Monroe County United Ministries

Monroe County United Ministries
827 W. 14th Court
Whether you’re here to learn more about us, sign up for services, or something else — we are glad you’re here! We seek to improve the lives of the people we serve by helping alleviate and eliminate generational poverty.

Monroe County United Ministries is a nurturing organization serving working families and those in distress by assisting with emergency needs and subsidized childcare. We provide quality education and a safe place for children, basic needs assistance for the poor and community service opportunities.


Monroe County United Ministries creates lasting solutions to economic, educational and social injustice in our community through quality services, collaboration and innovation.


Our vision is a community free of poverty and injustice.

Our name gives a nod to the local faith community which founded us in 1939 and still supports us today, though we are a non-sectarian organization. The agency began as a preschool to serve the “Pigeon Hill” neighborhood of Monroe County, Indiana, but expanded over time to offer a wide array of social services for the entire county. In fact, many services and organizations in the Bloomington area began at MCUM, such as the Community Kitchen and Opportunity House, before becoming agencies of their own. Now, MCUM focuses on childcare, basic needs, and self-sufficiency services in-house, while collaborating with partner agencies that help people meet other needs in their journeys through and out of poverty.

Compass Early Learning Center

Compass Early Learning Center provides full day, high-quality care for children ages 1-6. We offer a sliding fee scale in addition to the CCDF (CASY) & On My Way Pre-K programs, ensuring no family pays more than 10% of their household income on childcare.

The goal of Compass is for children to leave our program ready for their first day of kindergarten. 

If you are interested in learning whether Compass would be a great fit for your family, please click here.

If you would like to learn more about the impact of high-quality early childhood education programs on the community, click here.

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