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 will take many forms. We will build on existing efforts, like teacher scholarships, Indiana's Early Learning Advisory Committee, Paths to QUALITY, and On My Way Pre-K. We will deepen the work of partners, from child care providers to local, state, and national agencies. We will promote evidence-based models and strategies, to ensure that public and private resources are well-spent. We will encourage diverse partners to work together strategically in support of early learning. Partnerships for Early Learners' 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, leading to better learning environments and positive 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 when 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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What the Revised Indiana Core Knowledge & Competencies Mean for You

Indiana Professional Development Network (INPDN) recently adopted the 2nd edition of the Indiana Core Knowledge and Competencies (CKCs). The CKCs were written with all professionals in the field in mind — whether you work in early childhood programs, school-age programs or efforts that serve the field. Additionally, they offer a road map for professionals to...

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A New Partner in Staff Training, Program Quality & More!

Partnerships for Early Learners is here to serve you. As you recently heard from IACCRR staff, Indiana’s early education and out-of-school time providers have a new partner in professional development, quality advancement and overall success. On May 1, Early Learning Indiana’s Partnerships for Early Learning team began a new contract with Indiana’s FSSA Office of...

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CCR&R staff have questions. We have answers! Partnerships for Early Learners expansion information.

Early Learning Indiana is looking forward to serving Indiana’s talented CCR&R and early education professionals throughout the state as we expand our Partnerships for Early Learners work. We are committed to being of service to you — in ways that are meaningful and valuable. And we know that, in times of transition, communication is key....

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.