Partnerships for Early Learners is an innovative effort to increase access and quality of early childhood programming across Indiana. With the generous support of the Indiana FSSA 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 Mission

We know the importance of early childhood education. Our children deserve more high-quality programs with safe facilities, stimulating and family-friendly learning environments, and well-trained teachers. Over five years, we plan to elevate Indiana’s early learning landscape, in partnership with a range of organizations, individuals, and communities – and hopefully in partnership with you, too.

Our Approach


This work takes many forms. We build on existing efforts, like teacher scholarships, Indiana's Early Learning Advisory Committee, Paths to QUALITY, and On My Way Pre-K. We deepen the work of partners, from child care providers to local, state, and national agencies, with a special focus on child care resource and referral agencies. We promote evidence-based models and strategies, to ensure that public and private resources are well-spent. We encourage diverse partners to work together strategically in support of early learning. Partnerships for Early Learners' initial strategies were created in collaboration with experts in the field. Read more about that process.

Our Five Strategies

Quality Improvement:

Helping promising programs attain higher levels of quality, foster better learning environments and increase child and family outcomes - Read more about this strategy

Capacity Building:

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

Family Engagement:

Enhancing efforts that support families as they make early childhood decisions and strengthening partnership between parents and teachers - Read more about this strategy

Workforce Development:

Expanding educational opportunities and helping programs and communities train and retain good teachers - Read more about this strategy

Innovation & Leadership

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

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News & Updates

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As Families Prioritize Child Care, Indiana Has a New Partner to Help Children Thrive

Early Learning Indiana increases statewide supports with expanded partnership with Indiana’s Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning. There are over 500,000 children under age five in Indiana, and nearly two-thirds of them have both parents in the workforce. Indiana families and communities rely upon child care and early learning programs to help their children thrive...

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Ted’s Talk: Partnerships with a Purpose

On June 7, more than 500 Hoosier business, civic, early childhood, education and political leaders came together at Muncie’s Horizon Convention Center, brought together by Early Learning Indiana, the Indiana Early Learning Advisory Committee, Muncie and Delaware County BY5, and ReadyNation. With a goal of expanding early learning access across the state, those Indiana leaders...

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Early Education Matching Grants Help Build Indiana’s Early Childhood Infrastructure

It’s becoming a slogan for the early learning field: These are exciting times for early childhood in Indiana! To add to that energy, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) has awarded support to 20 programs in 18 different counties through Early Education Matching Grants (EEMG). These grants help recipients provide quality early education...

Our Partners

We are proud to partner with the United Way of Central Indiana to expand opportunities for early learners in Indianapolis and surrounding counties. As a foundational campaign strategy, we have partnered with three of Indiana’s leading early childhood organizations: 4C of Southern Indiana in Southwest Indiana, Child Care Answers in Central Indiana, and Early Childhood Alliance in Northeast Indiana, to find innovative strategies that strengthen early learning, preschool, and family engagement all across the state. We are proud to partner with the state of Indiana’s Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning and the Indiana Department of Education in support of their early learning efforts. Our growing list of partners includes the Indiana Association for Child Care Resource and Referral, the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children, and Indiana Youth Institute.