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

Patrick Botts
Chairman of the Board

President and COO

Patricia Clark

Department of Elementary Education
Teacher's College, Ball State University

Roni Johnson

Community Volunteer
Muncie, IN

Thomas Kinghorn
Past Chairman

George and Frances Ball Foundation

Jim Williams

DeFur Voran

Jay Julian        

President/CEO and Chief Economic Development Officer
Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce

Neil Schmottlach

Community Volunteer
Muncie, IN

Jenni Marsh

President and CEO
United Way of Delaware & Henry Counties

Kelly K. Shrock        

The Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County, Inc.

Our Staff


Missy Modesitt

Executive Director

Marissa Rose

Strategic Initiatives Coordinator


Annual Reports