2024 Childcare Initiative Partners


Childcare Grant Recipient

Announcing our 2024-2025 Childcare Initiative Partners!


Learn more about the 7 Childcare Initiative Partners in our community that are receiving funding from Salina Area United Way's Early Childcare Initiative Fund to help combat the childcare crisis in Saline County.


Magnolia Kids - First Covenant Church

Martin Luther King Jr. Child Development Center

Salina Child Care Association

Salina Family YMCA Angel Child Care

Salina Family YMCA Early Education Center

Salina Family YMCA McAdams Center

St. Mary's Love 'N' Learn


Join us in congratulating our 2024-2025 Childcare Initiative Partners! Let's Unite For Our Children and combat the childcare crisis.


"Love 'N' Learn Early Childhood Center is proud to partner with Salina Area United Way with the Early Childcare Initiative. This grant allows us to meet the call to address the evident childcare shortage in Saline County. With these dollars, the starting salaries for our teachers and assistants have been increased to meet the living wage benchmark. Please join us in expressing our appreciation to the Salina Area United Way and donating to the Early Childcare Initiative Fund."

- Joel Bicknell | Director of Development at Catholic Diocese of Salina


"This funding will allow our programs to hire and retain quality staff without jeopardizing the workforce in Salina by outpricing parents. I have staff that I asked how it would affect them - they said they would stop looking for other jobs and feel financially safer. Another staff member told me that they would actually be able to make their rent now."

- Marti Higdon | Senior Director of Childcare and Community Outreach at Salina Family YMCA


"Thanks to funding made available by the Salina Area United Way Early Childcare Initiative, Salina Child Care Association is able to provide families with quality early childhood education and will aid in lowering the high school dropout rates in the future."

- Michelle Williams | Executive Director at Salina Child Care Association


"The Early Childcare Initiative Fund Grant enables MLK Jr. Child Development Center to increase teachers' wages to a competitive level, which will help retain teachers and create stability in the learning environment for our children."

- Karen Henderson | Executive Director at Martin Luther King Jr. Child Development Center


"The Early Childcare Initiative Grant enables us to provide our employees with a livable wage while helping meet a crucial need in the community."

- Susie Omli | Board Chair at Magnolia Kids