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.
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.
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
Helping promising programs attain higher levels of quality, foster better learning environments and increase child and family outcomes - Read more about this strategy
Supporting the expansion, affordability and sustainability of high-quality early childhood programs - Read more about this strategy
Enhancing efforts that support families as they make early childhood decisions and strengthening partnership between parents and teachers - Read more about this strategy
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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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.