photos courtesy of Muncie & Delaware County BY5 Early Childhood Initiative


Chuck Reynolds

Chuck Reynolds

  • Taskforce Chair
Chuck Reynold's bio will be coming soon


The Muncie & Delaware County BY5 Early Childhood Initiative (BY5) is the leading organization for early childhood awareness in Muncie and Delaware County, Indiana. Through a variety of task force and volunteer efforts, they seek improve opportunities for children aged 0-5 to reach their developmental potential.

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.

Since 2013, BY5 has increased access to high quality child care in Muncie/Delaware County by 22%. View the BY5 2015 Annual Report.

MAP’s mentoring committee encourages local mentoring programs to register with the Indiana Mentoring Partnership’s mentoring database. This will help to match potential mentors with one of Muncie’s 21 mentorship programs.
Over the past decade, Muncie residents have consistently identified mentorship programs as high priority. But establishing successful and sustainable programs has proven challenging. Many Muncie organizations are adopting the unique “Web of Support” framework to lead our children and youth to thriving and resilient lives. The approach, developed by child development expert Derek Peterson, is based on extensive research and insights from neuroscience, evolutionary biology, child/youth psychology, and genetics. Read more


These action items guide Task Force 1 activities (click to expand)

Develop a communication plan that clearly communicates the link between birth through age 5 education and prosperity to the entire community. Form partnerships with public and private schools and institutions.
1.) Develop a communication plan that clearly communicates the link between an individual’s early brain development, education and future success in life.
2.) Develop and administer evaluation and assessment tools to measure progress and gauge all states of a child’s development beginning at birth through kindergarten for use by educators, parents and child care providers.
1.) Investigate and promote partnerships with public schools to provide early childhood educational opportunities.
2.) Focus on development of programming to support parents and families with the assistance they desire and need to enable children to reach their full potential.
3.) Work in conjunction with neighborhood associations to promote an understanding of the vital role they can play in building a knowledge base for the benefits and services available to families in their neighborhoods.
4.) Expand on the information available to those who may currently qualify for assistance to help pay for quality child care programs.
5.) Offer additional educational opportunities to assist at-risk youngsters in the transition to kindergarten.
6.) Develop and promote literacy development programming opportunities for children and their parents working in close association with local businesses.
7.) Engage with health providers and other organizations to encourage health promotion and services required by the preschool population.
1.) Evaluate community based mentoring programs. Develop mechanism to identify, link/coordinate programs and publicize them. Facilitate partnerships with educational opportunities, retired teachers and others for mentors and other participants.
1.) Work with stakeholders to identify opportunities for social and economic development focusing on Ivy Tech students.
1.) Support the work of other organizations to promote and expand awareness of poverty guidelines so there is a greater understanding of how many working families live in poverty. Work to eliminate the stigma of poverty.
2.) In partnership with providers, faith-based organizations and others showcase services and identify ways they are working to alleviate poverty in the community.
1.) Work with healthcare institutions and organizations, physicians and schools to educate people about and to reduce childhood obesity.
2.) Facilitate meetings between worksite wellness stakeholders.
3.) Celebrate organizations and individuals working to create a healthier community.
4.) Develop information that makes the connection between healthier employees and a healthy bottom line.
5.) Work with organizations and providers on drug awareness and its impact on brain development, educational and career attainment.
6.) Support workshops to promote walking, bicycling, running, swimming and other activities that encourage healthy living.