Launch Pad

The Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with The Kosciusko County Community Foundation and United Way, has recently formed a Child Care & Early Learning Coalition, called Launch Pad, for the purpose of helping families in the county access high quality and affordable child care/early learning options for their children, birth to age 5. They have been meeting since October 1, 2018. LaunchPad is currently setting goals that will help working families find child care, as well as employers who need to attract and retain employees.

With nearly a 2,000 shortage in child care spots in Kosciusko County, the Chamber of Commerce, along with the Kosciusko County Community Foundation and United Way, responded to this need by initiating the coalition. LaunchPad consists of just over 20 local businesses and community leaders. With a mission of, “Helping children reach their highest potential,” LaunchPad seeks to change the climate of early learning in Kosciusko County by focusing on the most recent brain development for young children and meeting the needs of our youngest citizens.

For more information, contact the Coalition Director, Sherry Searles, at the Chamber at (574) 267-6311 x225 or

Coalition Members:

Sherry Searles – Director

Darrin Bickel – United Way

Stephanie Overbey – Koscisuko County Community Foundation

Rob Parker – Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce

Erin Syslo – United Way

Cynthia Barnett – DePuy Synthes

Kurt Carlson – Bowen Center

Kevin Deardorff – Lake City Bank

Allyn Decker – Ivy Tech

Scott Gabriel – Parkview Hospital

Shannon Gage – Early Childhood Alliance

Jefferson Hankins – PNC Bank

Ann Hill – DePuy Synthes

Catherine Hill – PNC Bank

Alice Hitchcock – Lake City Bank

Monica Kendrick – Zimmer Biomet

Tara Kuhmichel – Ivy Tech

Matt Moyer – PNC Bank

Jeri Purdy – Silveus Insurance Group

Emily Romine – Zimmer Biomet

Kaci Scheve – MutualBank

Kimbery Schroeder – Dekko Foundation

Cheryl Shepherd – Bowen Center

Craig Snow – Silveus Insurance Group

Mayor Joe Thallemer – City of Warsaw

Andrea Sullivan – Parkview Warsaw

Vince Turner – MutualBank

Staci Young – Mayor’s Office