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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Encouraging healthy eating in childhood: Great, free guides!

The choices we provide to infants and toddlers set the stage for lifelong nutrition habits From Facebook posts to coffee room chats, we are caught in a whirlwind of information about nutrition and healthy eating every day. On the flip side, advertising for not-so-great choices is directed at children daily, from grocery store displays to...

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“Pass the peas!” Family style dining helps little learners grow and thrive

Tips for using meal times to encourage social skills and healthy habits Way back in the olden days or maybe not so long ago, families regularly sat down together at a table for meals. They passed the food around, talked about their day and learned from one another. Generations of family members all ate together,...

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Simple ways to help infants and toddlers move early and often

Supporting physical development in the early years sets the stage for lifelong health Over 25 years ago I had a conversation with my colleague Bruce. His job was in the adult wellness field, but his role as the father of a two year old led him to an interesting insight. Bruce said that we spend...

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