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

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Screen Time: What’s the real deal on TV, smartphones, tablets & more for children?

New research demonstrates what we’ve known for a while: Interaction is key to building brains! Way back when I was a child we had two TV’s. Both were black and white and picked up three, maybe four channels if we tilted the antenna just so. There was no such thing as a remote! Once I had my own...

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The Hidden Homelessness of Hoosier Children

New webinar can help you support and serve children and families experiencing homelessness. The reality of childhood homelessness is quite different from common media representation. Most families without homes don’t spend time on street corners, in cars or in shelters. In fact, the majority of children experiencing homelessness do not sleep in shelters. Sixty-eight percent...

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Capacity Building Support Ramps Up Access to Quality Care

For many parents in Jackson County, the thought of providing their 4-year-old child with a quality preschool education was simply a pipedream in the past, due to trying economic circumstances. But in Fall 2015, 65 children from low-income families in the rural county had a much stronger support to get kindergarten-ready, thanks to the state’s first...

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