Christine L. Fisher Early Childhood Education Grant
Although born in Woodbury, New Jersey, Christine L. Fisher was a ‘Hoosier’ through and through, as she continued her education at Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), earning a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Christine loved Indianapolis and began her working career here, and most recently, was an employee of the Indiana AEYC. During her tenure with Indiana AEYC, Christine worked with the ARRA Playground Improvement Grant.
Her legacy was making the world a better and safer place for children. She was passionate about children’s development relating to physical fitness, literacy, artistic expression and nutrition. Therefore, it is only natural that the Christine L. Fisher Early Childhood Education Fund will focus on these four (4) critical areas of interest.
Applications will be accepted from early care and education facilities that meet the following criteria:
- Legally operating in the State of Indiana;
- Must be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) or accredited by the Nattional Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)
- A provider serving low income children
- A 501(c) 3 tax-exempt organization
The Grant Application is released once per year in November and is mailed directly to eligible facilities. There is no need to request an application.
To further clarify the types of applications accepted, please note the areas that the Christine L. Fisher Early Childhood Fund does not support:
- Capital projects related to buildings, furniture or renovations
- Cost of education for the children enrolled
- Physical Fitness
- Creative Expression and Appreciation for Arts
- Health and Nutrition
Congratulations to the 2017 Christine L. Fisher Early Childhood Education Fund award winners! This year, grant applicants had the option to focus on the area of Physical Fitness, Literacy, Creative Expression/Arts, or Health and Nutrition. The Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children (Indiana AEYC) is proud to announce the following 2017 grant recipients:
- Campus Center for Young Children in Goshen
- Elkhart Community Schools Teenage Parent Program in Elkhart
- God’s Little Wonders in Fort Wayne
- Raggedy Ann Child Care and Preschool in Terre Haute
This year’s award winners received from $1,500.00 to $3,000.00 in support of the focus area selected; a total of $9,000.00 was presented! Fourteen applications were received from both National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC) accredited facilities.
Below are photographs of the fifth annual presentation of this grant to recipients who received their award checks from Michele and Bob Fisher, representatives of the Christine L. Fisher Early Childhood Education Fund. Also included below, the 2017 recipients share their reflections on what this award means to their program and to the children in their care!
Previous Grant Recipients
Previous Grant Focus Areas
2013: Physical Fitness Grant Awarded
2014: Literacy Grant Awarded
2015: Creative Expression and Appreciation for Arts Grant Awarded
2016: Health and Nutrition Grants Awarded
2017: Physical Fitness, Literacy, Creative Expression/Arts or Health and Nutrition Grants Awarded
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