Education: Offering excellent lifelong learning opportunities
Indianapolis neighborhoods will offer a rich array of educational opportunities to their residents from cradle to career to ensure that all children in these areas will have access to quality schools, and that adults will have opportunities to improve their employment skills. Quality pre-K will be available through accessible licensed child care providers. The assurance of high quality K-12 education will be fulfilled by first supporting the health of existing high-performing schools serving the area.
If existing schools are academically failing, efforts will be made either to convert them into Innovation schools or to attract new schools.

Education Success Measures:

LISC direct impact:

  • Investment in Center for Working Families Centers
  • Educational facilities improved
  • Educational programs improved

Collective impact:

  • Households per year receiving bundled Centers for Working Family (CWF) services
  • Percent of CWF households whose net income increased
  • Jobs per year obtained through CWF
  • Percent of CWF households enrolled in postsecondary or sectoral training
  • Educational facilities improved
  • Educational programs improved

Neighborhood level impact:

  • Change in Area Median Income
  • Change in High School diploma attainment
  • Change in # of quality early childhood care centers

The future of neighborhoods eager to attract and retain a diverse blend of residents is closely tied to the educational opportunities that are available to the families who live there. At LISC, we believe that all students should have access to great educational resources regardless of where they live. That’s why LISC continues to invest in efforts throughout the city to improve educational opportunities for Indianapolis students.

Attaining sufficient facilities is the biggest hurdle for new and existing public charter schools. So LISC established the Educational Facilities Financing Center in 2003 to undertake a three-pronged approach to addressing this challenge nationally. And this has helped Indianapolis become a national leader in charter schools, with LISC Indianapolis providing technical support and financing to more then 20 of these schools in the Indianapolis area. To find out more about LISC’s charter school facility financing, click here.

More recently, LISC has expanded its work in education beyond facility development to include programs that more directly impact learning in the form of out-of-school time (OST) programs in collaboration with community groups and schools. We have supported after-school enrichment activities at community centers, student visits to college campuses, community school coordinators in schools, and a neighborhood education taskforce.

Together, these activities have helped to improve educational opportunities in underserved communities and have built the foundation for continued collaboration between community development stakeholders and local schools.

Brighter Kids. Brighter Future.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is expanding its scope to reach more kids with out-of-school-time programs—a need identified by a study made possible by funding from LISC. See how the Children’s Museum is bringing more opportunities for learning to underserved local kids here.