BY5 is a nonprofit organization that formed with a mission to transform our community by connecting Kindergarten readiness to economic success. We are the leading organization for early childhood awareness in Muncie and Delaware County, Indiana. Through a variety of task force and volunteer efforts, we improve opportunities for children aged 0-5 to reach their developmental potential.
We envision a revitalized community that can thrive long-term. We accomplish this through our five main goals:
GOAL 1: Educate the community about the importance of early childhood
Mobilize, engage, educate, and inform Delaware County citizens in the importance of early childhood education.
GOAL 2: Supporting families in Delaware County
Support families for basic needs and engage families to guide early learning and literacy of children from birth to age 5.
GOAL 3: Advocate for high-quality early learning environments
Families and children (regardless of location and income) have access to high-quality early learning environments (including child care and preschool) to ensure safe, healthy, and developmentally appropriate learning experiences.
GOAL 4: Healthy Children
Children in Delaware County are born healthy and maintain health outcomes through age 5.
GOAL 5: Supportive Communities
Communities and neighborhoods accept responsibility, embrace BY5 goals, and take action to be supportive communities for families and children.
Our Core Values
Restore hope in our future
We all live for the chance at a better future.
Reinvigorate the stakeholders
We will inspire them to
prioritize the cause.
Reinvent our community
Our pride needs to be a foundation, not a blueprint.
Early childhood development has been adopted as a primary economic development strategy by a number of key groups in Muncie, including the Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance, the Ball Brothers Foundation and the Muncie Action Plan.
Our Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
President and COO
Department of Elementary Education
Teacher's College, Ball State University
George and Frances Ball Foundation
President/CEO and Chief Economic Development Officer
Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce
President and CEO
United Way of Delaware & Henry Counties
Kelly K. Shrock
The Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County, Inc.
Strategic Initiatives Coordinator