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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…

    Family Engagement Is Essential. Are You Doing It?

    Families Are Children’s First Teachers.   From day one, children learn from their families: what they do and how they interact with their them. A young child will learn from their family how to have conversations, make eye contact, play and so much more. Families also learn a lot from their little ones: as they…

    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…

    Mindfulness Can Nurture Early Childhood Relationships

    How Being Mindful with Your Feelings Can Help Children Manage Their Feelings Working in the early childhood profession gives us the opportunity to get to know families and the children in our communities. We get to be an intimate part of the growing and changing families with young children go through. It is a career…

    EARLY LEARNING INDIANA AWARDS $55K TO SUPPORT SPANISH SPEAKING PROGRAMS

    EARLY LEARNING INDIANA GRANTS WILL ASSIST IN IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF THE PROGRAMS. We’re excited to share more great news about programs increasing access to high-quality early education in Indiana! This week, Early Learning Indiana announced that it has awarded $55,000 in grants to 10 Spanish-speaking early education programs across the state. These Ten Programs…

    RFF Indiana pre-k capacity building

    State Releases New Grant Opportunity to Boost Pre-K Access

    Early Childhood Education Capacity Building Grant Program applications due by Friday, October 5 at 5 p.m. The Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning (OECOSL) released a new grant application. And all Indiana providers and coalitions interested in increasing high-quality pre-K offering in their community should check it out. We’re pleased to share that the…

    Eight Ministry-Based Programs Receive $168K+ to Expand Quality & Access

    EARLY LEARNING INDIANA GRANTS WILL IMPROVE QUALITY AND INCREASE ACCESS. We’re excited to share more great news about programs increasing access to high-quality early education in Indiana! As a part of Early Learning Indiana, Partnerships for Early Learners’ mission is to increase access to high-quality early educational opportunities. And today, the we announced that eight…

    Facebook Live Q&A To Support Providers On CCDF Updates

    Join Us on Facebook to Explore Family-Friendly CCDF Changes   We’re hosting our first statewide Facebook Live session! Join us September 19 to find out how Indiana’s early childhood system is becoming more family-friendly. On October 1, 2018, Indiana will make a number of changes to the CCDF program. These updates are the result of…