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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…

    There’s an App for That: Tech Tools to Share with Families

    Three Great Tools Help Families Thrive Today’s tech-focused world offers both challenges and opportunities to engage and share information with families. Well, we have some good news – there is an app (or a few apps) for that! Whether a family is looking for information about child development, expecting a new member of the family,…

    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…

    H is for Healthy Holidays

    Tis’ the season for rich and delicious meals, decadent cookies and cupcakes, pumpkin pie and flavorful beverages. With all of the family gatherings, celebrations and excitement of the season, it is very easy to say “yes” to extra servings and extra desserts. In the United States, the average person gains between 1 to 5 pounds…

    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…

    Hot Topic: Safe Sleep Practices Keep Infants Safe

    Simple ways you can keep babies safe every day! It feels like everyone is talking about safe sleep these days. Licensing makes it a priority to check on sleeping environments for infants. Paths to QUALITY™ coaches throughout the state are being trained to support providers with sleep-related questions. The reason for this is simple –…

    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…

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    Building Emotional Literacy with Books

    Great stories do more than build word skills. They can build feelings skills. Curious about how to build emotional literacy with children? The great place to start is a feeling book! Literature is an essential tool for teaching young children emotional literacy skills. Through books, characters show what feelings look like and model how to…