Partnerships for Early Learners increases access and quality of early childhood programming across Indiana. With the generous support of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration's Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning and the Lilly Endowment, Early Learning Indiana aims to ensure that 75% of Indiana’s children in child care or preschool are connected with a high-quality program and that their families are engaged and supported.

Our Work

We know the importance of early learning. Hoosier children deserve more high-quality programs with safe facilities, stimulating and family-friendly learning environments, and well-trained teachers.

In partnership with child care resource and referral agencies, early childhood professionals, families, and the broader community – and hopefully in partnership with you, too, we can achieve those goals.

Our Strategies

Helping programs reach higher levels of quality, leading to better learning environments and positive child and family outcomes.Read more about this work.

Supporting the expansion, affordability, and sustainability of high-quality early childhood programs.Read more about this work.

Partnering with families when they make early childhood decisions and strengthening relationships between parents and teachers.Read more about this work.

Expanding educational opportunities and helping programs and communities train and retain good teachers.Read more about this work.

Cultivating collaborations that tackle the big challenges facing Indiana's early learning landscape.Read more about this work.

Get Involved

Do you want to expand opportunities for Indiana’s early learners?

Stay connected to early childhood projects, research, and opportunities throughout the state.

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News & Updates


Care In America — and Indiana: New Data Reveals Major Child Care Gaps

The Washington, DC-based think tank, New America recently published Care In America a comprehensive look at the cost, quality, and availability of child care throughout the United States. The publication makes a bold statement by asserting that the child care system in the United States is broken and does not adequately serve the 12 million...


Trust: The Magic that Makes Family Engagement Possible

Twenty years ago, I didn’t know what I was doing was called “family engagement.” Working in a cooperative preschool, I got to spend time with parents and their young children in the classroom in what was, for me at least, an ideal learning environment. Families assisted each day in the classroom. One or two family...


New Pathway for Early Childhood Teachers in Indiana

A New Opportunity to Magnify the Expertise of Hoosier Teachers For many years early childhood teachers in the state of Indiana have not had a lot options for assistance with furthering their education past a Bachelor’s degree. According to the American Institutes for Research, “Teachers need career pathways that provide new challenges and sustained opportunities...

Our Partners

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