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

Fall Weather is Perfect for Outdoor Adventures

The benefits to young children are so numerous that they outweigh the negative comments you may hear.  “The parents will get mad if their child gets dirty!” “It’s not worth it, and they never bring a change of clothes either.” “Are you going to clean them up when we come back inside?” Let’s put all...

New certification available for early childhood trainers!

We’re excited to partner with ZERO TO THREE to offer a unique Training of Trainers series that certifies state-credentialed early childhood trainers to provide: expert guidance, professional development, and support to advance the knowledge and practice of the infant-toddler workforce, as defined in the ZERO TO THREE Critical Competencies for Infant-Toddler Educators™. The Critical Competencies detail what educators...

Three Lake County Early Education Programs Awarded Capacity Building Grants

Congratulations to our latest capacity building grant winners! Three Lake County programs received grants to add new high-quality seats. As a part of our ongoing mission to expand access to high-quality early care and education programs throughout the state, we’re excited to award a total of $176,500 to support the creation of 128 new, permanent early...

Our Partners

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