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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Do you want to expand opportunities for Indiana’s early learners?

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News & Updates

March Into Spring: Boosting Physical Activity for Children – And Grown-Ups Too!

Happy spring! It’s time to get up, get out and get moving — for children and the adults in their lives. Below, you’ll find simple, easy and brain-boosting ideas to get little arms, legs and minds moving as the weather gets nicer. The best part of all these ideas is that they offer child care...

Let’s Get Moving Grant Opportunity to Boost Physical Health

Thanks to the generous support of the Indiana State Department and the Lilly Endowment, we are happy to provide the Let’s Get Moving grant opportunity. Beginning today, licensed child care centers, registered ministries and licensed family child care homes can apply for $500 grants to increase the physical activity for their children and families. Apply...

Rethinking Challenging Behaviors with Reflection

Questions and Key Considerations in Supporting Positive Behaviors for Early Learners Challenging behaviors can give every teacher pause – but when we pause and reflect on our own behaviors, we often find ways to improve our practice. Read the situation below to dive into this topic and consider reflections that might help you rethink children’s...

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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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