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.

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News & Updates


Building Strong Partnerships between Providers & Families

For early childhood professionals, family engagement is not just a buzz word. It is a rich and complex series of events that can create better outcomes for children. The research is clear: when providers see families as partners everyone wins. Investing time and taking a serious look at how we support parents and value their strengths...


Recommended: The Building Blocks of Our Future

How can we balance the increasing demands of school readiness with developmentally appropriate practice? Hear from local and national experts and visit preschools in Marion and Indianapolis to discover what high quality early education means. We talk a lot about high-quality early childhood care and education programs, and we all have our own ideas about...


Do Infants Make Great Roommates? AAP Recommends “Rooming In” with Infants to Prevent SIDS

Being a parent is exhausting enough without keeping up with a rapidly changing world! Following all the news concerning recommendations for children can be a tough task. All of us at Partnerships for Early Learners try to help by finding, condensing and sharing the newest information.   The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is bringing 2016 to...

Our Partners

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