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

Great Plates! What do children need to eat to be healthy?

Simple tips lead to deliciously healthy, decidedly happy eating experiences! Making sure that children get proper nutrition can be daunting. The challenge grows during the late toddler and preschool years. In their second and third years, children begin to decide what they do and do not like to eat. With that new knowledge, little ones often...

Family engagement grand prize Walnut Hill groundbreaking

Walnut Hill Early Childhood wins $25,000 grand prize for family engagement

Goshen program wins first-ever prize for effective family involvement efforts Help us celebrate along with Walnut Hill Early Childhood Center! They have been selected as the $25,000 grand prize winner for Partnerships for Early Learners’ first Family Engagement Prize. The application review process brought forward several outstanding applicants. Among the applicants, Walnut Hill stood out...

Early Learning Indiana Announces First-Ever Family Engagement Award Winners

$72,500 awarded to 14 early education programs across the state Recognizing early childhood programs for their innovative efforts to engage families of young children, Early Learning Indiana announced today that 14 programs across the state are winners in its first-ever Family Engagement Prize competition. The new prize competition drew 145 applicants for the seven awards totaling...

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