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

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$90K AWARDED TO SUPPORT FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

15 Early education programs awarded Family Engagement Prizes Early Learning Indiana announced today the winners of its 2018 Family Engagement Prize. The prize celebrates early education providers who champion the role of families as their children’s first teachers. Funded through a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., 15 different early care and education providers received a...

Cold Weather Outside, Bold Learning Inside!

Winter Weather Offers Early Childhood Programs The Chance to Take a Deep Dive Into Learning From freezing rain to super-chilly days, many early childhood programs have a bit less opportunity to use the outdoors as a bonus classroom in Indiana winters. But there’s still plenty of ways to use the plunging temperatures to build children’s...

Early Learning Indiana Recognized for Scholarship Fund at Purdue University Dean’s Club & Scholarship Reception

Since 2017, students have received scholarships totaling $256,000.   On October 18, 2018, Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences celebrated scholarship recipients and donors with the HHS Dean’s Club & Scholarship Reception. Since 2017,  20 early childhood education students have received scholarships totaling $256,000 from Early Learning Indiana. The scholarships are part of an...

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