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

Little Historians: Adding Social Studies into Your Early Childhood Program

With a unit on the inventor of the stoplight, it’s easy to get little learners excited about history, STEM, African-American stories and more!  When you hear the word history what do you think of? Most of us have ideas about learning history, and very few of them involve any early learning environments. We might remember...

Capacity building grants awarded to three more Indiana programs

Child care centers in Lafayette, Late Station and Muncie receive grants. Families in three Indiana communities will have greater access to high-quality early childhood education, especially hard-to-find infant and toddler care, thanks to today’s grants! Through our capacity building grants, we are excited to award $172,500 in grants to create 52 new, permanent spots in...

Three Simple Ways to Strengthen Your Relationships with Infants and Toddlers

Our work with infant and toddlers centers on relationships – the closer and happier our relationships with the children are, the more the children grow and the less stress everyone feels. To strengthen your interactions and add a lot to the relationships you have with children, check out the simple tips below! Acknowledge children’s emotions....

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Through its three primary programs, Early Learning Indiana provides leadership, advocacy, and early childhood education services to continually improve the early learning landscape in Indiana.
Provides early care and education to more than 1,300 children annually from six weeks to six years of age
Provides coaching, trainings and resources to early care programs and helps families navigate child care options to six counties in Central Indiana
Assists early education programs across Indiana achieve higher levels of quality, build capacity, and train good teachers
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