MCCF had been providing grants to local early childhood education providers in their community for several years but hadn’t seen much progress in the way of adding more child care access and increasing the quality of child care available in the community. When the Mayor of Crawfordsville had his Workforce Committee begin to assess the child care issue because it was impacting their ability to recruit more jobs to their community, MCCF stepped up to create a coalition to address their early childhood education issues in the community.
Case Study Example:Montgomery County Community Foundation
MCCF hired TCG to help set up their coalition, understand the true need in the community for child care and develop a plan forward. TCG gathered extensive feedback from employers, employees (working parents), and other parents in the community to understand the demand for and supply of early childhood education.
Transform Consulting Group puts information into pictures, and I think that’s very important for communicating messages. People can see images, graphs, and data to gain an understanding of an issue.When we did our surveys, it was a wealth of information. We relied on TCG to take that, break it down, and help us analyze it. That’s truly a strength of this team.
By facilitating the coalition made up of business leaders, community partners, early childhood education programs, government leaders and other key stakeholders, the community adopted a strategic plan to increase the supply and quality of early childhood education over the next five years. Soon after the plan was finalized, MCCF was able to apply for and receive a child care desert grant from Early Learning Indiana (funded by the Lilly Endowment) to immediately implement strategies outlined in their plan.