partnerships

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

The Welborn Baptist Foundation is investing more than $1.55 million in grant partnerships with 11 community organizations participating in the Foundation’s 2020 Early Learning grant cycle: Audubon Kids Zone, Borrowed Hearts Foundation, Boys & Girls Club of Evansville, Carver Community Organization, C.A.P.E. of Vanderburgh Co., Joshua Academy Preschool, Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville (cMoe), Memorial Community Development Corporation, St. Vincent Early Learning Center, YMCA of Southwestern Indiana, and 4C of Southern Indiana. (Distribution detail attached)  

Grants awarded will support 2021 and 2022 initiatives. “The Foundation’s partnership with these area organizations will go directly toward two important efforts; more children arriving at kindergarten ready to learn and more 3rd graders exceeding grade-level benchmarks for school success,” says Patrick Jackson, Early Learning Program Officer. 

Grants have been awarded in alignment with the Foundation’s four priorities for Early Learning investment: 

  1. Family Engagement
  2. Provider Effectiveness
  3. Affordable, High-Quality Enrollment
  4. Academic Supports

“Partnership and collaboration is key,” says Pat Creech, CEO and Executive Director. “The Foundation has been blessed to be a part of collaborations in recent years that have driven some great advancements in the Early Learning space; such as the Indiana Paths to QUALITY and Kindergarten Readiness Indicators initiatives.  It’s an honor to partner with these local organizations that are doing great work and adapting in a challenging time.”

More information about the Welborn Baptist Foundation’s approach and grant process is available at

About Welborn Baptist Foundation
The Welborn Baptist Foundation is celebrating 20 years of grantmaking and capacity building in the Tri-State. The Foundation was established in 1999 and began granting in 2000. Current focuses are Early Learning, Healthy Eating and Active Living, Christ-Centered Living, and Nonprofit Excellence. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided $67 million to nonprofits in Southwestern Indiana, Southeastern Illinois, and Western Kentucky.

Organization program

Audubon Kids Zone

Strong Starts

Borrowed Hearts Foundation

Little Hearts Clubhouse Early Learning

Boys & Girls Club of Evansville, IN

Lesson Up

Carver Community Organizations

AARP Foundation Experience Corps

C.A.P.E. of Vanderburgh Co.

Play Structure for Zero-to-three

Joshua Academy Preschool

Learn to Read Hubs

Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville (cMoe)

Playful Early Learning

Memorial Community Development Corporation

Memorial Childcare Ministry’s Path to Quality

St. Vincent Early Learning Center

Promoting Trauma Informed Care in Early Learning Environments

YMCA of Southwestern IN

Level Up Summer Program

YMCA of Southwestern IN

Bridging Literacy

4C of Southern Indiana

Growing Great Kids Home Visiting

4C of Southern Indiana

Conscious Discipline

4C of Southern Indiana

Faith-Based & PreK Support

4C of Southern Indiana

Regional Training Center Pilot Project

4C of Southern Indiana

Capacity Building Support


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