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

New Resource: Early Learning Foundations Guidance

What you need to know about the new Early Learning Foundations Guidance documents.   By now, you probably know Indiana’s Early Learning Foundations by heart. You know how to identify when a little learner is on their way to great communication skills, when reading is just around the corner and when numeracy skills are developing right...

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Supporting Breastfeeding Families in ECE Settings

  “One of the most highly effective preventative measures a mother can take to protect the health of her infant and herself is to breastfeed.”   — The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding, 2011   As early childhood education professionals, we play an important role with families and their children. And as new...

Healthy Start! Award Program Applications Open

Apply by March 31 to be considered for a $500 award to boost healthy development in early learning programs.   Thanks to the generous support of the Indiana State Department of Health, Early Learning Indiana is happy to provide Healthy Start!, a funding opportunity to licensed child care centers, registered ministries, licensed family child care homes...

Our Partners

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