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There’s agreement, we need to fund preschool


Stand for Children Indiana Executive Director Justin Ohlemiller issued the following statement on the growing consensus that we need to find a bipartisan solution to fund an expansion of preschool:

Let's focus on the kids, not politics!


You may be familiar with the fact that Stand Indiana is encouraging Indianapolis city leaders to fund an expansion of preschool.   However, you may not know what happened this week when parent members wanted to share their stories of why affordable preschool is desperately needed in this city.

Stand for Children Indiana endorses school board candidates


The education-advocacy organization Stand for Children Indiana today announced its candidate endorsements for the three Indianapolis Public School Board races. Those endorsements include:

A familiar face


Stand for Children Indiana is pleased to announce that one of our very own parent leaders will be running our Stand University for Parents program beginning in September.

Stand Indiana encourages Indy residents to attend town hall meeting


There will be a town hall meeting tonight where Indianapolis residents can hear more about Mayor Greg Ballard’s proposed early childhood and crime initiative. Mayor Ballard and Deputy Mayor for Education Jason Kloth will be among those attending the event to discuss the plan, which calls for a $25 million investment in pre-K education for four-year-olds.

A new plan to improve early childhood education in Indianapolis


Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has unveiled a five-year plan to help pay for high-quality preschool for 4-year-olds from lower-income families.  It's expected that about 1,300 preschoolers will be helped each year under the plan that calls for the city contributing $25 million through a flexible grant to the United Way of Central Indiana.

Stand for Children Leadership Center Indiana receives support from Lilly Foundation


Stand for Children Leadership Center Indiana has received a $150,000 matching grant from Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Inc. to support grassroots organizing and parent leader empowerment. The matching grant was made in addition to an initial $100,000 grant from the foundation in 2013. Among other initiatives, the grant will help Stand Indiana continue to expand the Stand University for Parents (Stand UP) program.

Parent leaders trained and ready


Stand Indiana is very proud to announce that 13 IPS parents have just completed leadership training and are ready to become trained advocates for educational improvement. The parents have spent the summer months meeting weekly and completed six modules covering topics such as understanding power, persuasive communication and knowing the foundational elements of high-performing schools.

“Stand for Children is the organization that channels your passion to action,” said parent James Campbell during one recent leadership training.

Stand for Children to participate in Indiana Black Expo


Stand for Children Indiana will be at Indiana Black Expo's Summer Celebration this weekend, answering questions about the organization and how, together, we can work to improve education in Indianapolis.    We are sharing a booth with the United Negro College Fund and will have materials available Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Staffers and Stand members will be on hand Saturday to also take pictures of those who stop by the booth and we'll be tweeting those photos out and tagging anyone who gives us their twitter contact information.  

Stand Indiana loses a valued member


The Stand Indiana family recently lost one of its own. Mrs. Anna Bush was a Stand Indiana member and one of our recent Stand University for Parents (Stand UP) graduates. This great-great-great-grandmother started coming to Stand UP classes with her daughter and eventually joined and became a fixture. The 86-year-old was very proud of the fact she graduated from Stand UP and was recently honored by her church, New Light Missionary Baptist Church, for the achievement.